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Well today has not been a good day puppy wise. We've had wee everywhere, pooing in the crate whenever he's been in it, plus the 'sick & eating it' thing. He's ripped & chewed up all the newspaper in his crate.
And to top it off, Dexter has been so biting today. He's been hanging onto our ankles, took a chunk out of my trousers & is relentless. We've tried ignoring it, tried the 'ow' thing but I'm worried that he'll scare the children as it hurts when he does it.

How do I stop this behaviour before I feel too depressed. I knew the poos etc would keep me busy but I didn't expect to be feeling scared of a 9 week pup !

(neither of us have had dogs before)
 

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Hi Lisa

You have the new puppy blues! We all have had them (more than once!) so please don't feel that you are not managing :). Dexter has found his feet and is now doing normal naughty puppy things. The poos an wee will get better, just be consistent with watching for signs and taking out regularly. :)

The biting is normal puppy behaviour and it is very important to teach your puppy bite inhibition with louds 'ows!'. If the children run away it adds to the fun for him so it is a good idea to teach the children to stand like trees if he starts chasing them.

If he is too excited, remove him from the room for a couple of minutes. Timing him out will give him a bit if time to calm down and it removes him from the people that he wants to play with.

I can't remember what chew toys and things that you have bought Dexter but you could distract him with a game with a toy to stop him from biting. I can never leave paper around as it is Daisy's favourite thing to shred and makes the most unbelievable mess!

Tomorrow is another day :) Keep your chin up you are doing brilliantly. xxx
 

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You are just feeling the puppy blues!!! Don't worry you will get through it, just remain consistant and take one day at a time. With pups it does seem to be one step forward and ten back but I promise you it will change. Hang in there and have a glass of vino, it always helps at the end of a puppy stressed day :)
 

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Yep, the puppy blues! I remember on more than one occasion wondering what on earth I'd done and how was I going to cope! But it gets better and then you wonder how you ever existed without your poo!! I did find it much more tiring than I remembered.. but then I'm older! But ditto to everything that's been said above. Hang in there!
 

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Yep I had the puppy blues too! It's just all a bit overwhelming isn't it?

I'm afraid it's a case of getting to know your puppy and finding out what 'punishment' works best for him. Squeaking like another puppy when Lolly bit us too hard just seem to excite her more! I found that holding her mouth closed until she backed away seemed to work for us.

For toilet training I advice a great spray
which you spray where you want puppy to go to the toilet. Lolly would take one sniff after I sprayed it and immediately do a wee. Having success means you can praise and treat him which will hopefully give him the idea of what's required. Also go back to basics taking him out every half hour or so.

But most of all - remember this stage really doesn't last long. It gets easier once you can start taking him out for walks, then again at 4 months or so when his adult teeth come in.
 

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Hi

I felt the same for a few weeks, thinking I made a big mistake getting a dog but it does get better! I gave him empty drinks bottles to play with - he loved them..very noisy though! I have a 2 year old daughter and he nips her sometimes, we have had a few tears but he is getting better. We are trying turning our back on him when him jumps up or starts biting and when he calms down make lots of fuss, seems to be working.

Hang in there x
 

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Hi Lisa
Our puppy Barney is just over 10 weeks old and we have had a tough day with similar problems to you. I take him in the garden very regularly to poo and wee and every time he will do one or both. Great you may think then promptly he does another wee or poo in the house!!!
As for the biting boy! do they have sharp teeth:eek: Our son is 6 and he is starting to get anxious about the biting and as Sarah says I tell him to stand very still but did need to rescue him from Barney a few times.
I cannot offer you any words of wisdom or help but I thought you might like to know that there is another family going through the puppy blues too.
Things can only get better I keep telling myself with fingers and toes crossed.
Good luck
Tracy
 

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I bought a book before getting Daisy as I am a childminder and was concerned about how having a puppy would work with so many kids of different age ranges.

Living with kids and dogs - Colleen Pellar

I found it really useful for ideas of how to get the children to help train the puppy by playing games. It covers different puppy behaviours and different ages of children and is an easy read. :)
 

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It was only a few months ago when I was in the same boat, sharp teeth, puppy hanging on legs, arms, ankles, my hands looked like I'd fought off a knife attack :eek:

Well I'm here to say that for the last couple of months things have improved so much that I'm beginning to forget how much I thought I'd made a mistake. So hang on in there and enjoy as much as you can. :D
 

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Sorry to hear you're having a tough time :( The toilet training will get much better :)

In regards to biting, I think time outs will work for you. We've always had time outs for our two and we put them in the kitchen, so now if we say to Izzie the oldest 'do you want to go in the kitchen?' she generally stops doing what she's doing (being naughty) & comes over to us & tries to give us kisses :) Bless her, she's so clever!

