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Old 10-22-2012, 06:46 PM
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my baby is 11 weeks old. and i have 2 main questions that i need help with

first i know that puppys like to bite and nibble everything and everyone. how do i teach her not to bite/nibble. are there certain toys that she should have. what should i say to her to teach her that she can only bite/nibble toys not people. i have been saying no in a stern voice and giving her toys instead but i am not sure if this is the corrst way to do it. ty in advance for any help or advice.


my second question is pad training . she was going great then no so good lol. i have finally got her using it for peepee 90% of the time which is great but she does not like to poopoo on it. she i have 2 pads beside each other 1 for peepee and 1 for poopoo or just keep trying what i am currently doing. i also have 2 pad areas set up in my house at each end is that ok to do also. i live in northern ontario canada so its getting cold outside already so i was not going to outside train her at all until next spring. i am also hoping after pad training to slowly moving to litter box train her (with the proper litter ) . any advice woudl be great or stories you have to help me would be great

i know that she is still a baby so accidents will happen and she will chew lol i just want to know how to keep her on the right path
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:46 PM
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When Odie was a puppy, I found that making a high pitched squeaking sound worked well when she would get carried away with biting. It was enough to startle her and stop the behaviour. If you do this, or continue with using "no", which works too, make sure that you wait until she stops before giving her a toy, so she doesn't learn that biting you will make you play with her.

If you want to litter box train her, I would start immediately and totally skip over the pee pads. Also, know that you'll have your work cut out for you switching from going inside to outside later on. I would just use one pad for both pee and poo. Just make sure that it's cleaned up for her. I would also recommend only using one spot, and keep her confined to that smaller area of the house if possible so she knows where to go. Does she ever poop on it? You just need to catch her pooping somewhere else and move her to the pad just like you would do with pee so she knows that's where you expect her to go.
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As for chewing toys, antlers or bully sticks are great. Both obviously require supervision, but antlers are harder to chew and should last longer.
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Is there a particular spot she likes to poo? You could try moving the pad there and slowly moving it to where you want her to end up. Make sure to use an enzyme cleaner on any accidents because if she can smell it she will continue to mess in that spot.
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Yep...making a squeak noise like her siblings would. Mylo wouldn't listen to that though. He seemed to just get more excited by it so I said no firmly. Once he stopped I would direct him to an appropriate toy to chew. He used to bite our faces sometimes too so when he did that I'd say no firmly and then stop playing with him for a minute and then resume and repeat over and over until he got the point. I just got Willow at the weekend and if I make a sharp intake of breath she stopped immediately.

Like Krystal said, if you want to litter train that start with that right away otherwise it will just be harder and more confusing. Mylo also had a problem with pooping on the mat so whenever he did I got down to his level and made a huge fuss and that really seemed to work. As a young puppy he got really excited if I put my face near the floor so it was ultimate reward for him. If I caught him in the act I would say no, place him on the mat and then treat and praise him. If I didn't catch him, then I'd just clean it up. I found I needed to keep him in the living room while he was learning because if he had access to the hall and kitchen he'd have accidents when out of the room. He kept going in one spot though so we leave a pad there now too. He seems to prefer going there, I'm assuming it's a pooping as far away from his living area as possible kind of a deal.
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ty all for the great advice i will try these. also she did poop on the pad then stopped, but she poops anywhere its like oh gota go and then she goes . i think that she will be only an inside puppy she is so small and it gets so cold here .
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When she bites you too hard, squeal as if you're a puppy and she hurt you. Then don't pay her any attention for about a minute. Sort of give her a "time out" to let her know that she will not get to play with you if she bites you. I did this with Gemma and she knows her limits now. I wrestle her with my hand and have her chase my hand around, but she does not bite hard. She's never broken my skin or anything like that. She usually just mouths at my hand and if she gets my hand in her mouth, she stops and doesn't put any more pressure down. When she was very young, she did bite too hard sometimes so I used the squeal and ignore technique. Seems to have worked quite well!

As for the pooping, it's just about catching her in the act. You must supervise her 100% of the time that she is roaming free, and when you see that she is about to do her business in the wrong spot, stop her by making a noise or clapping your hands, take her to her pad, and tell her to go potty there. Then praise her if she finishes on the pad. The more you can catch her and correct her, the faster she is going to learn where to go.

Also, do you plan on having the pads available during the spring and summer as well? If you train her to use them now, it's going to be very confusing for her to start going exclusively outdoors all of a sudden. In my opinion, if you're going to use pads, be prepared to use them for life. I don't think you can use them when it's most convenient and then only go outdoors when the weather is nice. Gemma uses pads and she also goes potty outside during walks, but she always has a pad available inside, no matter the weather. We live in Sweden and in a second floor apartment on a busy street, so I decided pads were the best option for Gemma and me. I'm not saying that it's impossible to break the habit of using pads, but if you plan to use them on and off, it's just going to be way too confusing for her to know which days she's supposed to hold it and which days she can go whenever she pleases.

Oh, and as for the litter box training, I think you should start with that now and just skip the pads so she doesn't have to deal with the transition. It will be much harder down the road if you get her accustomed to pads. I think litter boxes are great. If doggy litter existed in Sweden, I would have liked to use a litter box with Gemma.
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Wen Holly would play bite that it hurt I would just say no and put her down. She grew out of it around 6 months it was just a puppy thing for her.
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