biting vs playing, Ear crop recommendation

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Hello Forum members, thank you so much for the valuable feedback, they are very helpful.  At this point Dieselboy is about 9 weeks old, and has had 2 of his 4 shots, he is healthy and super energetic, I do have some problems with him though:  

1. He bites us alot to the point of bleeding and major scratches, My husband played tug of war with him and rough play for the past week and I played "chase" alot with him.  Could these be the cause of his biting? do we need to stop these games? how do we make him understand that biting people is not socially acceptable? and if we should not play these games them what games are suitable to get drain his hyper energy and calm him down a little?

2.  We live in Southern California Palm Springs area, does anyone know of a good vet who could do a great job on the Ear Cropping? We have a hard time finding someone local. Please let us know if there is any directory for Vets who do this work???

3. At this point since he does not listen to me, I am so desparate to find a training school and learn, how to make him more obedient.  I use more of a softer tone with him and am less assertive when ordering him to come for a walk, is this why he doesnt listen to me? Do you know of a great trainng school where we could go? 

thank you so much...

 

 

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At 9 weeks old, he's just becoming really aware of his surroundings and his abilities.  Puppies bite and mouth things...even your fingers, arms and feet...because that's how they learn about things.  No hands--use your mouth.  Needle teeth are a real annoyance, and you can do a few things to discourage his biting habits, but chances of stopping him 100% are pretty slim until he's at least 5 - 6 months old. 

Some things you can do to discourage his biting on you:

Keep good chew toys handy at all times.  Redirect his mouthing to the toy as soon as you see he is about to jump and bite at you.  They are lightning fast at this age, so anticipate his moves.

Tell him NO in a very firm tone every single time he bites at you.  A squirt bottle of water is a good thing to have handy, also.  That wont hurt him, and will let him know that something he doesnt like to happen WILL happen if he keeps biting.

Puppies and even older dogs LOVE attention, and if he keeps wanting to play inappropriately, turn away from him...dont look at him, dont speak to him, just keep turning your back to him until he calms down--then give him lots of praise and attention while he's calm.

Some people will tell you to never let a dog's teeth touch human skin...I happen to believe that a soft-mouth isn't a bad thing at all.  When DJ was going through that baby stage and wanting to bite (omg---she had me bleeding on the backs of my hands and forearms a lot) I did the above mentioned things to discourage her biting, BUT....when she would just lick my hand with her tongue, or put her mouth around my wrist and not put any pressure on me at all, I rewarded her for that.  Now, at 10 months old, she can play rough with me, and grab my hand but NOT bite, not hurt, and it gives her the satisfaction of holding with her mouth but without hurting me in the least bit.  I dont get upset if my dog wants to put its mouth around my hand or arm as long as they know to be gentle about it.  It's a learning process, for sure.

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from Dieselboy: 3. At this point since he does not listen to me, I am so desparate to find a training school and learn, how to make him more obedient.  I use more of a softer tone with him and am less assertive when ordering him to come for a walk, is this why he doesnt listen to me?

Traning can start at home, because he is so young.  You can work with him on learning to sit, lie down, and come when you call his name.  By the time he has all his vaccinations and is ready to attend puppy kindergarten or some other training class, he will have a good head start on those basics, too. 

I almost always use a softer tone, or at least just my normal speaking voice, when I train my dogs.  In fact, once they have started learning the commands, I throw in hand signals and even whisper commands to them.  If you're consistant with your commands, and make sure that he follows through (if you tell him to 'come on' when you're out walking, but will allow him to stand and sniff, he'll figure out real quickly that you're all talk and no action) he will listen to you, no matter what your tone is.  Insist by tugging on his leash that he follow you, or bait him with a treat or toy to encourage him to follow along with you.  Never give a dog a command if you cant back it up.  If you dont care how long he lingers, then dont tell him 'come' and then just let him not do it.  If it's ok for him to stop and sniff, then just let him stop and sniff.  Does that make sense?  I sometimes take DJ on walks "just for her" and I let her stop as many times and sniff as long as she wants to.  Other times, the walks are more 'for me' and when she stops along the way, I tell her 'come on' and I dont even slow down my walking...she has to keep up with me and she knows it.

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I too live in Southern Cal and opted to crop. Don't wait beyond 12weeks since that is the outer edge of successful cropping. Mine had his crop at 10.5weeks. I noticed a reccomendation for E Jezbera at Riverside Animal Hospital on Doberman Talk and gave them a call. I ultimately went with Jezbera after researching Dr. Zarelli in Irvine, Butchko in Riverside, and another cropping vet in Studio City that my dad reccomended. Jezbera produces great crops and I see many dobermans come into his office as well as other breeds. My own dog has a wonderful crop and the staff are always helpful. Jezbera books fast for cropping and probably all cropping vets for that matter since only select few have expertice in cropping.

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thanks for the info, booked it with Jazbera and excited to get his ears done next week, your dog looks adorable, thank you