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Q&A with Michael Ellis on Puppies Climbing out of the ExPen

Q&A with Michael Ellis
on Puppies Climbing out of the ExPen

I picked up my 8 week old puppy today, I ordered one of your ExPens in advance. I have a slight problem. After exercising my pup for quite a long time today after her long plane ride, I placed her in the pen. I went into the kitchen for a moment and as soon as I returned into the den, she had already climbed up the side and basically fell on the floor. She wasn't injured at all and seemed to enjoy it. My question is at this age what should I be doing to stop this? It amazes me that she was even capable of performing this feat at such a young age. Have you ever had this problem? And at what age do you think that this will stop? Do you have any advice? How often do your dogs stay in the ex-pen compared to the crate at the age of 8 to 12 weeks of age?

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Leerburg Q&A

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Question: When my dog gets scared, he bites. We've trained him, but we can't make up for his first two years of abuse. What if we removed some/all of his teeth?

We rescued a 2+ year old abused lab/chow mix. He was not neutered or trained. After 3 years, he is both, and we've tried to make up for the lack of socialization. However, he still -- very rarely -- bites. He's fine and then something scares him and there he goes. I know we can't make up for his first two years of abuse. And I know the conventional wisdom is to put him to sleep. I wonder, though -- what if we removed some/all of his teeth? I imagine it's expensive, but I don't see why it's not an alternative. Please advise! Thanks.


Cindy's Response:

How about offering the dog better structure and leadership? There is NO way I would ever suggest removing a dog’s teeth unless it was for a medically sound reason.

Get the dog a properly sized muzzle if you are worried about accidental bites, we have directions on how to measure the dog for a muzzle on this page.

Do some big changes in how you live with him so he can relax and not be reactive.

Dogs like yours need predictable routine and to know they are safe. If he isn’t crate trained, that’s the place to start. Show him you are in control of things and that you won’t let anything hurt or scare him.

Start with our groundwork program and Pack Structure for the Family Pet DVD.

Fearful dogs don’t want to bite, they just feel they have no other options. Control situations where he may be put on the spot. Give him a safe place to be in your home and don’t let strangers get in his space.

I would also recommend this 3 part video series on fear periods in dogs, it explains how to condition the dog to things that make it nervous.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Fear Aggression.


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Customer Comment
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Monday's Customer Comment on Rimadyl


I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for warning people about Rimadyl. I lost my gorgeous 5 year old Staffie mix to this med in March 2010. She was given this med after a surgery to remove a small mass. Before the surgery she was a perfectly healthy. A typically bright and active dog became sickly and confused. She vomited all day long and would back herself in to walls and corners and get stuck. I took her to the ER but it was to late the damage was done and died alone in the ER. This dog was always just a step behind me at all times, she lived her life right by my side. I can't even describe the guilt I felt knowing that she died alone, that I was not by her side to say goodbye. This destroyed me and I became depressed and suffered from anxiety. My Vet never warned me of anything nor did she give me any side effects. I sued this Vet and she counter sued me, the judge did not side with either party. It was a hard lesson learned for me and I now share this lesson with every person who will listen.

Again thank you thank you thank you! You have no idea how much it means to me and the many others out there that have lost a pet due to Rimadyl to have a great site warn it's users about the danger of this med. Keep up the great work.


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