Barking/ Whining for an 8 week old Pit Bull
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I have an American Pit Bull Terrier:
My dog DEFINITELY does not like it's kennel. It's very young and we are trying to get it used to the kennel that we put it in while it's in the house. We can't allow it out ALL the time (sometimes we do and the rest of the time it's outside playing), because it LOVES to nip or chew on everything and hide in dark, tight places.
WE think it is so used to being able to play in the living room, that it doesn't want to be locked out at all. We are afraid to put it outside now due to it being so small and the heat could kill it (it's up to a 100 degrees here, sometimes higher). The puppy is not aggressive and it hasn't bitten anyone , we would like for it to stay non-aggressive , even when it's bigger and weighs 60 lbs. Is there anything I could do to stop it's constant barking?
Even though the dog is not aggressive, it is slightly stubborn. When I command it to do something it sits there, looks at me whines , and then turns away from me. I think it is too young to take the obedience class at our local pet smart. I use basic commands such as : "Sit.", "Stop." , "Let Go." , and " Come here, boy." How can I get it to listen to me?
One more question: As I said earlier my little puppy LOVES to go and hide in dark, tight places. Such as underneath my chaise lounge chair. Once underneath it, it tries to chew on my curtains. I want it to stop , it tries to nip at my fingers when I pull it away, but it can never get to them. What can I do to stop this?
That looks like a lovely little puppy you have there and everything you describe is perfectly normal puppy behavior.
You must remember that this puppy is a very tiny baby, at 8 weeks old he (or she, I'm not sure) is only just old enough to have left his momma and he's probably scared and lonely and anxious. I'd recommend that you start off by reading both these pages..
Bringing Home A New Puppy
New Puppy Care
They will give you a better, and more realistic, idea of what you can expect during these first few weeks.
ALL puppies nip and bite and it's a perfectly normal canine behavior. You obviously need to discourage it, and you can learn how to do that on my Puppy Biting page. BUT it won't be an overnight fix, just as it takes a human baby time to learn something, a puppy also takes time to learn what is expected and what is okay.
There's no reason to think your puppy will be aggressive, a well-bred Pitbull is as loving, loyal and obedient as any other breed, and if you are already assuming there is a potential for aggression this breed may not be for you. Don't judge him on his breed, but on his own individual temperament and personality!
The barking and whining in his crate is also perfectly normal. He isn't used to being alone and is asking to get out. Of course, he needs to learn to stay in his crate and by himself for short periods so you need to ignore his crying and complaining. You can learn all about this on my Crate Training A Puppy page.
DON'T put him outside in the heat, no dog of any age should be outside in extreme temperatures like this and could easily die of heat exhaustion in a short time.
I'd recommend that you spend some time going through my website and reading everything you can about how to raise your puppy. It will make it easier, and more fun for all of you if you know what to expect and how to help him adjust and grow up to be a happy, healthy adult dog.
I wish you lots of luck with him.