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Old 04-12-2014, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know there will be up and down days for Finnick's behavior because he's still settling in, I totally expect that

But today...he's driven me mad. It's probably due to the fact the I feel really ill today and it's only been me and him. He's 9 weeks old, so he's still only a baby.

He's been with us for almost a week now he's been so good, he's so calm and placid, couldn't have asked for a more lovely pup! But today he's had such a boisterous day :\ normally he backs away when I tell him not to mouth (he's been really good for that) but today he is chewing everything in his path, and biting my hands/clothes/hair (he pulls it because I have long hair!), when I try to stop him with a firm "AUH" (don't know how to spell it but it's just a random noise that has been working great with him), he has totally ignored it today and it makes him even more excited and does it more

In these days when he's over flowing with beans, is it best to just re direct his mouth to his toys instead of vocal commands? I don't want to cofuse him, but he's just not listened at all today. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow and can handle him a bit more...maybe he sensed I wasn't myself?

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I got my puppy when he was 3 months old. He was a fireball until about 6 months. I just tried to be consistent on what I expected from him. He was very frustrating to deal with at times. He is now 10 months. He listens/responds now and he's much calmer.
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just need to remind myself that consistency is key with GSD's!
Hopefully tomorrow will be better for both of us
He certaily has his fireball moments
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Maybe it's something in the air! My puppy has really calmed down on the biting/mouthing even though she is still teething. But today she just wants to chew on my hand and clothes. I just tell her no and stop playing with her if it is too much for me. But Stormie is quite a bit older than your guy. I think redirecting to toys and chews is great. You might even give him a bone or bully stick or an ice cube and stick him in his crate for a little bit.
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at 9 weeks your ride is barely beginning
it will get much worse before it gets better!!
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at 9 weeks your ride is barely beginning
it will get much worse before it gets better!!
That's the truth. Riley was a very mellow dog. (we got him when he was 8 weeks) He never gave me issues. Other than the normal puppy biting. It could be because he wasn't feeling well....idk...he could have just been a mellow dog.

Kaleb on he other hand is the complete opposite. ( we got him when he was 3 months) If he wanted to do something he did and he did not care what I was saying to him or in what tone. He was full of "piss and vinegar".

Riley and I were very bonded. We just had this connection. It's hard to explain. I remember one day, in frustration, telling my husband that I was never going to bond with the puppy. I didn't give up though and now we are bonded and close. It just took a lot longer to get him to understand what I was asking of him than I thought it would.
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our first shep pup had me wanting to find him a new more qualified home than we were because we were completely overwhelmed
he never did slow down until the day he passed away
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I give our pup something to chew on, typically a pig's ear as they're the only thing she likes, on days like this, when I'm unwell and she's overly boisterous (more so than usual - I was a bit jealous reading your boy is typically calm and placid haha). Think it's just pent up energy really as they don't get as much exercise or playing from us when we're not feeling the best.
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Once it breaks daylight today I will check the radar then go on our 2 mile 'off leash' walk if able. I try to bring our 17+ week old pup about every day. She is much better behaved after some good exercise. I just have to keep the ticks at bay, rather thick right now.

Your dog is still a little young at 9 weeks. I think a dog needs to know what 'NO' means. I don't mess around with some of the 'pinning down' or saying 'ouch' if the mouthing is to much. You just have to ask yourself, 'what would Mom do if the pup bit her like that'?


The chewing on most everything will go on for awhile, lots of chew toys is good. At the times when you have to step away for a while give him some crate time.

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Maybe it's something in the air! My puppy has really calmed down on the biting/mouthing even though she is still teething. But today she just wants to chew on my hand and clothes. I just tell her no and stop playing with her if it is too much for me. But Stormie is quite a bit older than your guy. I think redirecting to toys and chews is great. You might even give him a bone or bully stick or an ice cube and stick him in his crate for a little bit.
There must be! I might try the ice cubes, that's a good idea.....just ones from the ice cube tray? I have a feeling he'll like that. I'm also going to try cold carrots, I hear pups love those too!

njk, that's very true! Maybe without realizing, I wasn't as "fun" as I usually are with him, and he had to get rid of his energy that way instead!

sourdough44 - What way would you advice to do about mouthing? I say no firmly and he doesn't bat an eyelid. Even when I instantly up and walk away he either gets distracted or just lays back down as if nothing happened. I don't pin him down or anything, I'd rather use vocal commands....if they work :\
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