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Old 05-12-2014, 11:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Question Snapping and House Breaking



HELP!! This is our 12 week old pal Koda and we are having serious problems with him snapping at us. When he is excited when we come home and is getting belly rubs, he snaps. When we won't let him on the bed, he snaps (and whines). Sometimes I can just be sitting there looking at him and he will be looking back and he snaps and walks away. He's a real sweetheart and I don't feel he would ever actually hurt us, but the snapping has got to go! He also always chews up everything he finds, even tries chewing on our fingers and toes.

Another issue we are having is the house breaking. He does not care where he goes potty, even peed right on his own bed the other day. We have puppy pads because there are times when neither of us are home for a few hours and a puppy his age could hold it that long. Some of the times I feel like he understands them and will pee right in the middle, but most times he just could care less, he will walk right over one and pee a few steps past it. My carpets sure are taking a toll.

This is my first puppy and I know I have a lot to learn just like him, but I want to make sure I do my best to give him the proper care and training, especially being he is a pit. I get upset enough when people discriminate the breed, but if anyone were to dislike or be afraid of my boy because he snaps it would break my heart. Any advice welcome!
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Old 05-13-2014, 01:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like the pup is nipping or being mouthy? do you have lots of toys for him to chew on? Teething can make a pup more mouthy but they need to learn what is and is not acceptable. You can redirect to a chuck it ball or some other toy. You can scream OUCH and cross your arms and turn your back and when the pup calms down again then let play resume. Just basically when the nipping begins, play stops until the pup is calm again.

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As far as house breaking, are you using a crate when you are gone for a few hours? If so, make sure that there is just enough room for the dog to fit in. Block the rest off if necessary.When you are home take him outside to a designated place for elimination often. After eating, drinking, sleeping, playing etc. get him out to that designated place. When he does go outside heap the praise on him and/or offer him a treat. If you catch him in the act of going in the house give him a firm "no" and bring him right outside to his spot. When he poops in his area don't rush to pick it up. Leave it there so next time he is outside he can familiarize himself with what that area is for.
When you take him out to relieve himself keep him in that area (use a leash if needed) and make it all about him relieving himself. No playing in that area. Playing should be done in a different part of the yard.
Some dogs get it quick while others take a little longer. Once the dog understands what you want they will strive to make you happy and to get that praise. Best of luck.

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