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Old 12-09-2009, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Elk River/Pequot Lakes-MN
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Are you leaving him crated when you leave? Sounds like things are going really well!
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:19 AM
 
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Are you leaving him crated when you leave? Sounds like things are going really well!
Yes- he is crated when we leave and at night- made it from 11-6 last night- he just is not eating alot- vet said 3 x a day but he doesn't eat but about twice a day- I think he's fine though- only issue we really have is itching- he had some fleas before we got him and the breeder did something for them- he is itching and vet said to give him children's benadryl but it doesn't help him. No visible fleas either
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:49 AM
 
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We have had the puppy for 2 weeks(now 12 weeks )- he is now nipping at my other dog and the neighbor's dog- I say NO!! and put him up away from the ones he is nipping-any other suggestions. also- when we take him outside- if the neighbor's dog is outside-he runs straight across street to play and then eventually nips at his lips- Neighbor's do not like him- we have a trainer coming tomorrow to help us with him-other than nipping -he is fine- pottying outside is great!!
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Where I want to be!
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An Aussie that nips? Naw cant be......at 12 weeks he is still just a pup. Training to stop the nipping is good but hiring a trainer at this age...questionable. He is playing with the neighbors dog, nipping is part of it and if the neighbors don't like him, why is going over there? I would be more concerned about the running across the street and having him get hit by a car!
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:11 AM
 
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I am very concerned about him running across the street- I was asking for suggestions- I know he is a puppy and we will get thru it- he is going over there to play with their dog- I was questionable about getting the trainer at such a young age but the vet recommended him over puppy classes-
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:11 AM
 
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We have had the puppy for 2 weeks(now 12 weeks )- he is now nipping at my other dog and the neighbor's dog- I say NO!! and put him up away from the ones he is nipping-any other suggestions. also- when we take him outside- if the neighbor's dog is outside-he runs straight across street to play and then eventually nips at his lips- Neighbor's do not like him- we have a trainer coming tomorrow to help us with him-other than nipping -he is fine- pottying outside is great!!
He's PLAYING! He doesn't have hands and pups explore their worlds with their mouths!

He's going to teethe at six months, but what you can do now is teach him 'bite inhibition.' And it does NOT involve telling him 'no' because that's NOT going to work.

Have just you and him in a puppy-safe place (you'll see why in a second). Start playing and when he clamps down too hard, yelp just like puppy then get up and LEAVE. He should not be able to see or hear you (or follow you, of course) - that's why you need a puppy-safe place. Just for about 15 seconds or so, then go back. If he clamps down too hard, repeat the whole thing. He'll get the idea that if he bites too hard he loses his most precious resource: you!

Most puppies learn bite inhibition from their siblings, but puppies taken from their littermates early (before 9 weeks) don't and you have to teach them.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:14 AM
 
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He's PLAYING! He doesn't have hands and pups explore their worlds with their mouths!

He's going to teethe at six months, but what you can do now is teach him 'bite inhibition.' And it does NOT involve telling him 'no' because that's NOT going to work.

Have just you and him in a puppy-safe place (you'll see why in a second). Start playing and when he clamps down too hard, yelp just like puppy then get up and LEAVE. He should not be able to see or hear you (or follow you, of course) - that's why you need a puppy-safe place. Just for about 15 seconds or so, then go back. If he clamps down too hard, repeat the whole thing. He'll get the idea that if he bites too hard he loses his most precious resource: you!

Most puppies learn bite inhibition from their siblings, but puppies taken from their littermates early (before 9 weeks) don't and you have to teach them.
Thanks-I will try this!!
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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Hang in there. It will get better. We had this problem with our first pup nipping at the kids. It is called herding and that is his/her breed. You just need to teach them not to do it. It takes time but it does work. Good Luck.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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Hang in there. It will get better. We had this problem with our first pup nipping at the kids. It is called herding and that is his/her breed. You just need to teach them not to do it. It takes time but it does work. Good Luck.
About how long does it last? and what is it like when they are really teething at 6 months?
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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About how long does it last? and what is it like when they are really teething at 6 months?
You know I don't remember when she stop but my kids didn't really enjoy the puppy because it would nip all the time. Don't get me wrong they would play with her but they get tired of playing because of the herding and nipping. I actually have holes in my pants from her trying to heard and play at the same time. Not her fault that just her breed. She stop right away with me but my oldest she just kept doing it because my daughter didn't have a strong verbal voice.She listen to my youngest though. We end up doing empty coke can with rocks inside and my girls would shake and it would startle her. All I know she stop before she was 1 year old that much I know. It has been two years since this happen. I have a pup now and he does nip but not as much with the first one. I haven't seen any herding from him as well. I think it is because he has another dog to play with.
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