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Old 12-05-2013, 04:52 AM
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Separation and biting- help pls

Hi, I'm after some advice on my pup.
She is nine weeks and I've had her since Sunday, she's a chihuahua x pomeranium. I seem to have two problems with her: separation and biting.

I crate her overnight and when I go out. Last night she seemed to settle better but I'm not sure if its because I left the light on. But when she's in the front room with me she needs to be on me. When I'm doing the washing up she lays on my feet, I've tried moving her to her bed and saying "toffee bed" and eventually she'll stay there. If I'm on the sofa with my feet up she'll go mad and try jumping up. When I leave the room to go to the loo she howls until I get back.

The biting is normally during play and I try to steer her towards her toys instead. But if she's chewing the furniture I say no and move her to where her toys are, she'll bite me hard and then chase me biting my feet.

What is the best way to reduce the separation problems and to stop her biting.

Many thanks
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Redirecting with biting is great! Since your puppy is so young, if possible, you may want to section her off to a smaller part of the house/apartment, using a baby gate or a X-pen, preferably in a spot that is away from furniture. This will help keep her away from the furniture. You can also try spraying some bitter spray on the parts of the furniture that she likes to chew.

My puppy was a constant, strong biter. We found it to be helpful to redirect, and then, if he kept biting, we would get up, leave his penned-in area for about 15 seconds-2 minutes, and then come back. If he bit again, we'd leave again. If he kept biting after several rounds of this, we'd put him in his crate for 5-15 minutes so he could calm down, and we'd put some kind of chew toy in the crate for him. It took a while for him to understand what was going on, but eventually, he got it. He still nips occasionally, but not nearly as much as he was before. Some of the biting also may have to do with age...9 weeks old, a puppy is going to explore everything with their mouth. As they get older, you find her urge to nip and bite decreases.

I do not have any advice regarding the separation piece, but again, some of that may be related to age and how long she's been living with you. Theo cried when separated from us for a few weeks, but as he got used to the house, and understood that we would come back, he stopped.
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