|10-04-2013 08:59 AM|
|Nigel||-Or he could be displaying "aloof" behavior which is normal for gsds. Sorry gotta stop hitting the wrong buttons this morning lol!|
|10-04-2013 08:43 AM|
|Nigel||It may be he is a little unsure or guarded with his behavior when having visitors.|
|10-04-2013 04:38 AM|
Seems most of the biting issue is slowly going away. However, I just have one thing I want to mention which I find funny.
He likes to bite us when we play with him, rub his belly, and what ever else. But when we have company over, he won't try to bite us, he won't go chasing feet or hands or anything. It's like when people are over, he put's on a "good puppy" act for them. Even if we play with him, rub his belly, get him going and all that, he still wont try bite us, only when we're alone.
|10-03-2013 02:11 AM|
I would never couple poor behavior with isolation like their crate, as impressionable pups can often associate their crate as a punishment and if you're still in the trust stage you're probably going to want him/her to willingly go to their crate if you have to step out for a min. Or ten.
Crate or their personal den should be a good thing for them and associated with reinforcement ie kong. Gotta be careful with bully sticks or rawhides etc in the crate invade your pup is like mine and tries to swallow the thing half way through...
|10-03-2013 02:02 AM|
|10-02-2013 05:28 PM|
Thanks for that,
I want to start off with the crating him when he needs a time out. I've read that punishing your pup in his crate, could lead to him not wanting to go to the crate. As the crate is his 'private home/room', punishing him in it could teach him that locked in crate = punishment = crate is bad and not where he wants to go.
Anyways, he's been doing really well lately. He does have his moments when he gets way to out of hand (he had bit our friends 2 year old boy), however the child was getting him going. We won't be bringing him there no longer, as the last time we brought him there, the boy slammed the front door (big steel door, the usual) on his rear paw, cried for about a minute.
He's coming to like being in the kennel, he is doing his business outside regularly (few mistakes here and there), but mostly going outside. He is being leash trained, and is doing VERY well, however he does freeze up and get scared when he hears other dogs, and he will try to run home when he sees a dog barking (at him or just within sight of him).
So all in all, it's better to just keep playing with him with toys, when he tries biting our hands or feet? One issue with that is, he will try bite the hand when the toy is in it. He likes tug of war, so we're picking up a toy for that today.
Progressing very well though and is learning very fast.
|10-01-2013 10:40 AM|
Normal behaviour, that is how your pup wants to play. Yes, redirect to a toy, but don't just give him the toy and walk away, PLAY with him! Otherwise the toy, as you have seen, gets to be just 'dead' and moving hands and feet are so much more fun!
Pups start teething around four months old, and are usually done around six months of age, at which time the bitey stage should be over. Until then, redirect, redirect redirect!!! Your pup is still very young, and leaving the litter early will mean that he missed out on some important bite-inhibition learning, so the biting thing will be more of a challenge for you guys (though pups that stay with the litter until 8 weeks have a lot of bite-inhibition to learn also).
When the biting is completely out of control, and your pup seems to be in a frenzy, that may be a sign that he is overtired and needs a nap. Just like toddlers they can have little fits and tantrums of hyper behaviour when what they really need is a chance to lie down and sleep. So when he seems out of control despite exercise, play and lots of attention, put him in his crate for some down-time.
I don't like putting him in the bedroom by himself for a number of reasons:
- He is not being bad when bitting, he is being a normal, playful puppy. It's just that those little sharp teeth hurt us puny humans! Biting is a normal developmental stage the pups go through, and putting him the bedroom behind closed doors is punishment - why punish him because he WANTS to interact with you? That is a trait I would encourage with TOYS at hand, instead of socially isolating him.
- for potty training you need to watch him 100% of the time - if he has potty accidents while he is in the bedroom, the training will go backwards.
- He could chew things and eat things that will make him sick.
Instead, get a puppy crate and crate him when he needs a time out. Crates will keep him safe, and the feeling of being in a den will help calm him and get him to sleep faster if that is what he needs. If you have never crated before, he will need to get used to it, so the first few times in a crate, he could cry a lot, but let him cry it out, and soon he won't mind it at all.
|10-01-2013 03:08 AM|
Alright, thanks guys.
Seems to be biting less now, however when he does get in the bitty mood, he is biting ever harder (easily breaking the skin now). Toy redirection seems to work for a bit, then his attention gets drawn towards our feet and hands.
It has been getting to the point during these times, that he will immediately try to bite you when coming into close contact of him. Could this be related to re-homing too early + separation anxiety?
We have begun teaching him it's not ok to bite us, giving him a stern 'no biting', and if he continues, we put him in the bedroom by himself for 5 - 10 minutes till he calms down, which seems to be working. I would like to know though, if we should reward him after he calms down? And whether or not we immediately come to him when we let him out, or if we should just let him come out on his own?
|09-29-2013 03:54 PM|
|angierose||Peanut butter, being high in fat, can cause digestive issues with some puppies. I often just use canned dog or cat food instead of peanut butter. It also seems to freeze faster.|
|09-29-2013 02:08 PM|
|Nigel||Never heard anything about peanut butter and age before, so not sure myself. I can say that I've never had problems with my own. You can freeze the p-nut butter filled kong to slow them down a bit. All my pups enjoyed Bully sticks, but as they got older it got expensive as they would go through them quickly, might want to give them a try to.|
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