Any advice on barking and snapping?

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Hi everyone,

So I spend a good portion of my day yelling NO! OFF! to my dog when I rather just have fun with him.  And I'm having a hard time having fun with my puppy (11 weeks) when he's constantly destroying anything he can have.  We've boarded up the kitchen but now he's decided chewing the cushions is fair game.  He has TONS of toys (kongs, rawhide, squeaky toys, balls...)  and I've tried the wash cloth things.  I try to tire him out on walks around the area, and that's basically the ONLY time he behaves is when he's out and about...  But inside he's a total demon!  I know doberman's were suppose to be a high strung breed but... does he want to constantly be disciplined?  Is htis normal?  What do you do with a puppy that can't run in the park yet?  How do you keep him entertained?

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Lol yes it's normal. Start making the toys fun. Fetch is a great game and can tired out a puppy. Make a flirt pole and do little sessions I wouldn't over do it since he's so young maybe two mins. I only do five -ten min sessions with lots of stops with my 9 month old. I incorporate obedience into it so it's also mentally stimulating. Have you tried hide and seek ? That's always fun. We like to play track the hot dog pieces in the backyard this one always makes him sleepy. Take the cushions up till he's older is your best bet. Keep redirecting to the toys and say yes. Remember he doesn't know what is ok and not its up to you to show him :)

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I heard about the flirt pole but we have a house rabbit and he's gated off from her and shows no interest but wanting to play with her and sniff her.  I'm worried of a flirt pole might make him have a prey drive when he has none.  I try playing fetch with him but he is interested in a few throws and that's it.  I try tug a war he's interested for a little bit... But not to the extent my last dog was.  I'm trying to find his favourite game...  But he seems to just be ok with them. I'm not sure if he's toy motivated... I will try the hot dog thing though.

 

 

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Also when we do try to discipline him with NO!  or OFF! he does this high pitch bark and hops around barking at us?  I fear this might be intimidating once he gets bigger.  And if we point our fingers at him NO he sometimes tries to snap at it.  I really want to nip this in the bud now.  Any suggestions?  Is this normal?

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When he starts that kinda thing I would go ahead and put him in his crate sounds like he needs a nap and is being cranky and needs sometime to settle down and go to sleep. When you do this make sure it isn't as a punishment just ok I think you need a nap lol kinda like a cranky baby that needs a nap so in the crib they go. :) I wouldn't even say anything to him when he starts this just straight to the crate for a nap lol 

 

 

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Do you have an eclosed area/ yard where he can run around the flirt pole? Sounds like he may need more focus/ obedience training after he gets a litte tired. Some people yell OW when he uses this teeth and they touch you. Overexxagerated  OUCH, He does not want to hurt you only playful.  

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We were doing the ouch thing but I'm worried that shows he can control us with his teeth.  Where we'll look submissive to him.  I did the crate thing that AresMyDobie suggested.  He is much calmer after coming out of his crate.  But what do I do if he starts up when I take him out to potty? Which is usually right after I take him out of the crate?  Put him back in again?

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I'd only use the crate if he's cranky and needs a nap. I wouldn't use it as a time out. Redirect to the toy keep one on you at all times so you can stick in his mouth and say yes. Wear him out with some play and he will likely want a nap. You could try to ignore the behavior. Personally I used a squirt bottle when he would go for my legs. I'd squirt his little butt but some people don't like that. He doesn't have water phobia quite the opposite actually. He's not being aggressive he's just a puppy remember those teeth are hurting his little gums :/ frozen kongs worked well for us. He love peanut butter and ham lol consistency is key so pick a method and stick with it :) 

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Thanks for the reassurance AresMyDobie :)  I needed to hear that he's "not being aggressive."  I know he's just a puppy but I guess it's hard to tell cause when my last dog would want to play she'd bring us a toy... Khan just drops whatever he's doing sometimes and then just starts opening his mouth at us and makes loud barks.  I have a hard time understanding his "puppy language."

