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    My BullTerrier Staghound X Bull Terrier Grayhound is 8 weeks, and it keeps biting and barking at my 9 year old sister for no reason, but doesnt do it to the rest of the family, only on the little kids?

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    Hi Mason

    I noticed your first thread re the same puppy.

    Can you please tell us a little more about the circumstances?

    I could be wrong, but you sound quite young. Everyone would like to help you and your puppy but we need to know what is happening. It is very hard via the internet....

    At what age did you get your puppy?

    Are you and your parents prepared to train and spend time with the puppy?

    What are you doing in terms of care and training at this point? How big is your yard, what time are you spending with the puppy?

    What support do you have in this situation if any?

    Sorry to ask so many questions, just trying to get a better idea of how we may be able to help

    What your puppy is doing is not unusual or out of the ordinary. He does need reasonable boundries set and training...esspecially at his age.

    Nic

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    yer basically, he likes to bite when he gets excited. But he bites more with the younger kids, like my sister which is 9 years old and her friends. We keep saying "No" and spray water and sometime even give him a little smack on the bottom, but he doesn't understand. So what we do now as well, if he bites to much, we just tie him up for 10-15mins. Still no help there, he just doesn't learn. We dont know what we can do now.

    Yes, I am only 16 years of age.

    We got the puppy at 7 weeks (6 weeks and 6 days to be precise) and it is now 8 weeks.

    we are all prepared to teach the puppy for training, as we want it to be very loyal and in the future guard around the house.

    We have 1 acre land although backyard is about half an acre. We pretty much just say "No" and "Sit" stuff like that, but nothing special. But we spend fair bit of time with him. We always go outside to check on him etc.

    We dont have much support at the moment.

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    Hi Mason,

    Give me 20 min's to bath the kids and i will be back! I hear you...meanwhile some others may like to give some suggestions

    Nic

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    Quote Originally Posted by mason.e View Post
    yer basically, he likes to bite when he gets excited. But he bites more with the younger kids, like my sister which is 9 years old and her friends. We keep saying "No" and spray water and sometime even give him a little smack on the bottom, but he doesn't understand. So what we do now as well, if he bites to much, we just tie him up for 10-15mins. Still no help there, he just doesn't learn. We dont know what we can do now.

    Yes, I am only 16 years of age.

    We got the puppy at 7 weeks (6 weeks and 6 days to be precise) and it is now 8 weeks.

    we are all prepared to teach the puppy for training, as we want it to be very loyal and in the future guard around the house.

    We have 1 acre land although backyard is about half an acre. We pretty much just say "No" and "Sit" stuff like that, but nothing special. But we spend fair bit of time with him. We always go outside to check on him etc.

    We dont have much support at the moment.
    Punishing a dog will not teach it what to do, only what not to do - if that makes sense.

    You need to teach the dog to behave correctly. So decide - what is correct behaviour?

    Have you tried anything I suggested in the previous post? Walking away? taking yourself away from the dog.

    NEVER EVER tie a dog up to punish it. You want to be able to have a dog you can take out and tie up as needed.

    When he jumps or goes to bite give him an alternative command

    SIT for example - assuming he already knows the command (again I have posted strategies to teach that elsewhere). A dog that is sitting cannot be jumping. Soon as he looks to be going for a jump - calmly command SIT and reward when he does.

    I'll be your sister carries on when he does it - he must think she is a great littermate!! Once you train your dog, she will be able to do some little bits of training and start up a good relationship with the dog

    you should ALL do nilif

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    And you should start puppy preschool ASAP at your local vets

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    Hey Mason,

    Thanks for your thoughts and for seeking advice for your puppy.

    Tell me, do you think your parents would consider puppy school? It is not overly expensive, perhaps you can volunteer to take on the training role? That way all they need to do is drop you both off and pick you both up. They will also see the great benefits.

    Puppy school is a great step forward in socialising young dogs with other dogs and their owners. It will also give you great skills in teaching basic commands which is vital for healthy relationships and development. And while you are there...pour your heart out and let them know exactly what is happening for you and your dog.

