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Old 11-15-2012, 03:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I guess he will learn... but Sarah (my oldest) gets a little bit anxious and scared when he starts nibbling at her, and I don't know what it is about her, but sometimes he just keeps going at her. I guess she has to learn to be more authoritative with him. She'll sort of just stand or sit there and squeal instead of telling him no and to stop it. And even when she does tell him to stop it, sometimes he won't! lol He's getting bigger now so his rough housing can cause some collateral damage.
Wyatt does the same to me. There's been a few times where I've been so frustrated I've gone to my bedroom and shut the door for five minutes or so and cried. At times it's like i dont know what to do! No doesn't work, "smacking" his nose or bum doesn't work, redirecting doesn't work, don't want to give him treats bc then he'll think if he bites that's good bc he will get a treat! We start puppy classes in less than two weeks, hopefully I can hold off until then and I'll give ya pointers!


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Old 11-15-2012, 04:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wyatts Momma - oh boy! Yes it is very frustrating! I grabbed him by the scruff of the neck yesterday when he went to go after the cat and although I don't think I hurt him physically, he cowered and gave me that *sad* look so I must've scared him. I felt so bad after that!
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Well we did the no talk, no touch, no eye contact and I think he's going to pick up on it very quickly! Yay! He certainly knew something was different because after the first 30 seconds or so he started to calm down and whine. He couldn't figure out why no one was paying attention to him! Lol. As soon as he calmed I told him to sit and we all said our hellos! . After we conquer this we'll move on to getting him in control around the cat. I think I'll have to tether him to me whenever the cat is around.

So thanks for the advice Valerie!! I can see it's going to work already


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Yayyy!!! So glad to hear that it worked like it did today.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:06 PM   #15 (permalink)
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In terms of the crazy greetings, At the puppy preschool I went to they said to leave the pup in the crate until they settle, ignore them until they are settled. he can't hurt anyone, and will catch on quick enough that once he is settled he will be allowed out to say hi.

I am also having the issue with hand biting, but at the moment the toe biting is our priority because it is dangerous cause she trips us over, once we have that sorted I will work on the hand biting. Mind you she never has bitten or nibbled a child, she only licks them... I think I am going to try the bitters to get her out of th ehand biting habit, it is tempting to try the bitters on shoes too... she is a shoe stealer, not chewer, just stealer, thrower, licker and sniffer.

No sugestions on the cat, Sally hasn't encountered a cat yet up close.
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Actually it is more dangerous to himself keeping him in the crate. He's 5 months old so he doesn't have a ton of wiggle room in there! Lol. Otherwise that would be a good option!

Duke only nibbles when he's overly excited. Otherwise he's quite good. We just have to make sure Sarah is assertive enough to keep him in check!

My cat is currently crying at the basement door but I'm too tired to deal with that right now *sigh*


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In terms of the crazy greetings, At the puppy preschool I went to they said to leave the pup in the crate until they settle, ignore them until they are settled. he can't hurt anyone, and will catch on quick enough that once he is settled he will be allowed out to say hi.

I am also having the issue with hand biting, but at the moment the toe biting is our priority because it is dangerous cause she trips us over, once we have that sorted I will work on the hand biting. Mind you she never has bitten or nibbled a child, she only licks them... I think I am going to try the bitters to get her out of th ehand biting habit, it is tempting to try the bitters on shoes too... she is a shoe stealer, not chewer, just stealer, thrower, licker and sniffer.

No sugestions on the cat, Sally hasn't encountered a cat yet up close.
the bitters works on anything but can cause a dark spot on suede and some cloth but if it is a tenny or boot it will wipe off or a leather shoe you are good there too I have even used it on a wall that my Saint Akita thought was lunch he left it alone after a good taste but moved to a different wall to chew he was my worlds hardest dog to train to stop chewing all the wrong stuff
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