Post # 1
Hi all! This is my first time writing in…I used weddingbee religiously during the planning for my wedding, but wanted to see if you all could give me some advice for my puppy 🙂
I have a 12 week old english bulldog puppy. She’s been doing great with sleeping in the crate, housetraining, and seems to have a relaxed personality most of the time. However, she plays like a maniac. She loves her toys and wants nothing more than to have you play with her. When playing, she’ll bite at your hands and feet – I know it’s just all part of playing and being a puppy, but I don’t want to start a habit with her. I’ve tried sitting up on the couch to play, standing up to play, basically everything but sitting down on the floor with her. I was wondering if anyone had tips or tricks that they had used when they had a puppy to get them to play appropriately? Thanks in advance for the help 🙂
Post # 3
Our pit puppy doesn’t bite as much when he plays but he wants to play tug of war all the time and he gets so into that he accidently bites. So we have just stopped playing tug of war altogether. We immediatly stop any playing we’re doing if he starts to pull on his toy and he has learned that we won’t play with him like that. Just stop and turn your back to your dog when she starts to play like that, she’ll learn that she won’t get attention from it.
Post # 4
Darling Husband did all of the playing and wrestling to train them not to bite, but if she bites you and you let out a “Ouch” or yelp does she react? I might try letting out a noise to let her know that she hurt you and then stop playing for a minute. Also if you let her play with other dogs a lot of time they will teach her not to bite when playing.
Post # 5
First of all congrats on your new addition! Puppies are the best. Our first puppy loved nothing more than biting our ankles when he was playing as a pup. If he got really revved up we would hold him on his back. It didn’t hurt him just forced him to calm down. Also making a “yelping” noise is how doggies let each other know they are playing too rough so we would do that sometimes too. Finally, if he was biting our hands sometimes I would hold my hand in his mouth so it got annoying to him. That sounds bad but I promise it didn’t hurt him or anything, just annoyed him!
Best of luck to you, if it makes you feel better our little ankle biter is now 57 pounds and the chillest dog I’ve met.
Post # 6
I must see a pic of the little furry one before I can offer advice
Post # 8
@Birdee106: @roxy821: What these ladies said is what we did with our puppy, she was very mouthy, not neccesarily biting but mouthing everything, and she would get too into tug of war and thats when she would accidently bite sometimes so we stopped. I also saw on a tv show (probably its me or the dog) something that can help is put some butter on your hands when you play and the dog will learn that licking is the appropriate reaction not biting, but I never tried that so I’m not sure about that one…. Anyways good luck and I would LOVE to see a picture, I love english bull dogs!
Post # 9
I’ve heard that if you yelp (like a PP suggested) it not only startles the puppy, but it reflects what they learned with their siblings and mom about playing too rough, as the littermates would yelp too. I would also just stop playing immediately. Like drop the toy, get up and walk away.
Post # 11
Thank you all for the tips. I will definitely try them! This is our first puppy, so I know I’m probably worrying too much about normal puppy behavior, but it is helpful and calms me down to know that others have experienced the same thing!
Post # 12
@beachbride521: Oh.My.Goodness….she is adorable!!
Post # 13
She sounds like she’s acting exactly like my puppy. He’s at 13 weeks. We are starting puppy classes over this weekend to start socializing and working on this behavior, but so far it sounds like normal puppy stuff!