July 14th, 2011, 03:44 PM
I just got my Samoyed yesterday and she is 8 weeks. A sweetie in the car but when we put her down at her playpen she barks and whines like crazy. I'm wearing earplugs as we speak. Is it appropriate to let her bark it out inside the pen? I started to feed her inside the crate. I close the door when she eats and when she is done I let her out. Also, she is VERY mouthy, is that normal as well? She will want to bite towels, carpet, my slippers, and tissue boxes if she gets her paws on them. PLEASE HELP!!!
Any tips on crate training or activities I should do with her?
July 14th, 2011, 04:39 PM
Puppies need a lot of play time and mental stimulation. The more you tire her out before she is confined, the easier it will be for her. You also need to condition her to being penned. Try to think empathetically for a moment - she's going from an environment where she was surrounded by her litter and parents and could range as she pleases to one where she is confined and left alone. There is nothing wrong with this, but it is an unfair expectation (for both of you) for this not to be stressful and challenging for her.
The key here is building her comfort level up in small steps.
This thread has some great tips
And this is a fairly step-by-step video
That biting is totally normal (as others mentioned in another thread, dogs learn bite inhibition from their mom and littermates) but it's definitely something you can work on.
Here's a general training video that you might find useful. A short training session for a puppy is a great way to build the bond between the two of you, and, minute for minute, is more tiring than a leashed walk :)
These are some useful puppy skills to start working on to prevent trouble later on. Keep sessions short and fun. Go at her pace, and be ok with mistakes or slow progress, after all, she's just an infant ;). You can use small (pinky fingernail sized) food treats or some of your pup's daily diet. Dogs love to work for their food.
Hope this is helpful :)
July 14th, 2011, 04:39 PM
hi golden welcome to the forum
yes at 8 weeks they can be very "mouthy" when he/she? starts chewing on something that you don't want him/her to do, a firm (but not yelling) no! and give her/him something that she/he can chew on, like a toy, when he/she takes it and drops the other thing praise praise praise.. your pup will get the hang of it soon.
as for create training, I do things very different from most people.
for one I don't feed inside the create, for me the create is for sleep and relax time not for food or water. (but that's just me) I know a lot of people feed and give water inside the create.
July 14th, 2011, 05:07 PM
THANKS millitntanimist and breeze. :thumbs up
I guess I put her in a pen and play with her inside is cause i don't want her getting into places she shouldn't. I will try to tire her out when she wakes up before putting her back. As for the sites you recommended I will take a look at them right after I finish this reply.
When she bites and chews on her toy I praise her but when she gets my hand I say OUCH! and look away and immediately praise her again when she touches her toys.
I feel its awkward to feed her in the crate as well but if it makes her go inside without hesitation then i will continue to do so.
July 15th, 2011, 11:09 PM
you can also try throwing a few tiny little bits of treats into the back of the crate so she'll want to go in and find them. Get her a puppy Kong toy, you can stuff it with her food and she can spend quiet time working on getting it out. Best invention for dogs ever!!
August 5th, 2011, 06:57 AM
Exercise your dog. when your dog is tired he will less likely do something unacceptable. Dogs needs activities that can drain their energy. They also like toys that can stimulate their mind and keep them busy. Ignore your dog when he barks or whine. Never give affection especially if they something that you do not like because this will only motivate them to continue doing it.