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These are followed by the canine teeth, then the premolars and last of all the molars. Puppies have 28 baby or deciduous teeth total. You may hear these baby teeth referred to as milk teeth, because your pup will still be nursing when these teeth appear. At about 8 weeks of age, your pup will start to lose his deciduous teeth. The roots resorb and the new adult teeth will push their way up through the gums. It is this set of teeth, resulting in the adult set of 42 teeth, that tend to cause problems as they grow in. Most pups have their full set of teeth by 8 months of age or so.

Your first hint that your pup is teething is often finding a little blood on his favorite dog chew toys. The bleeding is minimal and will stop by itself.

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If you are lucky, you will find a couple of baby teeth. They may be stuck in a dog toy or left on the floor.

How to Train a PUPPY to STOP BITING

Other signs that your pup is teething might include drooling, hesitating to eat or eating very slowly, and increased chewing behaviors. Some pups fuss, whine and even run a low fever. You might notice that his gums are red and swollen in places as the new teeth push their way out. Do not introduce dog tooth brushing at this time. The best way to help your pup at this time is to provide some safe chew items. Soft rubber and plastic dental rings and chews can be excellent. These should only be used under your supervision, however, as sharp puppy teeth can rip off small chunks that your pup may then swallow.

Leather toys tend to be a hit, too. Again, watch out for extensive chewing that removes pieces. One of the best puppy pacifiers I have found is a small washcloth soaked in water and then frozen. The cold temperature helps to reduce the inflammation. The cloth is not as hard as an ice cube, which might crack a tooth. Frozen dog treats like dog ice cream are also a big hit at this time. If you need to encourage chewing on the frozen material, soak it in low-sodium broth or the juice from a can of tuna packed in water.

This will make it tasty, but can also cause a bit of a mess. Your pup may search for his own choices in chew items, and this can sometimes result in damage to unexpected items. Make sure all cords are covered or taped up out of reach. Supervise outings near furniture. Get him some RAW meaty bones to chew on as he is teething and NEEDS to knaw, do very short training sessions, 5 mins max, making him use his brain is more tiring than physical exercise for him.

Be calm and patient, he is very much a baby still. I assume a Golden doodle is a Golden retriever x witha poodle? If so, both are working breeds and so will be more energetcic, need more stimulation etc.

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First of all, I am not sure what you expected with a Golden Retriever x Poodle but its highly likely that what you HAVE is a sharp minded pup who is VERY intelligent and quick to learn, with the very mouth orientated nature ie, chewy, nippy, mouthy of a gundog a lot of retrievers are VERY chewy puppies and of course the poodle is really a gundog too! This is normal puppy behaviour, exacerbated by the methods you have been using and they probably seem much worse because it isn't what you were expecting. I second the advice to give him stuff to gnaw on - large raw meaty bones, stuff thats going to take real work to get into, kong toys and other food dispensing toys to give him his food each day rather than meals from a bowl.

If you can get him having a large raw bone that he really has to work at, plus two or three kongs that take him 20 minutes or so to eat each day you could have him chewing and gnawing appropriately for well over an hour in total. Feeding meals from food dispensing toys should also help with the evening 'zoomies' because his meals are mentally and physically satisfying as well as filling his tummy. In addition - short walks, at his age you should be observing the 5 minutes per month of age rule for hard exercise ie chasing stuff, running around with other dogs, on lead walks so thats 20 minutes max each time and I would keep that shorter, ten minute walks, but do three or four of them per day.

That means you WONT be pushing him beyond his ability to concentrate and work with you. You will also leave him happy and eager to work with you again. The same applies to training sessions - do several a day ideally four or five of just five minutes long.

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Use a clicker, poodles and their x's are usually EXCELLENT clicker dogs, use part of his daily food portion as rewards, mixed in with higher value stuff to keep his interest up cheese, sausage, chicken etc. Keep training sessions FUN and short, again leave him wanting more not fed up and missing the point and switched off.

The rules are simple - he stops when you ask, no matter how giddy he is; he does NOT contact human clothing or skin. If he does fall foul of the rules you use a time out. Time outs - you MUST follow these instructions to the letter. This is an immediate and clear cut consequence of doing the wrong thing and it will only be clear cut and understood by the dog if you do it swiftly, without remonstration or argument with him, without chasing him round the room or giving him 'three strikes and you're out' etc etc.

Get up, walk out of the room, shut the door, count ten, return and carry on with the game. His behaviour as far as he is concerned has worked for him ie it has earned interactiona nd some degree of reward for the last eight weeks - he would be a FOOL to stop trying the second it doesnt work - just as humans would be pretty abnormal if they DIDNT scribble harder when a pen stops working, or flick the switch a couple of times when the bulb blows, or turn the key in the ignition a few times when the car won't start straight away.

