advice please on my bichon pup

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  1. jossie

    jossie PetForums Newbie

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    hi,my name is jossie and myself,my hubby and 2 daughters have just recently bought our 1st bichon pup.we had a staffy for 10 years but sadly he had to be put down a few months ago as he got out the garden (1st time ever) and was knocked down he was in so much pain the vet said it would be cruel to keep him with us.so after a few months of missing him terribly and deciding we were not going to get another dog the kids changed our minds,they missed having a dog running around are were absolutely devastated when kia had to be put to sleep,my girls are 5 and 8 so they came along after our lovely boy and grew up with him he was the sweetest dog ever and loved the girls to bits he was so gentle with them.we started looking and found a breeder and decided on this little bichon girl,we picked her up 2 weeks ago today and have called her suzie,and she is driving me up the wall :rolleyes:
    i know she is still a baby (12 weeks) but she barks constantly,bites everything and everyone we cant even stroke her without her nipping we all have to keep our shoes on all day :) she is paper trained but only goes when she wants,for instance she will go over to the paper have a sniff then about turn and do it about a foot away (paper is clean,and we have tried moving paper doesnt make a difference) i dont remember having any of this with kia. i think i'm just constantly compairing her to kia but i thought it would be so much easier after having a 4 stone staffy but this little ball of fluff is really testing my patience....please any advice welcome
    sorry i've ranted on quite a bit:eek:
     
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    Awwww all pups nip untill they get their big teeth i know it hurts but try giving her something else to chew on like a hide chew or a nylabone :)

    as for the toilet traing when you see her sniffing around the paper pick her up say no & put her outside :D put her out when she first wakens when you see her sniffing around when she's eaten & when she does it outside praise her well & give her a little treat :)
     
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    jossie PetForums Newbie

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    hi isadobe, thanks for replying
    we have been watching her like a hawk,well as much as we can :D
    we have managed to get her out the back in time quite often its more the nipping and barking for a little tiny girl she has a loud yap on her lol the breeder gave us a feeding guide and she eats pedigree puppy food which the breeder says under no cicumstances should we change-although i think it isnt agreeing with her as she poos a lot as in around 3-4 times an hour :eek: and we are measuring her food to the amount the breeder has told us to she also said we were not to give her any treats at all as it could upset her tummy so i dont really know what to do!!! do i give her small treats or stick to the breeders guides and see how she goes.
     
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    I think small breeds do tend to yap/bark more than larger breeds my cousin has two jack russels & the first one a dog wasn't too bad but when they got the bitch she was terrible at first & used to set the dog off but as she got older & more content in her new surroundings she only barks if needed like a knock on the door or the post men/bin men ect :biggrin:

    as for following breeders meal menus & i'll probably get slated for this but we never stick to them ;)

    vary her meals a little & the hide chews will not upset her tummy & a nylabone def wont they are just something for them to chew on instaed of using you :D
     
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    jossie PetForums Newbie

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    thanks very much isadobe for your advice,
    will try her with the hide chews and nylabone.suppose shes just going to need more work and patience than our old dog did,i honestly dont remember going through any of this with him,he never chewed or nipped he had full run of our house from day one and never destroyed a thing,well i suppose no 2 dogs are the same and we must have just got it easy with the old boy.
    we took this little girl on so we're just going to have to dig our heels in (doesnt help mind you when hubby comes home from work and still thinks its a 4 stone staffy hes rolling around with!!! he thinks shes crazy :D for a little dog) thanks again for the advice
     
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    Hi Jossie and welcome to the forum.Can i make a suggestion,until she has learnt its not nice to bite i personaly would ask your hubby not to play fight with her.I have 2 toy poodles and i've found, give them an inch and they will take a mile.To stop my 2 biting from the time they were small i told them firmly "don't bite", and i didnt allow play fighting.:D:D
     
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    Also wouldn't recommend hide chews for a pup (actually wouldn't recommend them full stop). Kongs with yumminess inside, frozen kongs or nylabones are better.:thumbup:
     
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    I have an 11 week old ball of mischief, she is cute and cuddly, but can be a rascal too, she's a little ruby cavalier...

    with regards to toilet training, for the first week i would take her out every half hour, she would get praise and a treat for doing her toilets outside. At no point have i had paper or puppy pads down, as this is teaching her that its ok to go inside. I then slowly reduced it to hourly going out, and on the whole she will now ask to go out. This has worked really well for us. I have always paper trained before, but changed my ways this time, and boy am i glad i did. The few accidents which we have had i have cleaned with biological washing powder as it takes away the scent of wee!

