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Old 04-21-2011, 09:47 AM
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Puppy biting and being left alone

I'm a new dog owner and I just got an 8 week old pug from a breeder about 5 days ago (last Saturday). he's a very sweet and friendly puppy, and has been very good in social situations. we had a family gathering the day after we got him, and he was really good.

I took the day off on monday and took him to the vet to get him checked up to make sure everything's in order, but then I had to return to work on Tuesday, which meant that I had to leave him alone in his crate for a good part of the day. I live close to work so I could come home during lunch to let him out and feed him and my wife leaves a bit later than I do for work so she'd walk him before she left for work. That first tuesday I came home during lunch and noticed that he had wet in his crate, so we had to adjust and make sure someone was able to take him out every few hours so now I'm coming home during lunch and around 3pm to let him out and then let him out again once I get home at 530.

he still fusses a bit everytime I put him in his cage/crate, but I'm now feeding him in his crate to make it more homely for him. he hasn't had an accident in his crate since the first day we left him alone (altho that has only been 2 days ago!) but that was also the only time he's had an accident in there, probably because we left him alone for too long and he couldn't hold it any longer.

so, the last couple of days, he's started to bite at our fingers, toes and clothes. he never did that the first 3 days when someone was able to be with him most of the day. I tried to calm him down by letting him play in my lap with a toy, but he'd bite at the toy for a sec and go back to biting at my socks, or pants. once he did that, I tried putting him on the ground instead, but he'd rush back and bite at my clothes again. I tried leaving the room for a sec, but that didn't work either and he would run off and pee on the ground somewhere when I did it (even tho I had taken him out less than an hour before that!). I was finally able to calm him down by carrying him in my arms and walking around almost cooing him like a baby (while fighting off his bite attacks at my shirt). so I guess my question is, how do I stop this? is he acting up because he's being left in a crate for so long during the day?

also, I can't always calm him down before I put him back into his crate, is there something I can do to calm him down quickly? and should I not put him back into his crate if he isn't calm? I have been giving him a treat to coax him into his crate, but then he whines for a short while as I'm leaving to get back to work.

thanks for any help you guys can provide!
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kikopup can help a lot she is a very positive trainer see if any of these thing help.
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thanks I'll have to try that out. it just seems that his biting is more aggressive than playing, which is not a good thing. so I had to ask if it was related to him being left alone for so long during the day.
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Almost every puppy in the world is going to bite and mouth everything. It's completely normal and it doesn't have anything to do with you leaving him in the crate or aggression.

But I do think you should work a bit more on crate training, here's a great sticky on it https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training/crate-training-faq-3974/

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thanks I'll have to try that out. it just seems that his biting is more aggressive than playing, which is not a good thing. so I had to ask if it was related to him being left alone for so long during the day.
Puppies should be left with the mother for at least 12 weeks.
The mother dog usually teaches bite retention to the pups if give enough time with the pup. If taken from the mother to soon the new owner has to teach them that biting is not acceptable.
If you use the kikopup method you can easily teach the pup what is the acceptable way to use his mouth. All dogs of any age use their mouths. You have to teach them that mouthing is OK but teeth are not allowed.
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Puppies should be left with the mother for at least 12 weeks.
The mother dog usually teaches bite retention to the pups if give enough time with the pup. If taken from the mother to soon the new owner has to teach them that biting is not acceptable.
If you use the kikopup method you can easily teach the pup what is the acceptable way to use his mouth. All dogs of any age use their mouths. You have to teach them that mouthing is OK but teeth are not allowed.
I think you mean bite inhibition
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its common practice to allow dogs to go at 8 weeks and is by many standards perfectly normal.
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Hi, We had lots of problems when we got our Cocker Spaniel Eddie similar to what you are describing, after a while we realised he was suffering with seperation anxiety.

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he's going into his crate by himself now and not whining. in the morning he'll whine so he can get out to go pee.

the major thing right now is him biting my hands, socks, feet, pant leg, shirt, and even if I put a chew toy in his face to play with instead, he'll go for my sock or shirt. when he does that I put him in a timeout until he calms down, is this approach ok? I am planning on trying out the clicker training, but I haven't had a chance to get to the store to grab one yet.
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