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Old 05-20-2013, 11:03 AM
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Default Training 5month old..HELP!

Ive just bought a chi from someone. He's 5 months old and she said she got him at 8 weeks old as a birthday present. When we picked him up, she said its because she works almost 60 hours a week so he's never around them and it isn't fair on him being in a crate all day, which is fair enough.

But we got him home and he's extremely boisterous, which i expected from a puppy anyway, but he's literally allover the place constantly. He's trying to chew ANYTHING he can find, he's constantly playbiting and doesn't know when to stop. He keeps jumping on my son and knocking him over too. Obviously he's still young so i didn't expect him to be fully trained, but i assumed he would know not to playbite and nip by now? I guess the lady didn't have time to show him these things, so its down to me to nip it in the bud asap.

Has anyone got any tips that will help me?
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:28 PM
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I'm not very good on the training thing but all I can say is he may grow out of some of the behaviour. My Rolo drove me mad with the play biting, I was really worried about it as I have two 21 month old grandsons who were both only 10 months old at the time. He doesn't do it anymore at all. I would say get him some bully sticks, chi's seem to totally love them and will chew on them for hours. He needs to be distracted and have something that he is allowed to chew. I'm sure others will jump in with suggestions! Good luck!


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Also, if you don't have a crate/cage I would get one! Chi's also like their own space and they like to have a little den of their own. It doesn't have to be a huge one. I don't use mine as a punishment but my chi's get popped in there whenever I need them to be out of the way if the grandchildren. They have everything in there so they love it


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A lot of people find that when they bite, making a high pitched noise like another puppy does the trick. Biting everything in sight is normal for a puppy, especially one who hasn't been around people a lot. He thinks it's okay. You could also invest in some bitter apple spray (meant for dogs) to use on objects he goes after most often and if you catch him in the act, tell him "no". I agree with confining him when you can't watch him. A playpen would work perfectly. You don't want him chewing through a cord and electrocuting himself.

Also make sure he's getting enough exercise. A tired puppy is a good puppy!


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A lot of people find that when they bite, making a high pitched noise like another puppy does the trick. Biting everything in sight is normal for a puppy, especially one who hasn't been around people a lot. He thinks it's okay. You could also invest in some bitter apple spray (meant for dogs) to use on objects he goes after most often and if you catch him in the act, tell him "no". I agree with confining him when you can't watch him. A playpen would work perfectly. You don't want him chewing through a cord and electrocuting himself.

Also make sure he's getting enough exercise. A tired puppy is a good puppy!


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I'd forgotten about that! That is something we used to do. Shout "ow!" as loud as you can without frightening everyone else to death when he bites. Then pull a pained expression at him. Rolo did get the message after a while, he would look at me with his head cocked to one side as if to say "whats up mum? what did i do?" Its because he's only 5 months old and also probably teething. They do everything with their mouths at that age.


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When he bites, make a high pitched "yip" noise. It is similar to the noise a littermate would make to tell him it hurt. At 8 weeks he absolutely does NOT know not to bite. That's one reason why getting one so young can sometimes pose problems.

As far as the rest , make sure your house is 100% puppy proof. Nothing is unsecured or left laying around. Duct tape wires to the floor. Block behind couches and other furniture. Never let him out of your sight. If you can't fully supervise crate him or put him in a playpen.

Supervise all interactions with your son. When he acts inappropriately around him, say a stern "no" (do not yell, just let him know you are serious) get up and take your son away. Soon he will learn that certain behaviors mean that he can no longer play.

Most of the behavior you describe is typical 8 week old puppy behavior. He will most likely grow out of all of it. The tips above will help to manage it and teach him what behaviors won't be allowed.

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Puplove168, her puppy isn't 8 weeks he is 5 months old. The previous owner got him when he was 8 weeks.
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Puplove168, her puppy isn't 8 weeks he is 5 months old. The previous owner got him when he was 8 weeks.
Oops. Sorry. But it's still pretty true for a 5 month old puppy. This puppy likely didn't learn bite inhibition and so it has to learn it now. And many of the behaviors described are typical of a 5 month old puppy too.

Sorry OP for the reading comprehension failure on my part.

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