MangledHands Posted October 26, 2020 Report Share Posted October 26, 2020 Hey all, Have read many helpful posts on this forum, hoping to draw on your collective wisdom. We've got a 10 week old BC pup and he's doing pretty well in picking up the training we've been giving him, potty training, and sleeping through the night. One thing that me and his mom are really struggling with is consistency in what to do when he bites us (relatively frequently) or starts barking and tearing around the house (a couple of times a day). We've only had him for a couple of weeks, so we're still trying to get into our groove, but yelping/'No!'/'Ouch!' only seems to make the biting-our-hands-and-legs game more fun, and doesn't indicate to him that play has stopped. It's the same thing when he goes crazy and starts tearing around the house barking at us/his food/the wall etc. Now, we have an X-Pen and a crate, and we've both read books by Patricia McConnell and Ian Dunbar to get on the same page with the pup's training, but we're really struggling with consistency. I think both of us feel like we don't want to make pen/crate = punishment, but at the same time, all of our other attempts at correction (misdirection with a toy, attempting to end the play session by not engaging, trying some training) just aren't working at all. I suppose the crux of the issue is we seem to have created a situation where he's conditioning us more than we're conditioning him. He's our dog so we want to teach him that 'gentle play is fun' and 'crazy time is for outside, not inside', but we're both gun-shy in actually following through with any negative consequences (IE: you bit me, time for some alone time in your crate or pen). So, my question: are we going to mess up his tiny little puppy brain by being more stern with him? I'm not talking about physical corrections or yelling at him, but just being really consistent in 'you play by our rules, and when you don't, you don't get to play anymore.' We're really aware that he's very young and can only understand so much, but I think we've both read so much about positive re-enforcement and positive training that anything that feels 'negative' is really hard for us to do because we tie ourselves in knots about long term repercussions. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for reading Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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