mama dukes: puppy training?
how do u train a puppy to listen, n stop bitting
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Answer by BaeHeartJaden
Begin your training early - when your puppy is 6 weeks old, if possible.
Teach your puppy that biting hurts you. When he bites, give a sharp "no!" or "ouch!" - or even a yelp like a dog would make. This is the same reaction that your puppy would get from another puppy if he bit too hard during play. It teaches him that he's been too rough, and the odds are that he'll be more gentle next time.
Remove your hand slowly - don't jerk it away - and give your puppy a toy that he can chew on without damage.
If your puppy ignores your reaction and bites again, repeat your "no!," "ouch!" or yelp, and leave the room for a few minutes. Let your puppy know that when he bites, he will lose his playmate. This, too, mirrors the reaction he would get from another puppy if he played too roughly.
Be persistent in your training. As your puppy's behavior improves and his bites are softer, continue to yelp or give a sharp "no!" or "ouch!" whenever he puts his teeth on you. Make it clear that all bites are painful and unacceptable to humans.
Reinforce your puppy's good behavior. Whenever he licks you without using his teeth and whenever he plays nicely and appropriately, give him plenty of praise.
Begin teaching the "off" command after your puppy has stopped biting with any pressure. Hold a handful of the puppy's dry food, close your hand and say "off." After a few seconds, if the puppy has not touched your hand, say "take it" and give him a piece of food. You are teaching him that "off" means not to touch.
Continue to give a sharp yelp, "no!" or "ouch!" any time your puppy bites you unexpectedly. If you see the bite coming, give the "off" command.
Enroll your puppy in an obedience class where he can socialize with other dogs when he is about 6 months old. Their interaction will help to reinforce what you teach him, since rough play with other dogs will likely cause them to yelp and cut off play. At the same time, your puppy will learn the difference between people's limits and other dogs' limits - dogs will allow rougher play than people will.
Answer by AngelWithAnX
Listening comes with time, but make sure you're using a firm but not threatening tone of voice. Stop bitting, when the puppy goes to bite, firmly grab the snout, look it in the eyes and tell her/him "NO BITE". You could always watch the Dog Whisperer on TV too. I know it's just a show, but its got some great advice.
Answer by Becky D
every time the puppy nips at your put a toy in his mouth. He will eventually learn that the toys are for chewing on and not you.
Answer by Mom&Sweetie
it's a puppy. They need to run play and be wild. Make sure you have plenty of chew toys and treats and a large play area for running around. How would you have felt when you were a kid if someone did't let you play and just be a kid. The pup is just being a pup, It will have it's whole life to live up to your expectations, so just let it be a pup.
Answer by boricuabeso
Gomestic > Pets
Three Common Behavior Problems in Puppies
by JGray, May 29, 2008
What are the three most common behavior problems in puppies? Are you frustrated with your failed efforts to train your new pup? The following are a few guidelines that will help eliminate those unwanted behaviors.
Adding a new puppy to your family is a very exciting experience for most new owners. Puppies and dogs in general, fulfill our lives in many ways. Part of making the decision to bring a new puppy into your family means knowing and accepting the challenges that will exist in training him. The three most common behavior problems that new puppy owners experience in training are inappropriate chewing, inappropriate nipping and mouthing, and house soiling.
Chewing is a behavior that is quite common and very beneficial for puppies and adult dogs alike. This behavior can actually help aid in dental health if the pet is provided with proper chew toys. For example, Nylabone is a brand that makes excellent products that are approved and recommended by veterinarians. Although chewing should be expected and encouraged, puppies do investigate their environment and tend to put their little mouths on inappropriate objects. This is especially true during the teething milestone that occurs between three and six months of age.
Two very important elements to proper training are providing your puppy with adequate supervision and being aware of his environment. When assessing your puppy's play environment, always consider any thing that could potentiate harm such as electrical cords for example. Puppies are continually learning and are naturally curious about their surroundings. In an effort to combat your puppy's desire to inappropriately chew, provide him with a variety of fun and interesting chew toys. This will help deter a curious puppy from moving on to the wrong object out of boredom.
Another good training tool that will aid in curbing this behavior is providing your puppy with a regular exercise regimen. Exercise will alleviate any boredom that your pup may be experiencing. Additionally, exercising also releases the same endorphins that are released by chewing.
A second common behavior that will need to be addressed is aggressive nipping and mouthing. The most important aspect of correctly shaping this behavior is to start early. This holds true because it is much easier to train a pup while he is impressionable, rather than later correcting an unwanted behavior that has already been learned. As previously mentioned, puppies are continually learning and their behaviors are constantly being shaped whether we realize it or not.
It is important that, as dog owners, we recognize the difference between harmless, playful mouthing and early aggression. Puppies should be allowed to engage in playful mouthing and nipping. However, it is the human's job to establish the boundaries of such play. An effective way to communicate to your pup that he is playing too rough is to yelp out and disengage from any activity with the pup for a short period. The message being sent is that when you mouth or nip too hard, you lose my attention. This same lesson is also taught within the pup's litter as well.
The third and probably most challenging behavior problem of all is house soiling. There are a few good guidelines that may alleviate some of the frustrations that accompany this behavioral concern. Crate training is considered by many to be the most effective method of house training. It can be a wonderful asset to both you and your puppy's life if implemented and used properly.
With the crate training method, the idea is to create a “safe haven” for your pup. This is accomplished by selecting a crate that is just big enough for your puppy to have enough room to stand up, turn around and lie down. It is important that your puppy's crate not have too much room so that he can't relieve himself at one end and lie down on the other. Dogs typically do not like to void in the same area as they eat or sleep.
After selecting an appropriate crate, place a blanket and a variety of interesting toys within it. Hiding several tasty treats within the crate is also a good idea as well. Slowly introduce your pup to its new crate very carefully by encouraging him to explore it. You may even serve a few of your pup's meals inside the crate so that he learns to feel comfortable with it.
As your puppy becomes more acclimated, leave him in his crate for longer periods of time. However, it must be understood that young puppies should never be crated for more than 1 to 2 hours at a time. In very early stages of life, puppies are unable to exercise the muscle groups needed to control their bladders. When your puppy grows and matures a bit, he will eventually be able to comfortably tolerate a few hours of being crated. In the meantime, remain consistent in training and always use positive reinforcement. This is a key component to successfully house training your puppy. Always offer your puppy frequent opportunities to go outside and provide excessive praise immediately following a job well done.
Bringing a new puppy into your family certainly means a lot of work for you as its new owner. However, following the advice of your veterinarian as well as considering the above guidelines will certainly make your training a lot easier. Remember, you are ultimately responsible for your pet's behavior.
Answer by bluebonnetgranny
Training a puppy can be very frustrating & every trainer has their own way of going about it. I found a few sites that will help you.
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