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O.K., does anybody else out there have a Doodle with floor-cleaning issues? By that, I mean that my sweet Hector has finally shown a less than appealing side! He's decided it's great fun to go positively nuts when I try to clean the floor, specifically when I sweep, mop, or just try to clean with paper towels one of his lovely messes. :twisted: He madly barks, growls and bites at whatever I'm using to clean up! When I'm finished, he calms back down again, but it's the darndest thing, and not at all funny! Well, kind of...but not something I want him to keep doing! Anyone have any bright ideas, besides putting him in his crate whenever I have a job to do? He's 12 weeks old, by the way.
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Unfortunately, the only real solution is the crate. It's what I did with Jonah. Miko is still a little skittish, so she tends to shy away from me in "cleaning mode".
 

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There was actually a Dog Whisperer episode on this exact situation. If I recall, he had the woman sweep or vacuum and whenever the dog went after the broom or vacuum cleaner, Cesar did that 'sshhh' thing that he does and made the dog back off. Of course by the end of the episode the dog wsa sitting quietly while the woman cleaned. For us mere mortals, I think it might take more than an afternoon. :wink:
 

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Hahaha Jenny....either Hector thinks you are playing with him, or he feels threatened with those BIG sticks in your hand..how is he with the vacuum cleaner? Raleigh barks at the vacuum and hair dryer.....course I egg him on a little.....I had a little green conure that died 2 yrs ago...every time he saw the broom or vacuum or umbrella or anything resembling a stick, he'd scream at the top of his tiny lungs!!!
At this young age, you might just as well put him in his crate, while you're trying to clean and hope he'll grow out of it!

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ok maybe this sounds silly, but i just firmly say NO Max! using my i mean business voice, I will admit it took a bit of time about a week or so but finally max stopped attacking brooms, vacuum cleaners and mops.

I am now training Peanut who doesn't listen as well hahahhah then again she just turned 16 weeks old.

NOTE: when i mop though he goes in his crate for safety.
 

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Hector business

Thanks for the input, ya'll. Hector doesn't mind the blow dryer at all thank goodness, because he'd take forever to dry if he did, and to be honest, I hardly ever use the vacuum. My floors are all hard surfaces, so I sweep, swiffer, and mop. I can't tell if he feels threatened or if he's trying to play. And I actually did try the Cesar Millan shhht thing ( I saw that episode, too :) ), but it obviously didn't work for me! I wish I lived in Calif., so he could come on over and make it work for him! :wink: I also tried the most obvious "NO!", and that didn't make a great impression on 'im either! Guess it's the crate for now. We have a really good trainer in town, and I'm waiting for the next class that starts in April. She's hard to get in with, so I feel lucky to be in that soon, but I hope he won't develop many more bad habits that will be a pain to break before then!
 

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Ok, I am risking a chastisement with this suggestion.......
I mentioned earlier on somewhere on this forum that
I have used a tiny squirt gun or a squirt bottle to "shoot"
Coco with when she was biting/nipping so much...
it really, really worked. She didn't flip-out at being
hit with the water and she just stopped the negative behavior.
Now I only have to go get the squirt gun and
she quits whatever she is doing that is a no-no....
(well, maybe not everything right away!! HAHA!!)

She doesn't seem to mind the vacuum, but like everyone else
...while mopping and sweeping, she thinks the broom,
or swiffer, or whatever is something great to play with
and I don't want her running on the damp floor and sliding into everything.....so she goes into the crate for that.
She is also addicted to paper towels.....or the tube inside....
she toilet-papers the bathrooms.....never eats it,
but makes a big shredded,soggy mess of it all!! Such fun!!
:lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Cinnamon did that when she was a pup and grew out of it. The vacuum never did bother her nor the hair dryer, but the Swiffer, now that was a thing to chase! It was a real chore to try to clean with her around. I had to put her out of the room and sometimes out of the house (no crate), but she did grow out of it, so all's well now, except getting her to move out of her "spot" to clean there. She's like a lump of clay when she wants to be!
 

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Echo & Stihl don't bother me when I use the swiffer. They're too busy playing with other stuff in the house (they also love the paper towel & toilet paper tubes).

I mostly use robotic vacuums & floor scrubbers. I have to keep them away from the scrubber of course which isn't that difficult. It's relatively quiet so I just keep them occupied with something else or I put them on the deck if the weather's good.

They love playing with the vacuum though. They remind me of the little birds on the beach that run toward the ocean when the wave goes out but turn and run the other way when the wave comes back in! Stihl gets bored with the game after a few minutes but Echo goes toward the vacuum down on his front legs with his butt in the air and tail wagging. He keeps chasing the vacuum in this position until the vacuum turns around and chases him. He always stays within a few feet so as soon as the vacuum turns away he chases it again. It's very entertaining to watch. :D
 

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MINDI love your birdie on beach analogy :wink:
and i find it funny how max USED to want to attack the vacuum cleaner but doesn't anymore. though i must say MAX and DAVE have a game where max puts his nose in the vacuum cleaner, runs away moofing and then comes back to do it over and over again. hahahhahhaa
i let them have their game but Max also learned when MOM cleans, she cleans then plays afterwards.
NOW peanut is another story for another time :wink:
 

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nope as we have 2 vacuums...one you can adjust with touch of button to put on very low suction...so max puts his nose up to plastic tube and then runs away hahhahahaa
 

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My biggest problem is when I sweep up the hair...blowing of puppy coat.... and the toy guts is Miko steals them out of the pile and runs with them. They also both like to stand in the pile that I just swept up! Always makes for a fun time!
 

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OK - I have decided that Charlie is just perfect. Yes, I said perfect because when I clean he goes and lays down until I am finished and then comes up for me to pet him.

sooooooo - from now on when you are all having issues with your puppies I am just going to gloat about what wonderful behavior Charlie has cause there just arent any neat episodes like you all have.

Sorry - you have already accepted me onto the site so you will just have to deal. 8)
 

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And, how old is Charlie :?: :D He does sound like a DOLL, but they all are, some just like to HELP you clean :lol:
 

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Echo said:
Is it time for the Peanut story yet?
give me time to recoup from Max being 9mos and Peanut 4mos this week :shock: i forgot how 4mo doodles can be and never knew how a 9mo gets!!! hahahaha

OH gene...i like when i sweep up all the downylike fuzzyfur balls, go to get dustpan only to come back and see half of it stuck in Max's beard and on Peanut's face. Then try to brush it off them :shock: with peanut trying to eat both the fuzz and the brush hahhahaaa :roll:
 

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Ellie, my 14 year old dog is content to lay and watch, as is the 17 year old cat, Missy (when she's not steering clear of the Hectator), but Hector likes to eat the pile of dirt, and so does the 9 month old kitten, Bat! She also loves to push it around with the paw a bit and walk through it. I've gotten quick on the draw with the dustpan thanks to her, and keep it on my hip (figuratively :) ) when I'm sweeping. My only consolation is that since the old critters have lost interest, there is surely hope for the young'uns? It's just been so long since I did the baby animal thing I've forgotten how long it took for that to happen! :wink:
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OK - I have decided that Charlie is just perfect. Yes, I said perfect because when I clean he goes and lays down until I am finished and then comes up for me to pet him.

sooooooo - from now on when you are all having issues with your puppies I am just going to gloat about what wonderful behavior Charlie has cause there just arent any neat episodes like you all have.

Sorry - you have already accepted me onto the site so you will just have to deal.
:lol:
Now I get your forum Name! :lol:
So, DreamDog mom, remind me where did you get Charlie?
 
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