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Old 12-23-2011, 04:02 PM
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Our 11 week old puppy is extremely hyper and I guess his idea of playing is chasing the kids around and trying to bite them. I have 6 kids and no matter how many of them I try to get and sit there seems to be one always up that the dog can chase after. I've told them to yelp and ignore him when he bites but he could care less, he just nips and nips and nips.

Today after he started I took him out to try for a walk by myself (usually hubby helps) and he was awful. He kept trying to get behind me and bite my legs and then just sitting and staring at me while I tried to walk. After 15-20 minutes of "walking" we got home and he played in the yard attacking the leash. It was like he was rabid or something with all the biting and growling.

This week I started crate training him so maybe that's part of the problem?! My kids are starting to act scared of him which I can understand but that's not what I want. Help me because I don't know what to do!

I do have a few specific questions:

1. When he starts running around trying to bite do I get the kids to leave the room/quiet down or put him in his crate?

2. How long a walk should an 11 week puppy go on to get rid of all that energy?!?!

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Ah! Welcome to the wonderful world of puppies.... they are alligators with fur!

6 kids is going to be extremely stimulating for a puppy. The puppy will play with the children as if they were also puppies, and if you've seen puppies playing, its all about chewing on each other!

To survive the next few months, you are going to have to MANAGE the situation a LOT. That will mean separating the puppy from the children a lot of the time, especially when the puppy is feeling energetic and the children are active. Use a baby gate to pen the puppy into an adjoining room, or put the puppy in a crate, in the room where you all are.

Plan and manage times for the puppy to be with the kids. Have the kids sit quietly on the floor and teach the kids to teach the puppy to "sit" quietly for a treat. A few minutes at a time is plenty. Stop before the situation deteriorates!

To answer your question about exercise, a puppy that age can handle several 20 minute sessions of running around outside each day. Take him to the yard and toss a toy to get him vigorously running around. Forced "marches" down the sidewalk don't work very well at this age, as you've noticed. The pup is just too young to understand how to walk nicely on a leash yet. He'd do much better if you can have him running free in an enclosed/safe area. That way you can focus him on a toy rather than the most interesting thing being your moving feet and pantlegs!

Here are a couple of book you might really like and would help you out. I'd recommend both, as they compliment each other nicely. One is more over all perspective, the other step by step training advice.

Amazon.com: puppy primer Amazon.com: puppy primer


Amazon.com: Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog (9781577314554): Dr. Ian Dunbar: Books Amazon.com: Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog (9781577314554): Dr. Ian Dunbar: Books

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Thank you for your help!!

He is a stinker, he has jumped over two gates (I moved one higher) today and is trying to chew his way out of his crate. I'll find a way to contain him somehow though
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Thank you for your help!!

He is a stinker, he has jumped over two gates (I moved one higher) today and is trying to chew his way out of his crate. I'll find a way to contain him somehow though
these might help with the training.
Stop puppies biting- clicker dog training - YouTube
Crate Training- Part 1- Clicker dog Training - YouTube
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This is how dogs learn bite inhibition - it's very important that dogs learn how to soften their bites before they're taught not to bite at all. I trained my dog like this - stopping my pup biting me hard, then getting softer and softer.

I also made sure that he learnt that he wasn't allowed to mouth the kids at all by supervising their contact. When he was around the kids, he was on a house lead - the whole time. It took a couple of months. Now I can let him off lead with the babies that are regular visitors, still with constant supervision though and without allowing the babies to tug at him etc.
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Also, this one.
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Dr. Ian is so young in that video! He's been teaching the world this stuff for quite some time.
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Dr. Ian is so young in that video! He's been teaching the world this stuff for quite some time.
I know! I had to look twice.
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