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Puppy advice - Part II

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    Puppy advice - Part II

    OK, everyone's advice on my pups hamper and closet habits seemed to help. With a combination of using the different pieces of advise and tweaking it just right!

    Now I have a new situation...

    Some background: I keep him crated when I am not working from home. So if I am out meeting with clients, he goes in the crate. Generally that can run from a few hours to a full 8 hour day. Now that he is housebroken, he sleeps at night with me on my bed. He usually sleeps the full night, curled up above the covers about half way down the bed. He's always been content to just sleep until I awake (around 6 to 7 am - depending on my schedule)....here's the new issue:

    ...about a week or so ago, he decided that he wanted to start waking up at 4 in the morning. He doesn't start howling or anything like that. What he does is start going under pillows, pushing them with his nose, rearranging them, pushing them atop my head, getting inside the pillow cases, trying to situate himself just so...only to decide he needs to rearrange some more. He has started jumping on my head the last few mornings....obviously I wake up immediately

    I don't know why he has started doing this all of a sudden. At first I thought he was trying to tell me he needed to go out and potty, but I stood around with him in the wee hours of the early morning dawn....NOTHING!!!

    Any suggestions? I don't want to crate him at night. He's crated while I work, so that is not an option.
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    Re: Puppy advice - Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by Poindexter
    What he does is start going under pillows, pushing them with his nose, rearranging them, pushing them atop my head, getting the pillow cases, them trying to situate himself just so...only to decide he need to rearrange some more. He has started jumping on my head the last few mornings....obviously I wake up immediately

    I don't what why he has started doing this all of a sudden. At first I thought he was trying to tell me he needed to go out and potty, but I stood around with him in the early morning dawn and NOTHING!!!

    Any suggestions. I don't want to crate him at night. He's crated while I work, so that is not an option.
    Yep. The minute he starts doing that, put him down on the floor. He'll soon realize that if he wants to stay in bed with you, he'll have to SLEEP. He's trying to get your attention and so far he's been successful. So put him down on the floor (maybe you could have a little bed as option#2 for those times when he starts with his fidgeting ) Since he can't jump back up, he'll learn quick. If he whines, ignore that. I don't think you'll need to crate him. Just don't give him the attention he wants at that point. He needs to learn that if he stays on the bed with you he must sleep or he'll go solo for the rest of the night.

    If he whines, ignore it. He'll probably whine a bit and once he sees that it has no effect on you, he'll quit the yappin'. Trust me...I've learned that with my parrot. That's why I have a parrot that doesn't scream. He knows damn well that screaming won't work with me, so now he doesn't even bother.


    For awhile, my cat had gotten into that habit too. She would jump on the bed in the middle of the night, purring really loud. Would walk all over my bed. She would even come to paw my face. I started pushing her away and off the bed. Took probably 4-5 times and she got the idea. Now my dog will "escort" her out of the room. After all, he's a herding dog...and he's taken that job quite seriously, so every time she peeks in, he'll promptly chase her out. It's hilarious.

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    Re: Puppy advice - Part II

    I'm going to try it tomorrow, because I know he'll do it again. You're right, I kinda thought I was being a sucker for that "innocent" face of his, but now it's getting to a point where I can't sleep and you already know I am a NIGHT PERSON....I'm a night person, I'm a night person

    btw, I have a friend who had a parrot that screamed....First time I was out his house, it about scared the crap outta me!

    Also my rooommate has a cat, that does that loud purring thing. It would do the same thing as yours....come in at some early hour of the morning and decided she needed affection right then and there. Bad Kitty!...the door stays closed at night now! Occasionally she sticks her paw under the door and rattles it just enough to be irratating !
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    Re: Puppy advice - Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by Poindexter
    I'm going to try it tomorrow, because I know he'll do it again. You're right, I kinda thought I was being a sucker for that "innocent" face of his, but now it's getting to a point where I can't sleep and you already know I am a NIGHT PERSON....I'm a night person, I'm a night person

