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Old 04-11-2007, 04:57 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a new puppy, a brittany spanial. She is a sweetie and is 10 weeks old. The problem is twofold, she bites a lot and doesn't seem to be taking to discipline (harsh words, the word "no", etc.) Does anyone have any additional ideas.

The second issue is the leash, she doesn't like it, she would rather just sit and be pulled around rather than go with it. Did I mention she has a very strong personality?

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. Congratulations on your new puppy. I had a Brittany in the 80s & 90s. He was a great dog. I hope you'll post lots of pics of your pup so we can watch her grow up.

Here's a good thread which will lead you to some of the prior discussions we've had on the subject of puppy biting.

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Try attaching your leash to her collar & let her run around the house with it. Once she becomes more comfortable with that, you can then pick up her leash & walk with her. Use treats to encourage her to continue along with you & make sure every part of her leash experience is a fun game right now.
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Hi and welcome to you and your new puppy from me and my Gang . Remember shei s just a baby and be patient with her but most of all enjoy her puppyhood they grow up too quickly. Think KatzNK 9 has given you all the info. So good luck and hope it all works out well for you and her and hopefully you will keep us updated as to the progress made or the lack of it LOl
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WELCOME! And the link posted will help alot. There are several threads on training a dog to accept the lead..

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She is a sweetie and is 10 weeks old. The problem is twofold, she bites a lot and doesn't seem to be taking to discipline (harsh words, the word "no", etc.) Does anyone have any additional ideas..
The problem with telling a very young puppy 'no' is that they have absolutely no idea what it is you DO want them to do. Imagine turning up for your first day of work and nobody gives you any instructions on where to sit, what to do, what the dress code is, where the toilets are, when you are allowed a break etc. You innocently take the nearest seat and someone comes along and growls at you in a gruff voice. You still don't know where to sit or what to do so it is highly likely that you will do something else wrong very quickly. Now imagine that the entire office are speaking in Chinese and all you hear is everyone being cross with you.

The best thing you can do is try to set your puppy up for success rather than failure. Try to catch your puppy doing the right thing and praise her to let her know that she is being good. Pop her somewhere safe when you can't supervise her rather than wait for her to chew the curtains and pee on the floor. Provide plenty of appropriate chew toys and have them close at hand so you can distract her from biting those curtains or your shoes. Don't allow her freedom in the house unless she has just been outside for a wee that way she is less likely to make a mistake. The behaviour that you notice and reward you are likely to get more of - it's that simple. Most of us find it hard to notice when our dogs are doing what we want them to do (ie not barking, digging, chewing, biting etc) but pups will learn much quicker and more confidently if they don't think their name is 'Fido-no'. This is of course just a general observation, I am not assuming that you are this way with your pup...

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