Our expert says:
Hi MINI ME
First of all I would suggest you get your pup to training as soon as possible - you have already missed the puppy training age which would have helped with all these problems. Ask your vet or contact Karen Forsdick on 021 975 1580.
Biting: This is normal, but needs to be handled correctly to stop it becoming a habit. There are various ways to deal with this but the best thing to do is to play dead when he bites and as soon as he loosens his grip take your limb away slowly and ignore him. The more you react to it (e.g. smacking, shouting etc.) the worse it will get as he'll think it's a game.
Chewing: Get him lots of chewy toys like cowhooves, rawhide, pigs ears etc. When he chews something "illegal" then fetch one of his toys and replace it calmly. Again the more fuss you make the more likely he is to choose your things over his - more fun!
Messing at night: He will probably grow out of this, but to help the process try feeding him earlier in the evening, taking him for a good walk after that (at least 10 minutes outside your property on a lead), taking his water away after that and then going outside with him just before bed time. Let him out as soon as you get up in the morning. Reprimanding him in the morning won't help at all.
Pulling on lead: The easiest way is to buy a Mikki Walkrite harness (martingale harness) and a long lead (about 2m). You need to be aware of body language and when she pulls you must not jerk her or pull back, but simply change direction, dragging her with you. Walk with relaxed arms and don't look at her, but in the direction you are going. You can also simply stop walking every time she starts to pull. Wait until the lead slackens and then continue. She will soon work out that the walk only continues with a slack lead.
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