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    Hi all im new here, so please be nice

    I am a mum of 3 (ages 5, 22 months and 5 months) and my husband works away. You would think i had my hands full enough without adding a pup to the mix!! A few months back we had a rock thrown through our bedroom window covering my then 6 day old son in glass. Roller shutters were organised the very next day and were installed within the week. Then 6 weeks or so ago the roller shutters were rattled and i called the police at 1am (hubby was away). At this point we decided our plan to get a pup when the youngest was 2 was just too long to wait. We looked around and found a beautiful lil guy, paid our deposit and waited our 4 weeks to collect him.

    Fast forward to now. We have had Boss a week, the kids love him and he loves the kids, sometimes a little too much! He has started to nip in play, my 22 month old can take it she is a tough cookie but my 5 yr old falls to piece. I have had some much conflicting advice on how to get him to stop from smacking him on the nose to growling at him to yelping etc etc etc!

    In your opinion what is the best form of dicipline?
    Thanks in advance for your help everyone,
    Helen.

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    What breed of dog is this? How old?
    I am assuming that you know to NEVER leave the pup and kids unsupervised together.
    I have always had great success by emulating how the mother teaches the pups how to behave.
    I put my hand around the snout whilst saying No. Others do this and growl.
    As dogs do not have hands they use their mouths for everything. We have to shape what is acceptable or not acceptable by being consistent at all times. Let the situation slide and you keep having the problem.

    There are many many threads on this if you go back through the pages.

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    Thanks Di_Dee,
    He is 9 weeks and he is a Mastiff x Ridgeback.
    I dont leave the kids with him, but when they play/climb in his kennel with him he can get a little over excited and nip.
    i have tried growling at him and it does seem to work, but i wasnt sure it was the right thing to do, so thank you for your advice. I will persist with the growling

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    Don't forget the hand holding the snout as you do it. The mother holds the muzzle in her jaws and growls.
    My pups that are nearly 14 months old STILL get disciplined from her like that. Mind you they do it back occasionally too.

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    Yes add a muzzle grab or a firm poke just behind the shoulder with the growl.
    Also make sure he is getting enough exercise & mental stimulation. Some puppy preschool or puppy playdates & regular walks really help them focus when needed. Also watch the kids are not encoraging it in anyway by playing with the pup with their hands or teasing him in anyway.
    Good luck.....................

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    I agree with the muzzle grab, and please do make sure he's getting enough mental and physical stimulation.
    Can I also point out, just to be on the safe side, please don't 'teach' him to be anti-social with 'intruders'
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    Where did you get him from?
    I would be going to a reputable puppy school, where it is supervised and in a controlled environment. Followed by some obedience classes. You don't want a puppy pre school where they let all the pups off lead and run amok. Your boy is going to be a big dog.
    I hope you didn't choose this mix breed as a form of guard dog.
    You have your hands full but you are going to have to put a lot of time and effort into your new pup....
    As far as the muzzle grab goes I have never come across it in any clubs or puppy classes only read about it on the internet, I would be wary about that and if the children see you do it I would hate to see them try it as well, jmo.

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    Re the muzzle grab I just emulate what the mother does . It works for her as it did for me.
    I do agree the kids should not do this. It is going to be difficult to make sure the kids don't do this as well as making sure all the dog's needs are met re training etc and full supervision maintained any time the kids and dog are together.

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    thanks so much for all your replies.
    I have been trying the muzzle grab when i tell him off and it is working very very well. Before he would ALWAYS bite at my hair which is long so would hang and he would jump near my face to bite it. He now doesnt seem to care at all about it, i know its only day 1 of doing it, but i was impressed with his progress so far. I would NEVER let the kids do it tho!!! I have full supervision over the kids with the dog because im more worried what the kids will do to him not the other way around! they dont know what its like to have a dog, so we are teaching them what you can and cant do... "No Ethan he cant eat that stick/leaf/flower/ball/apple" seems to be my fav saying atm!

    Seeing as he is only 9 weeks and only in the last week had his first lot of immunisations i didnt think i should take him out for walks. But we have been trying to get him used to the lead by walking him around the yard, and i have been running him around the yard i might do 2 or 3 laps and when he gets tired he kinda walks off in the other direction and theres me still running about like a mad woman! LOL
    I know he is going to be big and need lots of exercize. we are big walk/run people and there are lots of places to go in our area eg, round the block and a couple of dog parks... but not till hes vacinated
    I have thought about puppy preschool, can you tell me a little more about it, other than socialization what can they teach me that i cant do at home? i grew up with dogs and we always trained them our selfs so i dont really know much about them.

    I didnt buy him as a guard dog but more as a large dog that will have a scary bark if there is something needed to bark at, but still a good family dog.... I have spoken to a few people about them and researched them and was told they are fairly protective and good with kids, lol apart from knocking them over... but thats ok we can deal with that.

    i bought him from a friend whos dog "accidentally" got pregnant. I say it like that as im not sure how anything/one can accidentally get pregnant! He was one of 10 and the biggest of the litter... only chose him because of his colouring tho, no other reason.

    I hope i have answered everyones questions if not im sorry.
    Im so glad i found this place, you all seem so nice )

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    Very funny post!

    Im glad hes already making progress!
    We got both my current dogs when I was living at home, and didn't attend puppy or obendiance training, and did it all ourselves, and I have two excellently behaved(usually!) dogs. Its more for the socialisation part and/or 'problem' dogs.
    A big dog like that will need lots of socilisation.
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