Try holding his hind two legs together firmly, but gently and hold him in the crook of your arm like a baby. You have your work cut out for you, but it might help to think of it this way. Everytime you let this dog get away with the bad behavior, you are reinforcing the idea to the dog that the behavior is ok. Tomorrows class should help alot. PM me if you need more help.
I was in the same situation with my old Pom. He would eat the two cats litter and knew he was in the wrong. It is going to happen because cats do not digest there food all the way and there food is a lot more fatty then dog food. You have to maintain your ground and start basic training him for a least 15 mins a day. You may want to start off with the leash training that was very helpful for me.
I agree with all the comment's & good advice you received on this thread. I hope you do keep the puppy & keep in mind that it is only a baby regardless of the cat's the puppy is going to be curious of them just as if a infant child is curious of thing's. You'll have to guide it & teach it & spend alot of time with it be patient You'll reap your reward in the end. Good Luck.
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bones- I also just got a new puppy a 13 week old maltese and he acts the same way your pup does- we call him Cujo- He bites our other dogs hard and hangs on their ears and just clamps on and i dont know how to get him to stop biting us to- He bites very hard , no blood yet but im sure that will come later..lol He acts rabid and some times hes mellow and laid back but most the time hes growling and chasing the dogs and the cat and jumping on their backs biting them. I thought that Daisy and Bentley would teach him that hes biting to hard and so far it hasnt happened. I do put him down when i pick him up and hes going crazy trying to bite my face - and ignore him but he moves on to the dogs and i try to get the dogs on the couch so that no one will play with Cujo aka Louie- He doesnt eat the cat poop so tahts one thing i got going and he does GREAT with going potty on the potty pads- very surprised at how well hes doing. Ive never had this problem with biting as i do with Louie, Im sure Daisy and Bentley did the puppy biting but Louie is out for blood and wont stop attacking your feet and toes and running with his mouth open chomping after you- Hubby wants to try bitter apple but i think this problem goes well beyond that- I feel sorry for my dogs having to go threw this torture. Daisy doesnt seem to mind and plays with him and Louie may yelp here and there but i let Daisy teach him that hes biting to hard, I dont rush in and protect him like i use to. He needs to learn that hes being to rough. as hes attacking my foot right now as im on the computer. If i ignore him he will move on and torture some one else but i dont want him to bite on my dogs ears and tail and were talking i pick Louie up and hes attached to their ears and tails and i have to pry his mouth open to get him off them. I thought Louie would be to young for any puppy classes???? He is getting his name down but think i confuse him with calling him Cujo- but try to remind myself to call him Louie- Louie just wont be a calm relaxed puppy. Hes ready to play 24/7 and very hi strung- which im sure is normal for a puppy but is this biting normal? I do have tons and tons of chew toys for him whcih he will chew on and i do put a toy in his mouth when hes biting on us- and i say NO BITE but it doesnt phase him. Is the class working for you?? any one reading this have any info?? what can i do? I have put him in his xpen for a time out but i dont want to get him thinking thats for punishment since he goes in there when i go to work or cant watch him. his crate is in there with the door open so he can come out and play and go potty and go back into the crate- seems to figure out that whinning tho gets reaction and i have firmly put my foot down that no one takes him out while he is crying and throwing a fit- when he stops then i say good boy and let him out- what am i doing wrong
Our Little 11 month old went through the same thing....eatting the cat box treats...this is common and he has grown out of it already...It was a pain and kind of funny because he would not eat some of the dog food that we got for him..but he would eat every turd in the cat box...:+)made no sense to us...however....we just worked through it....We also had THREE cats when we got our little puppy...not to mention the turtles and frog that my daughter has..:+) Our 11 year old cat was to say the least not HAPPY at all about the additon of the new puppy. We let the animals work it out amongst themselves..and the two little cats and the dog PLAY together..and the puppy stays away from our Grand pa cat!We are sure to give each animal individual time each day...we pet them and talk to them one at a time...and give extra attention to our big fat old cat...and things have calmed down and we all live nicely together...we are fortunate that my husband and I were able to come home from work each day for lunch to check things out..and take the puppy outside...and then I am home by 330pm..so were never really left alone for more than 4 hours at the time for about the first month or so...Have patience...However, if you have doubts about the puppy ownership thing... It takes a full committment...and there is nothing wrong with realizing that you bit off more then you can chew..or are willing to chew and finding a good home for your little baby...Good luck.
