A few commands you can learn to help your puppy's social skills include:
Other signs to look for when introducing your puppy to others include:
All of these signs are important to learn before beginning some of these training methods. Train yourself to recognize them the next time your puppy meets someone new. Any warning signs seen in your puppy or the dog they're meeting should result in putting distance between the two dogs. Any other body language should indicate that your puppy or the dog they're meeting is ready to enjoy a new play pal.
We had a play date with another puppy. My dog immediately took the stance of biting and climbing on top of her. The other dog was completely submissive and so I distracted her with sit and stay until she comes herself down enough to reacquaint. By the end of the day both dogs were biting, nipping, and jumping on each other. They would accept the others space if it got too intense, and would sleep and cuddle together when they got too tired. My question though is it ok to allow this nipping biting growling etc. I don’t want Emmy to approach everything with this since we already struggle with her playing with my kids that way. I am desperately trying to stop her biting, but it continues and everyone says it is normal and will pass🤷♀️
Hello Christie, At this age puppies actually primarily learn how to control how hard they bite by playing with other puppies. When one pup plays too rough, the other puppy should yelp and stop playing - teaching pup that that was too hard. The puppies should learn how to take turns being on top and bottom or chased vs. chaser, and how to take breaks and calm down in each other's presence. All of those things can actually make pup safer around people and other dogs as an adult later. Just be sure to moderate the play. When one puppy isn't listening to the other's cues and yelping, letting the other take a break when they seem to be needing one, or taking turns being on top, interrupt the puppies, have them do some commands with treats so they don't mind the interruptions, then when everyone is calm, release the more timid/tired puppy first, and see if they go back to the other puppy for more play. If they do, you can release the second puppy with a "Go Play!" and let them continue. When one puppy has had enough, end the play. Most puppies are tired by 45 minutes or sooner at this age. If they don't take a nap break on their own, probably give a break at that point. Check out the article linked below for things to work on with the biting at home: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Also, check out the free PDF e-book download AFTER You Get Your Puppy, for more information on puppy socialization and bite inhibition. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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She does well with other dog when we are all outside. However when we go inside and she is tired she become aggressive when the other dog approaches. This has happened several times with new dogs as well as dogs that she is familiar with.
Hello Juli, For this behavior I suggest hiring a professional trainer who specializes in behavior issues and comes well recommended by their clients to help you in person with this. You need someone experienced to evaluate the situation in person, to see if this is an impulse control issue, a resource guarding issue, the other dog approaching pup rudely, or something due to personality. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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