|09-27-2013 10:13 PM|
Remove the rocks. They can break the dog's teeth and reek havoc on the digestive system. Lab puppies are notorious for eating the wrong things. Supervise, and when you cannot, crate. Train DROP IT or LEAVE IT, and then quickly go over and remove the rock from the area the dog is in.
You have a high energy dog with hunting and working/herding lines in its make up. He needs training, regular training, and I wouldn't let a bad experience with another dog keep you from doing what this dog needs. Be more proactive when you are out with your dog, and if another dog gets nearer than you like, body block it from the puppy. But take the puppy to classes and do training with it. The pup is 6 months old? It needs to learn that you are not a teething ring. It needs to exercise its mind and it needs to learn that you people are leaders and build a bond, that training seems to be the most expedient method of getting these babies to understand what they need to do and not do.
|09-27-2013 08:48 PM|
|augerk||Mary Beth- thank you so much for your response!!!! I will definitely try those suggestions!|
|09-22-2013 02:25 PM|
|Mac's Mom||I agree with both suggestion's in Mary Beth's reply. The key is 100% consistancy which where I screwed up so it took longer. Also, I used to carry treats in my pocket so I could immediately reward for the good behavior.|
|09-22-2013 02:18 PM|
For the rock eating, I would watch him and redirect - if he starts to grab a rock - stop him say sharply "leave it" and give him his chew toy or a puppy kong or throw his ball and say in a happy voice "this is yours" and praise him when he goes after it.
Same idea with the biting - say "no, mine" and give him his toy (squeaky soft toys work great as you can make them squeak and encourage the pup to bite it) - say in a happy voice "this is yours". I would also use a flit pole - that will give your pup and outlet to run and grab and bite down on something acceptable.
|09-22-2013 01:13 PM|
25 week old puppy problems!!
I have a german shepherd/black lab mix. We rescued him when he was 10 weeks old. Our first problem... Everytime we let him outside he eats rocks. He chews them and either spits them out or swallows them and poops them out a few days later. He does not like the bitter apple spray so we do use that, but he stops for a second and continues again! Our other problem is that he get random bursts of energy and starts "attacking" us. Sometimes even biting so hard that he punctures through the skin. He knows sit, down, and we are working on wait and drop, but when he is in one of his energy modes, he doesn't listen to any commands. We have so many scratches on our arms and legs it's ridiculous! We put him in the crate for 10 mins but when we take him out he is even more excited and ambitious than before. We live on a dead-end street, so I have tried walking mulitples times up and down the road with him, and that seems to work for a little while, but that's about it. We don't want to smack the dog or make the dog afraid of us because we dont want this to turn into something worse, like aggression or fear, when he is bigger. Besides the 2 issues, he is an awesome dog! We are considering training, but would it be necessary for only theses 2 things at his age?? Our first dog was a boxer/pit who we also rescued (at a year old) that we took to obedience classes, and he got attacked by a retriever. Obviously we do not want to relive the experience and would prefer to do every possible thing we can with our puppy before taking him to classes. Any advice on how to stop the rock eating and biting would be appreciated. Thanks.