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Old 01-08-2014, 06:07 AM   #1
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Question Chewing, teething, nipping, biting

Hello, Blue, Kaylee and Mickey's mom here.

(Quick puppy info for readers: Blue and Kaylee are blue heeler/border collie mixes from the same litter, we got them mid August from a local rescue, Mickey we got a few weeks later when he wondered in from the desert, no tags, no chip, and no one claimed him, we fell in love and kept him. Mickey is a heeler mix of some kind, there are a lot of pits/boxers/beagles around to contribute to his genealogy, but we have no idea what. Mickey is a week or so younger then Blue and Kaylee, and after a single awkward night they get along great. They are about 6 months old now.

The three dogs have grown up around cats, and all have gentle and friendly personalities, though a bit shy around new people and larger dogs. With the cats, it depends on the cat, the eldest cat is 14 and will not suffer foolish puppy kisses, the doges respect this and leave her be. The middle cats are 8 and 6 and are more skittish but the dogs don't chase or test them in any way because they swipe and hiss. The youngest cat is about a year old next month, and is completely deaf. She also plays with the dogs like she is one, and refuses to back down from rough play. She has gone a great way in helping us teach the dogs works like "gentle" "leave it" and "enough". All 7 of our animals are fixed and have up to date shots.)

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1) Mickey dog is much more quiet than the other two. He is happy to sleep or quietly chew on something while the others run and jump. The vet says there is nothing physically wrong with him and he is not sick. My question is: Mickey likes to nibble on my fingers, toes and pant seems, he also likes to hold my arm or hand in his mouth, without biting down, just watching me with his honey colored eyes; is this behavior I should be correcting, part of his personality and nature, a threat despite not feeling like one or just puppy behavior? Remember we have no idea where he was or came from before he found us, only know that he was dehydrated, underfed and extremely skittish.

2) What are some good ways to keep puppies off the new furniture while not watching them? We correct them often but the still manage to find ways onto the sofa. Any ideas?

3) Best way to feed three dogs? Together in one bowl? Separate bowls? Right now we feed them in one, and they graze on it over the day without eating much at one time. We tried the timed dinners and that resulted in eating until they puked when they realized we would take the bowl away.

4) Best way to train dog to stay in a yard without a fence? We are planning on fencing in the land but five acres can get a bit expensive to fence all at once, as well as just moving into a new home, and a baby on the way. Ideas to help keep them from wondering? We don't like tying them, they like to move around and run to much. We have a large (20' wide x 40' long x 8' tall) kennel that house housing with bedding, a kiddie pool of water which is cleaned every few days, food and massive amounts of toys and sticks they have managed to collect. We kennel when we go inside but they are still hyper and want to play or we are leaving the house for any amount of time. It's not fair to lock them inside for hours while we go shopping.

5) Best ways to introduce a baby to puppies (they will be a year old when the baby is here)? All at once? Super relaxed setting? One at a time? Right away? Wait a few days? Pups wouldn't hurt baby on purpose, but they are young and still jump, so we are trying to find best way to introduce the new baby to the puppies while maintaining a happy and healthy home for everyone.


Thank you for reading. I look forward to any answers you can give me and help. Hope you have a great day and a wonderful new year.

Give a hug and kiss to all those puppers in your home.

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Hi Might just be me but thought we had started to discuss the Nipping/Bitting etc But no worries!!! Personaly for me it's a no no the only time Nipper has her mouth around my hand/fingers is if Iam examaning her mouth area/teeth You are having a baby soon and this concerns me I don't doubt for 1 min they are gentle, but now is the time to redirect this behaviour on to thngs they CAN chew like thier toys, Kongs, etc,etc And praise like you hav neer praised before when they get it right! You could also let out a high pitched sound when they do this to you and then walk away and ignore them.

Re the jumping up Again with this I would just totally ignore and turn around the opposite way and walk away on either problem there is no quick fix so again be consistant and patient!! Good luck and let us know how you get on
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1) It's not something I'd encourage or let continue. Do have chew toys available and when he does that to you redirect his attention to the toy and praise him when he bites the chew toy.

