(Closed) Puppy problems?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This sounds like our dog at 4 months, you will be happy to know this sounds like a normal phase, as she also chewed everything, even nibbled on us a few times. She also did the excitement wee when she saw anybody, but luckily she grew out of that quick!

Just perservere, and make sure that if it is bad behaviour, to correct him or he may continue to do it when he gets older 🙂

Post # 4
104 posts
Blushing bee

We’re going through that with our puppy now.  I almost feel like they’re testing you when it comes to going potty in the house all of a sudden.  Seeing how much they can get away with and if they’ll still get in trouble.  I would just keep training the way you were when it comes to the potty issue. Let him know you’re still serious about that lol

As far as the teething…our puppy is ripping up all of our expensive things right now too (she’s about 5 months). Or trying to at least.  I think this is the point where their teeth are growing in so they’re in pain.  We just make sure she has plenty of teething treats (kongs and nylabones) and try to steer her towards those.  And we never let her out of our sight, unless she’s in the crate.  I hope it’s just a phase…because I’m in the same boat you are and it’s exhausting and frustrating!

Post # 5
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This is totally normal.  You just have to make adjustments to your lifestyle because you have chosen to add this new busy family member.

In lieu of a regular Christmas tree, I have a small real potted tree sitting on top of a table.  We had the same issue with him chewing up ornaments and lights off of the tree.  So far he hasn’t tried to climb on top of the table. 

He’s now 2 yrs old so I’m hoping next year we can go back to a full size tree.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Post # 6
378 posts
Helper bee

Sounds a lot like what our puppy was doing. Our pup is now 4 months old but she was a terror up until recently (though she still drives us nuts regularly). We were tempted to give her back because she was so bad, but our breeder said that we just have a dog that is going through all the crazy stuff first, rather than being good and testing us after. So far it seems true because all the other dogs in the litter that we were jealous of for behaving so well, are now going through what your dog seems to, while ours was hell until recently lol.

For teething we found that our dog lovessss ice cubes and they really help to numb her gums so it doesn’t hurt so much, and she’s less likely to chew on anything she isn’t supossed to. It’s important to be really diligent about moving anything that might be a potential chew toy (shoes, etc.) out of her reach during this stage.

How was your dog letting you know he had to go before? We trained ours to ring a bell attached to the front door every time she has to go out and she always runs to the door and rings it when she has to go now. We lifted her up and touched her nose to the bell everytime we took her outside and she eventually learned the trick. Maybe that might help your dog?

I’m not sure if you are already doing this or not, but crate training makes potty training a heck of a lot easier so I would look into doing that if you aren’t already. Or at the very least, keep your dog on a leash inside the house. This way if they need to pee you will be able to watch them start showing signs and can take them outside before it’s too late, and it will help for ensuring they aren’t chewing on things they shouldn’t be, or going after the tree.

Post # 7
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It’s definetly a phase all puppies go through. I went through 2 lab puppy phases and I will tell you this is all normal to me. Puppy’s don’t have full control over their bladders bc they’re still growing; until after 9-12 mths. Accidents will happen no matter how trained you think they are. Chewing is normal and you need to learn if you leave it out where you can’t see it or let him roam unattended, it’s your fault. 🙂 If you catch him in thr actual act of chewing on something bad, then yes you can give a quick discipline, but any yelling or disciplinary action when they are not physically doing something doesn’t work; they won’t comprehend. Crates and baby gates work wonders! You don’t have a bad puppy, you just have a puppy! It takes alot of time and patience, please don’t give up on him. Not saying you would but I do hear this alot bc people get all caught up in the cute factor and forget that it is hard at first and you do need to train. Good luck!

Post # 8
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Yep, it’s normal!  Try putting foil kind of bunched/wrinkled under the tree – that should help!

Post # 11
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Puppys are strait from the Devil! Its not until about 2 years old you can expect some change 😉

We have been rasing a German Shepherd pup pretty much from 14 weeks and he consumes our life. If he isn’t properly excercised mentally or phsycially or we dont have clear boundaries , we can expect trouble. We were chewed on, jumped on, knocked into tons of times during puppyhood- they don’t  call them “fur gators” or ” land sharks” for nothin’ lol. We practice NILF ( nothign in life is free) and use a lot of redirection when they get ahold of something you don’t want them to aka the Christmas tree.

For chewing, I reccomend getting ” bully sticks” ( amazon, petsmart, petco, etc etc),  and glad to hear you are getting a kong! Also a big ol stick from outside is great, if you can keep them contained so they don’t throw shards of sticks all over.

You can also freeze a wet wash cloth so its like a terry cloth ice cute , they love to chew on that!


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