Puppy problems - will things EVER improve???

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  1. Joy

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    Ah sorry, I thought you meant the headcollar thing.
     
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    Thank you for this post! We just got our little Lab mix pup and sit here exhausted, sleep deprived, and greatly appreciative of the comfort of knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
     
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    Glad to be of help!

    Welcome to the forum @Lipman :) Gosh what a sweetie you have there! What's her name, and what kind of mix is she?
     
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    Thank you! His name is Vonnegut :) But we call him Vonnie :heart: We believe he's mixed with rhodesian ridgebacks, but since he's on the smaller side than the average lab I'm not sure. Rhodesian's tend to be huge!
     
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    HELP!! I have a 4 month old male lab. He is very boisterous and one of the main problems we have is biting, he will jump up on the sofa and bite whichever part of you he comes into contact with first, when playing with him he always grabs and bites your arm or hand rather than the toys and is always grabbing at clothes. He does growl and constantly barks and looks at you when doing this. I know okay can be rough sometimes but I am worried and also exhausted with him! He has been to puppy classes and we have had a 1 to 1 also to try and sort his behaviour. We are giving him downtime so he can sleep as he rarely settles unless he is in his cage ... we don't shut him in his cage, just the kitchen. He has frozen toys and we scatter his food etc. to make him work but I am at my wits end with him, any advice please?
     
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    Welcome to you.

    Here is some excellent advice - https://www.thelabradorsite.com/excited-puppy/
     
  7. Michele Hawley

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    Haha Karen do you know my Quinn? All but the barking he does not bark - he found his big boy voice one day and scared the crap out of himself lol. He dug a hole to china in my raised garden bed and in our lawn. Oh those needle teeth, but they did fall out lol, He is a little nippy even being bigger, rugs are non existent for now and the little ones I do own have lil holes, but still we are getting 2nd puppy coming Feb 7th and I couldn't be happier. My husband and I figure get the crazys out and over with and then have two fantastic dogs. I couldn't love my Quinn more so everyone just be patient. I just keep working on one thing at a time and it is working, next is keeping him from jumping on people and my kitchen counters. :)
     
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    Thank you so much for this - as the proud owner of a 12 week old chocolate labrador, we were beginning to lose heart that maybe we had not done the right thing by getting a puppy. We are first time owners of not only a dog in general but a puppy to boot. This has been very reassuring and we are now being more patient with our little boy and trying to teach & train him to be a good all round grown up dog. Thanks again.
     
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    It's amazing how you forget the trials of puppyhood. My golden retriever, at 12 years old, ate a piece of garden mulch and had to have intestinal surgery in Dec., and it broke my heart when he died two days later. He was absolutely my best friend. Now I have little Moose, who is 8 weeks old now. It's been 12 years since I raised a puppy, and oh my, Moose is giving me lessons in puppyhood again. I don't remember Max (my Golden) being quite so naughty, but he probably was. I am so thankful that I have 1. a huge backyard with a big secure fence and 2. a crate. I can tell there is a difference between the breeds already, but was kind of prepared as my son has a chocolate lab that I have doggie sat on occasion. That energy level, oh my!
     
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    So sorry to read this.

    Looking forward to hearing more about Moose and welcome to the Forum.
     
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    Very sorry about Max... :(

    Moose looks adorable!! How could a puppy that cute ever be naughty?? :D:D:p
     
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    Does anyone ever see the title of this thread pop up and feel like messaging..

    "No.. no, they will not". :D
     
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    Every time but I am s bad person;)
    I've learnt to bite my tongue even when it's firmly in my cheek
     
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    No I never have...but I will now :)
     
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    Thanks, Karen. I think I'll be along time getting over Max, we walked together thru a lot of hard things. And Moose...the little dickens he will outgrow it :D
     
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    I have a 14 week old puppy and I am struggling to calm down the puppy biting. (I don't expect it to stop)Have tried all the usual internet training tips but nothing seems to work. The only time she isn't trying to bite us or rip our clothes is when she is asleep lol. Anyone got any tips for trying to improve things please?
     
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    Ours is going on almost 10 weeks now (first time pet owners and love him to death but pulling our hair out and throwing things away) and bites and tears things up. I am working on sitting, but can I do multiple training "sessions" or does it need to be one thing at a time till he "learns" that habit (i.e. biting, sitting, and coing all around the same time)? What would you recommend first, second, third, etc...?
     
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    With a ten-week puppy, you need to keep training sessions really short - no more than a minute or two - and stick to one skill in a session. However, you can (and should) have several sessions each day, each focussing on something different. Keep it fun and always stop the sessions with the puppy wanting more.
     
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    We've had several really good days but the evenings. In the evenings Moose becomes a whirling tornado, determined to undermine everything we accomplished during the day. He won't stop egging on the cat or my little dog, Miley. And Miley isn't handling it well at all. He sat and looked right at me and peed on the floor, as if to say "take that, lady". I take him out what feels like a zillion times a day and he does so well, but in the evenings, every thing is off. The only thing I can figure out is that he must be tired and cranky, getting into all manners of trouble in some kind of puppy tantrum. Snarling, nipping, chasing the other animals, nipping at me, at the furniture. Ugh. Crate time. Tonite, it is bitterly cold. He went out after we had a go about his behaviour, and he didn't want to come back in. He was just going to stay out and sulk, in the 10 degree weather. He been with me for a full two weeks now, and sometimes it feels like we're going backwards instead of forwards. (he'll be 9 weeks old on Friday). Then he looks at me with those innocent eyes and I melt. Sometimes I feel like I did him wrong, bringing him here with a little dog who has become increasingly territorial. I hope it changes. Soon.
     
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