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Old 08-28-2006, 04:24 PM   #1
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Can any one help me please i have only had my puppy 1 week hes 8 weeks old puppy and keeps growling at my 10 year old daughter, ive never had a dog before so im not sure what to do! i have bought a book on how to train him, but nothing im doing is working!! he also keeps nipping quite nastily, has any one got any tips on how to stop this???
He's a cavalier king charles spaniel i got this breed because i wanted a soft natured dog for the children .

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Old 08-28-2006, 05:24 PM   #2
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Have you tried putting him in time out when he does it. If you haven't I would give him a strong reprimand then put him in timeout (his crate with a cover over it) and ignore him til he quits fussing.

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Never use a crate for punishment. This is totally wrong and I would never sell a puppy to anybody to use negative training such as this. Especially covering it never heard of such a thing.
Squeese his nose and firmly louder say NO NO BITING. Hand him a toy to chew on then. Everytime he bites squeese the nose just as momma does if they get rough with her. U must establish being its leader and boss, somebody to look up to for respect and learn right from wrong. Be firm, louder in commands, never hit the puppy but u can use what the mommy does or put your fingers on his top lip on the side roll it under his top teeth and lift up, he will feel he is biting his self and this is a quick remedy also.
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YEah gotta chime in here. Dogs are not kids, so using a crate for a "time-out" is not right. The crate is supposed to be a dog's safe place, and the concept of a time-out as applied to kid (small human beings) is that they have time to think about why they are being given a time-out. A dog, especially a puppy, has forgotten the incident a split second later.

So a couple of questions if I may....

1 (and this may sound strange) is it an agressive growl? Don't laugh, some dogs growl when they are happy and it is not a sign of aggression. Weird I know, but it happens.

2. is there any specific time or incident? I assume your 10-yr old daughter is not pulling the puppy's tail or anything like that.

3. Maybe your dog needs to learn that he is at the very bottom rung of your pack, and that includes small humans. May I suggest the NILIF treatment (nothing in life is free). At ten years, your daughter is old enough to feed your puppy. If puppy has to depend on your daughter to get food, his growling will stop pretty quickly. My suggestion would be to have your duaghter be the one to give puppy food in the morning before she goes to school and when she comes home. If puppy growls, no food. Missing a mean will not kill puppy, and if you happen to have chosen a dog with an attitude problem it is a lot easier to address it when the dog is a small puppy than when the dog gets to be an adult and set in his ways.
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I'm editing my statement. I know a bit about toy breeds as I have been around them most of my life. They are very easy to terrify thats why I suggested what I did. but I think skunkstripe is right the nilif philosophy would be perfect. I would never suggest a physical reprimand though as it could cause the dog to associate the child with getting hurt.

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I am also curious whether this could be just play or real aggression. I know that tiny puppies can be aggressive but I don't think its very common for them to be, especially at 8wks of age. I would call the breeder and address your concerns with them.

Fehu: I have also heard the verbal reprimand + time-out being recommended by trainers. The reprimand allows for the behavior to be marked as it occurs and the time-out is the punishment - social isolation I agree that time-outs can be used successfully.
This works similar to the way saying "ouch" and ending the play session does for a nipping puppy.

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I agree on the time-out thing, maybe don't crate him as that is supposed to be his safe place at night time. We have a gate on our kitchen, our puppy is reprimanded and then placed on her own quietly for a few minutes. It just helps them to calm down, if they get overexcited their biting can get harder which you don't want to encourage. It is completely normal for puppies to bite though, my 2 year old dog was an absolute devil with it but she's got a beautiful soft mouth now.

As for growling at your daughter, I agree that her feeding the puppy might be a good idea. I would assume that at 10 years old she was also really excited to get a puppy, do you think she might have been a bit over-enthusiastic for a little dog and just scared it a bit? Being calm around it might be a good idea just for now.

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[QUOTE=opokki;20130]I am also curious whether this could be just play or real aggression. I know that tiny puppies can be aggressive but I don't think its very common for them to be, especially at 8wks of age. I would call the breeder and address your concerns with them.

I agree, especially this breed, i recommended them all the time as they make fantastic family dogs.
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