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:wah: A new bundle of fun, eh, Arnie. Best of luck and welcome to the fluffy teeth.
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You've got a dominance issue on your hands, Arnie. And probably a teething issue, too! Does puppy have plenty of things to chew on to alleviate the irritation of growing the adult teeth?

When puppy is chewing on you, at the first bite, give a sharp, loud, "No!!" and walk away, ending the "game" that puppy is playing. Do not allow her to follow, and if you have to, separate her from yourselves. Are you crate training? Whatever you do, do NOT use her crate, (if you're going that route) as a punishment.

Also, reinforce your dominanace over her by making her roll onto her back in your arms and submit to you messing with her belly, throat and feet. If she resists this, reinforce her by grabbing her scruff, gently, and forcing her to submit. Yes, it sounds harsh, but it's not. Puppy is learning where she falls in the heirarchy of her new "pack" and you need to get that message across to her clearly: that she is Omega dog and everyone else in the house ranks above her. Calm, assertive leadership!!
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ArnoldLayne wrote: Excellent as always BR.



Yes she has plenty of chews and toys in general



I think you are absolutely right. Even at 8 weeks she is trying to dominate. We certainly do have a dominance issue



Can you explain about the "crate" trining. We dont keep her in a crate but there is a seperate part of our house where she will sleep. She has her bed and food there
Aw shucks.... :yh_blush Thanks, Arnold!



Let me go get a link for you that explains crate training. It's what I always reccommend for new pups, and I believe Val is a fan of this method, but I'll let her say her own piece.



Now lemme go find that link....
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Here ya go: Crate training described and explained plainly and simply.



http://www.perfectpaws.com/crt.html
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I agree with babyrider, we crate trained our dogs and it works very well!
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What a little beauty she is :-4 and I know what your going through my little 4month Beagle is just the same. The crate thing was suggested to me but we managed without it, like you he has his own little space with his bed and food.

Now that he knows who is boss it is getting easier, but I do have to keep reminding him or he forgets and tries to rule the roost.

The peeing thing has gotten less as he's has got bigger.

The one thing I cant seem to stop him doing is pinching things and keeping them in his bed. :wah: Good luck Arnold.















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*leaves all professional, rational, and brilliant advice giving to BR and Val*

Oh what a cute little boy!

Who has licks for Auntie Cher?!!:-4
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Oh, what a lovely puppy you have Arnold!:-4

I wonder if we need a crate for Nomad?:confused:
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chonsigirl wrote: Oh, what a lovely puppy you have Arnold!:-4

I wonder if we need a crate for Nomad?:confused:


Chonsi

I recommend a muzzle as well ;)
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Hey Auntie Val will take some kisses, too!!



Good link BR and yes I'm a fan of crate training. Tamsen was the first

pup I'd ever used a crate with... and she was completely, reliably

(to the point of being left loose in the house at night) housetrained,

NO accidents, by 11 1/2 weeks old. Can't beat it.



Vigilance is key. I think the rule for them being able to "hold it" is

1 hour for every month of age, so puppers should only be asked to

wait for 2 hours right now. That's the rule, but if it were me training

a pup again (and I plan on never doing another! ;) ) I'd go

overboard on the trips outside. ALWAYS go with her to her potty spot,

act like a maniac with the praise when she goes. Take her out after eating,

after naps, after play... lots.



For the chewing and dominance issues, what BR said about the NO's

and the "alpha rolls" are very good. I would only add, she is NOT too

young to practice NILIF (Nothing In Life is Free) with. I'd nip this

stuff in the bud right now while she's small. Here is a basic website,

if you want to get into it more there are others.

http://www.k9deb.com/nilif.htm



Don't cater to the puppy. (Except of course for her potty needs!) Her

wolf ancestors would have taught her her place in your pack, minus those

guys you will have to do it. Get the whole family on board with this, it

isn't going to work if one person tells her no for something and the other

one laughs at the behavior. (AHEM, Tamsen turned out fine but her daddy

was guilty of this!!)



For chewies, one thing I liked to do was get some baguettes, cut them

in pieces, and leave them on top of the fridge or something until they

dry out. They won't hurt the pup if she consumes them, and will give

her a workout meanwhile. Any time she goes for something she shouldn't,

SUBSTITUTE. Rotate toys, if she needs it (Tamsen did) and stick one of

those in her mouth. Something called a "Kong" is good, you can put

peanut butter in them and they work forever getting it out.



If you don't want to go the crate route, you can tether her next to

you at night. With her own bed. I'd say she's not allowed on any

furniture for a loooong time, but that's really up to you.



When you take her in for her vet exam, you might ask them about

picking her water up at a certain time in the evening. Helps make for

fewer nightime trips. I never did this, though, didn't feel I needed to and

worries about other problems (UTI's) if I did.



