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Old 12-07-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!

My name's Mandy, and I came to this forum because I'm seeking advice regarding a puppy I brought home three weeks ago.

We, my family, have two dogs: a 12-year-old German Shepherd mix named Summers and a 9-week-old Beagle/Coonhound mix named Sherlock.



Summers has been the light of my life since I was 10 years old. She's my big, baby girl, and if you're thinking, "Oh God, she probably spoils her!" then you're absolutely correct. I only do it though because she's actually a very well-behaved dog. She never learned to sit or do other tricks on command, but she comes when she's called and stays when she's told to do so.

Unfortunately, we never crate or leash trained her because we didn't know to do that. Well, we didn't know to crate train. Leash training we tried but couldn't master because she's an incredibly strong dog. Thankfully, we've never had a problem with her chasing after people or other animals. She never really got a chance to socialize either except for 2-3 months when my family lived with my grandmother and aunt and their 4 dogs.

Needless to say, she's not having the best time with Sherlock. All he wants to do is play, and all she wants to do is lounge around. We also learned, however, that Summers is a bit under the weather. She's had canine flu, so we've been keeping her on a course of antibiotics as per vet instruction. Hopefully, by Friday, she'll be finished and feeling better, and afterward, we'll be able to update her shots.



Now, Sherlock, on the other hand, was surrendered by his owner along with his 3 other siblings when he was around 7 weeks old, so he didn't get a chance to learn doggie social cues, bite inhibition, and he didn't get a chance to potty train either. We're having trouble with all of the above. I'll go into more detail in the appropriate forums, but I figured that I should give y'all the run-down on my current situation.

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Welcome Mandy, great to have you join us :-) Summers is a lovely dog and Sherlock is an adorable puppy. Congratulations on his adoption. I'm looking forward to hearing much more about them and seeing tons more pictures as well as reading the threads on the issues you are encountering. We have a wonderfully helpful and supportive membership here and I have no doubt they will be happy to help.
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I have no experience with puppys being introduced to older dogs but welcome to these forums and hope to see more of you and your dogs
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Hi and welcome to the forum, you got two adorable doggies.
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The best way to test if your puppy have any form of bite inhibition is to do a loud yelp, OWIE, if the puppy stop mouthing and biting, now you know Summer will be able to cue the puppy if puppy is being bratty. You guys also now have a tool. Most puppies will mouth to a degree, esp at this age cause now the teeth are growing and its itching.

If the puppy does not take the owie cue, the punishment is now, No attention, not a no, not a touch, not anything, you stand up and walk away, game over whenever the puppy is too mouthy. Supply with plenty of toys and if too mouthy offer a toy instead when the puppy has calmed down a little once you have walked away. Whatever you do, do not grab mouth/snout and hold, the puppy will often take that as a challenge and become way worse.

Now the first few weeks to about 4-5 months, most older dogs will be very patient with a puppy, after that the puppy pass often runs out (in conjunction with the first hormone surge that will come despite neuter, cause yous till have the pituitary gland) and now the older dog will start correcting the puppy.

IF the puppy is harassing the older dog and you feel that it is out of hand, now you can put the puppy on a time out. You calmly put him in the crate (shouldn't be as a punishment the puppy is just being a puppy and have problems with impulse control), and once he calms down, he gets to come back out. Eventually he will learn what level is ok inside to do. you can also put him on a leash attached to your waist, this works for the potty training part as well.

A puppy can not hold it until about 7-9 months but often still have accidents even after. They are just not physically developed. You have to take out every 20-30 minutes and after playing, eating, drinking, napping, and crate when you can not superwise or they will often sneak away and pee.

I hope this gives you a few ideas
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Welcome Mandy, great to have you join us :-) Summers is a lovely dog and Sherlock is an adorable puppy. Congratulations on his adoption. I'm looking forward to hearing much more about them and seeing tons more pictures as well as reading the threads on the issues you are encountering. We have a wonderfully helpful and supportive membership here and I have no doubt they will be happy to help.
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Welcome to the forum! Sherlock is adorable and Summers is beautiful!
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