Finally got my baby ~ABBY~ she is a lhasa apso which i wanted. she is 12 weeks old now, and im still having problems with her she keeps biting me and my daughter when we try to pet her and play with her, plus some potty training problems also - if anyone has one will you plz write to me? Thank you~!
What do you mean by biting you? If your dog wanted to bite you ... she would draw blood. Your dog is teething. Get your dog some chew toys. There are toys made especially for teething puppies, you can find them at walmart or petsmart. As for potty training, what exactly are you doing to potty train your dog? I have trained many puppies using a crate. I put the dog in the crate when I am not in the same room with the dog. I let the dog out only when I can have my hands on him. So if you see the dog making actions/motions to use the potty, immediately put him outside. Praise him or her for doing his business outside. Gving the dog a treat after each time they use the bathroom outside is a good method also. Just remember that when using a crate, remember the following rule : one hour for every month of life and no longer than 12 hours. Your dog is 12 weeks old so she should not be in the crate longer than 3 hours at one time. Ask a friend or trusted neighbor to let your dog out every 3 hours if you are at work. If your dog won't go in the crate then use treats to lure him in. You can also get a water bottle used for rabbits and attach it to your crate so your dog can have access to water while in the crate. Crate training works because dogs do not use the potty where the eat /sleep.
Lovedoggies,....Ok, first let me say thank you for the help. About the "biting", im sure she is just teething, but she has broke the skin once on my arm. When my daughter or I want to play or pet her, she will start this biting thing. She will grab onto our hand or fingers and if she gets a hold of our fingers she starts to shake her head around like she is trying to fight us or something. We have tried to use the word NO, but it didnt work then we started to use the word STOP, it doesnt work either. When we tell her this we try to say it firm. Sometimes she will stop for like one second and then she comes back even more aggressive and bites even harder, thats when she broke the skin on my arm. For the chew toys, she has a whole bunch of those. Potty training, I have a crate for her, its just big enough for her to lay in, stand up and turn around in it, like someone told me to get. I am home all day, so most of time she is out of her crate. When I leave the room im in, she follows. I never lock her in the crate during the day, I let her go in and out of it most of the day, when we go to bed, thats when I lock the crate. All day long I take her outside and tell her im taking out to go potty, after she goes potty, we give her the treat outside before we bring her in, then sometimes 5 to 10 min. later, she is going potty on my floor. When im home, I feel bad to leave her in her crate, thats why I leave her out of it. I feel like im doing the right things, but im not to sure. Feel free to write back with more info.
Maybe the treat you are using is making her go potty in the house .You said you give it to her and then twenty minutes later she goes, maybe change treats. I was wondering also if maybe she was playing with you when she bit you. You know how puppies play kinda aggesive with each other . Maybe that is what is is doing . My lhaso plays like that sometimes if the other dogs want play with him he bites my hand but he is only wanting attention .Lhaso's like lots of attention and get mad if they dont get it.
My guess is that your puppy has a dominant type of personnality and is testin the waters with you. There is an exersise call bite inhibition, which is done to teach the puppy how to use its teeth. Cause really they don't have hands so their teeth do all their exploreing and manipulating in their environment. Try this, sit on the floor and start to play with the puppy, as soon as you even feel a brush of tooth scream out loud "OUCH", stop moveing and watch to see what the puppy does. A dominant puppy will back off a bit for a second and then just dive back in and almost be more excited about your misfortune. If the puppy does back off and just sits there, put your hand back in to play again and do the same loud ouch each time you feel teeth. Over time the teeth will ease off, because as long as his teeth are not touching you the game will continue. (For the more dominant puppy)In this case, you need to block off a room, start the game in that room, Put your hand in and start to play, as soon as you feel a tooth, yell ouch, if he gets more excited and goes after you, you need to yell ouch as soon as you feel teeth, get up and leave the room, to make more of an impact. He should not be able to follow you. Give it about 5 minutes and return to the room and start the game again. He will learn the when he uses his teeth he will loose you. You should also start a puppy class to teach basic commands, and get some socialization for the puppy.
Puppies like to bite and they have sharp teeth that can hurt. Your puppy is not showing aggression so not to worry. He is just a normal 12 week old puppy.
Biting or mouthing, mouthing is really what it is, is normal. Dogs don't have hands so they mouth to analyze things. Basically, he is just overyly inquisitive.
Dogs learn by playing and one way is by play -fighting. If you have seen mothers with their pups or litter mates play , they play fight. It helps with their development. He is just play fighting with you.
If you want him to stop mouthing you then it's better to teach him now while he is still young. You can yelp when your puppy bites then if he tries to bite again yelp louder. You should also stop playing with your puppy and leave the room. I have also yelped and then put a chew toy in his mouth.
I have tried the yelping process and it worked with my very large GSD puppy. I only had to do it maybe 3 times or so. He loves to play so if you take away play time he will get the message. Plus he is not out to hurt you and he knows that yelping means you are hurt.
As for crate training, I am not suggesting that you put him in the crate even when you are home. I say put him in the crate when you are not in the same room or when you can't see him. It critical that you see him when he is actioning to potty. That is when you pick him up and put him outside. You can't punish him after he does the deed . It just won't work. Just make sure you have your hands on him so you can easily put him out if it looks like he is gonna poop or pee. Also when you take him outside don't let him in till he does the do. After a long night in the crate you know he has to pee pee.
***Edited By: lovedoggies on 9/12/2005 7:51:30 PM*** Reason: add
Thanks everyone for your help~! I have tried alot of those things you have mentioned already and not getting much results, but I will continue to keep at it. I have the biting thing to work at the potty training. I have read that the Lhasa's dont tell you when they have to go out to go potty--does anyone have any ideas what to do about that? I do give her a treat AFTER she goes potty, but as soon as I bring her back in 10 to 15 min. later is she peeing somewhere--She will bark at me when she wants her food, or when she is outside to get back in, but not to go out--she will just take of running in the house and then pee and I cant catch her. She is always peeing in the house but has only poop 2 times, other than yesterday ~ I had the upstairs blocked off ( as so I thought ) she got up to my daughters room and poop ! Oh well, I will just have to keep working with her.
***Edited By: mamabear on 9/13/2005 3:02:30 PM*** Reason: wanted to post pic.
She is really pretty.It will work out my Lhaso barks at me when she wants out to go to the bathroom and there is only one place she will go and she doesnt want anybody around or any other dogs around or she will not go.
Continue the good work. Just keep up what you are doing and just keep in mind she is 3 months old. She can't be expected to be fully potty trained at this age. Just continue what you are doing and maybe take her to obedience class. I know it helped my dog tremendously.
We have a 9 wk old Lhasa and are also training. So far as biting when we try to pet her, she also tries to bite. She is merely trying to play, but I do not let her bite my hands or any other part of the body. I simply take my hand away from her and say, "no bite." Then I give her a toy instead and she is getting the message. I have limited petting her to times when she is tired and not trying to play. She then lets me simply pet her without biting at my hand. So far as the potty trainig -- just remember your little one is only 12 weeks. Potty training is a long term thing and much consistency. I have read where some Lhasa take many months of training before they go outside only. I use praise and no harsh repremanding. Lhasa respond to consistency and high praise. HANG IN THERE -- all this too shall pass and you will one day have a potty trained dog who will eventually quit biting your hands and simply enjoy your petting.
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