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Old 02-03-2013, 06:27 PM
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First puppy.

I am finding my new puppy very hard work and I am soooooo tired, I need eyes in the back of my head and I can only relax when he is asleep, it does not help that he's been stuck inside for 4 weeks as his vaccinations were kicking in, he has so much energy he needs to get rid off, thank god he can go out tomorrow.

Luckily we have sorted the biting and snapping though he mouths now so were working on that, we went with the yelp and ignore method though at times this was useless especially when he bit hard he left punchure marks, we have not smacked or tapped his nose for fear of head fear.

He's still doing some toilet buiness on the carpet and sofa but he's good at going on his puppy pads most the time.

Well, he's a working progress as he needs teaching what to do and I am exhausted tbh
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Congrats on your first puppy! I remember being exhausted for the first few months but they grow up so fast. Puppy teeth are sharp! If yelping isn't working for you, try making another strange noise to get his attention--then ignore (honestly I probably sounded like a strange cow ). Don't worry all the hard work you're putting in now will pay off in the future. Going outside tomorrow should be fun
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:41 PM
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Welcome! Puppies are a lot of work but so worth it! It will get easier! There are a lot of stickeys on DF that might help you out....are you crate training??? One of our houlas just loves her crate/cave, LOL>
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:08 PM
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They are a handful, but enjoy your pup while he's little. They will grow up fast and leave you with puppy fever in a few years

As far as the biting goes, I've always found that a simple "oops!" to mark and ignore has worked well enough. I'm not sure they register a yelp from a human the same way they would a yelp from another pup (they know we're not dogs!), and some puppies just seem to get more excited by it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:18 PM
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I swear the first 2 years with Remy were hellish. She is a VERY (very very very very very VERY!) high energy dog and would become destructive when bored. She was also absolutely mean as a puppy. She bit and snapped and attacked feet. She also thought the game "you can't catch me" was fun. So here I was, a 17 (almost 18) year old girl with this insane puppy who just happened to turn into a very smart and "strong" breed dog. But hey, I got through it

She pulled up 6 square feet of linoleum, ate a cactus, and chewed a hole through my drywall. Now, minus her leash reactivity she is an incredible dog. IF she gets enough exercise and mental stimulation.

You should check out kikopup on YouTube as she is an incredible trainer. I just found out about her this year and her methods have been working wonders for Remy.

I didn`t crate train Remy (nor am I actually crate training my current puppy honestly) but it will help a lot. As for the biting, I used TV personnel`s advice (dominance theory) when Remy was younger and it made the problem worse. She would be sneaky to do `bad`things because she didn`t WANT to do the behaviors I desired of her.

Your puppy is very cute I like the name Bruno!
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Hello everyone! Obviously new here, and I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one struggling with my puppy. My pup is 2 months old and I'm going through the exact same thing as @shaz (glad to know it'll get easier).

Any suggestions for unnecessary barking? I'm guessing it may be because she's stuck in her cage (my grandmother isn't very fond of dogs) and she incessantly barks when someone comes near the cage. The barking isn't aggressive in any way, it's more like a plea. And I definitely don't want her to get the idea that [bark=free from the cage]

Thanks for reading -terribletwos
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:43 PM
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Thanks for all the replys, yes, it's a working progress, bruno has stopped biting as much, we went out today and hes been a different dog, more tired lol less tiring for us....yes, i am crate training also, i brought a extra large one and it drowns him but i must add its only for when we go out not for bedtime, he sleeps with us x
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So cute to hear your dog sleeps with you at night....welcome to the club! LOL. Lucky dog! Let us know how he operates with the crate, if he likes to go in to chill, etc. It would be interesting for me to hear, thanks!
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Flirt poles (dog toy fixed to a rope on a stick) will help wear the pup out when y'all can't take him out for a walk.


Enjoy them while they are pups, they grow up so fast! Blink and you miss something LOL.

@TerribleTwos How long is she in the crate? She should be having plenty of time out of it when you are home otherwise it doesn't become a safe place to be but it's the equivalent of doggy jail and little better then being at an animal shelter. A full grown dog should only be crated for 8 to 10 hours a day max and even that should only be 3 or 4 times a week. A young pup like yours will need to be let out to potty every 2 or 3 hours otherwise you are only teaching the pup to pee and poo where it sleeps.

She's barking because she wants to be out with you, and your family, one thing to do is NEVER let her out when she's barking, and to take her out and give her lots of treats, play time, and love, when she's quiet. Tire her out by playing with her and exercising her before putting her in the crate so that she's ready to sleep and settle down when she's in there. Give her some toys, food puzzles, and chew toys to entertain her when she's in there
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:46 PM
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Such great input in the posts above! You might want to PM Moon as he has a new puppy also!!! Maybe you can get additional tips on what he does to tucker his pup out!
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