Poppy not quite so much ;) Just looks at us really cute although is starting to understand the concept but generally it isn't needed for them anymore, just a threat :)

Maybe give it a go? A minute in the kitchen if he doesn't do as you ask first time everytime telling him if he doesn't stop he will go in the ... depending on where you want to use. They like to have human company, so being closed in a room alone is no fun for them, hopefully it will work for you.

Good luck :) x
 

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We've been going through the same thing here. There are good days and bad days. Olive is definitely coming in to her "naughty" puppy phase! The first week was so easy and now she is not so easy! What helps me is to give myself breaks. She takes her naps in her crate, with the door closed. This way i have at least an hour without having to think about her at all. I know that sounds mean, but i was finding myself consumed by her and i was starting to resent her. Knowing i get breaks during the day helps me to get through the rough times. If i notice she is really relentless with the biting or excited play i try to take her outside and run her. She likes to push a soccer ball we have around the backyard and she will really get going. I thought i'd hate being outside in the winter, but i've learned to really like it! When we are out there playing it's another time i don't have to be on guard with her in the house. I find it really relaxing to be outside with her and I miss it when it's too cold to be outside.
It's also a really positive play experience for my young kids when we are outside with her because she doesn't seem to bite them as much out there.

What you are feeling is normal and your puppy is normal! I'm guessing if we just hang in there we'll make it out just fine on the other side!
 

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we had similar 'what have we done' thoughts from 8 to 10 weeks but at 12 weeks things are starting to get better. He's good at going outside - most of the time:rolleyes: ......but can guarantee once a day he'll do something somewhere he shouldn't - I'm really looking forward to out first perfect (no poo or wee in the house) day..........but he's so cute and so much fun it's been worth it.
 

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Thank you so much everyone - its comforting to know its all normal. To be honest the pee/poo doesn't bother me too much - its just a pain to keep cleaning it up !

The main thing is the biting - my eldest (who is 10) is a bit scared anyway but I fear he'll be totally put off. And I suppose I worry that the dog will always be this way - but it seems from what you all say it is a phase (who'd have thought dogs were exactly like kids !!!)

Certainly us yelping at Dexter has no effect so I think I'll try the time out now but in kitchen rather than crate.

I have woken up brighter today. I've been to the library to get some more doggie books & the Tesco delivery man has been with peanut butter & soft cheese for the kongs !!!!

I'm going to make sure I get a quiet 10 minutes regularly to collect my thoughts ! Currently I'm drinking coffee & watching Cesar Millan while Dexter has ten minutes with a peanut butter smeared kong in the crate !

One other thought though - if he's a biter, how can I best hold him to take him round the neighbourhood for socialisation ?
 

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He is not a biter. It is a puppy thing and he will stop. Don't be scared that you have got an aggressive dog, you haven't! Take him around your neighbourhood and enjoy the attention, you eill probably find he will be so interested in the change of scenery he will stop biting you and start..............wriggling, hold tight! :)
 

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Lolly was a biter - but only with us playfully! She is the least aggressive dog you'll ever meet now - extremely submissive and rolls over to be sniffed by everydog, even a jack russel puppy yesterday!! But thinking about it I've never met an aggressive cockapoo yet! I think puppies are a bit like babies when they're teething. They like to put everything in their mouth and have a good gnash (the only problem is they have razor sharp teeth and babies don't)!!!
 

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I bought a book before getting Daisy as I am a childminder and was concerned about how having a puppy would work with so many kids of different age ranges.

Living with kids and dogs - Colleen Pellar

I found it really useful for ideas of how to get the children to help train the puppy by playing games. It covers different puppy behaviours and different ages of children and is an easy read. :)
Ordered it to come tomorrow - so thank you :)

And thank you Karen. As soon as the rain stops I am going to take him out :)
 
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Lisa hope you feeling a bit more positive today :)

Dont feel down, you are a cockapoo owners, best thing in the world :) :)

I know it is hard in the early days, as puppies are hard work and much commitment, but we are all here to support you and help in anyway we can xxx
 

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Lisa - if you look at some of the earlier posts that some of us ILMC 'oldies' have made here you will see that almost without exception we have been through exactly the same thing!!. It's tough and puppies are hard work in the beginning BUT it does get better quite quickly. You will look back on this post in a few Months time and laugh - you will be reassuring other newbie puppy owners of the same thing in no time at all.. good luck xx
 
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