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    Default G'day from Bec

    Hi everyone,
    I am new to the world of forums. I recently joined a health one and I have been loving it. I am having some puppy issues at the moment and I thought why not a dog forum.
    We currently have a 14 week old puppy named Ozzy. Ozzy is a pure blue Australian blue cattle dog (registered bitch) x pure kelpie. Naughty Mum visited the kelpie for a late night cuddle and my beautiful boy was the outcome much the disappointment of the dogs owners. Mum is a pet and is not a working dog but Dad is a working dog.
    Our last family pet was a pure bread Bullmastiff he tipped the scales at 65kg. He passed away last year and left our family devastated so when we decided it was time for a new addition to the family I wanted something totally different because you could not replace our beloved Tank.
    I am aware of the challenges a dog like this requires. (Lots of exercise etc)
    but I have always wanted a smart active dog. My parents have a pure bread blonde kelpie and a border collie and I just love their intelligence and loyalty. They however have a property at Goomburra (near Warwick.) I live in suburban Brisbane however because of the hours my husband and I work he is only alone 3hs a day.
    Ozzy currently attends puppy preschool and his obedience is fantastic (when you have food in your hand) but we are having a few issues. Ozzy loves to bite and bark for attention. I do think from reading online that he was taken from his Mum a little young. (7wks old.) Can anyone give me some ideas to stop the biting. My daughter is 7 and I don't want to do anything that will create an aggressive dog.
    thanks Bec

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    My dog who is about 10mo is a 'mouther'. We tend to just hide our hands and avoid all contact (including eye contact) when she does it, then try patting her or even just holding out our hand/arm and praise and pat her if she doesn't bite/mouth. It's a bit of a slow process and I'm not yet sure it's working (only got her 3 weeks ago). There's probably faster methods, maybe do a search for 'clicker training stop biting puppies'. I started clicker training for the first time with my rescue dog and I really enjoy doing it so much more than I ever thought I would.

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    I was always told to swap a toy or something they are allowed to chew on with what ever they are biting. He would probably be in the teething stage so maybe some chewy toys would help.

    None of my dogs seem to have an issue with biting though, Bella can sometimes go into a licking frenzy and get so excited she accidentally bites (which hurts cause it always seems to be on the face).

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    I lightly grabbed the muzzle and growled, then when licked I praised. I also did the swap thing but that depended on how hyper Batty was.

    I've wound up with a very licky dog who will get a tug toy when he wants to bite and play...

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    I cannot cope with being licked. I think I'd rather have my dog grab my hand with her teeth than letting her lick me! Bit sad for the dog maybe, but it is what it is.

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    Hi Bec. Welcome.
    I'm going to be a proud owner of a purebred Bullmastiff in 4 weeks time and would love to here about your experiences with the your old one. Sorry to hear you lost him but good to see you have a new addition with Ozzy. There is plenty of good info here and hopefully you can sort out your biting issues soon.
    Cheers,
    Sean.

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    Any dog i have had throughout my life has been like this as a puppy, i believe it is just a puppy thing (most times) and that they are teething just like a small child teething and wants to bite everything, there is the dogs who however carry this on throughout their adult life.

    Mine have always just "grown out of it"...

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    Bec and Ozzy.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    welcome Bec and Ozzie.....I am an avid fan of Ian Dunbar, so I have attached a link to his "puppy biting"

    Puppy Biting by Ian Dunbar Put the Pen to the Paper
    Pets are forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Hi Bec. Welcome.
    I'm going to be a proud owner of a purebred Bullmastiff in 4 weeks time and would love to here about your experiences with the your old one. Sorry to hear you lost him but good to see you have a new addition with Ozzy. There is plenty of good info here and hopefully you can sort out your biting issues soon.
    Cheers,
    Sean.
    Hi Sean,
    I am sure you will be a proud owner of your new puppy. We called Tank our gentle giant. He never hurt a fly with the exception of standing on our feet or whipping us with his tail. My husband keeps repeating "Tank never did this as a puppy" compared to Ozzy he was a breeze. I will have a look for a photo to post for you. Full grown he was 68kg. He was also tall for a bullmastiff. He was always fantastic around children. Tank was also very active compared to what other people has discribed with their dogs.
    As far as tips for a bullmastiff owner.....I would say dont let him sit on your lap because even when fully grown when we sat down on the ground Tank would want a cuddle.
    Oh and reinforce the walls behind his bed. We had several holes around the place from him. Once he slipped going down the internal stairs and put a huge hole in the wall.
    We made sure we fed him premimum food as a puppy to help with his growth. He never had any joint problems. He was allergic to mossie bites. When you get your pup has his heart checked. Tank had a bad heart. They could never tell us if he had it all along or it was something that developed in age. He would faint when he got over excited and from the first instance of him fainting we lost him within 10months. He was only 8 years old.
    Good Luck with your new pup and I will look forward to seeing photos of him,

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