Some advice for a new puppy owner

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Hello everyone, hope you are all well.

 

We got our Dobie puppy about 5 days ago and I was just after some advice on a few things. She's a brown girl called Lexi and is just under 10 weeks old (10 weeks old in 3 days).

 

Shes been great fun so far and I'm already looking forward to hopefully helping her become a great advocate for the breed.

 

I am crate training her and it seems to be going okay - we've been practicing putting her in there while we're up during the day too so she doesn't just associate it with bedtime or when we leave and she's already going in there of her own accord and when we say "in your bed". She has cried plenty the first few nights but the last two nights we've played with her and kept her up a little later to tire her out and she's slept right through so fingers crossed that will go okay. Does anyone have any other advice?

 

Biting is one thing I have a question about. I know how important it is to teach bite inhibition and at first the high pitched "OUCH" worked a treat. However she now doesn't seem to be phased by it and will just keep coming back for more and really jumping into it. I'm redirecting it using various toys (kongs, nylabones and bully sticks) but obviously these dont teach her what is too hard like the usual yelping would. Any other ideas here?

 

With regards to food I'm feeding her fish4dogs which she seems to like 3 times a day. However, she isn't eating it all in one go - sometimes she'll have a small amount then play and come back for a couple of bites and then play some more over and over again. Is this normal? As long as she's eating I'm happy - but I want to make sure this is normal behaviour because some of my dogs in the past would just eat it in one sitting.

 

Final question for now - this may seem silly - but how long does it typically take for her to learn her name? At the moment we're using her name but it doesn't get her attention at all because she has no idea we are talking to her yet and she seems more occupied with finding the next thing to bite!

 

I really appreciate any help and advice here. I'll try to get some pics of her up soon!!

 

Thanks.

 

Alex

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Try getting her attention first and then use her name. Like smacking your lips, a short whistle, whatever it takes.

Talk like you would with a person and use the name a lot.

They usually learn pretty quick!

As far as the biting goes, keep browsing through the forum. You will find lots of info on it!

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For the biting, the technique I used with Skye (cuz re-directing was NOT cutting it!) was whenever she bit me, I made it uncomfortable for her. When she bites your hands, put your hand further into her mouth and hold it at the back of her mouth, where her jawbones meet, and hold it till she pulls her mouth completely away from your hand. Once your hand is out of her mouth, tell her "Good Girl! No bite!" in a high, squeeky, happy voice. If she doesn't let go, push one knuckle towards the back of her throat. Don't choke her or anything, just till she starts trying to push your finger out of her mouth. Then wait and praise like before. :D I hope it works for you like it did for me!

For her name, Keep talking to her and using her name a lot. Don't use nick names, she can't process it yet and may get confused.

For her eating habits, She's a grazer... a lot of dobes are and this will actually help prevent bloat, since she's not scarfing it down like she's starving. lol. Dont worry about it, just make sure she's eating enough. If it really bothers you, take her bowl away 15 minutes after you put it down, she will start to realize that she's got to eat it within that time limit and, in theory, eat faster. :D

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Omg! Tyton (ty) is only eight weeks old and i take him out every hour on the hour but he still goes in the house and he screams and crys all night long please please someone help before i lose my sanity...

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Janelle how old was TY when you got him?? He's just a baby at 8 weeks. Where is he sleeping? when he goes out every hour on the hour does he pee/poop or play?? What things are you doing with him to wear him out before bedtime?? he is a puppy baby and very needy right now - some of your answers may guide others to be able to help better.....I know it's frustrating but hang in there it does get better and they are so smart that he will learn and you will see progress.....

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When i take him out during the day we may romp a little butat night its all business. I just put his creat in my room with me and it really cut the cryin out till about six a.m. or so.I feed him about 1 1/3 cups of food twice daily with plenty of water and we take hia bowl about ten at night for bed

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AlexT - one word - Clicker.  Do some research on training with a clicker, it will work for training the biting to getting her to learn her name to encouraging eye contact.  For the biting, it takes time and consistancy, don't expect results overnight, and redirection followed by praise usually turns out to be the best as it teaches what is acceptable to bite and what is not.

Janelle - it isn't nice to hijack someonelses thread.

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Oh well didnt know i even did that im not so savey with this computer stuff.. lol actually really bad at it.

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Awwwwe your baby is so beautiful!!

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It's okay Janelle, you didn't know. :D

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Actually this is the first time i've even been in a forum 

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Janelle (and AlexT!)...  if no one else has mentioned it, at 8 weeks old, they really can't go 8 hours at night in the crate.  Up until about 4 months (16 weeks), I was getting up once at about 4 am (our sleep time is 12-8) to take Koko out for a quick "all business" pee break.  After the first night or two, he really didn't cry.  A general rule of thumb is that pups can only stay in their crate 1 hour for every month of age, and about double that at night...  meaning they can't go 8 hours at night till 4 months, and still only 4 hours max during active hours.

 


AlexT...

With the biting, if the yelping isn't cutting it, and redirecting doesn't work, I would try next removing whatever it is she wants if she bites.  In other words, it should go something like this:  *bite* YELP! No bite!  *play... play...  bite!*  No bite! (stand up and walk away for a minute or two).  If what they want (your attention) goes away because of the behavior (biting), they will learn not to do the behavior that makes the good thing go away.

With the food, I had to give Koko a little 'extra' in his food to entice him to eat the first couple of months...  a couple of treat bits mixed in, or a spoonfull of our dinner if it is dog friendly, or a spoon of wet dog food, etc.  I think he was just bored by the dry kibble!  He now eats well even if it's just dry, but does so with much more vigor if I include the "yummy bits".  ;)


The name thing is quick and easy.  Get a handful of (small!) treats; they sell kibble-sized training treats, or for Koko what worked best was tearing off kibble sized pieces from a Pupperoni.  Call her name, with little kissy noises or whatever to get her to look at you.  When she looks, give her a treat!  keep this up, until she looks with just her name (I think it took Koko 3 tries lol).  do it another 5-10 times.  Repeat a handful of times through the day...  within a week or so she should be responding to her name like a champ!

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Thank you tannaidhe ill put that advice to the test..                                        lol hope i didnt highjack anyones thread this time....;)

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alex T 

I also use name recognition to teach my dog his name. Just say your dogs name once and then give him/her a treat as soon as he/she looks at you. If you have to use sounds to grab your puppy's attention that's fine but don't keep repeating the name. After a little while you can replace the treats with good dog & some petting. Like they said above I would try to do that 5-10 times a day for at least a week.

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Ok Ty has lost two teeth in the last two days. He's almost six months old. Is this normal? Im kinda freakin out!