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Lol try not to stress he just being a silly Doberman it will pass with maturity but right now you're his focus lol they are Velcro dogs. If he wants to play by all means play but with the appropriate play things lol Ares loved ice cubes at that age. He could chase them around the kitchen and they were cold perfect for teething lol and it's free. You'll figure out how to communicate with him and know when he wants to play to find a toy or when he's being a cranky butthead cuz he's tired and needs a nap. 

Lol grab some wine and enjoy it cuz they grow up fast. You could also get his attention with 5 min training sessions when he starts this :) start working on a leave it command it will come in handy :) this will also strengthen your bond through training and its mentally stimulating for him so it will help settle him down lol 

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Just a baby, just a puppy, so loveable..... he thinks he is being cute, and is actually a puppy spazz attack. 

Positive reinforcement of good manners, catch them whenever he is good and praise praise praise him. 

Bella, before we got her, was trained with a squirt / spray bottle and we brought it home with her she disliked it so much we never had to use it, just show it to her. Could be very effective. 

For a mouthy dog some people including me and our friend who always had rotties and ridgebacks-- put your hand right into their mouth. Or hold their bottom jaw with a finger or thumb press on the toungue. The second way works wonders. Makes them shut their mouth, when they see your hand coming rather than bite it. They do not want to hurt you! Or bite you! Mayber they did not learn bite inhibition properly from their mother.

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^^ so true lol. Ares ended up being fascinated with water and will now put his mouth around the spray bottle and wait for me to squirt it in his mouth Hahahaha goofball. I always did the redirection thing lol but heck next time I'll try that !!! Very true they don't want to hurt you it's not their goal but those nasty puppy teeth lol teach the right way so they don't learn the wrong and praise when they do it right :) everytime you are with your dog you are training ;)

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I've tried grabbing his snout and closing it saying NO! But once I let go he opens it up REAL wide to try to grab at us again. He also drops his body on the floor kicking and pawing at my hand to get it off his snout.  Then when I let go I get a big loud BARK!  Maybe the squirt bottle.. will work...  Do you squirt them in the face?  The butt version would redirect them...

Shoving the toy in the mouth worked for when he was 8 weeks.  He only starts this behaviour when we want him to stop something. He reminds me of a kid throwing a fit.  

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If he's throwing a fit it's usually cuz he tired. Taking your hand away will make him want to go for it. When you take you hand away do it in a upward motion. I loved squirt bottle I only squirted his butt. If redirecting to a toy doesn't help get your training treats out and get him to focus :)

 

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Bella would dislike having her mouth forced shut-- wrap around.

What I mean is just put your hand in there--far--

The wrapping of the lower jaw and thumb or finger nail press on toungue---

Repeat after me-- he is just a baby puppy so loveable--- patience patience

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Hehe thanks everyone!!  :)

Really, I recommend getting a good book or two on dog behavior and training. The book that goes home with my puppy families is "How to raise a puppy you can live with" by Rutheford and Neil - you can probably find it on Amazon.com and it is not too long. 

The things your puppy is doing are all pretty normal - he obviously does not know what "off and No" mean yet. Enroll in a puppy class as soon as you can - a good trainer will be able to observe you together and help... way more than an internet forum ;-)

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Yes I'll check that out.  We visited our trainer yesterday night and she informed us this was very normal and he's just being demanding.  Once he understands some communication with us we'll learn to redirect his behaviour. I do work with him all the time though.  I play and make him repeat his commands like: come, sit, lie down.  I taught him roll over yesterday.  He's a smart cookie.  

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Khan's biting has gotten a lot better. We do try fetch and tug but we finally realized his favourite "game" is when we give him a chew toy and he sits on our lap... At 30lbs he hardly fits on our lap.  But as long as the toy is in his mouth he doesn't go after our hands or clothes.  The game is we pat and let him and rough his fur up all over while he chomps away.  The second he does nip us, we say NO! And push him off and walk away for a minute.  We come back and play again and he climbs on our lap while he chomps on his toys... So far after a few days of this he doesn't bark at us as much or snaps.  However his new thing is intense crotch sniffing!