Dh decided that Rowan should have an old slipper to chew on ~ problem is when she goes onto the deck she thinks she can grab the good shoes and growls at me when I take it away. ( I'm so mad at my husband for this ~ something else I am going to have to break). :-\
She was eating chunks of wood outside and when I would bend down to pick them up and take them from her she would growl at me and begin to grab at my pants making those growly noises as she was shaking my paint leg and ended up putting numerous holes in my favourite pj's.
HELP~ what is up with this?????? How can I nip this behaviour in the bud?? I guess the leash and collar is happening sooner than later.... :-\
After the incident mentioned above ~ I am starting from today 'on leash' potty breaks so I have more control over her. She didn't like it but like Tal's Dad ~ I stuck it out! Wish me luck!! LOL
I'm sure others will have better advice for you since Lexie was my first puppy, but I will post a few thoughts.
You already know, never give objects that they can't always chew. They can't differentiate between old shoes and new. :-\ When Lexie was very little and chewing a lot, one of my students said "oh give her old shoes" about seven students told me "no, no, don't do that, she'll be chewing all your shoes"
I think part of this is Rowan being a puppy. Lexie would go into these puppy crazes, sometimes I thought she was possessed. She would chew on me when she got excited and she put lots of holes in my PJ pants and other clothes. This really does get better with time, but sometimes the behavior can get really frustrating for us.
Work on redirecting the undesired behavior. When I would take an object from Lex I would always try to give her something in return, a good chew, as opposed to just taking. I would tell her "good chew" when I was giving her the toy. I do the same thing with high value food objects; when I give her some kind of bone I take it away periodically and then return it to her so she doesn't get possessive of her treats/food/bones. I also learned quickly to carry treats with me all the time and when she would go a little nuts with me we would immediately start working on training, usually just "sit" or "down" at that age.
Thanks ~ everything you said makes today sense. I have been taking from her though and giving her the 'desireable' things she is supposed to chew on.
Thanks for filling me on the puppy craze ~ I'd never seen it before and thought ~ OMG an 8 week old nightmare. Good to know these crazes are normal.
When Lexie first started acting crazy, I thought I was the only one; I never saw any posts from other members with pups the same age that were crazy and nipping a lot. Then I started chatting with members with older dogs, in particular Connie (AngusFangus), and she shared her experiences with Angus when he was a pup and assured me that it would get better and totally made me feel better. It has gotten better, Lexie's nipping started about a week or two after we brought her home, it lasted until she was a couple of weeks shy of 4mos, stopped for a bit and then started again at exactly 4 mos. when she started really teething. Now at just over 5 mos. she really doesn't nip much anymore; every now and then she gets excited and nips, but I can usualy just tell her to sit and she calms down.Originally Posted by Dawson Creek Girl
Oh and usually she only went nuts with me; she really didn't behave this way with Rob. Other members told me this was pretty normal too since I spent the most time with her and I was typically the one who corrected her.
be careful with that growling. as the dog gets older and stronger - it MAY turn into some sort of pack establishment aggression... try doing more things to establish you are alpha may help with that...
When a dog that is not alpha tries to take something from alpha dog - the first thing the alpha will do to display its dipleasure in the other dog's behavior is growl. If the other dog does not back down it could turn into a quick bite. If the other dog wants it bad enough, they will fight for it. The winner is then alpha.
don't let your dog be apha...there a few easy things to do to help you establish yourself.
walk through your dog
go thru dogs first
It will all be fine - the dog is just a pupppy afterall!
I'm also concerned about the growling. My 7 month old lab has never once growled at me, but my golden was like that as a puppy, challenging me on everything... it wasn't play, it was that she was a dominent girl who constantly tested limits. She was not allowed on the furniture and we didn't tolerate it as "pupy behaviour" but didn't punish her for it either, just worked extra hard with her to teach her to give things up to us, and so on. Although I'd never heard of it then, we instinctively used the NILIF approach ("nothing in life is free") and she eventually became the best dog I ever had, and I loved her dearly. About shoes -- I wouldn't give your pup anything that you don't want a similar object chewed, as they can't make a distinction between new shoes and old shoes (or perhaps they get a taste for them, no matter the age!) Good luck!
Dakota started the trying to be alpha thing with me. We used a spray bottle right in the face and did a VERY firm NO. It worked well.
Good to know Kathryn. Thanks
I decided to be one step ahead of her this afternoon when I took her out. I had a ball in my hoodie pouch and everytime she tried to grab at my pant leg I'd give the ball to her. It worked very effectively. ;D
Good news! ;D