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    Hello

    So, I would really like to socialize Tuni more...there's not many dogs in our neighborhood. The only socialization she really gets is at my parents house with their two dogs. They have a Pomeranian that is 13 yrs old and doesn't want to be bothered and they also have a 4lb Yorkie with a major attitude problem. He barks at Tuni and will try going after her sometimes, I think mainly because he's scared and she just wants to play. I'm worried it's teaching her bad habits :-/

    She is still very mouthy with me (breeder said this should have calmed down by now) and she get's so worked up when playing she won't clam down. She just wants to bite, bite, bite us. I've tried submitting on her back and it takes her a very long time to submit and once I let her go she will usually come back for more. She has so much energy, she rarely will just lay down and fall asleep or take a nap. We just want to snuggle with her but she just wants to bite.

    I want to get her in some puppy classes but all places require the bordetella shot, which i'm nervous about getting her since I've read so many horror stories about dogs getting sick after it. She will be 4 months on Monday.

    Any suggestions? Is her behavior normal for her age?

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    Default Re: Socializing/Help - Puppy (4 months old)

    At four months .. I would say it's typical bouncy puppy behaviour. Maybe see where there is a doggy get together in your area and go along to that if you would like to socialize her but can't take her to the pet store puppy groups. If you look on facebook for all your local rescue places they will have lots of links to doggy things happening in your area. Especially at this time of year. Almost everybody is having some kind of halloween fundraiser!!

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    Default Re: Socializing/Help - Puppy (4 months old)

    First, if she's too high energy for you to do stuff with, she need more exercise to wear her out. Longer walks, chasing the ball in the yard or something like that.

    I don't know about where you live but there are a few community spots where folks and folks and their dogs are known to go to walk Look for a lake or pond with a sidewalk around it. You'd get all kinds of socialization by just walking in an are with more foot traffic (I know, less urban areas are less likely to have those). You can always make the rounds of the local pet supply stores too. I've been know to do that when it's too hot to be outside but they need to get out of the house.

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    You have a normal puppy, with a lot of energy. You can try meetup dot com for puppy play dates - there are so many people looking for safe playmates for their bullies. You can also look in the meet up forum here - or maybe put up a post looking for a meet up in your area. Also, maybe try the bulldog club in your state?

    Where are you located?

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    I haven't taken her to the pet store yet...I will do that this weekend for sure. I've been taking her on really long walks after work to try to get rid of some energy. She get's sooooo out of breath when we walk, is this usually normal? I get worried she will get too hot or overheated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elearn View Post
    You have a normal puppy, with a lot of energy. You can try meetup dot com for puppy play dates - there are so many people looking for safe playmates for their bullies. You can also look in the meet up forum here - or maybe put up a post looking for a meet up in your area. Also, maybe try the bulldog club in your state?

    Where are you located?
    Hi Thanks for the tips. I think she does have so much energy built up. I'm located in Pittsburgh, PA

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    You can get the bordatella, just make sure they have the injectable kind, not the nose kind. Wait a week after the shot before taking her anywhere dog heavy.

    Bring with a misting bottle of water on walks. Give her a light spray on the belly side and head to help keep her cool. Make sure you dry off when you get home. Of course water to drink too. Teach her now to drink from a water bottle


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    Default Re: Socializing/Help - Puppy (4 months old)

    Quote Originally Posted by mdn525 View Post
    Hi Thanks for the tips. I think she does have so much energy built up. I'm located in Pittsburgh, PA
    Oh I used to live about an hour from there in Morgantown

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    Quote Originally Posted by elearn View Post
    Oh I used to live about an hour from there in Morgantown
    Yes, very close! Too bad you're not still close, we could do a play date!
    Last edited by mdn525; 10-05-2012 at 12:42 PM.

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    Puppy class worked amazing for duchess and her socialization. She did a 4 week course called "wee-ones" from 9-13 weeks, Then a 6 week puppy manners class from 15-21 weeks. I learned alot and so did she. One thing I learned that worked amazing was when she mouths on you get some mouthwash rub it on whatever she is mouthing on and then in her mouth, tell her no. This is non harmful and they HATE the taste and wow within a week she stopped mouthing! Now she is 6.5 months old and -knock on wood- doesn't chew ANYTHING except her toys! Even now when she sees the bottle of mouthwash she will start barking at it and run straight to her bed! LOL, its rather funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scueva View Post
    Puppy class worked amazing for duchess and her socialization. She did a 4 week course called "wee-ones" from 9-13 weeks, Then a 6 week puppy manners class from 15-21 weeks. I learned alot and so did she. One thing I learned that worked amazing was when she mouths on you get some mouthwash rub it on whatever she is mouthing on and then in her mouth, tell her no. This is non harmful and they HATE the taste and wow within a week she stopped mouthing! Now she is 6.5 months old and -knock on wood- doesn't chew ANYTHING except her toys! Even now when she sees the bottle of mouthwash she will start barking at it and run straight to her bed! LOL, its rather funny!

    Hmmmm mouthwash. I might try that. I tried hot sauce in XXX strength - Herman was stunned by it initially, but loved it so it didnt help. He thought it was a tasty topping on my furniture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elearn View Post
    Hmmmm mouthwash. I might try that. I tried hot sauce in XXX strength - Herman was stunned by it initially, but loved it so it didnt help. He thought it was a tasty topping on my furniture.
    LOL - sounds like my Tuni....I bought the sour apple stuff and of course she likes it. I basically doused my whole body in it and nothing stops her. I've also heard about that breath spray...binaca? I'm not sure if they're safe or not though

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