12 wk biting - how to calm the situation?

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Old 10-31-2011, 09:00 AM
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12 wk biting - how to calm the situation?

So recently he's developed a habit of biting a whole lot more aggressively, it's more a snap.

At first I thought it was just him being a puppy but it's certain now it's not as he digs his teeth in hard.

It's usually unprovoked or when he wants to play or when I'm trying to usher him outside to go to the toilet. He'll never walk out willingly.

I'm wondering how I can calm him down in this situation as I've just had to hold him back with force which seems to make it worse but don't want him to go at me.

I'm going to have a go at that clicker training with him but I can see him going at me from the start or at least trying to get them puppy chocolate ^^
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:02 AM
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is he in puppy class of any sort? I have Bentley in a puppy class where I learned how to get him to make eye contact, and sit.. while I Get the leash on or how ever I have to get him out.. he has to stay while I do it.. and then he gets a treat.. not sure if that helps, Bentley sometimes nips gently while playing, we shreak "OWW" and we walk away and do not play with him for a few minutes. that is what we have been doing so far.. if it continues I put him in his crate and we go do something else, for a little bit.

I don't know much about clicker training though.. honestly he is my first puppy ever so I am just learning things now.
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Go here. Watch a lot of the videos. Work with your puppy in this manner and you will have better results.

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I can relate to your frustration. My guy is also 12 weeks and it seems the frequency is increasing. Thankfully he has not aggressively snapped at me but his biting has gotten alot more harder... especially when he's super frenzied (usually in anticipation of food).

I'm googling and watching youtube like mad these days as I really want this little guy to develop great habits now.

Good luck!
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Dan, you might also consider what your reaction is (and others in the family) when the puppy "snaps". Do you do something that might be reinforcing the behavior? Do you do something that might be scaring the puppy?

When behaviors escalate, sometimes its because of what happens afterwards that then stimulates the puppy in some way.

Overall, be calm, move slowly, train the puppy to do alternative behaviors (sit, come, etc). Put a harness and leash on the puppy at times you anticipate you might need a "handle" so you don't have to get in there among all those sharp puppy teeth!

We'd love to see a video of the problematic behavior. That would make our help much more accurate! I'm still confused if this is "aggressive" or just normal puppy stuff..
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It's hard to video the behaviour because it's not like im doing anything in particular when he snaps.

It's usually when hes being pulled away from a situation he's not allowed to do for example: Jumping onto the sofa. He'll snap if you try and usher him off the sofa.

Another example: Dog walking, he gets over excited and runs away to find a dog that's just passed (which he has already encountered and meeted) i go to retreat him so i can carry on and hold him buy his leash and he'll snap at my hands because im stopping him from running off.

I'm looking into puppy classes as we speak and in contact with one, hopefully there is a free space.
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I have been doing the same thing as the lady in the video with bentley and it is working wonders! He is the least mouthy dog in puppy class now. one of the least actually.. there is one puppy that is really well behaved, a sheltie.
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