    Hehehe you got yourself a doggy night owl there too, huh? He wants to partay while Daddy is trying to sleep! But really....they are such smart, manipulative little stinkers that they'll do that to you. They'll play with your emotions like a game of poker. Don't give in! Don't give in! Or soon you'll find yourself sleeping while hanging upside down from some tree branch, just like bats do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Poindexter
    btw, I have a friend who had a parrot that screamed....First time I was out his house, it about scared the crap outta me!
    Was it a macaw or a smaller one? When a parrot screams, it's LOUD. Luckily African Greys are rather quiet. In fact, they are so good they make good birds for apartments. On the other hand, those little sun conures can be more annoying than having a larger bird that is for the most part quiet...so size is not always an indication that they'll scream more either.



    Quote Originally Posted by Poindexter
    Also my rooommate has a cat, that does that loud purring thing. It would do the same thing as yours....come in at some early hour of the morning and decided she needed affection right then and there. Bad Kitty!...the door stays closed at night now! Occasionally she sticks her paw under the door and rattles it just enough to be irratating !
    Oh yeah...they want to come catch imaginary mice around your bed! Cats can get quite manipulative too. Good thing you decided to close the door! Now you need one of those draft stoppers so she won't be able to stick the paw under the door!

    Oh and BTW....I tried to give you rep and I think I accidentally hit the ENTER key and it sent before I could finish writing my sentence! Darn darn! So...if you see something that doesn't make sense in the last rep, that's why.
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    Re: Puppy advice - Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by Miss INXS
    Was it a macaw or a smaller one? When a parrot screams, it's LOUD. Luckily African Greys are rather quiet. In fact, they are so good they make good birds for apartments. On the other hand, those little sun conures can be more annoying than having a larger bird that is for the most part quiet...so size is not always an indication that they'll scream more either.
    I'll have to ask him what type of parrot it is. Is a macaw part of the parrot family? It was mostly reddish/orange, that probably tells you nothing . I'm an amatuer at birds. I'll find out. It was very loud though. It startled me the first time it screeched. It was like a high pitched old lady scream...I can't describe it very well . It was loud enough that I heard it very clearly from the living room and the bird was down the hall in the back room.

    I'll see if I can snap a pic of it next time I'm over there. I'll have to ask him, I'm sure he wont mind. I don't know if a camera or a flash would scare it....

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    Re: Puppy advice - Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by Poindexter
    I'll have to ask him what type of parrot it is. Is a macaw part of the parrot family? It was mostly reddish/orange, that probably tells you nothing . I'm an amatuer at birds. I'll find out. It was very loud though. It startled me the first time it screeched. It was like a high pitched old lady scream...I can't describe it very well . It was loud enough that I heard it very clearly from the living room and the bird was down the hall in the back room.
    LOL @ the high pitched old lady scream!!!!!!

    Was it like this one? If so, then it's a Sun Conure. Those are LOUD! Small but loud!!!!




    Take a pic if you get a chance! I would love to see it!

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    Re: Puppy advice - Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by Miss INXS
    Take a pic if you get a chance! I would love to see it!
    It looks similar but more orange on it. It had some other colors but not as vivid as the pic you provided. It's not small...Well I guess since I don't know much about birds, it might be small for a parrot.

    I'll try to get a pic this coming week.

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    Re: Puppy advice - Part II

    Sounds good! And let us know how the pup behaves tonight!

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    Re: Puppy advice - Part II

    Update: he hasn't done it since I posted this!!

    I'll remember your advice if he tries it again

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    Re: Puppy advice - Part II

    That's good news!! Hope he stays that way!

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    Re: Puppy advice - Part II

    Poindexter,
    He may have been cold or not feeling well. I have a ceiling fan over my bed. Mistie gets cold sometimes and comes up and crawls under the covers to get warm. Also, she does this jumping around the bed, lick my hubby on the nose thing when she's thirsty. When she comes to bed with us, she doesn't have access to a water bowl. We have to open the door and let her go to get water. I used to keep a bowl of water in the bedroom, but that created a whole new set of issues.
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