puppy chewing/barking

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  1. Paranoiddd

    Paranoiddd New Member

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    I got my puppy a few weeks ago and she's developed a habit of standing up against my bed to bark at me when I'm sleeping. Why does she do that and how do I get her to stop?

    She also likes to chew alot, and I'm currently using the close-mouth technique. Is this the most effective way?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Maxy24

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    She's barking for either attention or to go out to potty. If she has to potty then you need to take her out. If you know she does not have to potty (she went out 10 mins ago) then she wants attention, or the entire behavior is simply attention seeking. If it is attention seeking then ignore her until she stops. Once she stops get up and give attention (it would be a good idea to practice pretend sleeping through the day so you don't have to do this at 2 am). In the middle of the night ignore her. BUT since she might have to go potty take her out at some point in the middle of the night, if she barks from that point on then it can be ignored. How old is she? That will tell you if once a night is enough. It's pretty simple, if she learns doing this gets her what she wants then she will continue if it does not get her what she wants then she will stop.

    I don't like the method you've chosen for no chewing, it's not really teaching the dog anything although I see tons of people using it, you need to tell the dog what to do. The close the mouth method makes some dogs more playful and it makes some dogs fear hands approaching their face (NOT something you want!). He NEEDS to chew he just needs to learn what to chew. So when he goes to start chewing something interrupt him by saying his name, clapping hands, whistling saying something like "eh-eh" in a sharp tone, anything to get him to look at you. When he does wiggle a toy at him so he comes to play, play with him with the toy. EVERY time you see him make the choice and choose his own toy praise him go play with him. this means constant supervision if you can't watch him then crate him or put him in a puppy proof room. To make sure he never leaves the room you're in then tie his leash to your wrist or waist. make sure you have lots of toys and rotate them every so often putting some away and having others out so they always seem new and interesting. make sure she has access to them.

    Good luck with your pup! What breed/mix is she?
     
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    Maybe wants to cuddle with you ???
     
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    Maxy has given exellent advice, I would like to add a point or two.
    Is the pup unsupervised while you are sleeping???

    Everything to a pup is a chew toy, it is only us that puts a value on things, to dogs/pups it is only something to chew.

    Chewing can be stopped by teaching them what they can chew and what they can't, but it does require supervision. The house must also be puppy proofed.
    When the pup starts to chew on something that we don't want, distract them for a moment, spray what they were chewing on with Bitter Apple, then allow the pup to go back and try and chew again (don't encourage them to chew it again), when they try and back off because of the taste, then give them an appropriate chew toy/bone etc.

    The close mouth method is not effective at best it only surpresses the behaviour for the time being, it does not teach them not to chew or to not bark. As the pup continues, that method can become abusive as owners get more frustrated and angry. How would you like it if someone grabbed your face (and/or twisted) for something that you didn't know wasn't desired???
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys. She's a 1-month old rough collie, and sleeps in my room at night. Right now I'm using puppy pads for her to pee on, so I don't think she's waking me up to go to the bathroom.
     
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    1-Month? Thats like 4 weeks?! :eek: :I realllly hope thats a typo.
     
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    Maxy24 Active Member

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    PLEASE tell me you typed that wrong. hell I'm surprised she eats solids, She really can't be trained much at all at four weeks it mainly in house socialization. She should still be with her mom and siblings until 8 weeks, where did you get her?
     
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    Agreed, has to be a typo, hell I hope so................
     
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    ^^^ I agree since it's been there for a couple of weeks !!! Please clarify !!!
     
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    I didn't even think about that :yikes:
     
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    2 months i mean.. I got her from an owner whose dog had 'accidental babies'
     
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    When was she born? Maybe you could get her some toys and teach her what to chew on??
     
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    Please re-state ..... how old is the pup now and at what age did you get it . This can make a huge difference with your problem . I'm not blaming you , it all starts with the " breeder " ... an accident or planned !
     
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    She's a bit over 2 months now, I got her less than 3 weeks ago (that's about 7 weeks after she was born). Is this a bad thing? She seems fine other than the constant biting/occasional barking.
     
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    She was bit young to be leaving her mom and siblings, the minimum is 8 weeks and some breeders wait until 10-12 weeks. The problem with taking the pups so early is that they don't learn how to control their jaws, that is something they learn from playing with their siblings. They bite a sibling too hard the sibling squeals and the game usually ends. The teaches the dog how to control their jaws to keep the game going. You can teach this to your dog yourself it just takes longer since he is already behind. He not only has to learn how hard bites humans can handle but he must learn how to control the jaws in the first place.

    I may have read your original thread wrong. Are you having problems with her chewing objects or biting you/people?
     
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    Both, but I have more of a problem with her biting me. Sometimes she gets too excited and starts to bite my hand, and when I withdraw my hand she gets upset and barks
     
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    she has decided your hand is a fun toy. So basically when she bites get up and cross your arms and look up at the ceiling with your back facing her. If she won't let go of your hand when you try to get up then let out a high pitched sudden squeal or YOUCH! this is not meant to scold her but to get her attention long enough for you to get your hand. If she barks or whatever then just continue ignoring her so she learns that won't work on you. Then after a minute get back down with her, play with her with toys and pet her but remember as soon as she bites to get up and ignore.
     

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