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Old 05-21-2007, 03:11 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone, nice to meet you all. My boyfriend and I recently took home a puppy (Pug x Mini Fox Terrier) and love him to bits. The thing is he doesn't seem to recognise his place in the family and we are having difficulty training him!We toilet trained him to go on the newspaper (which he is happy to do his number 1's on) but won't do his number 2's there?! Is that common? He jumps and bites A LOT! he seems to be overly hyperactive and aggressive towards other dogs. Despite being the smallest dog in puppy school he will try and 'fight' with the others. The worst situation was when we took him to a popular dog park and he turned absolutely mental with no apparent provacation! He bit down on my ankle so hard it drew blood and became impossible to control. We couldn't pick him up as he would continue to try and bite our fingers! He is happy to walk on the lead (most of the time) which is a relief and is happy to be left on his own (doesn't whine or cry at night or whilst we are at work). I guess we are lucky in that sense...Please if anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated. I value my fingers and want to calm my poor puppy down. I am concerned that he gets too hyped up and wants to bite everything and everyone that shows affection towards him.Thanks in advance - Cyndee

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Old 05-21-2007, 05:00 AM   #2
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i had a foster dog that had the same problem, he was a rat terrier/jack russel, and he was only 14 weeks old and was absolutely aggressive. Theres many methods to help work on this but it will take time and patience, the ones i preffer and the ones i used on the pup i had were simple and easy, he was a fear biter, and he was also an excitable biter.

The best ways to help them get over it is to make them earn everything, make them earn their food, their play, and their attention, if your pup knows how to sit and lay down that makes this easier. go slowly and take your time, make him sit, then give him a treat, before you give him his dinner take a bit of the kibble or whatever you are feeding him and give one peice at a time, but only after he follows a command like sit or lay down, this will earn his trust by eating from your hand, after he does this for about 5 minutes then give him the rest in the bowl.

when he does bite you in play or in fear, ignore it and turn your back to him. when you do go to pat him, go slowly, and let him make first contact as this makes them feel more comfortable once he touches you then gently pat him just once from the head down the back to the base of the tail, then stop and move your hand away, this shows them that you are not a threat and are not going to hurt him.

if he bites for your hand gently hold the bottom jaw with your thumb in the mouth and fingers under his chin (GENTLY) this stops their ability to bite down hard. and it is unpleasent to them making them realize its an unaceptable behavior.

another good way to keep him from biting you is to redirect his agression onto a toy, stuffed toys work great for this, when he gets to excited, put a stuffed toy in his mouth. and shake it a little bit then let go.

hope this helps, there is no quick fix to aggression and it will take time to teach him you can be trusted and that biting is not acceptable if you need any more info or more descriptive answers just let me know.

The foster pup took me a little over a month to get far enough along to be adopted but his training was not done and had to be continued by his adoptive family.
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Good advice from Sabledog!

Terriers can be little stinkers and need a firm hand in training, otherwise they will gladly take over the house. Please take a look at the NILIF philosophy of interacting with your puppy. ("Nothing in Life is Free"). Sabledog has described the outlines of it-if you make it clear to your dog at each and every step of the day that he depends on you for everything, it makes him realize that he is in a position where he has to please you, not the other way around. This method can be useful in making dogs receptive to training, and it is easy to apply.


As far as not pooing where you want, dogs are particular and to us funny about it. If it does not smell like a good place to poop, they won't. How old is this pup?
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Old 05-22-2007, 01:54 AM   #4
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Thank you for the advice, I will definately try it!Herbie has learnt to sit recently but has gone so far as to sit as soon as he sees the liver treats come out before I give the command! He is now 11 weeks old and due for his 12 week vaccinations very soon. He seems to go through phases where sometimes he is very well behaved and toilet trained. Then the next day he turns into this little raptor dinosaur nipping ankles and having accidents everywhere! I think I understimated how long it would take to have him fully toilet trained and well behaved... Thank you for the advice, I will update you on how it goes...

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Thank you for the advice, I will definately try it!Herbie has learnt to sit recently but has gone so far as to sit as soon as he sees the liver treats come out before I give the command! He is now 11 weeks old and due for his 12 week vaccinations very soon. He seems to go through phases where sometimes he is very well behaved and toilet trained. Then the next day he turns into this little raptor dinosaur nipping ankles and having accidents everywhere! I think I understimated how long it would take to have him fully toilet trained and well behaved... Thank you for the advice, I will update you on how it goes...
i just wanted to add a little advice from my own experience with this sitting before even giving them the treat or the words...
When my pups do that, i start walking backwards and have them come towards me then i do an abrupt stop and say "sit" before they get a chance to do it before i say it. Hope that makes sense!
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Welcome to the forum! Your dog sounds like quite the handful You should have seen Syd! Sorry but I don't have any info for you...but the above info sound great We'd love to see some pics of your pup
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For great info on puppy problems www.siriuspup.com - behavior problems
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