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Old 04-14-2014, 06:47 PM
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My 14wk old cattle dog mix puppy is developing a huge problem with jumping up at me and biting my legs, feet, hands, face, and neck. At first I tried yelping or crying when she did it but that stopped working eventually. I have also tried ignoring her which worked at first but now she goes for your back or legs when you turn away.

She is a strong puppy and when she gets going she is pretty relentless. I end up having to grab her and put her in her crate to keep her from hurting me. I feel terrible but I end up grabbing her by the scruff or pushing her away so I can having have a free second of not being bit/jumped on to get her under control.

I know what I am doing is making the situation worse and I hate it but I honestly don't know what to do or to try and it is getting worse everyday.

She is a really sweet puppy 99% of the time. She goes to puppy class and is great with other dogs and people but she actually starting to hurt me and I get so angry at her. I don't want to end up resenting my puppy because she means the world to me.
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In addition to teaching her not to bite and jump on you, you also need to teach her what she can bite and play with.

Keep all movement around her slow, don't walk past her at a fast clip since doing so is likely to trigger her herding instinct and just make the biting as you leave worse.

You are doing right by ignoring her when she bites you, but some other things to try are giving her a toy and playing with her with it when she bites you the first time or two she bites, if she persist then you need to ignore her and get out of her reach. Play with a toy and the human will play with me, try and play with the human's hands or feet and the human goes away. To do that you may need a baby gate to hop over, or an ex-pen to put her in, leave her for a minute or two before getting back with her and trying again.

Make sure she's getting enough exercise, if you know she's had enough, and she won't quit biting you, then she may be overtired. That's the time to put her in her crate, or puppy proofed area, with a nice chew and just leave her alone, she should settle down and nap.

Don't get her over excited, when that happens pups are unable to control themselves.

You can try keeping a drag line on her to limit her access to your hands if you have to move her (don't leave the line on her unsupervised), it'll keep you from scruffing her or giving her access to other body parts when you move her.
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In addition to teaching her not to bite and jump on you, you also need to teach her what she can bite and play with.

Keep all movement around her slow, don't walk past her at a fast clip since doing so is likely to trigger her herding instinct and just make the biting as you leave worse.

You are doing right by ignoring her when she bites you, but some other things to try are giving her a toy and playing with her with it when she bites you the first time or two she bites, if she persist then you need to ignore her and get out of her reach. Play with a toy and the human will play with me, try and play with the human's hands or feet and the human goes away. To do that you may need a baby gate to hop over, or an ex-pen to put her in, leave her for a minute or two before getting back with her and trying again.

Make sure she's getting enough exercise, if you know she's had enough, and she won't quit biting you, then she may be overtired. That's the time to put her in her crate, or puppy proofed area, with a nice chew and just leave her alone, she should settle down and nap.

Don't get her over excited, when that happens pups are unable to control themselves.

You can try keeping a drag line on her to limit her access to your hands if you have to move her (don't leave the line on her unsupervised), it'll keep you from scruffing her or giving her access to other body parts when you move her.
The problem is its not like she grabs my leg while I'm walking or moving quickly and I try to be super gentle/calm with her.If I sit on the ground or bend over at all to pick things up she sneaks up and goes for my face jumping and snapping. If I ignore her or move away she will then go after arms,legs,etc. I can't even pick her up to put her away without getting my arms bit leaving big scrapes and scratches.

An x-pen and gate impossible because my apartment has a very open floor plan and 99% carpet. So I have to put her in the crate if she gets out of control. I can't have a puppy proof area because she will dig at the linoleum in the kitchen or rip up the carpet if you're not watching
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I second the recommendation of a drag line. We keep our puppy's leash on while we're home and if she starts jumping up at us, we step on the leash. We stay on it until she gives up and lays down. We found grabbing at her with our hands only got us more bites. This way is more "non-confrontational" and we can stay calm and wait for her tantrum to pass.
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I second the recommendation of a drag line. We keep our puppy's leash on while we're home and if she starts jumping up at us, we step on the leash. We stay on it until she gives up and lays down. We found grabbing at her with our hands only got us more bites. This way is more "non-confrontational" and we can stay calm and wait for her tantrum to pass.
I don't think STEPPING on the drag line is the right way to go. Grabbing it might be, but you could hurt the pup's neck.
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My suggestion is teaching your pup to sit for attention from you. It might cure some of your problems (or at least make them more manageable).
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So I was you last year. My girl is a lab/bc/aussie, now 15 months. She still likes to mouth my hands, but thankfully she's learned when enough is enough and stops; we've basically created a happy medium. I got here by being patient instead of mad.

I first tried the yelping, that just mad her madder and wound her up more. I then started swapping my flesh for a toy. Sometimes this worked, other times she just ignored the toy and came at me harder. For those moments when she was being exceptionally ornery, I put her in time out. She would nip harder, I'd make a loud tsk uh uh sound and then go into my room and close the door. She'd sit outside and whine. Eventually she stopped whining and I'd come out and play with her like nothing happened. Then when she didn't it again, I'd go back to my room. She learned if she bites and doesn't settle then I leave, eventually she figured out it's much more fun to have me around . Tying her to the dining room table and ignoring her for a span of time also worked.
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I just don't seem to be making any progress. As she is getting older she is really starting to bite me hard. Our newest problem is her stealing things off the table. I'm working on it with her. She won't steal food and 99% she knows leave it but after 7pm she is a demon puppy who acts as if I've never taught her anything. She just goes crazy and can't fall asleep. If I try to stop her from going after a paper or cup or whatever is on the table she gets upset and starts barking/biting.

I tried a drag line and she just attacks the leash as soon as I try to correct her or stop her and won't stop. I've tried less exercise and more with no difference. I'm just afraid that the problem won't go away.
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REPEAT AFTER ME. PATTTTTIIIIENNNNNCEEEEE. Sam is 6 months old and still routinely chomps me when he's cranky. This usually is when he is tired/needs a nap and has the zooms or the opposite-he hasn't been exercised enough. Your pup is a TEENY little infant. They get taken from their mom and littermates by us, so we are left to teach bite inhibition. It's a hard process and takes a while. It's an instinct and a method of communication. That won't go away immediately. It has to be trained.
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