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Old 11-27-2014, 08:43 PM
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Cooper has been doing well. He is very nippy. We keep trying the yelping and stopping play but he doesnt seem to care. When we get up to ignore him he just starts playing with something else. Should I keep trying? Is there another way?

Should I try the bitter apple spray? I dont want to use adversive techniques but he doesnt seem to care about our current attempts. He is also very bitey with Maggie, who just walks away when he starts to hurt her.

I just need some other ideas. This is what we have been doing. http://youtu.be/DwHk3o3P5cw

Cooper is only 9 weeks old and we have had him about a week. He is doing very well with come, leave it and sit.
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Cooper is only 9 weeks old and we have had him about a week. He is doing very well with come, leave it and sit.
Call me crazy but I think all he needs is more time. I've only raised 2 puppies so I'm sure there are many more out there with more experience than me.

My puppies didn't stop nipping until around 4-6 months old!

I might be a lousy trainer!

But patience will win! One week for puppy to learn our human rules is way too little time if you ask me.

My tablet wouldn't open the video but I'll go to the laptop tomorrow and check it out.

Just breathe in and out for now.
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Thanks, I really needed to hear that. My main worry is that he will be a BIG dog, probably around 80 lbs and I dont want this to be a long term issues. He mainly bites when he gets over stimulated. I am definitely willing to wait and continue with our current method. He starts puppy socialization classes next week, which I am hoping it will help with excessively biting Maggie during play.
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I never did the yelp thing, my pup thought it was neat to bite the human and hear her make a funny noise.

What I did was have a toy within reach and when he'd start to bite me I'd redirect to the toy and play with him with it. If he dropped it and tried to bite me I'd give him the toy again, if he still tried biting me I'd get up and leave him. He wasn't overly attached to me, and he never cried or was upset that I left him and would often continue playing alone, but playing alone wasn't as fun as playing with me. It took a few weeks but eventually he learned that biting me = no fun play, playing with me with a toy = really fun play, and the day came when he started to bite me, got a thoughtful look on his face, then ran and got one of his toys.

The other thing I did was name the toy as I was redirecting to it, I'd ask "Where's Teddy?", in a happy voice. Eventually that helped to remind him that he needed to get the toy and not my body part.

Keep up with your training, he's not had time to really learn what you are trying to teach him. Remember to be as consistent as possible with him so that he knows that if he does x, y always happens.
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I also think you just need more time. Your puppy is still so young! I'm happy to hear he's responding to other commands well. The yelping thing didn't really work for me. I started to "leave" everytime my pup bit too hard. I would gasp or act really offended and get up and leave. Of course I did this in a close off room. I would leave for 20 seconds or so and come back and repeat. She learned that hard bites = no play with me. She's at 9 months now, and she still gets mouthy when she's excited. She would put her mouth on my hands but does not bite. In the rare times that she bites hard accidently, I do the same thing, leave. Of course she picks it up faster when she's older. She only does this with family but to guests, she doesn't put her mouth on their hands. So maybe she thinks she's playing with us when she does that. But regardless, if she gets too rough, it's immediately stop play for 30 or so seconds.

I think you're starting off great!
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My shepherd was the same way ! I was in a panic that she would never stop bitting us. I'm happy to say she is 7 months old and does not bite us anymore.Jade's mom
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Sometimes, if it was really bad, I'd actually leave the room. Take myself out of the situation. I like the yelp as a marker actually, but it's really important to follow it up with the consequence of play stopping or you leaving. I've darted out of the room "whimpering" before but even just curling up and away worked with Lila. I tried to be clear that biting was a great way to end an interaction with me that was otherwise positive. Poor Lila! Sh's so sensitive she'd look really heart-broken, then immediately forget and bite again! Cooper will fall into the swing of things with time and patience
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