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Old 04-11-2013, 05:23 AM
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Hello! I am a new puppy owner and have a question concerning normal puppy behavior. My wife and I just adopted a pit/boxer puppy that is 7 weeks old. She is getting along quite well with the cats in the house and learning some basic commands already. The behavior that concerns me is that when she gets riled up and playing in a very excited state and we restrain her she snarls struggles for freedom. We restrain her when she is playing too rough with either us or our one cat who initiates play. Is this normal puppy behavior? Thanks.
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I think the other thread the response was, don't restrain her, that is positive punishment. Ignore her that is negative punishment, and a much better approach. Also as a new dog owner you owe it to your dog to learn dog calming signals. Remember it isn't what you think is +punishment, it is what the dog thinks it is.

Here's a couple of links for you to read:
https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...tioning-23702/
https://www.dogforum.com/dog-behavior...signals-10084/

And just in case you got Milan-ized: https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...nce-dogs-4076/

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First find a puppy training class. You can both socialize and learn basic commands together. There are also some excellent printed training guides, I like Barrons. Their books are breed specific and have detailed info for raising a bully or bully mix from puppyhood to old age. They have command learning and troubleshooting with photos.

Mouthy is a normal behavior in puppies of all breeds and hyper excitement is common in terriers. Your job is to teach the puppy that mouthing people is not acceptable at all-bite inhibition. The dog also has to learn-" Okay I am way way WAY excited here but now I have to bring it down several notches". There are many training techniques to change this behavior. You'll do fine.

Good idea now is to get into a good puppy training class, get some books too or look up internet reading, get a collection of toys-sturdy chew toys...a boxer/bully mix is going to be one happy chewer, and get in the habit now of at least a half hour, an hour or more as puppy grows, of daily exercise-walking/running/hiking/chasing a ball or stick. It's great bonding time and healthy for both of you.

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