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

December 16, 2009 | By Akgirl04 | 7 answers | Expired: 1575 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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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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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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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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Jillian
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Dec 18, 2009

he will learn, but at this age he also needs to play rough, preferably w/another puppy or dog. other than being a great vent for all that energy, it teaches them boundaries. although you're making all the right attempts to teach him the same thing, it's engraved into a puppies chemistry to play that way. their biological need to play rough prepares them for life, whether they grow to be an obedient family pet or a stray who must know how to protect himself.
try playing rough w/him by using a stuffed animal and whenever he get's you instead, then yelp and end play. after two minutes of completely ignoring him, grab the stuffed animal and start again.
a great idea would be to foster a young dog while your puppy is growing up. it would be even more beneficial to him than teaching him to play nice. until a dog is at least 12 weeks, they have sooooo much to learn from watching and interacting w/other dogs.

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daryl b.
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Dec 18, 2009

i woundimagine you adorable pup is teething. give him a natural bone from the pet store. that may help. i think anyone that has had a puppy has gone through the same thing.

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Kayla L.
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Dec 18, 2009

Pup is playing with you without getting bitten back.
Right now you're the litter mate and the teething ring. You can keep discouraging the behavior, but it needs to be diverted and focused elsewhere. Teething is going to come up for a while where they will just want to chew things once you get pup to stop nipping. Lila has a stash of buns she has given to her over time, so that when she may want to be a playful pup, she has something fun and approved to play with.

Depending on your pup's habits, you might have to make some adjustments but Lila has plush toys about the size of my hand with squeakers that were easy enough for me to squeak without effort at the store, with the hand I don't write with. She can make all the noise she wants without a struggle.

Your little one might kill something like that, and need small raw hides or a Kong to focus on :)

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Tricia L.
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Dec 17, 2009

Its because the pup was taken away from his mother and littermates to early.
The littermates are what teaches the pup about biting and pain.
He dosent understand because he has been taken away from the other pups way to early.
good luck!

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