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Jeter is 8 weeks going on 9 now. I have had him for exactly 1 week. My question is, he back talks me really bad sometimes. Ill point at him and tell him no. He will then jump, bark, and yell at me. Is this normal from pups? How or what kind of reinforement should I be doing to discourage this kind of activity.
We will be starting puppy classs in 2 weeks, and he needs to be on his best behavior
 
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Bear did that.  Still does.  I just tell him no and if he keeps doing it I ignore him.  He hates that.  

Not sure about how to handle it for puppy class.  I haven't done that with either of mine (probably should)  they would probably embarass me though    :(
 

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Yes, it's a puppy thing -- trying to assert dominance over you. He doesn't see you as the leader yet. Typical kid trying to push buttons. My girl still pulls this from time to time. *hehe*
 

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Rocky back talks all the time.  He does it only to me though.  I used to keep telling him no and he'd just bark even more.  Now, I tell him no once (sometimes twice) and then I ignore him.  Usually, the bf has to tell him to be quite which he listens to him. :roll:
 

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Oh man Oggie used to do this like crazy.  Nip it in the bud now and it won't last long.  I used to just put a pillow between him and me so he couldn't see me.....it drove him crazy.  It's basically like ignoring him.  I swear 2 weeks of that and he pretty much stopped doing this ever since.
 

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They hate to be ignored so that works.  I use timeouts with Kiah for a minute or two when she misbehaves.  I use a half bath for timeouts others have leashed them to something inside.  Just don't use a crate for timeouts.
 

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No, I only use the crate for when I leave the house, or when cleaning etc. I have done the ignore thing, which does help.
He is just in a phase right now where he likes to nibble at my hands, pull on my sweatshirts or jeans. When I tell him NO he looks up at me, and begins barking at me, and carrying on. So it was getting annoying last night, so I ignored him. Thanks guys and gals.
 

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If he's nibbling on you, redirect him to a a toy or something you want him to nibble on.

I feel your pain, as a red sox fan Jeter has been a pain in my side for years...... :lol:
 

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I recommend either A) turning around so he wont get attention from you, b) telling him to sit, or if it really gets out of hand, c) walk straight towards him with plenty of eye contact.  Spinx has a real dominant personality, so walking towards him would make him back off big time.  Also, you should be able to improve his behavior pretty rapidly, but don't be suprised when he starts doing it again at 6 months.

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ps.  I almost forgot, I used a technique called the "quiet puppy hold".  When he is in a sit position, sit behind him and wrap your hands around his chest  firmly but not hard, so he can't move.  Do this for 15-30 min a day and when he is acting up and I guarantee he will start respecting you as the boss more.
 

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If he's nibbling on you, redirect him to a a toy or something you want him to nibble on.

I feel your pain, as a red sox fan Jeter has been a pain in my side for years...... :lol:

Ha, well I beleive the tables have turned now. The R-Sox are my pain now.ha..Thanks
 

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Tango did this all the time at that age.  The nipping of hands, legs, pants.  It was enough to drive you insane!  Then, one day recently ... IT STOPPED!!  I really had to use the time outs in the bathroom with Tango when he got really out of control.  I noticed when I ignored him, he barked even more, and then went after my toes.  8O  Pointing the finger at him got him worked up too.  Guess he thought it was play time!  Timeouts seem to work best for me.
 

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Elyse is 8 weeks going on 9 as well and she does that too..I just keep reinforcing not too and give her toys instead..I hope she will too just stop one day soon.. :)
 

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Yeah, if I snap at him and point my finger, it puts him in high gear. He goes nuts. And dont be telling me this is just the start to the rebelious stage.ha. Can it get worse?
 

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I'll let you know in 2 months when Tango turns 6 months old.  LOL ...  8O
 

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Ok, thanks. I guess are little boys are kinda the same age. Mine is getting ready to be 9 weeks, as we have just hit our 1st full week together.
 

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Lol, oh yea, it can and probably will get worse :lol: Ignoring is a good thing, Boxers hate being ignored..As far as Jeter acting that way in class, hey , that's not a bad thing, then your trainer can show you some good tricks :)
 

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True, True. We had a bad morning today. He would not sleep all night. Finally he did. As soon as he stepped onto carpet he pee'ed. Ok, nobiggie. I took him out. He did not go. Brought him back in, I was brushing my teeth and he went twice more. Oh man, I was angry. I bit my tongue, told him NO, and we left for work. I was frustrated, not going to lie today. Worst situation yet.
 

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It does get frustrating at times...When he has an accident in the house, when you clean it up, do you take the towels outside? Sometimes doing that helps them to understand better what it is you are asking...
 
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