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Q: biting puppy...

September 26, 2009 | By Jennifer K. | 3 answers | Expired: 1808 days ago

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Jennifer K.

My four month old german shepherd will not stop biting and nipping at us. Its not always just normal teething play biting either. When we try to push him off the couch or get him to calm down he shows his teeth and goes after our wrists. I feel like I have tried everything. We take our hand (or wrist, or toes, or ankle, or our clothes, or anything else he is chewing on our bodies) out of his mouth and firmly say no bite. Then we give him a toy and praise him for chewing that. When he is really out of control we pick him up and promptly put him in time out in the kitchen. He eventually will settle down after doing all this but it takes forever. I am out of ideas. He is going to be a medium to large dog and I want to solve this biting now while he is young. He has even jumped at me on the couch and bit at my stomach! I am so tired of having scratch marks all over me. I don't understand why he isn't learning this... he is otherwise to obedient... he is house trained and crate trained, walks on a leash well, knows sit, down, and shake, and always listens to us except when we say "no bite."

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Sep 27, 2009

My shepherd did the exact same thing. He was about 3 months old when it started. I spoke with a professional trainer and what he told me to do was exactly what you are doing now with one exception. When your pup bites you as soon as you feel his teeth make a loud yelping sound (like a hurt puppy) Then stop playing with him immediately. That way he learns that it hurts you when he bites and you wont play with him if he does. My puppy was a special case because he is from blood lines directly out of Hungry and is a very high drive dog. So since the normal training didn't work what I had to do was a little more harsh. I was told if he bit me to hold onto his bottom jaw and hold his tongue down and not let go until he stopped trying to bite down and he let his jaw relax. It doesn't hurt the dog and you don't have to hold it hard, but he will begin to associating biting people with an unpleasant sensation. Keep in mind this is only for those extreme cases that normal methods don't work for. I would still suggest talking to a trainer to learn more. These are just suggestions told to me by my trainer. Nipping and biting is a typical shepherd puppy behavior and most dogs will grow out of it as long as you keep up on your obedience training. Best of luck and I hope this helps.

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Alice D.
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Oct 06, 2009

I have a much smaller puppy but he did that too. I too thought my puppy was not "just playing and being aggressive. I used "nice kisses" when he gently played and nibbled/licked and encouraged that with a soothing voice. Then when he did bite I would ask for those nice kisses and he eventually learned not to bite.

Although, when he would bite I would immediately stop playing with him and give him something he could bite on. I don't know your breed well but could he be teeting at this age? Try giving whole frozen carrots or peas. It soothes the gums and it's good for them too. I would take a large carrot, peel the first layer off and wash it really well. Stick in a zip lock bag and freeze. When he starts biting give him one. Ice helps too, especially on really hot days. Just remember the peas, carrots and ice may increase having to let him "out"

Encourage "nice kisses" and he will get the hang of it. Patience and time are the key. Good luck.

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jackie
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Sep 27, 2009

my advice is find a proffessional dog trainer and start him there. you dont want this to get out of hand later on. a good trainer should be able to help you to find one you can check with your vet

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