This is called an extinction burst, when an animal tries a little bit harder just in case persistance will pay off. If you give in now, if you can't be bothered or are watching something on tv or think 'oh it doesnt matter this time' you will teach him it IS worth trying harder, and he will get worse.

It is important to note that a time out is a form of punishment - it is a negative punishment, you are removing the reward. Use it wisely and effectively and use it only in conjunction with other things such as I have laid out here, giving him appropriate things to chew on, appropriate ways to play tuggy games, exercise and training that is mentally stimulating but not beyond his attention span.

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If you JUST used the time outs he will merely find another way to garner your attention, because his needs will not be being met. You do also need to be realistic, if you do ALL that I have laid out, from the minute you read this, within a couple of weeks you will have a MUCH nicer puppy to live with but you will have to continue, he is a growing developing animal. The methods will not work overnight and if you are slack with them or chop and change you will not get the results you want.

Do be prepared in the first few days for him to try harder and be a bit confused about the new regime, as I said, what he has been doing has worked for him for 8 weeks, half his life.. It wasn't my intention to upset anyone, but to get some help in handling my puppy. We knew that in getting a GoldenDoodle we would have an extremely smart animal.


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This is not our first dog, but our first puppy in many, many years. Our intent is to raise a happy, healthy, wonderful companion as part of our family. Gizmo has many rawhide chews available at all times, as well as other "chewing" toys. He particularly likes a heavy bowl that used to belong to our granddog and an old tennis ball. The tennis ball seems to massage his gums AND it's fun to chase.

We put ice cubes in the bowl for him to play with and eat. He loves this and looks forward to the game every day. Gizmo gets walks at least once a day. It takes us about mins to walk our route. Sometimes we take a shorter walk min later in the day - weather and time permitting. Gizmo gets time-outs when he misbehaves and we can't control him.

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Maybe we're waiting too long to enforce the time-out; it's not carried out immediately. We tell him to stop or "no" several times before we give a time-out. He usually gets them when he bites and lunges at us. We are trying to be patient with him. I'm not sure he knows we are the boss and that is part of our problem. We feel that if we don't get this under control, we'll have a large unruly dog when he gets older. He is almost 5 months old now. He has been to Puppy Kindergarten and a lot of what the trainer told us does not work with Gizmo. Her method of teaching is to be rough and forceful.

Gizmo does not respond in a positive way with that kind of training. I'm not really sure what to do when he jumps up on me and bites at me. I know he wants to play, but this action is unacceptable. We have been told to raise our knee and he will stop after a couple of times. It just makes him more wild. We are learning to distract him while playing and that seems to work for awhile. We try not to overreact when he reverts to the wrong behavior in play, but if it's not checked he gets worse.

I don't want to constantly put him in time-outs or scold him.


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My husband thinks I need to be stronger with him. Our groomer told us to get him by the nape of the neck and take him down because that is what the mother did. I don't like doing it and I'm not good at it. Therefore, it's not successful if it ever was going to be. Tonight Gizmo was a lot better with us. We played with him and was able to pet him. He would retrieve his ball and give it to us for more "action" and he followed us around without nipping.

There were a couple of times that he went after my husband's feet, but when he was told NO, he stopped. You could tell he didn't want to, but thought better of it. At that point, I distracted him with something else. We are learning right along with Gizmo. I'm not sure who is getting the most training. Anyway, I appreciate all I've read and I've looked at the links suggested.

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When inside - every time he jumps, everyone leaves the room. He was a large if not giant puppy, so us leaving the room was much easier then dragging him out. When outside, during a walk - every time he jumps, I become a tree. No movement, no talk, no knee.. Perhaps give this a shot? It only took 2 days or so to see dramatic change Although these 2 days were full of "get up and leave the room" exercises. I'll give it a try I tried the "leaving the room" thing for awhile, but he just followed me to the door and waited for me to open it again.

When I did, he just picked up where we left off. Maybe I gave up too soon. There have been so many suggestions, I'm a little afraid I'll confuse him if I try everything. Maybe you can identify a similar trigger for your pup? When he did jump up, being a tree with our backs to him was best, so we'd stand facing a tree. Torn clothes can also be par for the course with a pup - to help you stay calm, it would be best to only wear your old things and promise yourself new ones when he's grown out of this.

At this time of year it would even be worth picking up a coat and a few warm tops from charity shops. BTW, I also had to wear long-sleeved tops all of his first summer because my arms were covered with bruises and OH worried people would think he'd been duffing me up. Chances are you'll be in and out so much at first that you'll be dizzy. And you have to be absolutley consistent. No matter how tired you are, how fed up of doing it you are, how ill you are or whatever you have to do it every single time otherwise all you'll teach him is that the behaviour sometimes works if he tries long enough and hard enough which only makes the behaviour worse.

No warnings either, he jumps up or teeth touch skin he finds himself all alone for 10 seconds.