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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by rachel57, Aug 14, 2009.
our pup is 9 weeks old now and im just wondering if you can give a puppy too much attention
Yes you can How old are your kid's? And how much rest does you pup have?
It's great that the kids are wanting to play with the puppy but they need to be shown how to be with him... ie not to pull and tug at him, to be gentle with him and how to show him respect.
One thing that I would advise is that you teach your puppy the command 'gentle' when giving treats or food so that you reduce the risk of nibbled fingers Have the children practise this command too.
You didn't mention the ages of your children so its a bit difficult to advise but if they are old enough, they could help you with training as this would help them to understand how to behave with him. When your puppy has had enough stimulation, he'll probably just fall over and go to sleep.
My children are 4 and 7 . they are realy good with him and i do think it will die down soon its just that we have had him for a week so its all so new .
When we picked Barney up from RSPCA, the lady there said to play with Barney loads, let him have "cat" naps as this will help them sleep through the night.
I remember being told when my childrens were babies to not let them sleep all day or they'll be awake all night.
At that age the need to be treated like babies. The need LOADS of sleep during the day. If they don't get it they can end up like over-tired cranky kids. They also need the sleep for developmental reasons, again, just like kids.
So long as they leave him alone when he wants to rest or sleep I don't see any problem with it.