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    Its been a full on few weeks living with Mojo. Waking up at crazy hours for toilet breaks, keeping him entertained and out of trouble while we are at work, his biting etc, etc. All the things i knew we would deal with sooner or later having a puppy in the house. I can handle it and in a way alot of it has been rewarding watching him learn.

    But twice now he's done things that sorta stressed me out. The first one was on saturday. I looked out the back and he looked like he was chewing a brown leaf. I walked out to give him a pat and to my horror he was chewing a bloody cane toad. I washed his mouth out immediately and watched him for the rest of the day. Luckily he showed no ill effects.
    And then this afternoon i tried him on his first chicken neck expecting him to sit down and chew it but instead he picked it up and tried to swallow it whole. I jumped up and just managed to grab the end of it and pull it out of his throat. He would have choked for sure.
    I then held it while he chewed it to pieces which was much better but i wont be feeding them to him unsupervised. I guess it will stop him becoming aggressive around his bones if he gets used to me holding it.
    The last piece i couldnt hold was swallowed in seconds though. It didnt bother him one bit and he gave me a smart ass look when he did it.
    I can tell its going to be interesting with this Bullmastiff, he's getting cheekier every day.


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    Well so far we don't have them down here but this isn't to say they won't get here in time. Maybe the cold winters will keep them out.
    So saying I have not seen one alive apart from tv.
    And I sure as hell wouldn't know what the effects these have on the dog.
    I do know they are bad for them but to what degree I don't know.
    So I am glad you got to him before it all went the wrong way.

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    Lol my dogs have always swallowed the chicken necks whole, I wouldn't worry about that to much, the cane toad though! lol I am surprised he thought it was tasty enough to keep on muching on! lol He will learn!

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    Yuckkkkk, cane toads, I haven't seen any in the yard so far, so hopefully its still too cool, but I will be on the look out for sure. Oskar is still pretty much an inside dog, and we plan for him to be inside at night, but will make the back yard more secure for when he is an older pooch for when I return to study and work....how have you been dealing with Mojo's seperation anxiety? We haven't left Oskar alone yet lol, we are kind of putting it off but we know we can't for too much longer.

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    Mojos been pretty good with us leaving. We dont make a big deal about it, he gets breakfast at the same time and while he's eating i just shut the door and go. My neighbour is a old guy who is a good mate and he loves him to bits so he visits a few times during the day. I learnt with my daughter at kindy that when they arnt looking to just go (run from her). Tough love i guess.

    The chicken necks shouldnt be a problem when he's bigger but he's still a little fella at the moment, though he's getting bigger every day. He also realised he wants to eat the Guinea Pigs today. He's ignored them until this arvo and wouldnt leave them alone. I hope i built the cage Mastiff proof.


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    haha aw poor guinea pigs! You will have to teach him that they aren't a toy! lol

    When mine were babies I would leave the radio on for them at home, apparently it is suppose to help since they can still hear people talking and think someone is around. I don't know if it did though! They always seemed fine when I would sneak up on them... the running while they are distracted thing works a treat though!

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    As another giant owner.....I always give my dogs, especially the puppies large bones. They keep them entertained for much longer. get rid of the need to chew and they cannot damage their permanent teeth on them, because they still have puppy teeth

    I love brisket bones, if you only like to give smaller bones. they are too big to swallow whole and if you do not like to feed "bone", they are mainly cartilage.

    I have had dogs for over thirty years ( very large dogs only) and have always fed lots of bones. And yesterday the vet checked all our dogs teeth and said "no teeth to be cleaned here any time soon" And Tessa is 5 now, she has beautiful teeth........

    As to the sleepless nights, I bet you cannot wait for the end of those. Standing out in the cold waiting for puppy to do what it has to do

    And luckily we do not have Toads here
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    I am going through all the same things at the moment! Our puppy is just 9 weeks old and she is getting into everything! Every time I turn around she has some sort of flora in her mouth. She doesn't seem to want to swallow it though, just chew it.

    I am getting up roughly 3 times a night for her currently, but she does seem to be on a bit more of a schedule as nights pass. I only have the rest of this week off work until she has to start being at home alone so I am trying to spend some time away from home each day to get her used to the idea!

    My biggest priority at the moment is having her be polite when guests come around and teaching her bite inhibition.

    New pups certainly are loads of work, but we always have to keep the pay-off of a lovely fully grown dog in mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leisa View Post
    I am going through all the same things at the moment! Our puppy is just 9 weeks old and she is getting into everything! Every time I turn around she has some sort of flora in her mouth. She doesn't seem to want to swallow it though, just chew it.

    I am getting up roughly 3 times a night for her currently, but she does seem to be on a bit more of a schedule as nights pass. I only have the rest of this week off work until she has to start being at home alone so I am trying to spend some time away from home each day to get her used to the idea!

    My biggest priority at the moment is having her be polite when guests come around and teaching her bite inhibition.

    New pups certainly are loads of work, but we always have to keep the pay-off of a lovely fully grown dog in mind!
    One of my favourite trainers on youtube uses a play pen to teach puppies/dogs manners with visitors. A child gate in the right spot might do the trick too. And then just do the basic ignoring bad behaviour, rewarding good behaviour, in this case with attention from the visitor.

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    wow, my dog sounds like an angel now...... he sleeps through the nights, doesnt need me to get up to take him to pee, if i leave him much after 6am though he will do it inside, my fault though....... and he hasnt been to bad with the chewing on stuff...... apart from a few mates who let him...... guess it comes down to the dog itself........ im sure ive jsut jinxed myself now
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