8 Week Old English Springer Spaniel Crying and very attached ?
(Newport, South Wales)
Hello, I picked my English Springer Spaniel, Charlie, up on Wednesday (17/08/2011). When I went to visit them and chose him, ours was the shy one, he wasn't really as playful as the others and seemed a bit of an outcast. Maybe thats why I chose him as I felt sorry for him.
Anyway, we have to keep him in a crate downstairs in the house as out house is open plan we have knowhere to lock him to, so he could rome the whole house. Cream carpets and puppy mess dont go well.
He's been in the Crate 3 nights now and cried for about 3 quarters of an hour each night sometimes longer, we have shut the doors upstairs to quieten it down a little as we all work during the day except my mum. The cries go from crying to howling and he sounds quite distressed, We have left him toys, a little light on, the radio and blankets etc. Is this normal for him to do and I know every dog is different but roughly how long does this last, Hows best to make him learn that its his bed and he needs to stay their when where out and overnight ?
He is also very attached when out of the crate, he follows me everywhere and when I'm not around who ever is he will follow, And he constantly nips and bites, sometimes to hard, I try to tell him no and am very firm but he just wags his tail and carries on. Hows best to prevent the nipping/biting ?
I know its early days as hes only 8 weeks but i want the best start for him.
Welcome to the world of puppydom, we are currently going through the same with our new addition Fidget.
First the crying is hard to ignore, but you must otherwise they will never learn to be independent. As harsh as it sound you have to remind yourself that he is only and animal not a baby and it will pass.
As for the following round, yes I know that is grating, but use his desire to lease to your advantage, start training and doing things with him, but remeber you decide when to give him attention, it has to be on your terms, only a more dominant dog can demand attention.
As for the puppy nipping, its tough but normal behaviour that they will grow out of, check out my guide to Springer Puppy Biting that should help you transition out of this phase with no long term behavioural issues.
Good luck oh and he is very cute,
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