Good morning, Stephanie! We had a problem with Molly biting, so much so my inner thighs were black and blue. She would go after my kids too, but it wasn't in a vicious way, just playful, but she's big so it's exacerbated. But we had great success with an e-collar. She is a great dog now that my 7 and 10 year old love!
Just wanted to pass that along. I'm sure you hate to see a family that has probably waited a long time for a puppy have to give it up.
For all those struggling with this, as many have said in the past it does stop. In our very first training class with Liberty everyone had the same complaints of their puppies biting and jumping and the trainer told us some tips that have been mentioned but said in the end we would not even remember this stage nearly as much later on. It is true, and while I still remember her nipping, having a loving, sweet dog now completely outweighs the very tough first 8 months to a year. It does take training but most importantly time and if you give them that it does get better. I know it seems like it will never end but it does. Suddenly at around a year she became a lot more mature and stopped. And as hard as puppy raising was we are doing it all over again and getting a second puppy from Stephanie because we know they turn out to be amazing dogs :)
I understand the issue with the children but not a kinder breed mix ever. The nipping will stop. I simply say no teeth when he uses his when playing and he stops. As far as nipping outside of playing... I would say that isn't anything I ever experienced. It's a puppy thing. It will stop and it's a boundary easily taught for playtime. I just stop playing with him if he is determined.
Harrison Kelner Other current or future Newdle owners - unfortunately this is something that happens with bigger intelligent dogs. They are testing boundaries and rough play is instinctual for them. I know Lyn and I would chat back and forth constantly trading tips and ideas while Burry and Wrig were babies.
Best advice I can give you is to be consistent and develop a routine. I promise it stops. It seems like it never will but Burry and Wrig both stopped after 6 months. Burry just passed his therapy dog exam and Wrig is a giant sweetheart. Burry even flies with me now!
I used to carry a knotted up wool sock in my back pocket while at home. If burry jumped or nipped at me, I'd get ahold of his collar, make him sit and then after a 3 count give him the sock to redirect his play. Punishing or disciplining dogs this smart will get you nowhere. You have to show them that the behaviors you like are better and more fun.
Keep treats in your pocket at all times. If your pup does something you like, make sure to reward them immediately and throw a damn party. If they do something you don't like, take the attention and stimulation away. Make them sit and take away eye contact, don't talk to them and use a monotone voice if you must. These dogs are so intelligent that they have to want to listen. Show them good behaviors are more fun by being excited when they happen. I literally used to sound like a crazy person.
Last thing I'd recommend is making sure they have plenty to chew on. Burry is a master chewer. If you give them healthy outlets, they'll leave your limbs off the menu! I would recommend a kong with one end plugged with peanut butter and then filled and frozen with chicken stock. I'd give that to Burry as a pup and it would entertain him for hours. Giving them a healthy acceptable alternative whenever they start displaying an undesirable behavior wins every time. If you're consistent and excited whenever they make the right choice, you'll be amazed how fast they can catch on.
Burry is now a giant fluffy teddy bear who is sweet, well mannered and (in my opinion) the best dog ever. I'm sure Lyn would say the same about Wrig.
Lyn Batia Harrison I couldn't agree more :) you nailed it!!! They are very smart dogs and will test you constantly in the first 6 to 8 months but it is so worth it. Wrigley did pass his evaluation, we have 3 classes left and he will be a therapy dog :)
I think a rake and a comb with teeth very close together are best. The rake is great for the body, the small tooth comb is great for the ears and face. I do not find that the regular looking brushes, or the brushes with several painful bristles work well or get the under coat at all. There are several brands out there and I think I have one of each. I don’t have a favorite brand; I just have favorite brushes.
I like to add EAR WASH after I give the puppies a bath. The ear wash dries out the ear in case any water got into the ear canal. I recommend always getting ear products from your vet. It is a good idea to smell your dogs ears from time to time. Most ear problems are an easy, cheap fix if they are noticed right away. Ear infections are common and always come with a smell. Some heart guard medications can now treat ear mites too. I say the more the medication can treat the better off your dog is.