When he does that to you, I usually just give a stern "no" and stop all interaction. Don't give him any attention(don't look at him, don't talk to him, etc) calmly walk to another room when he cannot follow if need be. Don't give him any attention until he has calmed down(it basically teaches him that doing that means attention will be taken away and play time ends when he bites people).



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2) I'd restrict them from the room, put a baby gate up and make it so they cannot have access to that room when you cannot supervise them. Be consistent on not allowing them on the furniture(so all the time-even when they look cute and cuddly).

3)I would feed them in separate food bowls. I think each dog should have their own food bowl(as well as their own place to sleep).

4) You could do boundary training. Would it be possible for you to fence a section of your property for your dogs?

5)There are multiple articles online on how to introduce a new baby to your pets. I'd start preparing them for it now.

This page has some information: Pets & Babies - How to Introduce a Baby to Your Pet - Parents.com
(It has multiple articles on pets and babies)

One thing I'll say is: No matter how good the dogs seem to respond to the baby, never leave them alone together unsupervised. Not when it's a baby and not when it is a toddler. Because that's a danger waiting to happen(no matter how well trained your dogs are, I don't think any pet should ever be left unsupervised with a child, not even for a moment-because things can happen).

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Ditto what the others said about nipping, biting or mouthing. I took a video of my son's friend's baby Australian Shepherd. We were sitting in a circle around the puppy in the yard and he wanted to use his mouth. When he did that to me I pulled away and refused to play with him like that. He really got it too. He immediately played nice with me after that.

For the furniture...
My dog trainer said to use that plastic stuff that fussy people who like clean houses put on their carpets, a plastic carpet runner. The poky underside when left with that side up will keep the dog off the furniture. It worked with Frodo. Even after I took it off he never got up there again. It really worked because we have one sofa we let him on and he doesn't try to get on the others.
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We're working on getting a fence, but its a lot of land and money that we are saving up for, they do have a run, but are unhappy with it, cause its not HUGE lol.

We have tons of chew toys, flip chews, squeaky toys, sticks, balls and so on. We redirect as often as they do it.

They like to sleep in a massive puddle where ever they lay. Sometimes alone but almost always on top of each other. Going to try feeding them separately this week see how it goes for them.

We have no intention of leaving the baby alone with the pups at any time. I know that even the best natured pup can nip, bit or scratch, even by accident can really hurt. The pups aren't allowed where they baby will be.

Thanks for the article, its a good read.

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We're working on getting a fence, but its a lot of land and money that we are saving up for, they do have a run, but are unhappy with it, cause its not HUGE lol.

We have tons of chew toys, flip chews, squeaky toys, sticks, balls and so on. We redirect as often as they do it.

They like to sleep in a massive puddle where ever they lay. Sometimes alone but almost always on top of each other. Going to try feeding them separately this week see how it goes for them.

We have no intention of leaving the baby alone with the pups at any time. I know that even the best natured pup can nip, bit or scratch, even by accident can really hurt. The pups aren't allowed where they baby will be.

Thanks for the article, its a good read.
l That's good and they won't always be pups either But do introduce the pups to the baby but on your terms!!!!!! Also introduce this training regime
N.I.L.I.F (Nothing In Life Is Free) There are plenty of threads on here just use the search box at the top right of every page! And good luck
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awesome advice from the peeps here, I would like to share though about the area space, 5 acres is hugeee i don't know if someone already advice this but how about just fencing around your house not the entire area if you just want them secured and not wondering around especially if they are not neutered they will really wonder off if they are in heat so best to put some fence up

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awesome advice from the peeps here, I would like to share though about the area space, 5 acres is hugeee i don't know if someone already advice this but how about just fencing around your house not the entire area if you just want them secured and not wondering around especially if they are not neutered they will really wonder off if they are in heat so best to put some fence up
I think you are right DogManDan 5 acres is far too big to fence off and would cost a fortune to bulid and maintain 1/2 a acre to me any way would be enough
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