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Old 12-10-2018, 10:56 AM
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10 Month Old Biting

I just rescued a 10 month old Cane Corso mix. She is a sweetheart but is extremely malnourished and was abused previously. She was found tied to a fence. Any advice on helping/training her not to bite when she is playing? I am willing and have the time and patience to train her, but she is my first pup and although she is still a baby, I don’t want her bringing these behaviors into adulthood with her. I want her to know that humans are not chew toys and to never use her teeth or mouth like that, esp. when playing because that behavior can easily roll over. She has a few triggers, she was an abuse victim, but I want her to understand it is not okay! Also is not aggressive, she will let us take her food, bones, things like that, put hands in her food bowl while she is eating, touch her injured paw, etc. does not become aggressive unless playing around or triggered from possible past abuse. I believe every dog can change and have a better brighter future esp. my little pup! Not giving up. She hasn’t drew blood yet, either. Any and all advice matters to me! I’m also very determined considering I didn’t give up on potty training her and then she realized I wasn’t going to bend and she HAD to go outside. Thank you in advance!
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:28 AM
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My puppy bites like a devil too, you have to be consistent in your discipline. I just pull my fingers away and say "NO!" once, she gets it and stops...then looks at me. I give her a toy and tell her to chew on that. If you are consistent every single time, it will work. Right now my doggy is not chewing on me as much...i always have a rope or a raw hide in my pocket for those incidents.
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I second the above post- redirect the biting onto a toy. She'll get the message with time. Try a tug toy when she starts mouthing and biting. Most likely she'll stop biting you and start bringing the toy to you for a game of tug instead in no time. If she doesnt want to let go of the tug when the game is done trade her for something else and tell her drop it or whatever word you want to use. She should learn to give up whatever she has that way, and it'll help avoid possible confrontation if she decides she doesnt want to give up the game. 10 months old- thats a young dog not a baby. You can step up the discipline some if need be. You're hitting that age where the big girl hormones are starting to kick in. Probably gonna start seeing some personality changes as she matures from here on. You're gonna want to work the obedience training. Those are really great dogs with the right owner and they generally love motivational training but can be a real handful.
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I definitely think teaching bite inhibition is really important! What has helped me the most with my (also 10 month old!) puppy is teaching him to control how hard he bites down, which is going to be vital for your dog's aggression/socialization too, since she's part Cane Corso. I think since your dog has so many unknown triggers the easiest way to teach her bite inhibition would be to stick your finger in her mouth when she's relaxed, and just letting her softly bite your finger. It won't reinforce the whole "it's okay to bite humans thing" as long as you make sure you're the one controlling when her mouth comes in contact with human skin. And for correcting when she does, I'm never a fan of yelling at a puppy but I've found whimpering really loudly, like another puppy, kind of startles my dog into stopping biting. Hopefully with your dog she'll learn that it's really hurting you (even if you're exaggerating).
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