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@p10g2000cwp.googlegroups.com:
I take her out last thing between 10:30 and 11:30 at night. When she does wake me up, it's usually at 4am. I should take up or make less available hours before then right?

Go ahead and take up the water at night. Give her a little cool water a few times before bed (not tons). Sounds like you're being woken up either way. I'd rather sleep through a little sighing than flooding any day. Plus, it does sound a little bit like your dog flutters around sighing in part because she knows how well it works on you. If it stops working (might take a few nights of you NOT responding for her to learn that) then she'll stop fussing at you.
I don't just give her human food, my daughter (2)sometimes throws her food on floor and doggie(4) will go and clean it up. But now that she's attached to me, she shouldn't be able to get to it.

Some ideas for that:
Tether her to a sturdy object nearby during your daughter's eating times.
Tether her to you during those times (harder since she'll still be in the line of fire for flying peas)If your daughter is eating, and if you have a few minutes, use the flying food to get her to pay attention to YOU. Have her on lead. No matter what, don't allow her to be able to reach the food..until she looks at you. Then say "GOOD! Ok, go get it" (or whatever the equivalent would be in your language). You can also do this with some of her treats when you're trying to train her. Nothing, nothing, nothing is accessable unless and until she settles and focuses on YOU.

Then she gets to go smell/taste/check out whatever it was (provided it was on the Allowed list, of course). Pretty soon, she'll know that in the presence of something she really wants, she HAS to stare at you. Once that starts hapening, you can start adding other commands before you tell her she can go check it out. If you do this with your 2 year old, after she gets to the point of understanding that she can't just barrel ahead and grab what she wants, but has to wait and look at her human, you can even get your little one to participate in giving her "commands" (for a child, I prefer made up stuff that only seems like Sit or Down..but isn't really, so the child doesn't mess it up).
Or, you could put the dog out of the room during mealtimes. This one is my LEAST favorite as it teaches the dog nothing, and can just create more frustration, but sometimes life just takes over and makes this necessary.
Tara
@p10g2000cwp.googlegroups.com:

My daughter LOVES training her too. She takes the food from me and tells her to sit and down lol. She's getting " down " a lil better today. She doesn't stare at me, but she stares at the food. How do I get her to stare at me instead of the food when I'm training her?
for someone earlier said to get my daughter to stop dropping food.. She's 2. And no matter how many times I tell her to stop, she won't. I've taken her food from her untill she stops. That only works a fraction of the time. I"m not sure why she does it. I'm guessing she's done eating, or just bored with her food. She will just dump it. She does it with cups too. If she wants mywater and I let her drink, when she's done sipping she will just dump it right in front of me.

Even though I am so close, but obviously not close enough. She gets sippies at meal time. I hope she grows out of this real soon. And someone earlier said something about how could I make her clean up her messes at 2!! having her clean up is one way of trying to teach her not to dump her food n drink. If she dumps it she has to clean it. I don't force her. Most of the time she is willing and wants to. I don't make her cry. I'm just now starting to decipline her now that she can understand most of what I am saying.
Do you think 10 lbs of pillow filling is enough to make her doggie bed? ha ha. I'm going to make that today, I bought the materials last night. I have to make it really appealing to her or she might not take to it as easy. I got a fabric with all kinds of breeds of dogs on it. It's really cute.
for someone earlier said to get my daughter to stop dropping food.. She's 2. And no matter how many times I tell her to stop, she won't.

Sorry, but I've been an in-my-home daycare provider for several children, from the ages of 6 weeks old until 4 years old. I'm the grown-up, I make the rules. No food throwing allowed. Period.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I'm not sure if you are being funny or slow. ... how to train the dogs to use their dog houses.

You cannot train your dog into such complex thinking as 'Hmmm. It's raining. I better go inside that dog house and take shelter so I don't get wet'.

Seems like there would be an instinct for such a thing.
You can take the dogs inside the dog house and make them stay every time it rains, but that's not what you were after.

Its not? I got some suggestions (putting liver in the house etc) but not much beyond that. What were the suggestions to getting the dogs in the house? I'm not willing to pull them kicking and screaming and tie them up in there. It needs to be a pleasant experience for them.
I'm not willing to pull them kicking and screaming and tie them up in there. It needs to be a pleasant experience for them.

Yup, you'd be dead in a day.

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If you can't say it clearly, you don't understand it yourself John Searle
@p10g2000cwp.googlegroups.com:
She doesn't stare at me, but she stares at the food. How do I get her to stare at me instead of the food when I'm training her?

Try this to start with:When your daughter is napping or with your husband (so that you have peace and quiet and both you and your dog can really concentrate) take a yummy pice of food (several slices of that food roll she likes will do nicely) and put it in your closed fist. let her sniff that its there. Don't tell her anything just watch what she does. The ONLY thing that will make your hand open and give her that treat is if she looks at your face. The first couple of times, this look might take up to 5 minutes to achieve.

She doesn't have to stare at first, just glance up at your face. What is very* important here is that the *second she looks at your face, you say "GOOD!" or "Yes!" or some clear word that means she got it right (should be a consistant word so that she's very clear on whan she's hit the mark) and immediately offer her the treat. Do this several times until you see that she's making the connection between you holding food in your hand, and that the only way she's going to get that food from you is to look at your face.

If your timing is good, after the first few times, they tend to catch on really fast.

Then, you start applying that lesson to easy things like food on the floor that she can't reach (because she's on leash) until she stops pulling, turns around and looks at you..at which point you say the same "GOOD!" or "Yes!" and immediately tell her to go get that food (or, if its food she simply can not have, then give her better food from your hand at that moment).
The bottom line is that you are the only way she can get to anything. And that's ultimately the point of NILF anyway (and yes, I wrote MILF twice and had to backspace! sheesh)
Tara
Its not? I got some suggestions (putting liver in the house etc) but not much beyond that.

See? this is the crap I'm talking about.
The technique I snet time writing down for you is exactly how I teach puppies and adult dogs to go to their kennel not only frequently on their own, but to teach them to enter their kennels on a one word command after its been taught.
Guess that wasn't enough for you.
Jackass.
Tara
Its not? I got some suggestions (putting liver in the house etc)

And that was just a JOKE.
I guess you didn't get it, eh?
Or did you actually dig those tunnels?

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for someone earlier said to get my daughter to stop ... how many times I tell her to stop, she won't.

Sorry, but I've been an in-my-home daycare provider for several children, from the ages of 6 weeks old until 4 years old. I'm the grown-up, I make the rules. No food throwing allowed. Period. Janet Bosswww.bestfriendsdogobedience.com

that's the difference between you and I. I'm a first time mother still learning. She does very well in a different environment. I used to take her to a learning center/daycare 3x a week for mothers day out. She was perfect. She did dump sometimes, but not as often as at home. She has more examples there. If I ever have another, it might be easier because there would be a sibling to watch and learn from. Right now she's an only child. And I'm still learning. I don't have the expierience you have. I'm also alone except for husband. I have no one to help me or support me. My mother lives states away.
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