house breaking dogs

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 1)

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“I got my dogs with my partner, so it wasn’t primarily my decision.

I am extremely glad, though.

I wasn’t involved in selecting and purchasing them, but I was very involved with teaching and training them.

I taught them how to sit, stay, wait for us to walk before them, and other general forms of etiquette.

It was interesting to see how differently Percy and Watson learned from one another.”

OTTO, THE STRONG WILLED MINIATURE LONG HAIRED DACHSHUND (SHE SAID, PART 4)

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“The hardest thing about having him has been the potty training.

The fifth time at night wiping dog pee off the floor can be frustrating.

Dachshunds can be very strong willed, but we knew this going into it.

He also has a passion for shoes,  the recycling bin and unrolling the toilet paper– the length of the whole apartment.”

 

 

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 5)

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“Since having Kiwi, we moved to New York, from Palo Alto and she provided great companionship throughout the move.

We weren’t as close to a dog park in California, so New York is great for her because she loves the dog park.

Having Kiwi has given me another creature to care for and my maternal instincts have kicked in.

The three of us make a nice little family.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 4)

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“It was difficult at first because she wanted to sleep with me, but my roommate didn’t want her in our bedroom, so she was relegated to the living room.

She cried and scratched at the door, so I got a trainer and I practiced going in and out of the bedroom and not responding when she cried or scratched at the door.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 3)

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“She hadn’t been transported to New York, yet.

I picked up Vivi from JFK airport three weeks later.

She was so scared that she didn’t pee for the first fifteen hours that we had her.

Over time we developed a routine with Vivi.

She was already housebroken, but was  terrified of street life; cars, street noises and the elevator.

It took about a month for her to acclimate to New York City and our lifestyle.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 4, HE SAID)

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“She was confused at first, but took to her crate right away.

It really helped give her a sense of security–having her own crate.

She had been sharing a crate with a German Shepherd at her foster person’s house.

We started calling her Penny right away and she began responding to her new name after a few weeks.

Over time Penny acclimated to New York City life pretty well.

We trained her to play off leash in Central Park after having her for three months, and at first, it was only for short periods of time.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 3, HE SAID)

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“We also spoke with her foster person, who told us that she was originally nervous but that was becoming less so, and she thought she would turn into a great dog– with the right people.

We went home, walked it over for a few weeks, and decided to formalize the adoption process.

She was a good size for an apartment and we liked that.”

She was a dachshund mix, and we felt that her young age made her trainable to be a good city dog.

We were excited to have her.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 2, HE SAID)

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“She was being fostered locally in Yonkers and she was clearly not a pure dachshund, which was my preference.

We liked a photo of her running in the water and decided to meet her.

I reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock, the rescue agency, and said we were interested in meeting Lori (her name at the time),

They set up an appointment for us to meet her in person.

She was a little shy, sweet and friendly (once she got past her shyness).

She didn’t show any signs of aggression.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 1, HE SAID)

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“I’ve always loved dogs and I’ve always wanted a dog, and I had a change in my job situation.

I was going to be working from home, so I would have the ability to give time to taking care of a dog.

My girlfriend and I searched for rescue dogs online.

We knew we wanted a rescue.

My girlfriend wanted to get a dachshund, so we googled dachshund rescue and Pet finder showed us various dachshunds, including Penny (whose name wasn’t Penny at the time).”

Bodi, the Great Rescue From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 1)

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“My husband wanted a dog desperately and I said it isn’t the right time, and he said, It’s never going to be the right time.

I conceded.

We went on Pet Finder one Sunday morning as an exercise, because we were just beginning the search.  We have two shelter cats and getting them was like an act of congress, so we thought it was going to take a long time.”