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Old 07-23-2010, 10:25 PM   #1
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We got our 9 week old golden puppy on Wednesday while my younger brothers were at their grandparents'. Zoe had two days of peace and quiet. Today my brothers (ages 11 and 8) came home, and were very excited about the puppy. However, the 8 year old hasn't been around many dogs in the past and Zoe has got it in her head that she has a higher place in the "pack" than him. Zoe mouths and nips a lot, but we have been dealing with it by ignoring her as soon as she nips (trying to communicate to her that as soon as she bites, we don't want to play with her anymore). My youngest brother is having a hard time with this. Zoe is under the impression that she can bite him repeatedly until he runs away (obviously not the right thing on his part).

Can anyone help me? Besides ignoring her, what can my brother do to assert his dominance? Is there anything I can do to encourage Zoe to be more respectful?

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Old 07-23-2010, 10:56 PM   #2
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This isn't about dominance. Puppies nip because they don't have hands to grab things with. In a litter they nip and bite each other, it has nothing to do with dominance.

You have to help Zoe understand not to nip humans. Maybe this thread will help.
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=9741

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Old 07-24-2010, 07:24 AM   #3
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i think the "D" word should be censored like curse words . Make it happen ....

I agree , this is about training and nothing to do with that one word that should not be mentioned . The kid needs some training as well .
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Thirded! Puppies will nip and bite it's normal, but not acceptable! You need to redirect your puppy to a toy and a treat and as soon as she stops when you ask her to praise lavishly and treat. The ignoring thing too is good but you need to get your brother on this method of training too for it to be effective Don't give up it can take a while to stop, but stop it will let us know how you get on. Perceverance and consistancy are the keys to success on any training. ATB
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Okay, thank you all very much for the help. We have been trying some of the methods you recommended. It's hard to tell if there's much improvement over such a short period of time, but Zoe has seemed to behave a little bit less rambunctiously around my brother. We'll keep at it and hope for the best.

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It will take a few weeks since their urge to nip is very strong. Good luck and hang in there!
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Hello again! I just wanted to say that we have been making some serious progress! Zoe still mouths quite often, but she is becoming gentler and gentler (no longer drawing blood or even leaving lasting marks in our arms), and definitely understands that as soon as she nips, we don't want to play with her.

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Excellent! Glad to read you're seeing progress! Hang in there!
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This is,normal,puppy behavior and has nothing to do,with dominance!.Tell yr younger brother to give the pup,a toy whenever he's biting him and it should help!.Yes,goldens are very mouthy but it will get better if he's stays calm!.

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