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biting and pullijng on kids clothes

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hiya everyone, need some advice , i have a 10wk jack russel x wippett,  female dog.  she lovely, we got her as my partners family dog died and he was desperate to have a friend , although i'm wonderin if its a mistake , will trying to house train, the dog, keeps pullin at the kids clothes especailly my 3yr old daughter , who doesnt help the situation, but ive told her time and time again to stop windin the dog up on her terms then b lovely dovey after awards, i've tried some spray on the clothes , but doesnt seem to work, and i'm constantly shoutin no!, and  watchin them , my daughter has sctraches on her arm and face, what can i do, i'm lost, or do u think it was a wrong choice to get a dog. any help would b grateful .. thanks x

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HI Essexgirl. Congratulations

HI Essexgirl.

Congratulations on your new dog and I am sorry that things have not worked out well at the moment with your kids. It must be difficult to know what to do. The good news is that this is a very common puppy problem. Personally, I think the problem is the age of your dog / puppy as well as generally they seem to be quite hyperactive at that age.

I would start with the Sit command and getting your puppy to focus on you . As you approach kids/people make him sit, hold the leash close to the collar so you have complete contol and can turn his face towards you,  say "look at me" then praise as they pass by and he's staring in your face, then reward.
 
I then progressed to just saying "look at me" as we neared people, and my doggie immediately stares into my face looking for that treat. She must think I ate/swollowed it sometimes, cause she doesn't always get the treat. I think that's an important part because she always does it never knowing when she'll get it or not so she's always anticipating. Is there any dog training that you can go to in Essex?
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Dogs are dogs not humans.

Dogs are dogs not humans. They do doggie things. They do not recognise the antics of children no more than adults. All are the same to them. They react nicely to nice things and the opposite to not nice things.

We tend to molly coddle our children to the extreme and have no idea about animal characteristics. If the animlal does not observe human values then it is wrong. CORRECTION ! We are wrong !

You must understand any animal if you wish to own one. It is no use thinking that children are sacred to animals - they are not. So you have to train them not to do the things that are consodered bad in YOUR books and annoying to animals.

If your children tease or in any way mistreat the dog, then it will respond by snapping at their clothes etc. and so would I. You must train your children to treat animals with respect and kindness and NEVER to consider them as living toys.

I am afraid the fault rests with human understanding and not the dogs natural behaviour, so I would recommend that you pay attention to the antics of your children whilst at the same time imposing a gentle discipline on your dog. It is all so easy, I have  done it many times. It works with humans and it works with animals.

Discipline and orderly conduct is achieved by the enforced application of house rules. If you let your children go haywire and do what the hell they like, you end up with nothing more than a future social misfit forever expecting the Golden egg on a platter. The same applies to animals. No discipline and the animal becomes a nuisance.

No problem here, just common sense understanding of human and animal behaviour and the application of orderly discipline.

John

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biting and pulling kids clothes

aww thank you for the advice, this being my first is hard, making sure i do everything right, there is trainin classes, just tryin to find the time cos i dont drive , and the money but there a investment. so at least i'm not alone, any advice is welcomed.

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Sorry if my note was not to

Sorry if my note was not too helpful, but your dog at only 10 weeks old is just a baby and has baby antics just like we  do.

If your little girl is only 3 years old, then your puppy at 10 weeks old is even younger in our terms at around 16 months human equivalent. They are very playful at that age especially when they have a happy home and need a lot of love and attention.

Don`t despair, just make sure it is just play and give it a chance. A gentle bit of stick from Mum will do the trick. The end result will be well worth it.

I have always found young cats and dogs can be a pain in the butt at times, but they give you a lot of laughs and pleasure. I find that to win an animals love and devotion is far more satisfying than any human relationship. Animals will NEVER stab you in the back, but you have to accept that they are NOT humans.

John

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HI Essexgirl,   Welcome to

HI Essexgirl,

 

Welcome to the forum, we hope you stay here as we would love more members to chat away. Well I would follow the advice above and just know that the puppy is doing what is natural and just needs a bit of training. If you cannot afford training then maybe watch some videos on you tube to begin to start to displine. I think it is lovely that your children are going to grow up with a furry friend, but if you feel the agression is too much then if I was you I would consider if you really want the puppy. What are your thoughts?

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Puppies are notorius for

Puppies are notorius for biting everything. It is typical puppy activity. I reckon it is to do with cutting teeth at that baby phase, their teeth probably irritate them and they just have to bite things.

Even pups and cubs in the wild do it. Ever seen old man lion resting in perfect peace and having his tail chewed by the cubs ? Happens all the time and he puts up with it, growling away until he finally gives the cub a cosh with his big paw. That usually stops it.

I found when I had puppies that you cannot give them enough toys, some to chew and some to squeak. This is not infallible, but it does take their minds off biting the woodwork and other things that we treasure.

Waving a squeaky toy gets their attention immediately.

John

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I am with you on the skweaky

I am with you on the skweaky toys. My doggies love them very much, plus it takes the attention away for a while when they are doing something bad.

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Squeaky toys are magic to

Squeaky toys are magic to divert a cat or dog away from mischief.

I have a squeaky toy, my wife uses it to catch my immediate attention when I am up to no good and it works.

John

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biting and pulling

hiya , all thanks for the advice, things seems soo strained at the moment , my dog cant go for walks till nxt thur thats when it had it second injection, but the toilet training is , drivin me nuts, she sleeps in the front room and wont pee in their , just in the bk room, but ive tried movin the paper near the door and she wont go that far, just finds another spot to pee, i didnt have great carpets anyhow , but they look terriable in stains, and i try and take her out hourly and give her treats but, my running bk and foward to the school pickin up each child , so tryin to catch her is hard, the kids keep stepin in the wet patches and poo, and its gettin me down that my place is horriable, but the kids are smitten with her and shes a lovely dog, geogurs, i feel i;m a stressful person to have patience, my partner says once she go on walks it will help her, but im not so sure , and its me thats doing feedin, toilet trainin, and  looking after kids, wot do i do, am i doing somethin wrong, i dont know what to do next ! suppose to b happy when u get a pet seems like arguments all the time

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I know how you must be

I know how you must be feeling, having to look after the kids is exhasting enough and then on top of that a little baby dog. Well I would first of all try to get some early nights as if your like me, you get tired from all the hard work of looking after the house and the kids and now your new friend. My advice is to give it time. What I did with my dog in order to toilet train was to put newspaper all over the floor where she went to the toilet. Then each day remove a section of that newspaper (and clear up the mess of course) before long she knew she had to go on the newspaper. I then moved the newspaper outside and it worked. I know that maynot be practical with the kids, but I think from your message anything is worth a go. Do you have a kitchen were you can section the puppy off from the rest of the house?

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This is quite difficult

This is quite difficult situation for you. I think it is better to keep your dog outside the home. Your kid is small and when this dog is pulling his cloths then it is possible to harm your kid. I would suggest you to keep dog outside the house and keep your kid safe.