He keeps biting my hands and ankles! Ouch!:-)
Hello Shea, Starting today, use the "Yelp" method. BUT at the same time, begin teaching "Leave It" from the "Leave It" method. As soon as pup is good as the Leave It game, start telling pup to "Leave It" when he attempts to bite or is tempted to bite. Reward pup if he makes a good choice. If he disobeys your leave it command, use the Pressure method to gently discipline pup for biting when you told him not to. The order or all of this is very important - the Yelp method can be used for the next couple of weeks while pup is learning leave it, but leave it will teach pup to stop the biting entirely. The pressure method teaches pup that you mean what you say without being overly harsh - but because you have taught pup to leave it first, pup clearly understands that you are not just roughhousing (which is what pup probably thinks most of the time right now), so it is more effective. I would also work on teaching the Out command, and then use the section from the article on How to Use Out to Deal with Pushiness, to enforce it when pup doesn't listen, especially around other animals or kids. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Another important part of this is puppy learning bite inhibition. Puppies have to learn while young how to control the pressure of their mouths - this is typically done through play with other puppies. See if there is a puppy class in your area that comes well recommended and has time for moderated off-leash puppy play. If you can't join a class, look for a free puppy play group, or recruit some friends with puppies to come over if you can and create your own group. You are looking for puppies under 6 months of age - since young puppies play differently than adult dogs. Moderate the puppies' play and whenever one pup seems overwhelmed or they are all getting too excited, interrupt their play, let everyone calm down, then let the most timid pup go first to see if they still want to play - if they do, then you can let the other puppies go too when they are waiting for permission. Finding a good puppy class - no class will be ideal but here's what to shoot for: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/puppy-classes-when-to-start/ When pup gets especially wound up, he probably needs a nap too. At this age puppies will sometimes get really hyper when they are overtired or haven't had any mental stimulation through something like training. When you spot that and think pup could be tired, place pup in their crate or an exercise pen with a food stuffed Kong for a bit to help him calm down and rest. Finally, check out the PDF e-book downloads found on this website, written by one of the founders of the association of professional dog trainers, and a pioneer in starting puppy kindergarten classes in the USA. Click on the pictures of the puppies to download the PDF books: https://www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads/ Know that mouthiness at this age is completely normal. It's not fun but it is normal for it to take some time for a puppy to learn self-control well enough to stop. Try not to get discouraged if you don't see instant progress, any progress and moving in the right direction in this area is good, so keep working at it. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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this is our first time getting a dog and we have chosen to get a boxer, but every time we walk him he get's aggressive with the leash, he also pulls on the walks.
Any help would be kindly appreciated.
Hello, Check out the two articles IO have linked below. Start with getting pup used to the leash and leash pressure with the first article. Once pup is okay with the leash, the use the turns method from the second article for pulling, to teach Heel. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-your-puppy-to-accept-leash Turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My puppy bites me and others very hard sometimes.
He even growls at us. I have tried the yelping method but no success.
Hello! Here is information on nipping/biting. Nipping: Puppies may nip for a number of reasons. Nipping can be a means of energy release, getting attention, interacting and exploring their environment or it could be a habit that helps with teething. Whatever the cause, nipping can still be painful for the receiver, and it’s an action that pet parents want to curb. Some ways to stop biting before it becomes a real problem include: Using teething toys. Distracting with and redirecting your dog’s biting to safe and durable chew toys is one way to keep them from focusing their mouthy energies to an approved location and teach them what biting habits are acceptable. Making sure your dog is getting the proper amount of exercise. Exercise is huge. Different dogs have different exercise needs based on their breed and size, so check with your veterinarian to make sure that yours is getting the exercise they need. Dogs—and especially puppies—use their playtime to get out extra energy. With too much pent-up energy, your pup may resort to play biting. Having them expel their energy in positive ways - including both physical and mental exercise - will help mitigate extra nips. Being consistent. Training your dog takes patience, practice and consistency. With the right training techniques and commitment, your dog will learn what is preferred behavior. While sometimes it may be easier to let a little nipping activity go, be sure to remain consistent in your cues and redirection. That way, boundaries are clear to your dog. Using positive reinforcement. To establish preferred behaviors, use positive reinforcement when your dog exhibits the correct behavior. For instance, praise and treat your puppy when they listen to your cue to stop unwanted biting as well as when they choose an appropriate teething toy on their own. Saying “Ouch!” The next time your puppy becomes too exuberant and nips you, say “OUCH!” in a very shocked tone and immediately stop playing with them. Your puppy should learn - just as they did with their littermates - that their form of play has become unwanted. When they stop, ensure that you follow up with positive reinforcement by offering praise, treat and/or resuming play. Letting every interaction with your puppy be a learning opportunity. While there are moments of dedicated training time, every interaction with your dog can be used as a potential teaching moment.
