Oscar is a five month old miniature Dachshund. He joined Jody and her family about a month ago as their newest family member. He lives with Hershey, a large eight year old dog of Great Dane and Chocolate Lab mixed heritage. Hershey is as large as Oscar is small. A great combination when viewed sleeping beside each other.
Oscar is being crate trained. Jody has a thriving home business and when she is with a client, Oscar needs to be contained so that he doesn’t hurt himself or anything else. When penned up with Oscar, Hershey became Oscar’s toy, -er playmate. Oscar will throw himself on Hershey’s ears and tail, making small teeth marks as he chews his way along the larger dog’s body. Although infinitely patient, as large breeds tend to be, from time to time Hershey obviously needs a break from the puppy and gets sprung out of confinement. That seemed to be when the howling problem began.
I received an urgent message from Jody last week. She was ready to post a sign “Puppy to give away” outside the door. She reported that, when not peeing on the floors, Oscar was howling and howling. She said she had called the vet to find out if there was something medically wrong with Oscar because she did not believe it was normal for such a small pup to have such a large output of urine. I agreed to visit with Oscar in a few days.
Arriving at Jody’s home, I was met with a squirming, licking and slurping puppy. He wiggled frantically while trying to lick every part of my bare skin he could reach. Meanwhile, Hershey, who was used to me greeting him with dog treats, was waiting expectantly for such a treat. The fact that Hershey had just thrown up didn’t phase him. I kept getting the message that he wanted his treat. I told Hershey a treat would be later and he settled back watching my visit with Oscar. Eventually, I settled on the couch with Oscar, who relaxed on my lap while I chatted with Jody. Hershey came over to join the chat and came close to my face. I told him that I didn’t appreciate his breath. A short while later, I noticed he went to have a drink, then returned with improved breath. When I thanked him, he reminded me that he was waiting for his treat.
Oscar’s bladder was small. He needed to be taken outside once every hour or so during the day. In addition, he could not be contained in the crate for longer than that timeframe either. In between clients, he needed to be walked, quickly around the block to help dispel some of that puppy energy and his bladder. He was howling because he was mourning the loss of his connection with Jody, his Alpha, and the fact that Hershey was also not near him when he was in his crate. In Oscar’s world, Jody was the boss and then Hershey was the boss. In his crate, he had access to neither. His expression of mourning turned vocal and he howled. We all know how loud puppies can howl!
As Jody and I finished talking, Oscar wanted down to join the family. He began running around, but I sensed that now was an excellent time to take him outside to toilet. I spoke then about puppy needs: wake up, go and pee; play, go and pee; eat, go and pee, and so on. Being such a little dog, he needed to have a routine that allowed him outside access about every hour. His water intake needed to be monitored and synced to his food and breaks.
I followed up with Jody a couple of days later and she reported there had been no howling and only one pee in the house since the visit. They are on the way to having not just one, but two well mannered dogs.
Camille is an animal intuitive. She has communicated telepathically with pets and other animals to determine the causes of problem behaviour and emotional distress. Blue Wolf Speaks by Camille, 204-779-8995, Website, Email.