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Congrats~! I know my home is too quiet unless we have 3-4 dogs around.

Everyone and every puppy thinks and is different, I personally like to play 'rough'. I believe all dogs can learn manners, and when biting is OK and not OK. My lovely wife does not wish to be chewed on or 'mouthed' at all - and all of my crew know what is OK and what isn't.

But yes, puppy teeth can be sharp, and least with me, as I get older, my skin seems to tear easier.

I teach the "ouch" command. If someone says or yells ouch, my crew stops whatever they are doing and drop into 'down' and wait. Just like ear and tail-pulling, I can't be sure that no small child won't ever pull a tail, so I teach my dogs what is OK and what isn't.

Books tell me I am wrong in most of my training, but my dogs are happy, I am happy, and people usually 'like' how my dogs behave. If only they had longer lives, that's my wish.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

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#12
Yep. We used ouch with Mouthy Mike. Or at least I did.

Name her Impala. Much more funner to say. Mike ate about three of my masks. Each time it was because I left the house. He was with someone else but that someone didn't watch him. Well, once he was actually alone but the door was shut to the bedroom. He knocked open the door and ate the mask. He was 3 and we thought old enough to know better! Yes, old enough to know what brought him comfort and that was something that smelled a lot like me. Since I was wearing my shoes, the mask bit the dust. Luckily I had a brand new one at home and had it sent to me overnight.

You are making me doubt my sanity. I am seriously considering getting a puppy. Not this year, can't afford it. But next year. I have two breeders in mind and will go with whoever has a litter first. Rottweiler.
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(05-23-2014, 07:44 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: I have two breeders in mind and will go with whoever has a litter first. Rottweiler.

As I recall, "Rottweilers" are subtly bigger than Mini-doxies.

We like the doxies because they have such a nice life-span. Our first lived to 18. Our last two we lost last year at 16.... We have already changed our will to designate who gets this one when we go away.

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#14
Rotties are slightly larger, yes. And not nearly as aggressive as Doxies. They're bite is just worse, that's all.

Joella lived to be 11. She would have gone further if the stupid vet at the emergency clinic had done her job. But that's another story and there's not enough beer in this house for me to tell it. I fell in love with the breed because of Jo. Big hearts, big heads. Jo was my service dog. Mike was supposed to take over when she retired but he's too smart and I didn't train him fast enough. Now he and I argue at least once a day. Makes me laugh at least!
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I fell in love with the breed because of Jo. Big hearts, big heads. Jo was my service dog. Mike was supposed to take over when she retired but he's too smart and I didn't train him fast enough. Now he and I argue at least once a day. Makes me laugh at least!

Cute little guy, Retired-guy! :grin:

I'm with you Paula, we're two years into our 5th rottie . Ranger made it to 6, Sheba made it to 13, Bear made it to 6 , Shotsy made it to 9 , Emy is two next month . Only breed for me and I'm sure you know why. Bigwink
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#16
This thread both hurts and makes me smile. I'm a terrier guy, usually mutts, usually rescues as puppies. I have enough hurt with 13-17 year lifespans, I do not know how I could handle a shorter lifespan.

I've read than many (crap, can't spell it, little tiny Taco Bell dogs) live to 20yrs or more. But I just can't get into the breed.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

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(05-22-2014, 09:27 PM)herbm Wrote: If you are serious, I can teach you to avoid this (really.)

We have a new "Great Pyrenees" puppy and it was very easy to teach her to do two things:

1) Bite inhibit
2) Bite moderate

Many people only teach the first and that is a huge mistake.

I frequently teach the second to rude dogs at the dog park in just a few minutes.....

I'd love to know how to do this…. my daughter had a golden retriever and he love me and I love him but he loves to have his mouth teeth on me, he has never hurt me but I'd like to get him to stop.
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