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    We have had our puppy for 3 days, he is gorgeous but nips and whinges - which I suspect are just 'puppy things'.

    When he nips we say 'NO!' and give him a tap on the nose and walk away.

    His crying and whinging is a little harder to tackle - I'm not sure what to do.
    It's heartbreaking!
    It's sounds like he is very distressed and upset.

    Please help!!?

    Thanks

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    He is distressed and upset - he has been taken away from his mother and siblings. What do you do when he cries? Do you go back to him, or give him something like a chew toy while he is still crying? Those reward him - he learns that when he whines, he gets attention. Thats what he learns with his mother too - when he whines, he gets cleaned, or fed by his mother and that reinforces it - he whines, something good happens. What you need to do is buy some earplugs, and just wait it out. I know it sounds hard - My puppy has only just gotten past that stage, so I know how it feels - but you don't want an older pup to be crying, because as they grow they only get louder. When he stops crying, even for a second, go to him instantly and take him out of his pen/wherever you are keeping him when you don't want him to be able to go everywhere, and give him attention. This way he learns - quiet = attention.

    With the mouthing - instead of tappin him on the nose and saying no, just yelp and walk away. This is how he learns with his littermates - when he bites too hard in play, all play stops for about five or so minutes. This way he learns - bite/mouth = no fun.

    What breed is your pup? Look forward to lots of photos!

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    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...iting-pup.html

    When he nips we say 'NO!' and give him a tap on the nose and walk away.
    That used to be the technique in the 1980s probably before you were born. Not a good technique then and not good now. Never tap dog on nose any harder than you want him to bite you.

    When you're done reading the first link also have a look here
    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    and here in particular.
    Puppy Biting | Dog Star Daily
    and
    Teaching Bite Inhibition | Dog Star Daily

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    And then there is me...........I do not ignore my very new puppies in the first few weeks...i believe they have had enough trauma leaving their Mum and litter-mates. we have raised many puppies. Our dogs are well behaved and do not demand or winge. But our first couple of weeks we do not let puppies stress. I have been known to sleep with my hand in a box beside me to appease a puppy. And if they cry we go for a little toilet training walk.
    The last pup, our Katy is now a very well behaved pup of fifteen months. We give our pups a lot of time. I always take time off, when we get a new pup, just to be able to give them the time.
    Mind you our dogs are allowed to sleep indoors wherever they want, so we do not need the time away. Our dogs are not anxious when we leave them alone in the house for hours or anywhere else. We do use the crate for early toilet training, but they are never left alone. In the lounge when we are there and in the bedroom at night.
    So I do it all a little different. It all seems to work out.
    We do training from day one and we use luring and positive reinforcement, for puppies, rescues are a little different. i love how puppies are so open for learning.........
    Love and enjoy your new puppy
    Pets are forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    And then there is me...........I do not ignore my very new puppies in the first few weeks...i believe they have had enough trauma leaving their Mum and litter-mates. we have raised many puppies. Our dogs are well behaved and do not demand or winge. But our first couple of weeks we do not let puppies stress. I have been known to sleep with my hand in a box beside me to appease a puppy. And if they cry we go for a little toilet training walk.
    Love and enjoy your new puppy
    I have my puppies in a box or crate by my bed too. I find it soothes them and they sleep easier and I know when to get up and take them out for a toilet trip. I dont think it hurts at all. I develop a bond and also play and reinforce good things at that stage. Usually tired puppy and they sleep well. Puppies are time consuming at that age but they are also little sponges and soak up everything, which also tires them out.

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    I have to admit I was a bit softer on Lacey in the first few days. She slept by my bed for a few nights, and then I moved her bed to where she sleeps now. She now sleeps through the night and wait until we wake up to ask to go outside.

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    With Shadow, (RIP) the only one I have raised from puppy hood (except my 2 now whose mother I also have) I also slept on a camp bed in the lounge room with my arm hanging out into the box he was in. I have many thin scars from his puppy claws on my arm faded now to white that a visiting locum Dr I saw once asked me did I self mutilate. Hahahaha.

    After a few nights he settled well and we moved into the bedroom. This was 17 years ago.

    These two, now 14 months were born in my bedroom.
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    Hi, I have to agree with Newfsie, we have treated our new puppies much the same. Our pups have always grown up to be well balanced loving dogs. One tip if the puppy isn't in the same room at night, we used to pull off our t-shirts that we'd worn that day and place in box. Seemed to work, we were'nt there but our smell was. Enjoy the new member.

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    Puppies need time to adjust to new home & not being apart of their family pack & need affection & reassurance at this age & time.
    Never smack a pup anywhere & diffently not on the nose.
    They just want to be close to someone & it will lessen with age & exsperaince/confidaince.
    You have already been given great advice here & I hope you take heed of it.

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    Thanks for all the feedback.
    Our pup - Tyson, is great when it comes to bed. We put him in the laundry and there is 15mins of crying at the most and then he's fast to sleep.
    The whinging and crying I am concerned about is when we pop him outside or when we have been playing with him outside and then we decide to go inside. The sounds he makes are full on and very distressing.

    I tried yelping whenhe bit me and it seemed to work for a day or so, then he started to round me up, bark at me and bite me - I think the yelping is too submissive. Any other suggestions?

    Tyson is a purebred SBT.

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