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Old 01-27-2009, 07:28 PM
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Unhappy biting problem

My westie puppy is almost 7 months old and is very active. He tends to bite alot, thinking we are playing with him, although we are not. His teeth are very sharp and it hurts when he bites. I don't know if he is still teething or something, but I want to break that habit of his. When he bites, we try to ignore him, punish him and everything else but none of it is working. Please help me!!!!
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:40 PM
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I've got a little chomper too, a 9 mo. old cattle dog puppy and he loves to play but it hurts!! I was getting really frustrated but it's gotten a lot better since I try to keep little bits of his favorite treats in my pocket and when he grabs hold of something (toy, me), I tell him "leave it!" and as soon as he stops and sits, he gets a treat. Now it is really easy to get him to stop. Seems to distract him too and he forgets about chomping on me and runs off to play elsewhere. If you are playing any tug-o-war games with him, I'd stop too. Goodluck with your little one!
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:58 AM
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At 7 mths old he would be finished teething. Its how some ppl bring their dogs up by grabbing their mouths and playing rough that teachs them to do it, then when the dog gets rough they get punished for it. Its actually called mouthing, not biting when its in play. Tell everyone in the home do not play with him when he starts to mouth. When he does it, say in a tone ah ah, or bahhh, that means no. As danastark said you can also train them with treats, when norty you do not give them a treat. A bit of obedience training would do this guy the world of good.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:37 PM
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Hello,
I am new here, but just wanted to say I have the exact same problem. It's a frustrating thing to go through. I've heard you can yelp like a pup and that might help - it doesn't work for mine though. Neither does ah-ah! She really gets into it. The only thing I find that works is when I leave the room. If I say no, or ah-ah, and she keeps on (which is usually the case) I leave, and then she's lost her playmate. It is frustrating though, just hang in there.
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Hello,
I am new here, but just wanted to say I have the exact same problem. It's a frustrating thing to go through. I've heard you can yelp like a pup and that might help - it doesn't work for mine though. Neither does ah-ah! She really gets into it. The only thing I find that works is when I leave the room. If I say no, or ah-ah, and she keeps on (which is usually the case) I leave, and then she's lost her playmate. It is frustrating though, just hang in there.
My dog doesnt listen either when I tell him to stop biting... I'm going to listen to you guys and see if he stops. Thanks for the advice!!!
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my little one is alot younger, but I was having the same problems. I tried everything, and he still nipped. I finally tried when he did it, I would say, " oops" and turn my whole body away, and ignore him. It is not fun when the play ends. When he calms down, I then start again. I taught my kids to do the same thing. It is taking time, but he is understanding now that if he bites, no more play. be persistent, it will pass, then you will go through another challenge. Good luck.
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Hopefully your advice will work.... Thanks for all the help, but if you dicover something that works well, notify me please!!
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I also believe it depends on the tone you are using. When my dogs were pups (all 5 of them!) they all went through the biting stage. I found by using at different tone when saying "OUCH" ...a more firmer one than say...."GOOD BOY" got their attention a lot faster! lol....don't have to scream, but they need to know at a young age who the alpha dog is...and that should be you
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