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Old 11-14-2010, 03:50 PM
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Hi, New here and need help.....

We adopted a 9 week old Hound/Shepherd mix about 4 days ago....I am having some issues which I know are normal, biting, whining etc. We have to crate train her do to work schedules. The schedule seems pretty good based on some web sites I looked at.

My question is how much time should she be in a crate when we are home? She gets very excited and bites like crazy....I know its only been a few days but I want to make sure we are on the right track at least.
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Hi, New here and need help.....

We adopted a 9 week old Hound/Shepherd mix about 4 days ago....I am having some issues which I know are normal, biting, whining etc. We have to crate train her do to work schedules. The schedule seems pretty good based on some web sites I looked at.

My question is how much time should she be in a crate when we are home? She gets very excited and bites like crazy....I know its only been a few days but I want to make sure we are on the right track at least.
Hello and welcome to the Forum!
There are lots of good threads in the puppy section for help on the biting problem. I would just offer a bit of general advice as well.
First... a tired puppy is a good puppy! So if puppy is super excited, she probably needs more exercise! Get her outside and toss a toy for her. Keep her focused on a toy to bite/play with. Find something she likes such as a stuffed animal, rope toy, or something that squeeks. You can even have a couple of "special toys" you get out only when you are playing with her, so these toys maintain their desirability, and that will help her to focus on them, rather than your pant legs and hands. Speaking of hands, never use your hands as play objects. What I mean is don't play-wrestle with her using your hands. That just stimulates a puppy to see your hands as sort of a pseudo-puppy to be jumped on and bitten in play as she would a littermate. Basically, the overall thing about biting is to redirect the pup to something she is allowed to bite... ie a toy.

A very important tactic for dealing with the biting-excited thing, in addition to giving her exercise, is also for you to learn not to over-stimulate her. It seems to be our human nature to kind of get a puppy more excited by stirring them up with our hands and talking to them in an excited voice. This gets puppies even more wound up! So learning to have a quiet voice, and a slower way with our bodies, helps puppies to be more calm. A rule of thumb is, the more excited the puppy gets, the calmer you need to be! You can even do the "statue" thing, where you do not move or react, just stand still with your arms crossed and close your eyes. After a few minutes she'll be wondering why you are not interacting and she'll sit down perplexed. When she does that, reward her with a treat! You want to reinforce anytime she is calm.

You can also train her to "sit" at this age. Sit is a very useful thing for a pup to know. When they "sit" they pretty much are not in trouble. Teach her this using kibble or tiny slices of hot dog. You don't need to touch the puppy. All you do is use the food as a sort of lure. First make sure she has had some running and gotten the jiggles out. Now get on the floor with her and let her see the treat. Slowly bring the treat up to her nose and over her head. As her head comes up, her butt will, at some point, plop down. As she sits, say "siiit!" in a nice happy voice and the instant her butt hits the ground, pop the treat in her mouth! In a few repetitions, she will get the connection. Carry a little bag of treats around with you and ask her to sit in a happy voice, on a regular basis. Soon enough she may even volunteer the sit to see if she can get a treat. Reward that! You will find that "sit" becomes her default mode. You can also ask her to sit, and reward her, when ever she is doing something you don't want her to do. Its MUCH easier and better for them, to tell a dog TO DO something, than just to shout "no" all the time.

As far as time in the crate when you are home... well, you only need to put her in there when you cannot be attending to her. If you are at work most of the day, then when you are home, she'll want to be with you as much as possible. Make sure you are either constantly watching, so you can get her out to pee at the first sign she needs to go, or you have her confined to her crate or a small room, where she won't want to potty too close to her bed. (see the house training threads). You can also put her on a leash and just keep her with you as you go about your business at home. She needs bonding time with you and plenty of love and interaction!

Do let us know how things are going and ask more questions if you have them! Do you have a good puppy book? Here is one I recommend.
Amazon.com: Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non Violent Guide to Early Training and Care (9781593375973): Paul Owens, Terence Cranendonk, Norma Eckroate: Books Amazon.com: Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non Violent Guide to Early Training and Care (9781593375973): Paul Owens, Terence Cranendonk, Norma Eckroate: Books
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Thanks for the help....have been trying some of these things since I posted. The Statue and Sit things seem to be working, but its still new .

I kind of put her on a crate schedule which I saw recommended here, I see her get tired but we do not put her in her crate a couple times in the afternoon it seems she wont nap and gets fresher. We have been using the schedule below for 2 days now and she seems comfortable with it.


630AM-645AM Potty Break
645AM -730AM Breakfast, Potty Walk
745AM-815AM Playtime, Potty Break, Nap
9AM-930AM Playtime, Potty Break, Nap
1130AM-1PM Potty Break, Lunch, Potty Break, Play, Potty Break Nap
3PM-4:30PM Potty Break,Playtime, Potty Break Nap
530PM-6:15PM Potty Break, Dinner, Play Time, Nap
7:30PM-8:15PM Potty Break, Play Time, Potty Break Nap
9-930PM Potty Break, Play Time, Potty Break
10PM Bed Time


Please let me know what you think....
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Looks like you have been doing your homework!
I think your schedule is a great place to start, but don't be afraid to modify it according to her needs as she grows and changes. For example as she gets older she'll need longer play times before naps. Go ahead and trust your own observations of her affect and make adjustments accordingly.
Looks like you are off to a very good start!
Any pics to post some time?
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I heard that puppies need to be really concentrating on something to tire them out - just playing with them or taking them for a walk/run etc may increase their energy. So, when you're walking or playing get them to also do things that make them think - like Tess says, teach them to 'sit' or 'down' or to walk on a lead. It's not so much that they'll instantly learn those things, it's just that it's using their brain and will tire them out more quickly than just playing.

On the crate issue - are you concerned that your pup may be in there too much? My mum bought a play-pen for her dog - large enough for him to move around (i.e. bigger than a crate) but not huge. She left him in there if she was out during the day for a couple of hours and he seemed fine. Despite that he could probably have jumped over the side, he never did.

Sounds like you've got a good schedule worked out (far more organised than I ever was!) so I'm sure you'll be fine once a routine has been established.

Keep us posted (have you got any photographs of your pup? - she sounds cute).
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Aaah - she's lovely. What a sweetie pie.
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another question

Whats everyone's opinion on waking a sleeping puppy? Today we had her out for a bit playing and such....I would love to let her just sleep all afternoon, but am I wrong in thinking that she will keep us up all night like a child would?
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I would let her sleep, she is still very young and should sleep a good amount of the day. And with her being so young I wouldn't worry about her waking up any more during the night than she normally would, but if you get a chance another little play session before bed wouldn't hurt.
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Always let sleepy puppies sleep. You don't want to stress their little immune systems by keeping them up if their bodies say "sleep now". She may be tired tonight after just a short time awake later, if she's already had a big day today.

Let us know how she is doing. She sure is a cutie!
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