(Closed) Need advice

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Jadeg:  oh wow poor thing. Good in you for taking such good care of them! I still stand by what I said be patient and consistent.

is everyone actively ignoring him of distracting him every single time? 

What we did, because mouthing occurred mostly during playing, was we would stand up and turn around every time he did it. We made sure everyone was doing it.

The hard part was when he bit feet or pants. We had to remove ourselves from him before ignoring which he thought was a game. That’s when the distraction was used.

Oh I totally forgot, we also taught the “look at me” command. And everytime she started oR we felt he would we would use the command. this was towards the end when he was getting better at not mouthing, one he had mastered “look at me” that was the distraction we used.

Post # 18
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101 posts
Blushing bee

I am having the exact same problem. I’m still just trying to reinforce him chewing on other things like his Kong or rope. Trying to be patient and hope that he will grow out of it eventually.

Post # 19
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811 posts
Busy bee

Try the rope! They’re amazing. And instead of making a loud noise when he bites, growl at him. You will laugh at yourself the first few times you do it, but seriously when I growl at my dog he immediately stops what he’s doing lol

Post # 20
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Busy bee

He might be teething! When we got our dog as a puppy, we smacked her lightly on the snout. my bf would stick his hand in her mouth and lightly grab her teeth to play. This dog now never bites. If we do something to annoy her, she’ll put her mouth over your hand… and lick…

We also have a rescue and man he likes to use his mouth. The only thing that’s has made even a little bit of difference is yelping when he uses his teeth. It tells him that he’s hurting me and he’ll stop for a while.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’m going through the exact same thing, our puppy is so stubborn and insists on biting everyone constantly!  She’s particularly bad with my son, probably because she views him as a playmate not a superior.  She’s small and it’s never hard enough to break skin, but very annoying!  We have tons of toys and bones, she’d just rather have us instead!  Nothing works with her either.

Post # 27
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535 posts
Busy bee

Bitter apple on everything ,including you. When you give him a chew toy, continue to interact with him.

 

Post # 29
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Busy bee

Jadeg:  I swear small dogs/puppy teeth hurt more because they’re pointy!! Keep in mind that dogs play with their mouth, so gotta teach them to be GENTLE rather than no biting at all. It will probably get better when she stops teething. I heard ice cubes help or massaging their gums makes him feel better so they don’t bite as much.

Post # 30
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701 posts
Busy bee

At that age- most likely teething but mouthing and biting is completely normal and healthy puppy behavior, just done at inappropriate times.  Make sure he has plenty of chew toys available.  If you’re not familiar with Kong toys- they are fabulous for teething puppies.  You can stuff them with peanut butter, kong stuffing, or kibble mixed with broth or water and freeze them.  That way they last longer and the coolness is soothing on his gums.  

I would avoid corrections such as spraying in the face with water or shaking a container filled with coins at him. That can create more problems.  If you are playing with him and he bites, immediately disengage from him (you can say “ow” or “Ouch if you would like), turn your back and walk away and ignore him.  After a few minutes, come back and if he bites, do the same. Reward the crap out of him when he doesn’t bite your hands.  You can also put him in a “tiime out” in a crate for a few minutes if he gets too riled up.  He wants your attention, but if he’s going to be a naughty puppy he’s not going to get it. Another option is give him something he can chew on if he gets too mouthy and reward him for chewing on the appropriate toy.  Sometimes we tell our dogs “no” but never tell them what they can do which can get frustrating for them.

To help encourage handling without biting, place a few treats in your fisted hand.  If he licks or sniffs your hand- you can open it and let him have the treats.  If he nips- pull your hand back and say “oops” then reset.  After a few repetitions it should click with him that biting gets him nothing.

Have you looked into clicker training? 

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