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Need advice: neighbor's discipline

This is difficult! My neighbors just got a new puppy. They are first time dog owners. The puppy is a 9 week old male Corgi. They are keeping him segregated from the other dogs in our neighborhood since he hasn't completed his shots. That's good.

I happened to see the puppy and his male owner outside this afternoon when Ricky wasn't with me, so I went over and interacted with them. He is really cute and full of energy and doing all the typical puppy things. The owner was carrying a flyswatter. He said, "be careful, he has sharp teeth and he likes to bite your toes (I was wearing open toed sandals). Whenever he does that, I just swat him on the butt with this flyswatter to make him stop."

I didn't know what to say, so I didn't say anything. What should I say? Should I butt into my neighbor's business? I don't know what to do!

I was thinking of inviting them over to our house when his shots are complete. Then I could demonstrate how to re-direct the puppy's attention and behavior when doing something not desired. I could do this without directing my comments to the owner, saying something like, "Ricky did that too as a puppy and this is what we did to make him stop."

What do you all think? Give me some feedback, please.

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That's a tough question... As much as I hate confrontation and like to keep things nice with my neighbors, I'm not sure I could contain the busybody inside me on this one. I like your idea of inviting them over, but wish that you didn't need to wait until 16 weeks to make that impression. These early weeks are so crucial! You might say, "I'm really a fan of positive training methods, it's really worked well for us." and see if they question you further about what that means. You could then suggest videos like Kikopup or tell them to google clicker training or something along those lines. You could also take Ricky out when you know your neighbor is home and possibly outside/can see you and show off Ricky's great obedience skills.


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You don't need to wait 16 weeks to interact with this puppy. If Ricky is vaccinated against Parvovirus, et al, then he can socialize with the puppy in a safe environment. I think it would be great for you to share positive reinforcement tips with your neighbor.
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I feel your pain! So many people are "old school" re handling dogs and you have to be tactful in trying to help. Your idea of showing them how you handle Ricky seems like the best approach, rather than more directive as you might with a relative or someone you know well...
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Tell him you found these helpful ...

AVSAB SOCIALIZATION https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads..._-_10-3-14.pdf

AVSAB PUNISHMENT http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/l...Statements.pdf

After You GET YOUR Puppy https://www.dogstardaily.com/files/d...Your_Puppy.pdf

puppy classes

try to convince him to socialize after first shots and not to wait until completed see first article.

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I wish you were my neighbor! I always love to get tips and hear their experiences on how to train their puppies! Your neighbor is lucky to have a caring neighbor like you!
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UPDATE: With the help of the advice from HF members and giving this some thought, we came up with a successful resolution this afternoon. First I printed out about 25 pages from the links Dave Gabby gave (thank you for the links) covering Puppy Socialization and Biting. I didn't print out all 200 pages because I didn't want to overwhelm a first time dog owner. That will come later. Then I bought a squeaky tug toy (Ricky got one too because he is a good boy). I went to their house this afternoon without Ricky and presented them with the gifts. They were very grateful and then they had a flood of questions typical for a first time dog owner. I played with Blaze for about 15 minutes. He was very social and expressive.I showed them how to redirect him with the squeaky toy that he was going nuts over. I told them how to put Blaze into "time out" when he got too aroused and started biting toes. Then I invited them over to our house to play with Ricky outside in our confined, very secure back yard tomorrow afternoon (no concern about potty accident in our house) for just 15 minutes to start with. They accepted! They don't have a yard at all and Blaze (11 weeks old) has never experienced playing with another dog. I will keep a VERY close eye on Ricky so he doesn't play too rough and bully the puppy. How will I do that? by treats, toys, and redirection!

So it is all good. It's a win/win for all, people and dogs. Thanks everyone, good advice, couldn't have done it without you!

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Great update!
What a nice neighbor.
If you are ever visiting No.Cal SF area hit us up for a play date with Ricky! I bet he loves Red Heads!!!!
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What a wonderful update! Can't wait to hear how the meetup goes tomorrow. Take pictures!
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What a great neighbor you are! Sure hope you take lot's of pictures of the furkids!

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