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Old 05-07-2013, 10:56 AM
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Attack of the puppy!

For the most part, Goose is an excellent little pup, but as every puppy he has his bursts of hyperness and just wants to destroy everything! I live with college age boys and they leave their stuff all around the house, so it makes it really hard to get Goose to chew on his toys and not their things. I'm so tempted to just let him destroy their stuff, but I don't want him to think it's okay to chew on things that aren't his toys.
When I try and replace what he is chewing on with a toy, he isn't interested at all. Of course he is more interested in everything he shouldn't be chewing on. I know he will grow out of this eventually, but for the sake of my things, how do I get him to chew on toys rather than people and our things?
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:40 PM
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And now he has begun the biting and not letting go of the clothes. Every time I get near him he bites me. So I ran around the house about 3 times with him chasing me to try and tire him out because he wouldn't accept the toys I was offering him. I guess my jeans just seemed way more appetizing. He did take the pig ear I gave him though.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:06 PM
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Patience and time, patience and time. We always think our tricks should work instantly, but it just takes repetition repetition repetition.

With Calypso, I instituted a rule wherein if she kept nipping at my hands/shoes even after I shoved a chew toy in her face, it meant she was too keyed up to play nicely and she needed some time to chill out in her crate. So I would call her over to the crate, have her do a couple of easy cues to win little treats, and then toss a bit of treat into her crate so she would go in. After a little while either she would be asleep (rarely), or we would try again with the playing! Eventually, she came to see her crate as a Magic Pez Dispenser on one hand, and she learned not to bite people's hands or clothing on the other.

As far as stuff lying around the house, the key here really is management. Calypso learned, slowly and laboriously, not to chew on shoes left out, and my furniture has been safe for a few months, but just this afternoon I lost a stack of Post-It Notes to dog teeth because they were A New Thing that fell on the floor. It might be useful to keep Goose on a tether tied to you or your desk if you can't watch him 100% of the time, or you might consider investing in a playpen/exercise pen. The one I got for Calypso was not cheap, but it has been worth fifty times its weight in...I imagine the purchase price of plutonium is higher than that of gold, so we'll go with fifty times its weight in plutonium.

As for the always biting you right now: always approach him with something to chew on in your hand. If he bites at you anyway, crate time, or you just walk away. It will take time, but he will learn that biting=no human.
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For the land sharking I did what Sundog suggested. I kept a dog toy by me at all times and when he bit me, I'd ask where the toy was, give him the toy and play with him with it, if he dropped it and bit me I repeated giving him the toy, if he still tried to bite me then all play stopped and the human chew toy went away (time out time). I did that EVERY time he tried biting me. It took a couple weeks but one day he started to bite me, stopped, got a thoughtful look on his face and ran and got his toy, SUCCESS!!!!.

For his chewing up your roommates things. I'd probably politely ask them to pick up their stuff so it doesn't get destroyed. If they didn't listen I'd be sorely tempted to just let Goose destroy whatever is left out, but there's two major problems with that. You named one, he won't learn to not destroy your's and other peoples things, and the other is that he could get very sick from eating non edible things. So what I'd probably do is get some kind of Goose proof container like a garbage can, label it Lost and Found, and then calmly pick up whatever they leave lying around and toss it into the container. Shoes, cell phones, books, paper, clothing, DVDs, CDs, if you really want to be mean food and drink, it all goes into the container.
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Thank's for the reassurance guys. I know it takes time, but I keep thinking of the end result. Even though I know it takes time to get there, I still wish that it would happen faster! Everyone around me keeps wanting me to scare him into not biting and stuff like that, but I know that isn't the best way to go about things.

I'm trying to get everyone else on board with the way I want to train him, because I know consistency is the most important thing.
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