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Old 08-17-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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I need advice fast everyone is jumping on the get rid of him/ kill him train.
Chester (my 14 week old puppy) bit MaeMae (My 9 month old daughter). He was just playing and got excited (he does not have a mean bone in his body and he has had his shots) it is basically a scratch on her foot, I cleaned it and put neosporin on it. BUT I know I have got to put a stop to his biting and jumping. He knows I'm the boss/mom but he jumps on the kids (5 and 7 years old) chases and nips at them and the baby. He gets excited runs and knocks the baby over or nips at her, licks her in the face, steals her toys. I told the girls to kind of shriek no when he bites them (Googling says a high pitch sound like a litter mate would make and ignoring him) but that does not seem to be working? He tries it with me and my husband but only once in a while. I need adivce please. Would a petsmart type class help? I am a new puppy owner and really usually prefer reptiles/rodents I have always had snakes or ferrets but my kids wanted a puppy.

Picture of the very small scratch his teeth left, you can tell he didn't bite down just kind of caught her with a tooth. I think the combo of nipping and her pulling away caused the scratch.

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Please don't tell me to get rid of him. We really love him a lot already and I am only looking for ways/advice on how to curb his puppy antics.

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Old 08-17-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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You have a very young puppy, he isn't doing anything any very young pup does. The techniques of making a high pitched noise and immediately turning your attention from him is exactly right but you also have very young children. I think this is more about structuring Chester's environment and limiting the contact your children have with him to times when you are directly there to supervise in order to keep everyone safe. Do you have an xpen or something similar where Chester can stay or baby gates to limit his access to rooms where your children aren't until you can make sure you are there to keep a very watchful eye on all of them? Chester is too young to know and just learning and, unfortunately, this involves a learning curve for your children as well.
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:45 PM   #4
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He jumps over the baby gates. I don't know what an xpen is? I have a large plastic kennel and the bathroom is puppy proofed. He is small 6lbs but he can jump up past my waist and I'm 5'6.

Someone else suggested a water bottle? (To spray him with when he jumps/nips)

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Have you tried putting the pup on leash and attaching to your waist?

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Have you tried putting the pup on leash and attaching to your waist?

I hadn't considered that. Am I supposed to do anything special (treats,clicker etc..) or just keep him tied to me until he grows out of his puppy antics??

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Sir Chester, you have a young pup and young children. Your puppy is just being a puppy. He needs to be trained and supervised around your children. We do have professional trainers on this Forum. Give them a few days to respond.

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Sir Chester, you have a young pup and young children. Your puppy is just being a puppy. He needs to be trained and supervised around your children. We do have professional trainers on this Forum. Give them a few days to respond.

I will. I asked on my book club group and everyone told me to get rid of him or that they would "kill a dog that bit their kid"

I posted here hoping for people that have more experience with puppies and that would be a little kinder.

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I would agree with the consensus here, you have just described the behaviour of a very normal puppy of 14 weeks who has not had sufficient training and management.

Getting a puppy because your children want one is the worst possible reason to take on a puppy. With three such young children, you will certainly have your work cut out as raising a new puppy is hard work and requires a significant investment in terms of time and energy. The children are not capable of taking responsibility for the care or training of a puppy.

Not all pups are an ideal match in terms of temperament and energy level to live with young children and a first time dog owner. I would strongly recommend hiring a trainer to assess the dog, and help you set up a suitable daily routine and better management system, as well as to show you how to deal with the dog / child interactions. There are a lot of excellent books and DVDs which may help, but if you haven't trained a dog before there is really no replacement for hands on instruction.

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I do agree with the posts it's normal behaviour,but unwanted behaviour all the same No water bottle the 7 year old can help you too to train your pup with you. Puppies don't not grow out of this behaviour they have to be taught right from wrong Never leave any child alone with a dog either. Kaos gave you some good advice too. if you can't do it by your self enlist the help of a proffesional trainer, who uses postive training techniques only! And Good luck
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