Hey there! I just recently brought our new boy home. He’s a border mix but looks mostly border. He’s my first of the breed. I have so many questions and I’m sure I’ll have more.
Finn is 8 weeks old and lives with his little-big brother Tucker the cockerpoo. Finn seems pretty mellow but I know the sleepy puppy stage doesn’t always last. He hasn’t shown much interest in toys yet but again, he’s still settling in.
So far I don’t have many issues, he barked/howled when we put him in his pen for the night but we put my slippers next to his bed and he fell asleep without a peep for around 8 hours! He has a thing with my slippers haha.
My one issue is that he’s pretty vocal. I mean he makes this whining/grunting sound when he’s eating. Almost like he can’t decide if he wants to eat or if he wants to cry for me to come over. I feed him in his own so the dogs can have their space. Tucker is the quietest most gentle dog so I know HE wouldn’t do anything. Anyway, if I’m in the kitchen and they are near me, he barks and I’m talking a big, very loud bark. He barks if I sit on the couch and he can’t get up. He barks when I leave to use the bathroom.
I know he’s a dog, they bark. That’s fine, however we live in a two bedroom apartment above a small town business. They are totally fine with us having dogs. The owner and his book keeper bring their dogs to work with them. They get it. I don’t want him to bother them TOO much while they work and I just don’t need him barking at EVERYTHING i do or don’t do. Is there a way to nip this in the butt now? I know he will probably bark for a bit after we leave for work but so did Tucker when he was a puppy.
Ive been trying to tucker him out during the day. Between toys and the huge back yard to play in. But during the week when I go to work it may not always be so easy to do that every day before work.
I know I’m rambling, sorry! So yeah my big question is, are they all vocal? Is it normal for him to just bark at everything? (Tucker is not a bark what so ever) Id like to rein Finn in on the barking at everything if it’s at all possible!
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