Q: Can anyone help me get my lab puppy to stop biting so hard?
Shiloh mother rufused all 7 of the puppies that were born in her litter since birth. I found her on CraigsList when she was just 4 weeks old. (I do know that this was too early for them to be adopted out.) I decided that if I didn't get her right then, someone else would and where would she be then??? Today she is a 13 week old puppy who is mostly Labrador Retriever (about 7/8) and about 1/8 Parson Russell Terrier. She wants to play but she bites so hard. I have tried saying OWE really loud, slamming doors in her face, ignoring her, putting her in time out, etc. As well as many other things that I have found in many books on the market these days. I am at the end of the line. I can't get her to stop biting. She draws blood on our arms and has even snapped at me in the eye. I have scratches and marks all over my arms. Nothing works with her. I am in the process of a getting a trainer in here but money is tight right now. Ive been laid off for awhile now and its just my spouses income with us 3 in the home. Any ideas anyone has would be wonderful!!!!! I am willing to try anything!!!!! I don't want to turn to hitting her because she doesn't know what she is doing. I feel if she would have had her mother or her litter mates to play with longer then maybe she wouldn't be like this. PLEASE HELP ME / US!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 03, 2011
Make sure your puppy has plenty of toys to play with & chew on. Encourage her to play so she burns off excess energy. Start teaching her the "off" command & the "leave it" command. Don't ever roughhouse with her & let her play bite you. If you allow that, then try to stop her from biting otherwise, you'll confuse her with mixed signals. Any game that encourages aggressive play should be avoided while you're training her not to bite. Continue using a stern "no" or "ouch" when she bites. Don't interact with her afterwards. Walk away or put her in a time out...not for a long time, just a minute or so. Another technique is to close her mouth with your hand, then look her in the eyes & sternly say, "no". Some trainers suggest that when a puppy bites, pinch their lower jaw by putting your thumb in their mouth & your fingers under their chin & give gentle pressure for a few seconds. You can also use a pinch collar & give a quick little tug every time she bites. Praise & reward her good behavior, scold her bad behavior, but don't ever slap or hit her because that can encourage aggression & also make her afraid of you. There are probably almost as many techniques & suggestions as there are dogs, but these are a few. Change won't happen overnight, so you have to be consistent with your training. Good luck!
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