    Has your puppy been vaccinated and wormed? as this is vital for your puppies health and wellbeing. If not a quick trip to a vet is needed, most vets also run puppy schools so you can check that out at the same time.

    Once you own a dog a great relationship with your vet is very important and worthwhile.

    In terms of your little sister and her friends there is nothing wrong with restricting his access to them short term while they run about and play, though your puppy is better off being restricted to a bathroom, laundry or even the garage...rather than being tied up. I am very concerned about tying him up at this point as it is a bandaid solution....you are simply in damage control at that point, if you know what i mean...It will not solve anything long term, realisticly.

    You need training and support for this pup and it is a priority.

    Have a chat with your parents and tell them how you feel and that you would like to help..also the commitments you are prepared to make long term.

    Let us know how you go, OK!

    Nic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Punishing a dog will not teach it what to do, only what not to do - if that makes sense.

    You need to teach the dog to behave correctly. So decide - what is correct behaviour?

    Have you tried anything I suggested in the previous post? Walking away? taking yourself away from the dog.

    NEVER EVER tie a dog up to punish it. You want to be able to have a dog you can take out and tie up as needed.

    When he jumps or goes to bite give him an alternative command

    SIT for example - assuming he already knows the command (again I have posted strategies to teach that elsewhere). A dog that is sitting cannot be jumping. Soon as he looks to be going for a jump - calmly command SIT and reward when he does.

    I'll be your sister carries on when he does it - he must think she is a great littermate!! Once you train your dog, she will be able to do some little bits of training and start up a good relationship with the dog

    you should ALL do nilif

    Nothing in Life is Free

    And you should start puppy preschool ASAP at your local vets
    Settle down Occy I get where Mason is coming from, it is not easy as a young adult under these circumstances as Mum and Dad have the last say regarding this puppy and any cost associated in training etc.

    Everything else is hearsay....i know plenty of families who face this situation despite the best of intentions.

    Training and support is paramount for this baby and the family. Lets help them find it!!

    Nic

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    Nathan Winograd.

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    Yes, i did consider puppy school. I just need to find one close to me.

    We have to get his second round of injections this week, so we should be taking him VET this week, we can ask him/her as well.

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    Puppy school is a great start! Your vet will give you an idea Mason.

    I am sure you will really enjoy it with your new puppy, and learn heaps of new training techniques.

    It is also good to share with other puppy owners you will soon see all puppies get up to quite a bit of mischief!

    Please post some pics! i would love to see them, what is your puppies name?

    Let us know how you are getting along ok

    Nic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy View Post
    Settle down Occy I get where Mason is coming from, it is not easy as a young adult under these circumstances as Mum and Dad have the last say regarding this puppy and any cost associated in training etc.

    Everything else is hearsay....i know plenty of families who face this situation despite the best of intentions.

    Training and support is paramount for this baby and the family. Lets help them find it!!

    Nic
    Just because I don't "sweety darling" people doesn't mean I am getting worked up. If you are looking for another argument Billy look elsewhere, try baiting someone else.

    If you continue this line of though Billy, I will report your posts. Simple.

    Mason, I wish you luck but I do wish you would read over your previous threads and give the things there a go.

    At 16 (as I believe you said you were) you are old enough to take some control of your life, and most definitely control over the behaviour of a dog that you want to be a long time companion. You are old enough to leave school and get a job, thus you are old enough to take some responsibility.

    Is there vet close enough to walk to? If so, arrange to take the pup there yourself. if it is too far away, negotiate with your parents about driving you there. Look at obedience clubs in the area.

    I got my first dog - to train - at your age. I went every weekend rain hail or shine and she was gorgeous to train, even if I was an awful handler. I took her to the vet, I even walked my other dog to the vet - a good 3ks - after he had been hit by a car as we had no other way of transporting.

    I was talking to one of my students who is about your age - perhaps a year older - and doing year 12. He is finally realising that these years are the transition to adulthood and its wonderful, and scary.

    There is no ONLY 16. You expect to be given independence from your parents, you expect to be allowed out later, and to hang out with your mates. It is all part of growing up. You are a young adult, not a little kid. Embrace it. Or not...and just ignore everything I've said...we each make our choices as we are ready to make them.

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