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I need your advice!!

April 16th, 2005, 03:17 PM
We have a pup who is just over 6 months now and is healthy, has all his shots and has recently been neutered. I think we've lost control !!! He occasionally listens to me however, he tries and has bitten the kids. I know we need to take him to classes but I am not sure where or who to see - anyone have a good experience with trainers? The kids are starting to get frightened of the pup which of course makes me worry. We're in Winnipeg and looking for someone in the Garden City area. Thanks!

Lucky Rescue
April 16th, 2005, 06:29 PM
What kind of puppy is this, and what do you mean when you say he "bites" the kids?

Is this out-of-control playbiting, or is he showing aggression (growling, snarling, snapping) and when does he do this? When he's eating, playing....?

April 16th, 2005, 06:48 PM
I have same questions as Lucky. I did look at your profile though and saw that you have an EskiePoo. If this is the dog, how long has you had him and how big is he. I should say I have a one year old Eskimo - 21 lbs. fully grown. An EskiePoo could be as a result of breeding 2 of the toy, mini or standard breeds - so size is a factor. If your kids are small and the dog is very small they could possibly be hurting him unintentionally. As a rule, Eskies are not good with small children - the dogs play very rough. My Eskie is extremely good-natured, touch wood, but he does have VERY strong teeth and likes to do the puppy gnawing thing - not realizing that he is hurting someone. His jaw and tooth strength is stronger than the norm for a dog his size. You definitely need to start obedience and socialization asap. I suggest you ask your vet or a groomer if they have someone they could refer you to - they always have a list of people and often people who are experienced with certain breed types. Of course we don't know if the Eskie or Poodle personality is dominant here - if it is the Eskie, I suggest giving commands in a calm but firm voice - they absolutely do not react well to yelling - my husband has finally realized this. My dog does understand the commands - he is very smart - just decides when he will obey. Apparently age 2 is a magic number for these dogs. I hope - 50 weeks to go.