    Cari is also crate trained, and is clean every night - this, i believe is what has helped with her general house training. Where does your pup sleep? Does she have a bed or crate?

    With regards to the barking/yapping, Cari began this when we popped the baby gate on the stairs (the day she was big enough to climb them!) she would sit on the bottm step and yap and yap... we continued to ignore her and now she sees that yapping = no attention. I must admit though it took a good week or so of ignoring, and it was sooooo difficult!!

    We bought two nylabone toys for her nipping, as she was terrible at the beginning, as soon as she went to chew on anyone, a nylabone would be put in the fingers place! again this needs to be consitent and you need to be persistent, but Cari is sooooo much better now!

    Good luck x x
     
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    thanks everyone for all the great advice. i can see a trip to the local pets at home is on the cards for today :D (love that shop) she is in a normal dog bed but i think i will invest in a crate for her and nylabones.she is getting took outside every half hour and i am cleaning the floors with biological washing powder but she just goes elsewhere and does the toilet ie my rug :rolleyes:

    to janice 199-hubby has been firmly told no playfighting and to stop winding her up or he will be sleeping in the shed :D

    to ejay-i have heard a lot of people saying not to paper train as it will cause confusion,think we will knock that on its head-as i said we manage to get her outside more often than not it was more the nipping and barking but we are telling her no in a firm tone and it seems to be stopping her in her tracks-even though she gives you a look that says why are you being cruel.

    to jsr-i think i'll give the hide chews a miss also we couldnt give these to our old dog as he used to try and fit the whole thing in his mouth at once and usually ended up gagging :rolleyes:

    thanks again for some great advice.
     
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    Haha jossie if you send hubby to the shed can we see pics please, lol..I think you won't regret it if you get a crate, both of my dogs still see their crate as "their space".Good luck hun.:D:D
    ps. my 2 love pigs ears to chew on.:D
     
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    will defo post pics if or when hubby gets sent to his shed :D
    this probs sounds daft but how do i start the crate training? she doesnt cry or yelp at night shes actually really good. do i just put her bed in and leave the door opened for her then when shes ok with it start locking it when we are out,there has been no accidents today i've been watching her like a hawk and managed to get her out in time,so shes been getting a little treat :)
    this is all so new our old boy kia :( was great from the start never had to go through any of this i suppose girls just like to give you grief :D
     
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    Hi jossie, i would put her bedding in the crate and along with a few of her favourite toys.You can trey closing the door when she settles down, but if she cries i wouldn't open the door straight away.The main thing to remember is to make sure she sees her crate as a fun, and safe place to beNever use the crate for punishment.I hope this helps.:D:D
     
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    Agree with this, I had a Cavalier pup swallow one whole and had to watch her very carefully
    Nylabones are great or Tripe Sticks if you can stand the smell :)
     
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    jossie PetForums Newbie

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    thanks to everyone, hubbys taking me to get all the stuff for suzie tonight after he finishes work, cant wait to try everything new out lol hope she likes the crate hubby is also puppy proofing the back garden this weekend we thought it was ok but she found a hole in the hedge :rolleyes: had to ask my next door neighbour to let me in to get her :D he's a really old man who hates the world aswell he was not happy :D:D said "if shes destroyed anything you'll be paying for it" lol shes about the size of my size 5 trainer haha what kind of damage was he expecting!!!! anyway made my apologies and told him it wouldnt happen again and quickly left (he even scares me :scared:)
     
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