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we live in bergen county, NJ. i would live to go and see a professional about this. we really love our dog and want to make both our life's (and his) happier and easier.

I grew up there. It's been awhile though ;-D, so hopefully someone else can make a trainer recommendation!

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Thanks for the very detailed responce Suja. i guess that the only way is to spend more time out of the house and let him get all this puppy energy out of his system. we'll give it a shot for a few days

He's 7 months old? You might notice a change in a few days, but you'll have to keep it up for the next, oh, 2 years or more to sustain the change. With my first dog, he maintained that high exercise / interaction / training requirement for a decade or more. When he died, I gained 10 lbs despite having other high-energy dogs around.
...how do you feel about training centers who take your dog for a few days and walk him through the basics ?

I see no point in having someone else train your dog, unless they spend an equal amount of time training you. So, unless you're off to dog-training boarding school for an equivalent span, don't bother.
i'm having problems trusting anyone with him for such a long time...

I have trouble simply handing my leash over to someone else, even if I know them and I'm in the same room with them.
1) he still pee's and poop's in the house : we live in an apartment, and because he will just ... keep him separated (in the kitchen) from the rest of the house while we're either out or during the night.

You sleep in the kitchen? Hmmm, probably not. Buy a crate, put it in the bedroom, put your dog (does he have a name?) in the crate at night. He gets to spend an extra 6-10 hours basking in the glow of your aura every night, which he'll appreciate no matter how stupid it sounds.

The more you're separated from your dog, the longer it will take to civilize him. Letting him sleep in the same room with you at night is a simple, effective way of decreasing that separation.
...i can sometimes walk him for 30-40 minutes, and then he'll come back home and take care of business after less then an hour.

Potty walks and exercise walks aren't the same thing. Exercise walks are the reward for potty walks. Don't forget to pick up the solid stuff and dispose of it properly it's the neighborly thing to do.
2) chewing : i realize that he's teething and needs something to keep his mouth busy, but he will prefer ... furniture) rather then on things he IS allowed too (his toys, we bought him a bunch just for this purpose).

And where are you when your dog is redecorating?
3) wild behavior (sometimes):

Zoomies? Normal dog behavior, really.
i guess that it has something to do with the fact that he spends most of his time alone all day,

So, he's alone all day, and isolated in the kitchen at night? Poor puppy.
does this sound normal for an indoor puppy ?

Unfortunately, yes. Overconfined, understimulated, and reduced to making his own amusements. Dogs don't raise themselves, you know. You have to take an active role in acclimating a puppy to its place in the world.
Have you gotten him neutered yet? Asking your vet for a training reference may be productive.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
we live in bergen county, NJ. i would live to go and see a professional about this. we really love our dog and want to make both our life's (and his) happier and easier.

I don't know if this place is close to where you are (I'm a true NYC chick in that I have no idea where things are once I leave the city), but if you're close, it would be a very good starting point

http://www.sthuberts.org/whatwedo/training /
I don't think its *in* Bergen county, but depending on what part you're in, it may not be too far away. If it is, let me know and I'll see if the group I work with has any places we refer to closer to where you are.

Tara
Thanks for the very detailed responce Suja.

You're welcome.
i guess that the only way is to spend more time out of the house and let him get all this puppy energy out of his system.

Pretty much. Imagine if someone left you home alone all day long, let you out briefly, and then stuck you inside again. I'm pretty sure you'd be thinking up ways to entertain yourself too.
we'll give it a shot for a few days and see how it goes.

A few days will be long enough for you to see that it makes a difference, but remember that the training/exercise routine will pretty much have to become a way of life for you. My friend's Pit mix didn't really settle down until she turned 3, and now she's okay as long as she gets a couple of frisbee sessions or a 5 mile run daily.
how do you feel about training centers who take your dog for a few days and walk him through the basics ?

There are good ones and bad ones, but I really haven't met any owners that were able to make it work. The common response appears to be 'Well, he did all this stuff for them, why won't he do it for me?'. Basically, a trainer's job is to train the owner to communicate effectively with the dog. You're better off finding someone who can teach you how to train your dog.

Suja
Thanks for the very detailed responce Suja. i guess that the only way is to spend more time out of ... energy out of his system. we'll give it a shot for a few days and see how it goes. >.

Consider a dog walker.
Alison
l live in a town called tenafly, which is about 15 minutes off the GW bridge. Madison is 35 miles away from me. i would highly appreciate it if you could help us out by finding out if there's anything closer...? our zip code is 07670. please email me in person if you need more info.
l live in a town called tenafly, which is about 15 minutes off the GW bridge. Madison is 35 miles ... out if there's anything closer...? our zip code is 07670. please email me in person if you need more info.

Granted, this was a lonng time ago, but my Bergen County HS offered "adult school" classes and one was dog training. A lot of recreation and parks organizations offer them during the summer as well. You might start there.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
l live in a town called tenafly, which is about 15 minutes off the GW bridge. Madison is 35 miles ... out if there's anything closer...? our zip code is 07670. please email me in person if you need more info.

No, I know where Tenafly is. Well, I've heard of Tenafly and can find it on Mapquest .
I'll call my group tomorrow and see what they come up with. Off the top of my head, I can think of a few names, but I haven't kept up to see if they're still training, or still showing good results, so I'm going to verify first.

Tara
www.followmyleadnyc.com
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