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Calming Hyper Puppies

I have 7 Doberman puppies that are six weeks old. They are very friendly, playful, but super hyper! As soon as I step into their box, they all scramble over and begin scratching at my shins with their razor sharp claws, and chew at me with their sharp little teeth!
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I have a hard time playing with them without being torn apart in the process. They're not aggressive at all and don't mean to hurt anyone. They just don't seem to understand. I'm not sure how to train or discipline puppies this young, but something certainly has to be done. Their mother wants nothing to do with them, and is completely annoyed, so I don't think she's taught them anything. I don't want insults, or un-helpful comments, but if someone out there knows how to calm puppies at this young age, please help me!

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August 4, 20170 found this helpful
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My female had 3 puppies. After the first month of feeding the dogs she got sick and I had to have her operated on. She wanted nothing to do with her puppies after this. It was hard on me because I had 3 very active dogs to deal with. Here is a few things I did to help calm them down.

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I would take one of them out of the box at a time. I would spend around 30 minutes with the dog. I would play with the dog and love the dog. Then I would put him back in the box.

After I waited 10 to 15 minutes before taking another one out of the box. I played with them and loved them.

I had to repeat this for several days until they understood that they would all get my attention and be loved. The dogs finally learned when I came to get them out of the box they each had their own turn.

I too have many scratches on me and small bites from their teeth. It took a few weeks for them to get use to taking turns and getting my special attention. Today, I still have 2 of the puppies and I still give them each their time. They are no longer in their box so now I have to let the other one know it is not his time. He waits until it is his time.

Good luck and I know with 6 of them it will be difficult. You are in charge and it is up to you to let them know this. Reward them for being good and scold them when they are bad. One way I found to stop my dogs from biting me was to pinch their mouth shut when they bit. I would look at them and tell them it hurts. This took around 4 or 5 times of pinching their mouth shut with my fingers till they stopped biting me.

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August 4, 20170 found this helpful

Ignored behavior will disappear. I also would make sure they get plenty of exercise outside of the house.

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August 5, 20170 found this helpful

Goodness - what a handful!

Sounds like you have been given good suggestions but unless you have nothing else to do all day for a while then spending a lot of time with each of these is going to be difficult. Do you have anyone to help you with these pups?

Is this a first time mother? When did she start completely ignoring them? The mother is many times the saving part of keeping puppies calm - mainly because she knows how to make them stop when they get to sharp with her but allows them to play with each other. Have you tried different ways to get her interested in taking better care of her pups? Is there any way to separate them into at least 2 or 3 groups?

I really believe you will have to try this so that you are only dealing with 2 or 3 at one time and maybe put only 2 or 3 out with the mother at one time. Hopefully she will begin to accept them if done in small batches.

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These puppies need a lot of exercise so I hope you have a large yard for them to run and get their exercise. Most dog trainers say that hyper pups/dogs need to exercise until they are tired and that will take a lot for pups because their energy runs in spurts mixed with sleep.

How long are you keeping the puppies in their box at one time? How large is their box? This may be part of the problem in that they need more room to run and chase each other.

Many people advocate playing "doggie" music when their dogs have to stay indoors which seems to have soothing effect on puppies as well. There are many examples of this music on YouTube so it might be worth a try once in a while.

Since you have this size puppy family, I believe you really need some help but anything you try will require a lot of patience as nothing will an immediate "fix" and will take a little time to see if it works.

Real training will be necessary very soon and that will be on a one to one basis so I hope some of these will be going up for adoption soon.

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