I'm so excited for you!! Pat her pink little puppy tummy for me!!



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Post by LilacDragon »

Sounds like you have a perfectly wonderful, puppy on your hand.

At this age, you have a puppy that knows absolutely nothing about commands, where to potty or what is safe to chew on. Fairness and consistancy is the rule.

Potty training can be accomplished with a good schedule and a sharp eye. Remember, dogs don't think like people do, so unless you catch the little terrorist..umm..terrier in the act, scolding will do you no good at all. Every time she goes outside, tell her how marvelous she is and make a big deal out of it. If she starts to go on the floor, simply tell her no, scoop her up and take her outside. She should go outside about 15 minutes after eating, immediately after rough indoor play and immediately after a nap. Also, it is important that you let her go when she is outside, even if it means you are out longer then you had hoped to be.

As for biting - at 8 weeks old, she shouldn't be teething yet. But, think on this - babies (of the two legged type) pick up everything and put it in their mouths. Puppies are much the same. But they have no hands, so the mouth it is. If she is biting you then you can stand up and remove your hands from her reach. If she is chewing a pantleg or foot, then your best bet is to give her a toy that she can chew instead. You might find that having a stash of small toys is handy as you can keep one on your person at all times. :D Be sure to tell her no when you remove your body part and yes when she has the toy!

While I have never disagreed with BR on pet advice before, I must warn about rolling a puppy on it's back. While once a regularly accepted method of teaching a pup who is boss, it is no longer thought of as such. I will explain why. By the time one decides that they must explain to a puppy who is boss, the puppy is on a tear. Adrenaline is flowing and the pup is a bit worked up, maybe even mad that you won't let it do what it wants to. The last thing a dog of any age wants when it is in a "mood" like this is to be forced into a submissive position and the reaction you will get is not for the dog to calm down, but to fight even more then it was when you started. Sure, if you hold it on it's back long enough, sooner or later it is bound to relent and give up. What you need to do is stop the aggitation as quickly as possible. Redirecting usually works best.
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Couple things I wanted to mention: A tired puppy is a good puppy.

Long play times=long nap times.



And here are 2 really good books:

The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete

The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell



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this is the thing that concerns me about having a pup, my lia was just like your sam, she once ripped up some lino & chewed buttons off clothes a few times, other than that evrything was perfect, couldent ask for a better dog, i will be watching this thread to see how things go before i venture into pup world again

we're very lucky here in the garden to have such knowledgeble members on the subject

p.s - your pup's a very hansome breed :-4
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Tell us how your puppy was today, Arnold.

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Oh, I hear a birthday hint in that post, Arnold!:)

Mrs. Arnold, are you reading this?
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SnoozeControl wrote: Ooooh, this is a big birfday for you, isn't it? A landmark birfday.:sneaky:
Oh, how old? (I am so rude):)
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Ah, you left her some hints, good going Arnold!

Left the newspaper sale page open on the kitchen table, with a big red circle around your desired goodie?
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:wah: Good going Arnold! I'm sure she noticed it, while cleaning up the kitchen!

You can always drop subtle hints for the next few days:

"My dear, you're as pretty as a picture!"

"Do you know how photogenic you are, my darling?"

"I wish I had a camera to capture this moment?"



Ghads, that's the stuff we used to say at Christmas time!:wah:
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I love reading this thread.

I never ever get tired of doggie talk.

My Buster had to go to the vet unexpectedly last week and put under with gas!:(

He is absolutely fine but here is the brief story.

Buster chews viciously on toys. VICIOUSLY. Every once in a blue moon, he'll get a thread from a toy stuck in his teeth. On two occasions, I've been able to pry his lips apart and pull it out with tweezers. Well, this one I couldn't even see, it was so far back.

The vet techs couldn't reach it either & asked me if they could put him out so they could reach wayyyyyyyyyyy back. Sure enough, it was a piece of brown felt from a toy.

He was so good; the techs and the vet himself said he didn't even try to bite them when they're hands were way down his mouth.

Arnie Baby, I apologize for the digression here! But please give us a daily update in this thread. We would love to hear about your little girl every day!! :-6
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I know what you mean, Arnie Baby!

Buster loves to stick his nose down a hole in our yard where Maurice the woodchuck lives. :rolleyes:
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Ha-I can see Arnold chasing sweet puppy all over the place..........................:)

Domnance, Arnold!

Show her you are the boss!

:wah: Of course, this will not work for your wife.......................
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:wah:
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ArnoldLayne wrote: No illusions about who is boss Chonsi. I married Mrs Right.....I just didnt know her first name was Always :lips:


:) Arnie :)
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