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Post by Debzz on Wed Aug 24 2016, 09:55

Morning Smile from me and Bella
can anyone give me advice on mouthing please?..Bella does it alot and sometimes it hurts Sad she has a mad half hour too, races around the house,almost knocking me flying! lol
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Post by LizP on Wed Aug 24 2016, 13:44

Welcome to the world of staffie puppies! Both are very normal and nothing to worry about. Well, other than nipped hands and a slightly upside down house!

For the mouthing, my best recommendation is to make sure Bella gets nothing that she could see as fun, but instead gets something she's not looking for. What she is looking for is attention and play, what she's not looking for is being ignored or even driving you away.

You have to be absolutely consistent so that she learns that this is always the result. Whatever you are in the middle of doing, keep your response to her the same (you might need put your tv to record!). Don't tell her off (that's still attention), don't look at her, just either completely ignore her or, better still, walk away. If she follows you, nipping your feet or something, leave the room, close the door and wait just a few seconds before coming back in. If she does it again, leave again. If she does nothing with her mouth, then give her the attention she wants as a reward. It's simple - no mouth = fuss and fun, mouth = being left.

There is another thing I use but I'd try this first.

As for zoomies... it is part of life for a staffie pup. If you find it too much, try taking her outside for her run before she gets going inside, and maybe also get some activity games to play with her. And time your walks to her clock. You can also let her have a zoom but if she gets too carried away call time.

Most of use love watching zoomies and learn to keep fragile objects out of the way, and learn to jump out of the way too!





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Post by Jenc on Wed Aug 24 2016, 20:01

Liz has given great advise, I've just given the same to my sister with a 12wk old cockerpoo Rolling Eyes They all go through this stage! But zoomies is a staffie thing, just keep out of the way especially when Bella grows up (it hurts) Laughing Love Struck


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