My husband and I got a new puggle puppy three weeks ago. Potty trainng is going slow, but at least there is progress. What hasn't changed though is the biting and nipping! how do get them to stop this? he wags his tail, so i know he doesn't mean harm but it still hurts every once in a while! I have tried yelling "ouch" and trying to ignore him or distract him with one of his toys. i have tried holding him down or holding his mouth shut. nothing seems to work. is this normal? will it take a while for him to learn? Also, we have to leave him for about ten hours a day for work and he still whines and crys every time we leave, god knows how long it lasts when we leave. he claws at the door frame (he's in the laundry room) and generally just wreaks havoc on everything he can. Any suggestions to make it easier for him/calm him down? Please help! Thanks!
10 hours is wayyy too long for a puppy to be left alone, that's a major part of your problem. Is there no way either of you can come home at lunch and take the little guy outside? I'd recommend crate training but given the fact you're gone for so long it would do no good at all.
Regarding the biting, you can put lemon juice or vinegar on your hands and let him bite you, as he clamps down and tastes it, sy "no biting!" so he associates the bad taste wtih the phrase. For serious biters tabasco sauce will work as well.
Hang in there. My puggle used to do the same thing. He's 8 months old now and doesn't bite anymore. They have a lot of energy and just love to play. When he used to bite us we let out a big yelp and then said "no biting" Once his baby teeth fell out and the new ones grew in it was over.
As far as leaving him alone, I agree that it's too long. I crated my pup for the day but would go home to let him out during lunch so that he could do his business. As far as the crying, i don't think he was crying for much longer than a few minutes, I waited outside to see how long he cried and it was never more than 5 minutes.
Just be patient, puggles are extremely energetic and it will be worth it in the long run. Trust me, he's did a complete 180 in just a few short months.
10 hours and I'm sure he is having accidents...he is too young and can't hold it that long. Puppies can generally hold it for 1 hour beyond their age (4month old can hold it for 5 hours) The nipping and biting is probably due to teething. This will pass in time when he is done teething...kongs and toys can be helpful for his gums--I bet their pretty sore right now! Hang in there, he will grow out of the nipping and biting, but he is still a puppy, so it may be a few months! Good Luck :)
Thanks everyone for the input. I agree that 10 hours is a long time, but that is our life...our commute is 40 minutes each way! we put down potty pads while we are gone, and he generally uses them, but I guess he just gets really lonely! : ( Anyway, I will go buy a kong to occupy him and see if that helps with the destroying of the door etc. I read somewhere to leave a shirt or something that smells like you, any comments on this? thanks again!
Have you considered maybe getting him a kennel or crate? This would allow him to "den" and maybe feel more secure, but it will also save your house from further destruction. Will also help with housebreaking, too.
I also second maybe having someone (a neighbor, friend, family member) stop by to take him out mid day, if possible.
we have a crate for him while we are home and away for short time periods, but it didn't feel right leaving him in there for 10 hours since he would probably end up going and not be able to get away from it! Maybe though, we could put it in the room with the door open...
How about an x pen then so the dog is gated in the kitchen with a potty pad, bed, toys, etc.
My cocker spaniel had a litterbox when we lived in an apt. In theory great, in practice not so much. To be reliable indoors meant she never went potty outdoors. No one wants your dog and it's litterbox visiting whether its friends or family. To have a litterbox large enough when she was like 15 pounds it was an under the bed rubbermaid tote. Any smaller and shed have essential body parts out of the box. Yuck, lol.
We take him for a walk when we get home and on the weekends we let him loose all over the house or we take him to play with his cousin Jack. Jack's a mastiff mix and Baxie sure does use up a lot of his puppy energy when they play.
Now we're at the point where, if we have to, we can keep him home alone all day. When we do that we don't crate him (at least we don't lock it) we pen him in the kitchen using baby gates and keep the crate in there with him so he has his safe spot. I was against crates at first but i now see that he LOVES it. I wouldn't date take it away from him now.
He's an awesome guy, he can be stubborn when we're trying to train him but a little piece of cheese gets him to cooperate very quickly.
Your little guy is so cute, looks just like Barkley! I love him so much already...such a cuddler when he wants to be! I know what you mean on the stubborness though. You can tell they are smart and catch on fast, but sometimes they just want to do what they want! Anyway, we start training next week, so I will keep cheese in mind. Thanks!
P.S. we have a baby gate for the laundry room and the other day we came home and he got out! somehow he jumped over it. I was pretty amazed...
we've had our puggle Molly for about 2.5 weeks now as well, she is about 10 weeks old. we keep her penned in the kitchen with her crate and weewee pads during the day as well. she barely cries at all anymore when we go to work. from what we can tell she just hands out in her crate most of the day. we dont make a fuss over her when we leave, and we make a point to ignore her for a couple minutes when we come home, so she isnt anxiously waiting for us to come through the door and smother her with affection. we also sometimes will pen her in the kitchen when we are in there cooking or doing the dishes, or even just to play a little while waiting for her to use her pad. that way she doesnt necessarily see the place as bad an can entertain herself a little bit.
she is definitely stubborn and nips at stuff but we've recently discovered that Molly is also a lot better about nipping if we refrain from sitting on the ground or even kneeling with her. if we squat down she still will come (mostly when called) and still plays affectionately, but wont bite nearly as much. she even now lets us pet her chest neck and ears with a whole lot less nipping if at all. we have also made it a point to make her sit before we pick her up or feed her. she is getting very good at that. since we dont get down with her she will sit right down, and if she wants to be picked up she will also jump up into our hands.