Hello again! I have an English Bulldog pup, 9 wks old. He's doing great, but he is now comfortable at home, his energy is up, and he's (I think) teething! I know this is normal with puppies, but how long will it last for? I can deal with it myself, but I have 2 boys (ages 10 and 6), and I don't want them to be scared of Buster because of this. I redirect him to his chew toys whenever he chews/bites anythiing inapporpriate. I think Buster just senses the boys' apprehension with him, and he does not get distracted when they try to give him a toy. I know that when Buster is past the puppy stage, he will be the perfect dog for our family. (he's actually a great puppy right now - most of the time)
Aside from offering a chew toy, saying "no biting" - is there anything else that I can be doing?
On a semi-related note, he does this when I take him outside to potty as well. I still have him on a leash (in my fenced in backyard). I want him to be completely used to being on leash. He has his spots for #1 and for #2, but lately, he hasn't pooped as much as he did when we first got him. I attribute that to his upgrade in food. But, I am not entirely sure of when he has to go (when we're outside), so I take him to his #2 spots. I don't know if this just takes a lot of time, so he gets bored and wants to play around, but he has taken to eating grass/dirt/leaves. I give his leash a jerk and say "no", but he moves on to the next interesting spot. What should I do about that? I don't want to let him free off leash and have him eat grass or whatever he finds, and then get sick from it...
Dogs like to sniff around and find the prime spot to defecate, and not just any spot will do! He can have a couple of nibbles of grass, all my dogs are grazers, and and long as you know what is, or I should say isn't on the grass, a little bit won't hurt. I'm assuming you don't have a fence, otherwise you'd let him off his leash. I watch mine in the yard, and it's very interesting, watching the ritual. You may just be rushing him a little.
I thought maybe I was just being a worrywart over nothing, but my mom's dogs end up eating so much grass/whatever is outside that they throw it up sometimes - so she has me worried!
My yard is fenced, but since he's so young, I'm going around with him to make sure he goes, and also to get him used to being on leash.
Any suggestions on the biting/nipping/teething? I read to yell "ouch" and freeze - does that work? We've been saying "No" firmly and giving him a chew toy, which seems to be going ok. I'm most worried about my kids getting scared of him. They don't really "No" firm enough, and he just keeps going - whether they redirect to a toy or not...
they can teeth for quite awhile, have you enrolled in puppy classes? thats a great start. the leash most of the time is great but off leash is fun for them.redirecting is really all you can keep being consistent with it. is Buster hurting the kids? breaking skin? its hard for children to give a firm command w/ their lil voices.
Chances are, your dog is NOT teething. Mine first one started teething at 4 months and that was considered Young by our vet he stopped teething around 6 months, I even have two canines of his. When you see his front bottom teeth falling out, then he is teething, and i suggest a Nylabone, or even a Kong. I have a ten week old puppy now and, yes, he nipps, but you have to be firm with him and tell him no. Take your hands away, move away from him, anything so he can't nip. If he keeps it up, when he nipps, yelp, like a puppy that's being hurt, they will automatically stop and think they are hurting you, they may not understand at first but they will. Another thing you can do is put Peanut butter on your hand and when he/she starts licking it off, say kisses, and eventually, your dog will learn that "Kisses" are acceptable and nips are not. The reason your dog does not stop when the kids do it is possibly because they have made it a habit in him to nip when playing. so when he nips, he thinks he's playing. by redirecting him to a toy, it just perpetuates the cycle of play+biting=toy+more play, since dogs only understand A+B=C. if the nipping doesn't stop, try a "time out room" a puppy safe room which you put him in when he's bad, taking him out of the Action kinda thing. Just put him in there for 30 seconds to start and only let him out when the whining stops for at least 10 seconds. It may take 5 minutes at first, but it's worth it in the end. just make sure when you are bringing him to the room, you are carrying him away from your body so he can't lick you, or pull him along. Whatever you do, NEVER use the crate as a "time out" area. It can cause anxiety about it when you really need to use it, and you may have the struggle of your life getting him in there. Hope all this helps.
Thank you! I wasn't sure if he was teething this early or not - his teeth seem to be growing...
We are going to look into puppy classes for him. Are the ones at Petsmart okay or should I look somewhere else? I don't know if they are all the same or not. I know at a local animal supply house, they have a board up with business cards, so I can go there and get a recommendation if that would be better/more worth it.
I think with the kids, they just aren't very forceful with him. He hasn't broken skin with them, and it seems like he does it playing. I know it needs to be clear to him that it is not acceptable - I feel like I'm forever running out to them to tell the dog "no", because they do it 3 or 4 times and he still does it! If me or my husband tell him "no", he stops right away. When he goes near shoes, especially flip flops LOL, we just say his name and he turns away - little brat!
Anyway, I hope this all goes easily - so far so good - and thanks everyone for your advice! I know I'll be back for more
I found the puppy classes at PetsMart were AMAZING!! and best of all, they Guarantee it, meaning that if you are not satisfied with the level of achievement in your dog, you can take it again for free. My oldest dog completed puppy classes a week ago today, and he learned all the basics, meaning sit, stay, down, come, loose leash walking, shake a paw, hi-5, and wave. They also address any issues you may have like potty training and even nipping. not to mention, if you have a problem before class, you can also go visit them and have a chat. Where abouts are you located, if your around me I could suggest the best PetSmart trainer, mostly cause she could always be found and would watch the front door for when a pup she knew came in. My dog loved the classes SOO much, that he knew when it was 11:30 on Saturday, he would wake us up because he knew he had classes at 1:00. Then during the week, he would whine until we brought him to PetsMart to see his trainer. Now that he's a graduate, we are going to be enrolling him in intermediate because he just loves it so much. Take Care.