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Old 08-04-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
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Hi again! Still having problems with Charlie biting, even though I have been following the advice given to me here. Also with the biting we have been getting a LOT of barking. there are times when he just won't stop. He also barks a lot when we are eating. Any advice from anyone?? I'm going deaf from the noise! When he's not hyper he's the most quiet loving pup ever. Also he's 15 weeks, how much exercise should he be having? Thanks again in advance....

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Old 08-04-2009, 07:17 PM   #2
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I am sorry I missed your other thread to see what advice was given to you, but it did not work anyhow. Have you tried the ignore method of walking into another room and just turning your back on the dog, say nothing at all. It does sound like the barking is done for complete attention especially if eating, put him in another room or his crate while eating. That is your time of peace, not a dog barking at you.

The biting is another thing. I imported 3 pups from Germany early April this year. When they started the nippy stuff, my crippled fingers with RA I stopped that real quickly. What I do one thing is tap the nose with my pointer finger and tell the pup: NO BITE!! Hand it a toy, go about your work. Maybe get the dog a Kong toy, fill with cheese or peanut butter, freeze over night, let it chew on that. Also, RAW soup beef bone once a week from the grocery store will stop the crave of bite, but it still takes your training of NO BITING.... Hand a toy and do not play with the dog, walk away.

Here is a link I read some of it might pull something from it also. The Best of Luck:
http://blog.timesunion.com/mydogband...-barking/1400/
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:45 AM   #3
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The nipping doesn't stop that quickly unfortunately, It takes weeks to get them to stop so patience and consistency are the key. You might take a look here to see if there is something you missed about getting Charlie to stop nipping.
How to: Stop puppy biting / nipping

As for the barking, try praising him and fussing over him, calling him a "Good Dog" etc when he is doing nothing but sitting there quietly. It may sound odd, but you'll be reinforcing the behavior that you want and it makes it that much easier for Charlie to understand that the barking is unwanted when you turn your back and ignore him.

Good luck!
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Sorry Agree with Skunstripe it will not stop overnight! There is no quick fix Consistancy and repetition are the only keys to fit the lock to stop this unwanted behaviour. Absolutely no mouthing atall. Read the the link the Skunkstripe has posted for you and stick with it some days might seem you are getting some where and some days you will be driven crazy. Believe you me that has in the past happened to me Don't give up ever other wise you will have this problem throught the whole life of the dog. The quicker you start the quicker you will see results. You could even see results within a week but I would suspect if you put the effort in within a few months 2 or 3 you should be over the worst. You can do it if you want to. Very Good Luck Please keep us posted!
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Have been keeping it up for a few weeks now, will keep on doing it!! I suppose I'm being too impatient wanting it to stop, but as Bigboy said some days I feel like I'm making progress and others I could scream and tear my hair out!!
I shouldn't complain as he's so good in lots of ways. I just don't remember my other 3 flatties being this bad (or maybe I'm just blanking it out!!)
Doing well at puppy class, only us and a GSD pup in the class. Making real progress there so sure its only a matter of time before Charlie realises whats what.
I reall y do appreciate everyone's input and advice, I don't think you can have too much advice...
Will keep you updated
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Have been keeping it up for a few weeks now, will keep on doing it!! I suppose I'm being too impatient wanting it to stop, but as Bigboy said some days I feel like I'm making progress and others I could scream and tear my hair out!!
I shouldn't complain as he's so good in lots of ways. I just don't remember my other 3 flatties being this bad (or maybe I'm just blanking it out!!)
Doing well at puppy class, only us and a GSD pup in the class. Making real progress there so sure its only a matter of time before Charlie realises whats what.
I reall y do appreciate everyone's input and advice, I don't think you can have too much advice...
Will keep you updated
Brigitte and Charlie ( aka )
Come on keep going ( just catching up on my email notifications as my email provider is still unaccesable but have found a way in to my emails at last The other thing please no second chances oh it didn't hurt this time by doing this you will only send confusing messages out to Charlie every single time must be corrected even if it is say 10 times a day. Give up and Charlie has won!
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Puppies do just chew on everything. As they get older it becomes less of a problem. For awhile you just have to deal with and reinforce that it's a bad idea. Give him something else to chew on when he gets annoying. Stuffed kong toys are a good idea and keep most puppies entertained for at least a half hour if not hours. I also have a soft plastic treat dispensing disk I've been giving Haru. She attacks it, it spins on the wood floor, bits of dog food fly out everywhere, she dashes off to find them all, and then repeats until empty which takes about 20-30mins and she'll continue to chew on and attack it for another 10mins before she gets bored. The house is also scattered with squeaky toys and balls. All it takes is scooping something up, squeak it, and throw. She forgets what she was doing and kills her toys for awhile before finding other entertainment.

Crate training is also very useful. If I had a dog that would not stop being annoying and barking during meals they'd get to spend that time in their crate. Usually though just not giving them any food while eating and making them sit for any food they do get sends the right message within the week.

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Hi Jakemoo69
You are where I was a month or so ago. Your puppy is getting on for 4 months old and mine is now 5 months and that extra month makes all the difference.
We were being driven mad by Nelly biting our ankles, hanging on to our jeans, and so on. My arms were punctured and my nerves were frayed.
But it all got better, fairly quickly, once her teeth started coming through. In fact, it's just these last 2 weeks that the improvement has been the greatest.
Now and again she mouthes me, but very gently. I'm of the opinion that you should let puppies mouth you, as per the dog man Ian Dunbar, unlike some people here, so that was all right with me.
Re exercise, at 3 months onwards I was taking Nelly up to Wimbledon Common everyday and letting her play with other dogs, or just hang around the place, but not walking far. There is so much for them to get used to, such as joggers, cyclists, toddlers in pushchairs, so even when not meeting other dogs she had new things to look at and meet.
When she was a little bit bigger she was strong enough to walk to the pond, where she had a short swim.
We'd be up there for about an hour and a half, but the last half hour she'd by lying under the table while I had coffee in the outdoor cafe.
When I got her home she would be happily tired.
It's difficult to gauge this exercise thing but you can tell by looking at them when they've had enough play and as long as they are not walking far, then it's OK.
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Hi Julia!
Charlie really tests patience at times!! My clothes have holes, my arms are sore, but I still keep persisting withe the good advice I have been given. They do drive you mad (its nice to hear from someone going through the same thing at the same time!).
Hopefully he will soon stop just like your pup. I feel mean complaining, as he's so good in other ways - he's never weed or pooed in the house, slept through the night from when we had him, doing really well at puppy classes.
I just don't remember our other 3 flatcoats being as bad as Charlie, I think maybe you forget the bad and only remember the good lol !!
Any more advice more than welcome Julia as you are a few steps ahead of me!!
Thanks again. Brigitte and Charlie x

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