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Ok there is the crazy puppy thread but our situation is close but unique. We live on the third floor of an apartment complex. We crate Fuji at night for sleep and during the day when we are at work, depending on our schedules we take him out once and a while during working hours. We walk him at night and in the morning. Here is our problem.

A) He continues to try and bit us while walking and in the house. He never bites at any of the strangers we meet when walking or the children below that play with him. Why is he so aggressive towards us only? We've tried spraying him in the face with water, tapping him on the nose and saying no, holding his mouth shut and saying no, ignoring him (almost impossible when he's determined). We are at a loss.

B) We have an unusually noise sensative downstairs neighbor, they have complained from everything from we walk too loud to we make too many banging noises. We then got Fuji which now they complain about his loud running, he does have a heavy gait when he runs and he runs around usually before he goes to bed. Should we not let him run in the house and if so how do we do this? It seems unfair and that he should be able to stretch his legs, he's 9.5 weeks old. Will he out grow this excessive energy and desire to run around the house? We don't know what to do and are affriad we will get kicked out of our apartment because the people below keep complaining about us to management.

C) He barks excessivly sometimes, especially when he wants his food or water. Again we've tried holding his mouth shut and saying no, ignoring him, and now we even tried to teach him speak and to bark on command but he still barks. How do we fix this before our other neighbors complain.

We need serious help, we're affriad they will make us get rid of Fuji which is not an option or moving which we would prefer not. Are Labradoodles non-apartment living dogs? Will he mellow in age? Help we are at our wits end and have arms clawed and bitten up!!! :cry:
 

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I know he's really young but have you looked into doggy daycarea in your area? Maybe he's mad about spending so much time in the crate. They come home from daycare exhausted from play. Also enroll in obedience class as soon as he is old enough. It makes a huge difference. Read Cesar Milan, you guys have to be leader of the pack. Thats all I know to tell you, he is really young. If your apartment manger allows you to have pets maybe they can work with you somehow. If your neighbors are that noise sensitive why are they living on the 2nd floor? :roll: Good luck, hang in there. I know others will have more good advice. Donna
 

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Donna thanks for the support, we're hoping obedience school helps him to understand us and us to understand him a lot better. The breeder we got him from didn't give him any shots so we're waiting on his second set (this Saturday) and then we'll enroll him. Same with doggie day care we plan to start him after he gets the shots. That is true he's probably all wound up from being home all day but we take him out and play with him when we get home.
Ha you hit the nail on the head I have no idea why she would choose to live on the second floor, they were even given the option to move to a 3rd floor unit. I don't know its just very streessful dealing with her while we're working with Fuji, he is a puppy and demands a lot of attention. I hope the property manager is understanding, I mean it is a dog/cat friendly complex!
 

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Hmmm. I have no help for the apartment issues. But here's my expert (LOL) input.

Puppies all experience the world through their mouths. Not much different from how baby humans do. It's completely natural that they do this and your pup doesn't know it hurts you....he's trying to EXPERIENCE you with the most powerful sensing mechanism he's got. He is trying to connect with you. This doesn't make it okay for him to put his teeth on you, but it should help you see that it isn't aggression at all. You still have to teach him not to do it, and you will have some scratches and nips until he's figured it out, which could take a while because this is a very powerful urge. Also, just like human babies, every puppy will be different in how long this urge is hard to control. I taught (and still teach) my doods to give me "kisses," which are licks on my hands. When they are excited to see me and start waving their mouths around (which is also, by the way, the same way they show their excitement around each other) I hold my hands down at my side and say, "KISSES!" and then I praise them when they lick my hands. This is especially effective if you've just been handling food and you let them do it before you wash your hands! If the teeth make contact, I simply say, "No teeth. KISSES!" and praise for the licks. This is working pretty well. It will also help when he looses his sharp little puppy teeth.

As for the running and barking. Normal, too. But I'm also concerned with how much time he's spending crated. If you could have someone come and play with him regularly in the middle of the day he would certainly benefit from it and so would the pace of your training, I expect. That really is quite a lot of time in the crate for a pup, who indeed needs to be stretching his legs and learning about how to be a dog in a world of humans, even picky neighbors.

I didn't read where he is when he's crated at night, but if it's at all possible I believe he should be crated in your bedroom. That way he's gets your scent and security at night and this may help to make up for how much time he's spending alone.

Puppies are hard work at first, but it gets better. It always helps me when I try to see the world through their eyes.... We want them to live happily with an entirely different species from their own. It takes time and lots of patience. Good luck.
 
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I am not much help except to say we have the same biting problem. It seems to me that Bella is like a small child who is pulling at my arm for attention except she is using her mouth to do it. I have noticed when she needs to go out, when she wants to play, when she is teething or just before a big growth spurt, it gets worse. I just walk her longer and more often during these times in hopes of tiring her out. The trainer also recommended giving toys that will tire out their mouth so they lose the desire to bite at you. This would be a kong with frozen stuff in it, ice cubes, sterile hollow marrow bones stuffed with good things (cheese, peanut butter), wet a washcloth, wring it out, twist and freeze it, and anything else you can find for safe chewing for puppies.
I look so forward to when the biting stops.
I know we will all have great dogs in a year and this will all be a distant memory!
 

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Thanks for the advice everyone,

We spoke to the neighbor tonight and told her we should have a meeting with property management. Funny, she emailed management to say how everything was so quiet after she came up and threatened to call security on us. We corrected her that the only reason the running stopped after she left was becuase he tired himself out and fell asleep.

Linda, that is an excellent idea with the tiring his mouth out, we give him a lot of toys but most are soft or chews like raw hides and what not. I don't think anything we give him actually tires his mouth out.

2doodsmom, I like you idea of the kisses, Fuji loves his liquid vitamins he licks off our finger tip. Tonight we started applying it to the top of our hand and having him lick it off with us saying kisses and giving positive inforcement when he does.

It is so draining though, at times I almost feel like giving up but its worth the fight, I just hope he understands eventually we mean well.
 

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What are the liquid vitamins you speak of? I feel like I feed my dood the best quality food on the market, should I also be giving him vitamins? Tell me more...Leslie
 

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I'll have to take a look at the bottle when I get home, I think its just a little extra and mainly he loves the taste, its like a treat for him.
 

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As far as the heavy walking. Archie (almost 5 months) has a much heavier gait than Chester (2 years). I wonder if its just their overall gangliness as puppies.
 
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