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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Slowly, very slowly, and, hopefully, surely...

Tux has been a part of our family for two full weeks now. Things are going well. We're about 95% with housetraining, as long as we take him out every 60-90 minutes and keep our eyes on him when he's not in his pen. He sleeps through the night, and is a good eater. He's tolerating his collar and leash very, very well.

Our main (and major) struggle is the growling and biting. I know he's "just playing," but it's completely unacceptable. He growled and bit my daughter this morning out of nowhere. He wasn't chewing on toys or anything. We were all just sitting on the couch when he jumped up in her face, growled, and bit. Thankfully he didn't break any skin.

His first puppy class is Tuesday, and it cannot come soon enough.

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mom to human kids, Ruby and Burke, and canine baby, Tux
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 08:28 AM
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It does sound like Tux is doing great. There will be set backs, but keep up the consistency with his training. Glad to hear you're starting puppy classes. I took Tim to puppy classes when he was about 14-15 weeks old, it was the best thing I could have done. I had no intentions of continuing with training but now I'm hooked. I don't know about your training center but my trainers have been fabulous. I am able to email them anytime with questions or concerns and they always get back to me with answers or support. Being in class, one on one, with the trainers will be so helpful with your situation. Timmy's was not a particularly "growly" puppy, but he had his moments. My daughters are also 13 and 17 so that a big difference too. As of today my husband is the only one he is allowed to wrestle and growl with, it must be a "boy" thing. Had you taken him for a walk this morning before he acted up with your daughter? I know Timmy gets the crazies sometimes in the morning before we get out and expend some energy. Good luck with classes!!!

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Good luck at puppy class!! How old is your daughter? We are still working with Piper and the kids. They aren't very good at being assertive. They tend to giggle when she does something wrong and making sure they are consistantly stopping her everytime she mouths has been tough. She doesn't tend to mouth my husband or myself anymore...although she did nip at my heel yesterday when we were outside. :/

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I hope her reaction scared him enough to realize he did something wrong. My son bit a kid when he was really little and the other kid bit him back. He never did that again. Zoey still will paw my face sometimes. She is fast and hard for me to stop it.

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