Need help with 5week old Belgian puppy
My girlfriend and I got a Belgian puppy we were told that it was 8 weeks old but after we got him home we realized there is no way he is 8 weeks more like 5 or 6 weeks. We also believe that he was not raise with his mother for that long and he loves to bite. He also gets very aggressive over his treat bones. He will attack you if you try and take it away. He also pees where ever he wants and doesn't care if I tell him no. Any help will be great. Should I let him play bit or no
1. Puppy pee wherever they want.
2. A puppy does not know the word "no" right away. You have to teach him.
3. Dont you got registration papers? They should tell you how old he is.
4. If it's a male it's kinda normal that he's protective of his treats / food. He had to fight with his brothers and sisters to keep his food / treats before so he is used to that.
5. Biting is normal for a puppy. Its their way of talking, exploring and everything.
I am no expert. I have alot of questions myself about puppies however, I suppose most people can back me up on my claims.
did you get a german shepherd? Belgian malinois?
I agree with the above, and want to add that the biting may be because 1. he IS a puppy and 2. he' hasn't learned any bite inibihition from his siblings/parent.
They don't know the concept of "no"...You have to take him outside ALOT, after waking up, after eating,after drinking, and everytime in between..
A vet may be able to better tell you his age at this point.
I would be hand feeding him his meals, and no bones or trade them up for a treat..
Has the puppy been to a vet yet? The vet should give you a better idea as to the actual age, and an overall exam and deworming should be done ASAP
Part of the benefits of the puppies staying with their littermates until 7-9 weeks is they get the benefit of learning bite inhibition from their littermates. That now falls to you so read up on the stickies in the puppy forum regarding it and keep lots of toys available for redirection. I personally only allow a puppy to playbite if it's gentle, if they bite too hard the game stops immediately and I leave. They learn quickly how hard they can bite and what I will tolerate
He's a very young puppy, it falls to the owner to take him out immediately once they wake up, eat, drink, play, etc. So when awake at least twice a hour the puppy is outside for a potty break. Really praise each time they go outside and don't scold if they go inside unless you catch them directly in the act, even then a loud "AH!" suffices as you scoop them up and put them outside.
Work on trading treats/toys, so have two bones and offer one and allow him to chew on it then offer the second bone and praise him lavishly if he switches. When he's eating dinner sit down and have the bowl beside you and put a few kibbles in the bowl, once he's finished that add a few more and repeat. If he's chewing on a sock or something he's not supposed to have then offer him one of his toys and praise him when he chews on the right one. The idea is to show him that you bring good things rather than take away things from him so there's no need to be defensive with anything.
If he was taken from his litter at a very young age, or if he was a singleton pup, it would be wise to find a litter of the same approximate age and let him get some early socialization. It doesn't have to be a Belgian litter- any breed will do.
[EDIT]- I'd also be hand feeding every meal to help with any food aggression. I'd work the "It's Yer Choice" game while feeding:
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