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Old 02-25-2014, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Otto is 8 weeks old and he loves to knock down my 13 month old son and pins him down when he can get the chance. He does the same thing to my English Bully but he humps her. How can I stop this? I do keep him on a leash at all times right now but sometimes I'm not quick enough to stop him. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Tire him out. Start instilling manners- this is the prime age to start molding them into house dogs by practicing things like NILIF (Nothing In Life is Free). Puppies at this age have zero impulse control and a LOT of energy. They also get really wound up if they're over-tired or over-stimulated, so a crate is going to be your best friend when it's time for a puppy nap.

I would be really, really, really on top of the puppy and the baby together. Like, 150% with supervision.
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Echo is right on point. I will say, Apsel did the same thing, dry humping our blue heeler, but not the baby wrestling. That stuff passed without correction from us, but it wouldn't hurt to call him off that behavior to avoid driving your bully crazy.
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I have been doing my best to correct the behavior and redirect his energy elsewhere. i have seen a slight improvement (we have only had him for 5 days) but my husband works all the time and doesn't see it. He thinks he should be over this behavior already.
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Wow, you have your hands full! My best advice is to never let your puppy do things you don't want him to, because once he starts practicing this behavior, it will be very hard to break him of it. We have an older AmBull and my puppy used to clamp onto her lips and pull them out like wings, lol. She was soooo happy that I wouldn't let him do this, and would take him away from her every time he started pestering. It's constant supervision, for sure. Good luck!
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I have been doing my best to correct the behavior and redirect his energy elsewhere. i have seen a slight improvement (we have only had him for 5 days) but my husband works all the time and doesn't see it. He thinks he should be over this behavior already.
Aw man, you've only had him for five days? Gotta give him time! Like I said, puppies have no impulse control. If they're excited, they're going to let it all out. It takes quite a while to really start over-riding that "OMG I CAN'T CONTAIN MYSELF!" aspect of them. Patience and consistency is key. There's not much you can do beyond that.... just give it some time

I think people tend to forget that they're not machines. What always helps me when I get frustrated with puppies is to picture them as toddlers- that's exactly what they are. Ask yourself, "would a toddler know this? Know what I expect? Know what I'm asking?"
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Wow, you have your hands full! My best advice is to never let your puppy do things you don't want him to, because once he starts practicing this behavior, it will be very hard to break him of it. We have an older AmBull and my puppy used to clamp onto her lips and pull them out like wings, lol. She was soooo happy that I wouldn't let him do this, and would take him away from her every time he started pestering. It's constant supervision, for sure. Good luck!

lol my hands are definitely full! No free time for me with 2 kids and a puppy but I am hoping I can train the pup right and have it pay off in the end. That is why I joined this forum. I need all the advice I can get. I have Otto on a leash at all times to I can correct these behaviors the second I see what he is thinking.
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Aw man, you've only had him for five days? Gotta give him time! Like I said, puppies have no impulse control. If they're excited, they're going to let it all out. It takes quite a while to really start over-riding that "OMG I CAN'T CONTAIN MYSELF!" aspect of them. Patience and consistency is key. There's not much you can do beyond that.... just give it some time

I think people tend to forget that they're not machines. What always helps me when I get frustrated with puppies is to picture them as toddlers- that's exactly what they are. Ask yourself, "would a toddler know this? Know what I expect? Know what I'm asking?"
I totally get it. I suprisely have a lot of patience with Otto. I don't expect a turn around over night but I can't say the same for my husband. lol
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lol my hands are definitely full! No free time for me with 2 kids and a puppy but I am hoping I can train the pup right and have it pay off in the end. That is why I joined this forum. I need all the advice I can get. I have Otto on a leash at all times to I can correct these behaviors the second I see what he is thinking.
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I totally get it. I suprisely have a lot of patience with Otto. I don't expect a turn around over night but I can't say the same for my husband. lol
I hear you- I have a puppy now who has taken up SCREAMING in the crate. My husband is not a dog person, so his mind is just blown as to why nothing will instantly make it stop forever. I tell him the only thing more annoying than listening to an incessantly whining puppy is listening to an incessantly whining husband
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I am sure it is no surprise to you that your husband is wrong. You can tell him we all said so. Pups take time - lots of time. Mine's calling me now.
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