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Q: biting pup... too young to stop?

December 16, 2009 | By Akgirl04 | 7 answers | Expired: 1736 days ago

Akgirl04

I have a pup that I was told was close to 8 weeks but in reality is closer to 6 to 6 1/2 weeks old, he's pretty smart and doing pretty good with doing his business outside and even with crate training(he still has his moments). My main problem with him, is his biting and playing roughly. He thinks my hand is his personal chew toy. No matter how loud I yelp and stop playing with him. He always comes back and does it again. It doesn't really hurt but I don't want him to get older and think its ok to chew on guests and possibly hurting someone. Is he just too young to completely stop this? Is it something he'll possible grow out of in the coming weeks? Is there something else i can try to get him to stop?

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Deonk1
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Dec 20, 2009

I just read a great book which covered this.. My Smart Puppy, there is a website and forum on there for advice.

make sure that when you make noise it's a loud sharp "ouch" not a whiny one. If you squeal they'll think you're playing. if you're loud you'll startle them and get their attention. Then substitute your hand for the proper chew toy, and praise them for chewing that.

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KIM S.
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Dec 22, 2009

Its never too early to learn or teach.His mother would right!? I have had success in teadhing my Great Dane pups not to bite by placing my hand around their muzzle everytime and firmly saying "NO" while looking them in the eyes.It gets their attention without hurting them or having them think that you're playing,Good luck!

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Carly21
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Dec 22, 2009

Simple Answer: No, it's not too early. After six weeks, their sense of "memory" has fully developed and sense of right and wrong can begin. My puppies are right at this age, and a firm NO has taught them their lessons. Now anytime I say NO, they come running to me, knowing they were in trouble. While all dogs probably won't run to you after, they will begin to understand what's theirs to chew on and what's not. Make sure they've got plenty of toys to play with though, or furniture might be their next chew toy!

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