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Old 04-20-2013, 07:35 PM
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Yeah, puppies nip when they play.

The key is time and consistency here--don't expect overnight success. But eventually, something like this WILL work:

1. The first two times Calypso nipped, I shoved a chew toy (usually a plushie, her favorites) into her face and said "Chew on this."
2. The third and fourth time, I disengaged from play. I stood up and turned my back to her and was unresponsive to her mewling and looks of accusation.
3. If she nipped a fifth time, it meant she was simply too keyed up to play nicely and needed some crate time to chill out. To prevent her from seeing her crate as punishment, I would guide her over to the crate and then do a couple very easy cues with her (mostly sit). Then I tossed a treat into the crate with her. That way, she continued to develop positive associations with the crate AND she learned that biting=end of play time.

Well, eventually.

Some people recommend yelping when your dog bites you, as that is a way dogs communicate with each other that play has gotten to rough. Calypso was always more energized by that, though, which I gather is not uncommon.

kikopup has a "stop biting" video on how to teach a dog not to bite, that you could look up.
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Yelping when Shadow bit me trying to play with me didn't work. I think it caused him to view me as a great, big, squeaky toy. The other thing is the brat had NO bite inhibition, when he bit he bit hard.

Doing what Sundog advised is what got him to stop biting me. When doing that you have to do it EVERY time the pup bites, if you let them get away with it some of the time she'll not understand what your trying to teach her and will keep trying. As said it does take time, with Shadow it took a couple weeks, but don't give up and keep doing it it will eventually work.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:25 AM
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Sundog thanks for those tips! I have started to notice that when he starts to really nip he is ready for a nap! When I put him in his kennel he sleeps almost immediately. I stop playing with him the other times he starts nipping and often goes off and plays by himself haha. Gues he doesn't need me as much as I think!

I have adopted a new positive outlook on this little guy as well.. Well starting yesterday ( so we will see how long it lasts, once his energy level and destruction increases). Hearing horror stories if other people's puppies had made me realize I have a pretty smart little guy who's doing better and better every day. Today we actually went out for dinner and left him for an hour! To come back to him sound asleep on the floor in his little area.

Thanks again for all the tips and support!!

Another question.. What do you all think of puppy classes? I have been bringing my puppy to my parents house and interacts well with my parents 3 well behaved healthy dogs. I wanted to sign him up for puppy classes but my boyfriend thinks we should wait and do the puppy intermediate classes which would be after 4 months.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:46 AM
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At the very least, wait until he's finished his puppy vaccines before introducing him to strange dogs, or environments (i.e. pet store) where you don't know if all the dogs are safe. Parvo in particular is very dangerous and scary for dogs who haven't completed the full vax series. So I guess that would be the intermediate age?

As far as the classes themselves goes, yeah, he's probably already getting the best of it (the socialization) by playing with your parents' dogs. Puppy kindergarten, as a couple of recent threads here have clarified, is mostly about (1) the dog getting to play and (2) the dog owner learning how to be a dog owner. kikopup's video series can do just as well for the latter.

That said, I *did* take Calypso to puppy classes and had a good experience. We did hers at Petsmart; I will caution you that I am pretty much the only DF member with good things to say about a Petsmart class. It's very dependent on the individual trainer. So you would want to talk to a potential trainer beforehand and make sure they are teaching positive reinforcement only (i.e. no talk of dominance, pack theory, alpha rolls, squirt bottles, etc). I think some people here have had better experiences with Petco; also if there is a dog obedience club/school in your area that could be a better option.

ETA: I love hearing that things are going better, even if it's just a temporary feeling still! See, y'all can and will make it!

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So we have puppy classes starting June 3 he will be fully vaccinated. Today however we put him in his kennel and he fell asleep, we went to the gym for an hour and came back and he was screaming and howling!!
Will this pass? He seems to really like his kennel but as soon as he wakes up he screams bloody murder to get out! I won't let him out untill he has settled but he doesn't seem to settle until he can see me. Otherwise he would bark Non stop I'm sure untill we came home.
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Oh do you ever have a puppy!!!! He will settle down eventually if you don't reinforce his barking by letting him out at that time....leave a radio or TV on for him when you leave, that might help. He might have just started when he heard the car come into the drive too, or your footsteps.. He is just a puppy, babies cry in their cribs too. Hang in there, DON'T feel guilty about it, lol.
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My Bree will start whining once she sees me through the window (she hears my car) and you'd think she'd been whining the entire time. But no, when a friend checks in on her for me and every time when I am dropped off by friends (i.e., she doesn't hear my car), I catch her sleeping in the bedroom or on the couch.
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My Bree will start whining once she sees me through the window (she hears my car) and you'd think she'd been whining the entire time. But no, when a friend checks in on her for me and every time when I am dropped off by friends (i.e., she doesn't hear my car), I catch her sleeping in the bedroom or on the couch.

I swear that they try to make you feel guilty! Especially the look of "how could you have left me?"...
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We are at the 10 week mark now. I was really starting to fall in love with the little guy and enjoy his puppy hood. But I think I may have enjoyed him too much. He now follows me everywhere and when I was taking a nap before my night shift today my boyfriend said he kept running to the door barking for me. When I woke up I went outside and they were playing together as soon as he saw me he was done playing and followed me around everywhere. He wouldn't come when my boyfriend called him either. Just stayed glued to me. Help!
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Does your boyfriend feed or train the puppy? He can always handfeed your little one and then he'd be just as beloved as you. Puppies can almost always be bribed
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