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Old 11-13-2010, 02:36 AM
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Hi I got my new puppy today she is a Maltese shih tZu and is 14 weeks. She hasn't had her second vac so I'll get that done on Tuesday. I'm a little concerned because she has only weed twice today and hasn't pood. She's been eating and drinking. Is that normal?
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Old 11-13-2010, 06:15 AM
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New puppies need time to adjust in a new environment . I would also ask the vet to health check her when you go there for the vac
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Ditto alfi. One of my dogs didn't pee for hours when first bringing him to our home. Congrats on your new pup
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Hey that's all sorted I just have another couple of questions. Every time she sees someone other than me she barks and growls at them. When she does this I say no and pass her to them and they pat her so she knows them. She also keeps trying to chew on everything. The mat mtclotwa, anything really. I keep saying no and giving her her toy to play with which distracts her for at least a second. An thirdly she has been an outside dog so she loves being outside but I can't trust her by herself because she keeps eating the bark and the plants. I am worried shell choke or poison herself. I know she is a pup but does anyone have any ideas on how to stop these habits early?
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With my dogs i have just always told them a firm 'NO!" but you can always get a special repellent spray to help your pup stay away from things that you don't want to get chewed. My friend used it and its great.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:36 AM
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i bought new puppy online its nice

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First thing, when she growls at someone don't pass her to them...its just making her more scared and lead to shut down. She should meet people on the ground, so she can get away if she is scared. As for chewing you need to redirect her to a proper chew toy. Do not punish her, just remove the object she shouldn't chew on and give her one she should
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Instead of handing her to them, just act normally and give the other person a really enticing treat. Pup should be able to retreat if she wants to, but having something to encourage her to be interested in the new person wouldn't hurt
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Please don't punish her for growling at other people. She is telling you that she is afraid. Punishment (even a firm "no") will lead to more fear and anxiety. Like Crock says, just act normal, give her time to get used to the other person and give the other person a nice treat to give to the pup once pup is ready to approach. Let pup come forward when she is ready but don't force the issue.

Overall she is just really scared in her new environment and thinks she has to protect herself. What you need to do is model for her that there is nothing to be afraid of. So you want to avoid punishment, but also avoid coddling her when she is scared. That too will reinforce for her there is something to be afraid of. Put her on the ground (so you aren't coddling her) and ignore the anxiety. Tell your friend to ignore her too for a while, so she has time to get used to people. Its actually can be very scary for a dog when people come at them to cuddle and get in their faces.

Here's a great book on all this.
Amazon.com: On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals (9781929242368): Turid Rugaas: Books Amazon.com: On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals (9781929242368): Turid Rugaas: Books

Good luck and let us know how things go!

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Just want to say one more thing to clarify.... The problem with punishing a dog when it is fearfully growling, is it does not solve the underlying problem of being afraid. You may be able to teach the dog not to growl, but underneath, she is still scared.

Growling is a dog's way of communicating that she is getting nervous. Its a sort of warning. If we take away a dog's ability to warn us, then the next behavior (such as a snap) can come as a total surprise.

In general dogs do not want to be aggressive. They give us a whole series of behaviors to tell us that they are uncomfortable, fearful, very fearful, panicked, and finally they feel the need to lash out. Your pup is certainly giving you some body language before she starts to growl, that indicates her discomfort with the situation. Watch her carefully. Is she trying to turn away from people? Does she lick her lips? Is she acting shy? She is telling you the "pressure" of people so close is bothering her.

Ideally, we listen to the pup before she feels the need to growl and modify the situation so she is not feeling so threatened. For example, have people sit on the floor, and let pup approach at her own comfort level.

In the long run, you want a dog who is confident and comfortable with people. The way you create this is through many pleasant experiences with new people.
You model being relaxed with others, and she will follow your lead. Just let her take things at her own pace. She's a tiny little thing and her world is full of large, potentially scary people, who do not understand "dog language" so they are often displaying behaviors that are very threatening to a dog: such as getting in her face or controlling her with their hands.

Anyway, the book by Turid Rugaas would make all this very clear. She includes lots of pictures. I got a lot out of it and recommend it to anyone with a dog who displays some nervous behaviors. Good luck!

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