(Closed) Need advice

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 31
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Does he have the opportunity to socialize with other dogs? Our puppy was contantly biting until he started going to a dog day care once or twice a week to play with other dogs. I’m assuming he learned there that biting hurts, because he totally stopped after that and never bites anything but toys anymore.

Post # 35
464 posts
Helper bee

Jadeg:  Hang in there! It gets better! Truth be told, I kind of hated my dog as a puppy. There were a few times when I was at my wits end and thought I made a huge mistake. He was so naughty and bit me ALL the time. Those needle teeth are the worst and nothing I tried seemed to work. I don’t remember exactly when it got better, but it does! I want to say it was somewhere between 16 and 20 weeks it decreased significantly. He’s still a little mouthy from time to time (doesn’t bite just greets with an open mouth), but a million times better than when he was a puppy.

Post # 36
701 posts
Busy bee

Jadeg:  Not sure what you mean by he bites you after you’ve given him the treat? Do you mean he takes the treat then latches onto your hand?  If he is biting harder and/or, I strongly suggest seeking a local postive reinforcement based dog trainer as it sounds like you are in over your head.  Biting, if not nipped in the bud early, can be a very serious problem with legal repurcussions if he bites someone else. As a trainer, I can give you all the advice and help I can here, but if I am not physically there with the dog and you to see what is going on, it is more diffcult to figure out what the problem is and find a solution. Get a trainer now, don’t wait until he is older, larger, and more powerful. Where are you located? 


More info on clicker training: http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Started-Clicker-Training-Dogs/dp/1890948217/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1432326625&sr=8-3&keywords=Karen+Pryor

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