My 6-month-old pup keeps biting my Golden. My Golden will whine and cry, and Tess doesn't let go. When I am out with them, I do yell at Tess, but we have a fenced in backyard, so a lot of times they are out there by themselves. Any suggestions?
1 word - supervision!
I have to agree with the supervision and teaching "no bite". When I got Brigetta she was constantly biting my other dog and wanted to play with her non-stop. Normally I would let them work it out on their own, but since Prudence is an older dog with health problems, I had to intervene. Whenever Brigetta would get too rough I would put my hand around her mouth to close it (her lips would be slightly under her teeth) and firmly say "no bite". Now when she gets too rough I give the no bite command and she'll stop. And if I see her approaching Prudence I say "leave it". Good luck!
Teresa, mom to Brigetta and Prudence
I have a 13 week old lab puppy (Duke) and 13 y/o mix dog(Bear). Biting is just how puppies want to play. I had to set up a temporary kennel for Duke, 1) for his own safety when no one is around and 2) to give Bear some peace. Puppies just want to play rough and they will out grow it.
I would try to let your adult dog handle it..normally the adult with let the pup know when they've had enough. And an established adult dog will "train" the puppy faster than you ever coul, they speak the same language.* The puppy is just playing that's what they do.* If you ever have the opportunity to watch a mom with pups you'll be amazed.* I fostered a mom and 5 puppies.* Mom would gently..but firmly let those puppies know to "knock it off"* either by a growl or by holding their mouths shut.* Autumn had lil scabs on her neck from the puppies eventually she let them know she had enough and Gunny has great bite inhibition as a result I swear.
We have Maggie - 29.1 lbs (14wks) and a Toy Poodle who is 6 lbs (1 yr) and Maggie can get quite rough at times...for the most part once Nazzy yelps Maggie will stop what she is doing and calm down but there has been a few times I have had to intervene and told her a firm "aaahhhh" or "gentle". Sometimes a simple "clap" of the hands will do the trick and tell the two "kids" to "settle down".
Supervision is the key to play time!!! Teaching appropriate behaviour in all aspects!
I'm surprised the golden isn't taking a more Alpha position here, have you allowed her to take control of the situation before intervening? I don't recommend "yelling" at the puppy for this, instead I would teach with a firm "bad" or "no", and then praise when she stopped her biting and redirect her attention elsewhere. Be consistent!!
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A little background we had a 13 year old lab who we lost in March and we also have a 17 year old Border Collie. Our BC seemed to really miss her buddy so after a great deal of thought we got a new 9 week old chocolate lab. Hes a good boy just really playfull and he is driving Bailey crazy he is only playing but she want no part of it, she tries to get away with a puppy attached to whatever bit of fur he manage to get hold of as she tries to get away it only seems to make it worse. She has yelped but he doesnt quit or at least only for a sec. She will not tell him off in doggy speak (I wish she would) not sure why she wont but she has always been a gentle soul. I am at my whits end with Buster as is she. I had hoped they would play and stuff but I cant have him upsetting her. Perhaps I made a mistake here. But the general lack of sleep and the constant "no's" are wearing me thin.
Now to what I have tried and am continuing to try. Soon as he bounces in her direction I say "Leave it" if he get hold of her I remove him from her gently hold him mouth closed and say "leave it" again. I have now added a 30 sec time out in a different room alone if he does it. Am I doing the right things is there anything else I can do.
PLease help. Thank you
He's a baby. he's not being mean to be mean. You will likely need to seperate the dogs more often. take the puppy outside for some play repeatedly thru the day. Put the puppy in an ex-pen with an appropriate chew toy or stuffed kong to learn to chill.
When the puppy is outside the crate, TETHER them to you. Tie the leash aroundy our waist and clip the puppy. THis puts you in TOTAL control at ALL times. So you are closer and can immideately correct the pupy.
Socialise the puppy with other dogs. Friendly dogs that will correct him. He needs to learn, if your dog isn't going to make the correction it makes it all that much more important to get out there and find dogs that will SAFELY correct the puppy.
Look at puppy classes in your area and sign up ASAP. They are ment for puppies that hvent had all their shots.
Honestly, it is really normal for an older dog to have a hard tiem with a puppy. While a puppy can rejuvante an older dog, more often than not it goes thru a hard period of what you are experiencing now - and then as the puippy gets bigger you often also encounter issues of the puppy jumping on and bumping into the older dog throwing them off their feet.
If you spend all your time saying no it means you are not setting up the puppy for success. Also, be specific, saying "no" for everything doesn't mean anything. No bite, no pee not jump. But your job as teh owner is to set up the puppy for success as much as possible so you can REWARD the good. not just let the puppy run around the house and say No NO NO.
Are you crate training the puppy?
Is the lack of sleep due to teh puppy? If so, what is your set-up?
Last edited by Tanya; 08-02-2013 at 09:01 AM.
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also - it woudl be better to start a new thread rather than bump up a thread from 2006 - poeple are likely to miss your question and just read the first post above.
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