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    hey guys i just recently bought a puppy named Zorro, his 11 weeks old border collie x husky, its been living with me for 4 days now inside the house, Zorro likes to nibble on anything he sees including my fingers how do i stop this nibbling sometimes he get too rough/aggressive?

    what are the first basic commands should i start teaching hm and how? (doesnt know his name)

    his has started puppy school on 9/9/2014 that goes for 3 weeks once every tuesdays

    thanks for any helpful information/ tips/tricks

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    Congrats on the new companion! I like the name Zorro.

    11 weeks is only a baby. But this is the best time to start teaching him good manners.

    With the mouthing, the usual advice is to 'yelp' and then stop playing, look away or even get up and leave the room. Just do this consistently and he should get the message. Also make sure that he has lots that he is allowed to chew on. You can try to offer him a rawhide or toy when he bites you too.

    First up, I'd start teaching him his name! Just say his name and give/toss him a treat. Only do this when he is not in the least distracted at first. Soon he will look at you whenever you say his name.

    Next I would teach sit, because it really is such a useful cue. And get him to sit for every thing you give him or do for him. You want to get to the stage where he will sit whenever he is unsure of what else to do. And also, go very slowly. Baby steps. Training is fun when you get lots of successes, so when your pup gets the hang of one cue, just keep practicing and rewarding for a while and enjoy you achievement.

    And it is a great time to start training recall because at that age, and for the next few months, he is still at the stage where his instinct tells him to stay close to "mum" for safety. You can start the same way you do for teaching him his name, but just add your cue like "come". I usually start with doing this when the dog is already coming towards me, but I recently went to a training workshop and the trainer starts with the dog right near her. Then says come and gives a treat. Then start doing it with the dog a little bit further away.

    With any training, it's important to use good treats. I know some dogs will work for dry food, but I've always had more success with something of higher value, like cubes of cooked liver or dog food roll or cooked chicken.

    I can highly recommend looking at Kikopup's videos on youtube. She has lots of fans on this forum alone! She has plenty of videos on basic puppy training and they are easy to follow and pretty fool-proof.

    Enjoy your puppie! And post some pics!
    Last edited by Beloz; 09-11-2014 at 11:41 AM.

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    Where are the puppy pics please?!

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    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-train...ce-please.html

    also look on youtube for kikopup
    and
    "its yer choice"
    and
    "collar grab game"

    and shaping dog tricks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    Where are the puppy pics please?!
    will post pics of him tomorrow thanks for the info guys

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    zorro growls at me when my hand goes near his food bowl while his eating? is he actually going to bite my hands? thanks

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    Hand feed zorro little by little for now do NOT put your hands in his bowl. This is a learned behavior when breeders dont separate pups and teach them feeding routine. Hand feed, and while he takes the food quickly and gently give him a pat on the head. Then progress from there to putting it in a bowl a mouthful at a time, eat/pat/eat/pat etc but you MUST do it successively over time until he learns to relax a stage at a time or you will be bitten. Dont push the point the dog doesnt understand.

    As for chewing on your fingers, take them out of his mouth
    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c11/Mali_nut/K9LOGO.jpg

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    tried teaching him his name today at the backyard, with treats, seems too distracted/ not interested,maybe his not hungry?

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    starting to bite my fingers harder now and growling while he has my fingers? how do i solve this problem thanks

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    Penypengy, your puppy class instructor should really be helping you with these issues. He has obviously not learned bite inhibition as this will need to be addressed ASAP.

    Why are your hands in his mouth? If he starts to bite your fingers, immediately remove them and walk away from him. What toys does he have to chew on? He is at the age of teething meaning he will be wanting to chew things to help relieve the pain in his gums. Does he have any chew treats or toys he is allowed to chew on?

    Try putting vics vapour rub in your hands. He shouldn't like the taste of this and should hopefully create a negative association to biting you.

    I suggest speaking more about this with your puppy class instructor and/or perhaps look at hiring a trainer in your area to come to your house and help you with your pup.

    When to Call a Trainer - The Pawfectionist

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