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Old 06-19-2013, 10:52 AM
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You are getting good advice here.

I think you know the answer yourself too. You must ALWAYS be gentle with your VOICE and your HANDS with a puppy and a dog.

You must totally give up yelling at him. Puppies are just plain annoying at times and they cannot help it. But nothing good will be learned by him from you yelling.

Promise him you will always be gentle with him and that you will never, ever shout at him again, ever. Then keep the promise.

And one more thing, do not roughhouse with him. Not only can he get hurt, but you are teaching him to be rough with humans and as he gets bigger, that will be a problem. Gentle play with toys, never human hands is the way to go.
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He gets close to me and lets me pet him, his licking of lips has calmed down a bit and he lets me touch him for a little longer however he still seems tense when I pet him. Like really uptight.
Don't pet him then. Forcing the issue will make him more uncomfortable.

As you work to regain his trust, you can hold a delicious chew toy for him while he sits in your lap. In time, he will start to enjoy your touch again.

But you must take your time with this. Do not rush him or you will go backwards away from your goal.

Think in terms of weeks, not days, to get your relationship back on track. Going slowly will make the progress stick and be permanent. Rushing him will lead to relapses.

Watch his behaviors (seems like you are doing well learning calming signals) and gauge your actions accordingly.
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Thanks again for the help I've seen progress with him so far which is good. Since hes a pup and all he does is sleep and play how often should I try to be close with him? Should I sit in the backyard with him every time he wakes up? Should I have someone with me when he wakes up so he feels more comfortable or should I try to just let him approach me when I'm by myself. I move away every time he tries to bite me and just calmly tell him to stop, if he doesn't I just scoot away. He seems to be able to spend more time with me nearby now. However, he gives me this hurt look every time I move away, is that ok? Or is bad ?
Try and be close to him as often as he is awake. He wants company, he wants to be by his family, like I wrote before it's instinct for him, he's just very wary of you right now. The more often you are around, being calm and causing good things to happen to him the faster he'll realize that you are a very good person to be around because you are safe. Tess is completely right, it won't happen overnight and could take days or weeks to completely repair your relationship.

The hurt look is likely confusion, replace whatever body part he's trying to bite, with something he can bite, and only move away when he persist in dropping the toy or chew and biting you. Doing that you'll teach him what he can bite, on top of teaching him to not bite you.

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He gets close to me and lets me pet him, his licking of lips has calmed down a bit and he lets me touch him for a little longer however he still seems tense when I pet him. Like really uptight.
What I do with animals that seem to not want to be touched is to listen to what they seem to be saying. I'll just be near them, talking gently to them (unless they spook at the sound of my voice), dropping treats for them or holding them so that they can eat them out my hand, holding my hand out so that they can sniff it. If they are open to being petted then I'll pet them a couple times then stop. I try and leave them still wanting to be pet. Eventually they start following me trying to get my attention. It seems to start them thinking, "Oh, wait, I was enjoying that. Can you please pet me some more?" If they don't seem to want to be pet I respect that.
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