hello again- Daisy my 1 year old has always tried to get to the cat liter box and a few times has came out with a mouth full- YUCKY- But i do gate off the laundry room and Ugg ( our cat) jumps over or i shut the door knowing Ugg will let me know when hes gotta go. I think most dogs go threw this, right now my puppy Louie isnt interested but hes to small to even get into the liter box im sure that will change when he gets bigger- Bentley my 1.7 year old has never messed with the cat liter. But Daisy also ate her poop for the longest time, she doesnt anymore thank goodness but i think this is very common- Good luck-
And what have you tried to correct his problems? You mentioned puppy class, who is attending that? You or your wife? How are you training him? What does he respond well to? How do you correct him? Does it work?
I am not trying to be rude, but you need to figure out a technique that works, and so we have to know what you are doing so people can correct it.
There will always be "after being neutered" "after teething", believe me, if the dog is untrained and does not know what you expect from him, then soon he will be neutered and have adult teeth..... and still be horribly mannered. Neither of those are going to help THAT much (although yes, they calm down a bit)
I am not trying to say you aren't doing anything, but "waiting" won't help when the pup is at this critical age. Tell us what you ARE doing, and then let us know if you are using our suggestions and we can adjust!
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We both go to classes. We both try to train him at home. he still bites,nips,barks at us,etc. Everything you read on the web says "do this,it works" then you read something that says "don't do that, it doesn't work"...........
Yes, I know what you mean, it can all be very very confusing. But... you have still not answered the question.. what ARE YOU DOING?
For instance... when I trained by dog, she was VERY delicate. didn't even have to scold her, just have to look at her wrong and she is so upset that she disapointed you. So, I am very careful to give her extra positive reinforcement for good behavior and she sucks it up!!! ;) Plus, she'll do anything for a treat. I KNOW she would swim to the bottom of the ocean for a hot dog. When she is bad, I say "Punished" and separate her from the rest of the family. This also upsets her greatly.
See how I explained what I do and why.... Can you explain what you DO? We aren't going to attack you and tell you that you are doing everything wrong. (Well, some people might, but oh well). But we can't help if you just say "it bites" over and over and over.
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
The problem is people are too afraid of hurting the puppy but they are acctually hurting it by not correcting it in the right way.Whe the puppy is little and it bites mom you don't see her licking it and loving it becasue it bit her she chew its butt out.Even if they are small you need to be firm with him.When he bites you make your fingers into a mouth and pinch him on the back of the neck not very hard just enough to let him know he gits what he gives like mom would do he will stop after a few times of this and if not when he bites you you should maybe try thumpping him on the tip of his nose and scolding him tell him in a very firm voice NO BITING!.And as for the potty training I know that every dog can be trained if you work at it hard enough.Hope some of this helps.
Bones..... you need to correct your dog's behavior. Don't just ignore it, it won't get the message across. What does your trainer say to do?
There are many ways, this is true, but you need to find a method that you prefer and that your dog responds to. Here are some links to old posts with good advice in them. READ THEM. The one has links in it to very good information online.
It seems to me you are just waiting for it to get better and you aren't putting much effort into correcting its behavior. It is really really hard. You will have to continually work on it, just like with kids. Are you still unsure about keeping the pup? Perhaps it would be better to get it into a home that is willing and able to train it. I am not trying to be mean, I just worry that the dog is destined for a bad end when no one will train it.
It sure sounds like Bones1979 is giving up on the puppy or can not handle it. If everyone would read her posts from the beginning you will read that she edited them. Some of the reasons are "Bite me" etc. They also posted on this that they do jumping jacks for fun, fish are cool. I hope that this person is a troll and that they really do not have a puppy because if they do- I feel bad for the poor thing.