(Closed) Bees with older dogs that you got as puppies–does it get better/easier?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

our “pup” is now 3 1/2, and is so much calmer now! he basically sleeps in between his walks and feedings now, besides from following us around when we’re going from room to room. he still has moments when he really, really wants to play, and we’ll play fetch or something inside, but the majority of time he’s inside he’s lying down near either dh or me. so yes, it gets much easier! I don’t remember exactly when he calmed down, maybe around 1 year?  

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Our puppy is 7 months old and it has stopped! Don’t get me wrong, she’s still a puppy and gets curious, but she isn’t constantly nibbling at my arms and peeing on the floor and getting into things. Don’t worry, it gets better! She’s been potty trained since she was 4 months old and is even trusted enough to sleep in our bed now =]

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I promise it won’t be like this forever!

We just went through the puppy stage. My Maverick is about 16 months old now and it is soooo much easier. He is still crated when we aren’t home for long periods but he can now be home for about an hour without us being there and he is free to do his own thing (meaning we aren’t watching him all the time) when we are home!

As long as you are consistant with training during the puppy stage they will grow into a good dog. I have read that you need to tell a puppy something 100 times before they “get it”. I know your frustrated and you feel like you are saying “NO” a thousand times a day but it will be worth it I promise!

Exercise is your best friend – a tired puppy is a good puppy!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

It’ll get better, don’t worry! Puppies just take a lot of attention! I think the first few weeks or so I had mine (now almost 10 years old) I felt the same way! But it does get easier, and it’s so worth it. I couldn’t imagine not having had my dog with me all these years. You’ll get past the craziness Smile

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

 A boxer mix =] This was her at 9 weeks!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I didn’t get her as a puppy puppy, she was 9 months, but I have a pit bull mix. Like boxers, they are supossed to be super energetic. Ha. My girl is 8 (!) now and she has not done anything for the last 4 years but lie in front of the heating vent, haha. She was pretty well behaved when we got her, already potty trained, etc, but she chewed. A lot. Until maybe she was about 3? Granted, it was just her own bed she chewed up, but she seemed to really enjoy it. Pits are known for staying in their puppy phase for a while, though.

The benefit of a super young pup is that you have a greater chance of raising a super obedient dog. Take her to some training classes! It really pays off in the future.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@All In:  This is how we structured exercise with Maverick. Everyday he goes for a walk in the morning. This is leash training (teaching him how to walk at our sides on the leash) he is only allowed “free” sniffing time if we let him!!! Then he also goes to the dog park everyday! This is when he gets the most exercise as he is running like crazy and it’s great for socialization.

Even if you don’t have a dog park you can get a long lead and play with her in a park until you can leave her off leash.

Formal training sessions can tire them out to. So make sure you are doing at least 10 min of training everyday! This keeps them thinking and teaches them to listen to you!

As far as leaving them outside. We have always let Maverick be outside without supervision. He had a few houdini moments (dug his way out of the backyard) but we quickly nipped that habit in the bud! I am sure she will be fine as long as she behaves herself when you are watching and can’t get out!

 

And to answer your earlier question Maverick is a black lab X (he was a rescue so we don’t really know what he is crossed with but we think it’s shepherd!)

Mav at 11 wks

Mav at 10 mos

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Yes, it gets better! Definitely exercise her– go outside and run around with her, throw balls/sticks/etc, get her moving and running to get her energy out.  A tired dog is a well-behaved dog!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It gets better 🙂  Also- to deter the biting at your feet thing… try carrying a little spray bottle with you and give her a quick little squirt of water when she is nibbling, say “NO” once, firmly.  Then give her a toy or something she IS allowed to chew on.  Reward her for playing with whatever you give her.

And to echo everyone else- activity & excerise, and obedience of course.  Good luck!

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