• imo - time-out does not apply to dogs - there is no reasoning behind it. Walking away is also not an option - they need to know who is in control. I found that a loud NO, or snapping your fingers loudly immediately followed by a poke in the front shoulder or rear hip works best. Solved the same problem in under 3 minutes

    G


  • Actually, time out does apply to dogs and is part of dog language. One way that dogs communicate that they do not want to interact with each other is by doing a Look Away or by turning their body away from the other dog. If you turn your head away and turn your shoulder away from your dog you are sending it a message that you don't want to interact.

    When I do agility and obedience with my dogs I have to be very careful to keep my shoulder open to the dog I am working with so I don't accidently convey the wrong message to them.


  • @tanza:

    Exactly… which is why breeders recommend that pups go home at 10+ wks... and at 12 wks is ideal.

    Had not heard the 12 weeks as ideal before. Is there any detriment to a pup leaving it with its siblings longer than 12 weeks - say 13 or 14 weeks?


  • @renaultf1:

    Had not heard the 12 weeks as ideal before. Is there any detriment to a pup leaving it with its siblings longer than 12 weeks - say 13 or 14 weeks?

    If the pups are kept together 24/7, never spending a minute away from each other, past about 10-12 weeks then they are prone to develop separation anxiety.

    If the pups are given a lot of individual socialization and time is spent working with each pup as an individual, then it doesn't matter how long pups are reared up together.


  • Thank you all for responding and giving such great recommendations. I brought Noel home at 6 week. (May have been to soon). Yesterday on another thread I read how someone takes a squirt bottle of water and does a quick spray when she bites and then says no. I tried that on noel and it worked perfect. I just have to grab that bottle and she goes and lays down. She hasn't bitten me once today. I know it will take more than one evening to train her not to bite but I will be patient.

    Again, thanks everyone. I am so glad I found this site. It is wonderfu.


  • 6 weeks is not only too young for a puppy to leave its siblings and mother, it is in many states illegal to sell an animal at that age.


  • I agree, 6 wks is way to young for a pup to have left their littermates… And I thought in all states it was 8wks that you could sell/place a pup? I know for flying them them must be at least 8wks (within the US)


  • There are a few states where the 8 week rule only applies to "pet dealers" so it is a grey area as far as private sales but these states are very few compared to the number where it is outright illegal to sell an animal under 8 weeks.


  • @Gabriel:

    I brought Noel home at 6 week.

    When puppies play with each other, they learn that if they bite another puppy too hard they hurt it. The puppy learns to control the amount of pressure it uses on another puppy, and on humans, this way. It is called bite inhibition. Noel was taken away from her siblings and dam before she learned bite inhibition and this is why she is so rough with you.

    FWIW, when I did Basenji rescue work, virtually every biter I dealt with was removed from it's dam and siblings prior to 8 weeks of age.


  • @Gabriel:

    Yesterday on another thread I read how someone takes a squirt bottle of water and does a quick spray when she bites and then says no. I tried that on noel and it worked perfect. I just have to grab that bottle and she goes and lays down. She hasn't bitten me once today. I know it will take more than one evening to train her not to bite but I will be patient.

    The problem with this method is that Noel will not learn to soften her bite so if she ever does bite it will probably be with full force and result in serious injury. Though it takes longer to train, it is much better especially with young children in the house to use the method described in the link given in the other thread.

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