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  • Need Advice For My Puppy

    13 posts, 11 voices, 924 views, started Oct 12, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2008 by Yana Berlin

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      By now most of you have seen my post how I went nuts and bought a dog on an impulse 

      He is now six weeks old (according to the vet) and was taken away from his mama much earlier than it is customary.  I’m in love with this baby, but I don’t know how to handle his biting. He is biting everything, he attacks feet, pants, shoes (when you walk), he bites kitchen drawers handles, furniture, etc.

      He has very sharp teeth.

      He sleeps a lot but when he is active watch out...

      Any suggestions?



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          AnneMarie Kimberling wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • Oh my goodness... what a cutie!  I just got a puppy also... she is now 3 months old and it was an insanely spontaneous action...  I love her DEARLY...but the house training and chewing on EVERYTHING has been tough on me....  Of course, everyone has suggestions but you have to find out what works best for you and your BABY...  For me, telling Lexi “NO” - VERY STERNLY has been pretty successful...  When it hasn’t, I have done a very slight bop on her nose... I have not HIT her, but I have swatted her nose and said “NO” with the stern voice again.  I’ve also said “NO BITE” when she starts doing that—and have given her appropriate things to bite/chew on... That seems to stop it...  But I’ve also tried to be very good about praising her when she stopped and she’s done GOOD things...  I do believe she moved from a toddler’s age 2 to an age 3 overnight though...  Suddenly, she’s choosing to NOT listen to me and to explore where she knows she shouldn’t be...  I’m rambling (it’s late) but I hope this helps a little...



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 13, 2008
        • Yana,

          I feel your pain. No pun intended.~Ha Ha!

          When my Jules was this age I felt like I had an actual baby and not a puppy. It was the time involved and having to watch her ALL the time. There were a couple of times I CRIED!  Really!!!!  I even remember talking to a STRANGER in the dog aisle who was buying puppy food,hoping that someone could relate to me. It sounds funny to hear that now,but there were a couple of times I felt I was having a
          “melt down.” ~Ha Ha

          It is very “trying” to have a puppy,but it has been WELL worth every second of having to train her. And now I look back and smile as I remember her at her “puppy age.”

          I am going to send this before I get timed out. Then continue.



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Oct 13, 2008
        • I agree with Amk, just a slight “flick” to the nose worked very well for me for the biting.

          You also might want to purchase one of those “no chew” products that are out there. Puppies are notorious for chewing on anything and everything in my opinion.
          A play pen would be nice. Or even a tie out, to put her outside when you need a break. She may fuss at first,but then she will get used to enjoying those things she can see outside that she cannot inside. Perhaps she gets SPECIAL
          toys in the play pen or on her tie-out. Also a treat in the beginning, and afterwards. (I can only give my dog two treats a day or she gets a tummy ache)

          My best helpful hint are bells on the door for the dog to ring, to let you know when they need to “go.”  It is their voice to let you know when they need something.

          And don’t forget how wonderful the wet vac and water is for any messes the puppy makes. So simple and yet very effective.  I’m not sure if you read my blog,“My Carpet Woes.”

          If I hear of any helpful hints on puppies, I will send them to you. I am also wondering if there are any web sites dedicated to new mommies. (smilie face)

          I sure wish I could baby sit a little bit for you. Oooooooooooo how fun!!!!!!!!  Of course it’s always more fun to be an Aunt or Grandma at this age! Hee heeeeeee

          I hope you two have a wonderful day!  Give her a snuggle from me!

          Della



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Oct 13, 2008
        • OH my what a cute little puppy.  It wasn’t so long ago that mine was that age, and light taps on the nose and telling her NO worked the best for me.  I have a welsh corgi and they are known for nipping at people and other dogs; it’s their nature because they are herding dogs.  Butters still nips at the other 2; it’s her way of rounding them up.  

            What kind of puppy did you get?  The best thing that I did was get books on that breed and read all and any info that you can, it really helps.  

            Keep us posted with pics as he grows.  Is it male/female?  What did you name him/her.



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          Pawleysgirl wrote Oct 13, 2008
        • You have an adorable puppy!! I have a raised a few puppies and learned a little from each experience. The tap on the nose and the firm “NO” is a must. When you can’t watch your puppy, please kennel him. Not only does that give him a safe place to rest and nap, it also gives you time to get things done without him under foot. He will learn to love his kennel. To you it may seem cruel, but he really loves having his own safe place. Lastly, always provide the proper chew toys for him. When he chews something he is not suppose to, tap his nose use the firm “NO” and divert his attention to his toy. It will take a few times, but he will get it! Keep on loving him and he will become your best friend!! :)
          Anne



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          Carine Nadel wrote Oct 14, 2008
        • they teethe, just like kids!  when he starts to nip-tell him NO, not screaming, but very firm.  Get him a chew toy and hand it to him.
          Repeat often and as necessary.  It is a stage, but he needs to know it hurts and to use the chew toy instead!



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          Yana Berlin wrote Oct 14, 2008
        • Della,

          THANKS for the tips, I heard about the bell, I just didn’t believe it. Where do I get one? What is wet vac?

          MizMary,

          It’s a CHUG, a mixture of Pug and a Chuwawa, very adorable. His name is Stoli, (my son named him after Vodka....how original)

          Anne,

          I tell him no no biting all the time, he looks at me and continues to do his thing...I’m amazed at myself, I can’t even get mad.

          He does sleep and goes through out the day on his own to his little cage, but I was told to get a fence type area, is that a good idea? wouldn’t he pee on one side and play on the other when he has plenty of space?

          Ellen, glad to see you back, haven’t seen you in a while, all is good?
          Stoli’s toy of the moment is shoes...and when I pick him up he goes for my boob...such a man....

          Carine, stage????is it like kids stages???that never ends?    

          Thanks Ladies, I appreciate your input



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 14, 2008
        • Yana,
          I think a thump on the nose is necessary followed immediately by giving him something it is okay to chew on.. He won’t outgrow it anytime soon if you don’t teach him it isn’t acceptable. My hubby tolerates my love for animals but is adamant about none in the house (well except when the goat babies are born in the coldest of winter, and then they come inside - but in a playpen.) :) I have always wanted a Yorkie, but it will just be a wish unless I live longer than he does. LOL

          My two cents worth...



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          Inakika wrote Oct 14, 2008
        • Hi Yana,
          I agree with Nancy86, you must show him who the pack leader is. The mama dog nips at her babies to correct bad behavior, the nose tap should work nicely followed by a stern NO while making eye contact. After a while he will not only understand, he will look at you to see if you will re-inforce with the stare down. Make sure you do and be consistent.
          I got my babies (Duke and CoCo) when they were 3 months old and they are now 3 years old and well behaved. I don’t even have to fuss, I just say “Uh uh’ with feeling and they lower their heads and go lay down on their bed. If only my human kids had been this well behaved at their age! :) Good luck with Stoli, he’s a doll!



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          Pawleysgirl wrote Oct 14, 2008
        • Yana,

           I only used their playpen on our deck because they did  tend to have accidents in it. Its to big of a space for a puppy this age to feel like their home. They get excited when they are playing and it just happens...:)
          With all the good advice you have recivced I am sure you are going to be a great Mommy!! Stoli is precious!!



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