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Post by beecee on Sun Sep 13 2015, 20:31

Poor MissyMoo
she like them all just wants to bite and nip all the time , so we feel like ALL we are doing is saying NO and moving her away , she is in good form but i feel she might start resenting all the negative treatment , she is only just 7 weeks and we had only had her a week , so im in no way loosing faith from our end , i dont want her loosing faith in us .

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Re: Constantly being told off

Post by LizP on Mon Sep 14 2015, 08:17

Don't worry, this is incredibly common and it will get better with time.

there are tried and tested methods to help. Have a look here:

https://staffy-bull-terrier.niceboard.com/t14708-how-to-stop-your-staffie-puppy-biting

Also, have a look at my favourite puppy training videos:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0C724F6F6A597540

As soon as you can start going out after vaccinations, I'd strongly recommend puppy classes and as much socialisation as you can. 6 weeks is too young to have been taken away from litter mates really, they learn a lot of interaction skills in those first weeks, so you're best making doubly sure of socialisation as soon as you can.



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Re: Constantly being told off

Post by beecee on Mon Sep 14 2015, 11:33

Thanks Liz
ill check all the above out asap as i hate having to be in NO mode all day , that said she is so loving it cant be bothering her too much .
The taking her at 6 week was the best of two bad options , the other was to have her and the mother kenneled for the last two weeks as the owner got married and was away for the next two weeks on honeymoon , i do realize the importance of those last two weeks and will everything possible to make amends , she so deserves it .

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Post by Mia05 on Mon Sep 14 2015, 11:40

Im sure your pup come on in leaps and bounds with yoir own experience and the heap of experience from users on the forum Smile


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Post by Red_trainer on Mon Sep 14 2015, 12:17

We have a 10 week old puppy at the moment...with him we are redirecting all 'naughty' chewing onto toys (he loved chewing our footstool and thought fingers were toys, so we would get one of his toys and make it really enticing...flapping it, squeaking it etc, so he couldn't ignore it) then praise when he got it in his mouth.

You can also ignore the pup as soon as they bite too hard (and eventually, once you've worked on bite inhibition, as soon as her teeth touch your skin) by standing up and obviously ignoring them. If your pup continues jumping up and biting your legs leave the room or put a barrier between you. You can try yelping before you ignore them (so bite ---> "OW!" ---> ignore) but some puppies find this noise more stimulating.

We've worked really hard to get 'sit' as our puppy's default behaviour...so for example when he jumps up and bites at my shorts, I will ignore him and within seconds he will remember he is supposed to sit. As soon as he does I praise him, give him a treat and shower him with attention - we have been working on this since he was 8 weeks old and he's 10 weeks now and really understands. Even when highly excited he will offer a sit - this is so useful!

If your pup gets to the point where she is too hyped up, very snappy and over-tired you can always put her in a pen / crate with a stuffed Kong type toy. This lets her calm down and have a nap. When our pup was 8 weeks old he would be out playing hard (tug, chase, training, food puzzles etc) for 10 - 40 minutes. When he started showing signs of being overly tired (zoomies, running and play growling at nothing, much jumpier and snappier than usual, panting) we would take him to the toilet then pop him in his pen with several treat toys. After a few minutes protest he would then nap for a significant period of time, and we would repeat.

You could also have a look and think about teaching a positive interrupter; Kikopup has a video on YouTube. It's useful if you pup's doing something you don't want them to, and is a nice alternative to saying no all the time...basically means 'give me your attention and get a treat', then you can redirect them onto something appropriate.

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Re: Constantly being told off

Post by beecee on Tue Sep 15 2015, 08:45

Great stuff , thanks

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Post by funkyrimpler on Tue Sep 29 2015, 17:55

the kikopup videos are great.
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