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From: Callie (
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Date: January 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm PST

In Reply to: 2 month old Aussie Sheppard posted by Brian on January 13, 2010 at 6:13 am:

Brian --

HOw long have you had her?

She's very young. Do you know what sort of situation she came from?

Patience ... and keep doing the same things over and over and over and over 9999 times ... and then do it AGAIN.

If a thing is wrong ... it is **always** wrong. So, you don't EVER let her put her mouth on you ... on your hand, on your slacks ...

Don't repeatedly continue to play with her and just try to move her away or say no 1000 times.

The first time she bites you say "OUCH!!" and mean it -- jerk your hand away, stand up and say "NO!" AND WALK AWAY.

Don't let her do it over and over.

However -- you have to understand. She is TEETHING. So the very **first** thing is you have to make sure she has appropriate teething stuff ALL THE TIME.

Nylabones (probably the "durable" ones), but a wide variety of toys, booda string toys, a puppy Kong, all sorts of textures, all sorts of hardnesses -- but stuff she can CHEW.

Dogs can't just look up at you and ask you to pull that tooth or help them cut that tooth that is coming in. At 8 weeks she's teething in a BIG way (cutting her milk teeth) -- she literally has to chew to help the teeth break thru the gum to grow.


Now don't give her anything she can chew pieces off of and walk away from her. You don't want her to choke and you don't want her to swallow pieces.

But if she starts playing with your hand/arm or putting her mouth on you or wanting to -- shove something OK TO CHEW in her mouth. Distract. But she's needing to chew -- that's why she won't stop. She's driven to it!!

A frozen washcloth (literally sopping wet -- put it in the freezer til hard). Again this will help calm down the mouth when it is really sore. Don't leave her alone with it but it WILL help calm down the gums a bit.

Don't be surprised to see blood on it -- she is TEETHING.

Now -- if she's grabbing at your slacks as you try to walk by -- don't allow that. Stop and disentangle her and say "No".

If she persists, let her drag a leash ALL the time. When you get up to walk, hold the leash AWAY from you so she can't reach you and then praise her when she does it right.

But you do the same thng over and over and over a billion times. She will get it.

But don't get discouraged after a few tries. She's a baby -- she has to learn.

Barking --

She's likely discovered it works. Don't reward it. If she's in her crate and barks -- don't let her out when she's barking. Wait for that one second (even if you have to distract her) -- and THEN when she's quiet let her out.

Is she barking at night? Is she in your room? She should NOT be alone. She's a dog -- they are pack animals. She will bark if she's lonely, scared, or trying to communicate with you.

Be a bit more specific Brian about when she's doing these things so we can help you more.

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