Sunday, September 10, 2006

HELP!

Somebody please help us. Our puppy is CRAZY! She's only 8 weeks old and she won't stop biting. I know, I know puppies chew on everything but she jumps only at our skin. She wants to rip it to shreds. She's sweet but once she gets wound up she will not stop, the little bitch(literally). She's breaking skin. I don't understand it. I've been around puppies but never one this aggressive. Maybe she gets fearful or something. We tried tapping her on the nose, giving her an alternative to chew on, hell, I've even tried yelping like a dog to make her think I was in pain. It's just frustrating. She goes this week to the vet to get her second set of shots so I'll ask him then. Any suggestions would be MAV-A-lOUS!

12 Comments:

Anonymous Mama C-ta said...

I wish I had a tip for ya but all I can think is to wait it out until she grows up a bit more but I know that doesn't help you now, nor do I know if that even works :)

6:27 PM  
Blogger Little Miss said...

I don't know. Our "puppy" was nine months old when we got her, and even then we had to deal with her puppy behaviors. Do you have a kennel for her? I'd put her in time out, just like I would the kids for misbehaving.

good luck!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Tee said...

I have an EXCELLENT tip! I'm so glad I'm here today to give it to you. LOL.

I just read a few weeks ago on someone else's blog what they were told to do and it works.

Ok- when puppies play together with their siblings biting and stuff, the other puppy will yelp to let the other know that they've gone too far and hurt them. You need to yelp. LOL. When puppy bites too hard let out a YELP! and she'll let go. Also, don't allow her to knaw on your hands at all. Be consistent and offer her a toy instead.

Good luck!

11:44 AM  
Blogger The Mom said...

We always did the firm "NO" looking her in the eye and pointing at her. I'm sure there was some nose-tapping too. Not sure if that's what worked or if she just grew out of it. 4 years later she's still a pain in my ass but she doesn't bite anymore!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

Dude! You're back! sorry I'm so slow to catch on.

No tips. Just a welcome back to blogworld.

9:27 PM  
Blogger KELLI BELLY said...

Thanks guys

4:44 AM  
Blogger dakotablueeyes said...

When mine did that I grabbed her nose and said no no and put her in her little cage for a time out. So she learned that nipping equals cage that she hates. My brother is going through that stage now but he doesn't want to use the cage. So I will let you know what he does for nipping when I talk to him.

5:05 AM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

I dont know how to help with the current situation regarding the dog but I am sooo sorry I am so late - I am glad your back. Glad everything is going well and the house, the kids, YOU everyone looks great.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Mama C-ta said...

Oh you should ask http://chickychickybaby.blogspot.com/ she's a dog trainer :)

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Melinda said...

Wishi could help :( Don't know much about training dogs..Well actually i know nothing! LOL Hope the vet was able to help you out.

7:58 AM  
Blogger holli said...

A well walked dog is a good dog. That is the truest phrase I've ever heard. Wear her out if she has that much energy. It just sounds like puppy games. Hopefully they will stop before she's big enough to cause damage. I'm sure she will!

11:02 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

Holli is right. A lot of exercise is good for almost every bad behavior.

Don't, I repeat, do not make her crate a negative thing for her. It's supposed to be a good, safe place. If she needs a time out to chill that's fine, but don't throw her in there and slam the door. Do it calmly and give her five minutes to simmer down.

The best way, besides covering yourself and your house in Bitter Apple (and I don't recommend that, btw) is to replace and redirect. When she bites give her a toy that she likes and then remove yourself totally from the situation. Leave the room and ignore her, even if she jumps at you just walk in the other direction. Don't talk to her, don't make eye contact. Take your attention away (even negative attention is good attention to a dog) enough times and she'll get the hint.

There are a lot of other things I recommend but it would take me forever to write it all down. Bottom line: Take yourself and your dog to a training class pronto! Puppy classes are a great way to start off on the right foot with your dog. After that, a basic class. Taking classes forces you both (you and your dog) to remember that training is ongoing and needs to be done for the life of the dog. Good luck!

3:38 PM  

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