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She will not leave my 8 yr old Lab alone. No matter what we try this pup will not stop barking at her & challenging her. When we are outside my lab will play with her but in the house she will not.
Hello Kim, First, I suggest crate training the puppy. Use the Surprise method from the article linked below to gradually help him learn to be calm in the crate and to relax by using rewards for being Quiet. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Crate pup at night and when you leave, and you can use an exercise pen with some toys in it also. When you cannot directly supervise the dogs together, puppy should be crated or in the pen. If you want pup to be free but don't want to chase after her while you are home, you can also clip her to yourself using a six-foot leash, so that she has to stay near you and not wander near your other dog. When you are supervising, teach both dogs the Out command (which means leave the area) and make whoever is causing issues leave the area as needed (like pup pestering your older dog). Pay attention to the section on How to Use Out to Deal With Pushy Behavior, and you be the one to calmly make pup move away from your older dog when they aren't responding to them wanting to be left alone or your Out command. Out command: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ I also recommend teaching puppy a Leave It command. Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Decide what your house rules are for both dogs and you be the one to enforce the rules instead of the dogs. No aggression, no pushiness, no stealing toys, no stealing food, no being possessive of people or things, no bothering another dog when they want to be left alone, or any other unwanted behavior - if one dog is causing a problem you be the one to enforce the rules so that the dogs are NOT working it out themselves. For example, if pup comes over to your older dog when she is trying to sleep, tell pup Out. If puppy obeys, praise and reward her. If she disobeys, stand in front of your older dog, blocking the pup from getting to her, and walk toward pup calmly but firmly until pup leaves the area and stops trying to go back to your older dog. If your older dog growls at your pup, make your older dog leave the room while also disciplining pup by making them leave for antagonizing if they did. Be vigilant and take the pressure off of your older dog - you want her to learn to look to you when there is a problem, and for puppy to learn respect for your older dog because you have taught it to her and not because your older dog has had to resort to aggression or she has to hide all the time. I also recommend finding a way for pup to play with other puppies who are 6 months or younger. Puppies tend to learn social skills and control of their mouths best from playing with other puppies and the feedback they get from pup's during play. A free puppy playgroup, outside puppy class with off-leash play time, or hosting a couple friends with puppies in your own backyard if fenced are a few ways to accomplish that. Moderate the play and whenever one pup is tired or getting overwhelmed, call the pups apart, give them treats for doing a few tricks, then release the more timid/tired pup first to see if they still want to play. If they come over to the other puppies and initiate play, you can let the other puppies resume playing until one is worn out and needs to end it for the day - most puppies will play on and off for 45 minutes to an hour, then are exhausted. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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The puppy dont want to sleep in the crate... barks and cries all night and gills the crate with potty
Hello Natasha, At this age pup has a very limited bladder capacity - only 1.1.5 hours likely. I would set up an exercise pen and a disposable real grass pad for pup to go potty on at night. Place a non-absorbent bed on one end and a couple of grass pads on the opposite end of the exercise pen. Check out www.primopads.com or https://k9ballistics.com/ for some non-absorbent bed options. Go ahead and practice the Surprise method from the article linked below to get pup used to the crate for short periods during the day so that pup will make the transition to crate training more easily at 8 weeks. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate At 8 weeks, begin to crate pup at night too. Know that an 8 week old puppy will still need to go potty a couple of times at night. When pup wakes after it's been at least 2 hours since their last potty trip, take pup potty on a leash, keep the trip boring, then return pup to the crate after they go potty, and ignore any crying until they go back to sleep, each time they wake after 2 hours needing to go. If you are consistent pup should gradually begin sleeping longer stretches as their bladder capacity increases. As a rule an awake puppy can hold their bladder for the number of months they are in age plus one. Once pup is used to the crate and stays asleep more at night, that number can as much as double, but that still means that a 2 month old puppy will need to go potty every 4 hours at night even until ideal circumstances, or else pup will not be able to help having an accident. Check out the free PDF e-book AFTER You Get Your Puppy as well. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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