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Old 04-24-2014, 10:55 PM
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I totally feel you! I just put my puppy in time out for the exact same thing. It's like he wants to play, and usually he plays with other dogs by being all bouncy and wrestly, and just wants to do the same with me, complete with nipping, small barks and play bows to get my attention. Once he starts, it sometimes feels impossible to get him to calm down again.
I don't really have a solution (I've been using the suggestions I've been given and we're working on it) but just so you know you're not the only one!
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Remy was a land shark as a puppy. Now, I can't even remember how I taught her not to bite, but it does go away with age and training sorry I can't be of much help.
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Right now, Merlin is almost six months old (a week away!) and he still loves chomping on me. Amazingly, after I discovered that his "leave it" was pretty strong. i started using that when he would decide to chew on me, and then ask him to play with his toy. I've had some success but if he's overstimulated I usually just have to get up and turn my back to get the message across.
He is minutely better now than he was, though.
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:53 PM
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She just goes into all out destruction mode. Anything she sees gets bitten. Me, my boyfriend, the couch, the staircase, the walls, and there is no reasoning with her or asking her to sit or leave it. I have started putting her in her crate for time outs because even in a "puppy safe" area she'll go for walls or dig at the floor. I got a high energy breed of dog because I love to hike and run and am hoping once she is older to try out agility or treibball. I forgot however to consider that her puppy energy is also multiplied by a million. My last dog was a pit mix and a complete couch potato even as a puppy. Which probably adds to the feeling of being overwhelmed by the new puppy.
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She just goes into all out destruction mode. Anything she sees gets bitten. Me, my boyfriend, the couch, the staircase, the walls, and there is no reasoning with her or asking her to sit or leave it. I have started putting her in her crate for time outs because even in a "puppy safe" area she'll go for walls or dig at the floor. I got a high energy breed of dog because I love to hike and run and am hoping once she is older to try out agility or treibball. I forgot however to consider that her puppy energy is also multiplied by a million. My last dog was a pit mix and a complete couch potato even as a puppy. Which probably adds to the feeling of being overwhelmed by the new puppy.
Get some bitter apple spray for the walls and stuff. Merlin loves gnawing on the corners of my walls and doors, so I spray that in those places and he gets the message pretty quickly.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:58 PM
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If the bitter apple spray doesn't work (Tessa laughed in the face of all the brands of bitter apple spray), tabasco sauce does. One lick is all it takes, Now when I bring out the bottle to use as a condiment, Tessa high tails it. It does stain, however, but it was the only thing that stopped Tessa from eating her way through our drywall. If the bitter apple does work, or even lime juice?, try spraying it on your arms. Don't put it on your hands though because it really tastes awful (experience), it helped me somewhat.

Mostly she just grew out of it. I learned to tire her out throughout the day with training and exercise, so by night time she was a little sedated. I also pin pointed 7:30 as her crazy time, so that's the time I began feeding her/giving her a chew (like a bully stick or kong); I think she stopped being psycho puppy by around 8 months.
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My puppy loves spicy things. I have to watch her very carefully so she doesn't sneak hot peppers out of my garden. Tabasco doesn't work for her neither does bitter apple.
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I'm late to this thread, but I'll offer my two cents:

1. is your dog still teething? it may be biting due to that.

2. I had to put my dog in time outs in his crate a lot, especially for biting. He would start ripping up the carpet or biting his food mat or biting dish towels, etc. if I left him in the "puppy proofed" area for his time out. So I just resorted to moving him to his cage for a bit.

I ask about the teething, because my dog really calmed down on the biting when he got all of his adult teeth. He was still nippy and mouthy up until 1.5 months ago (he's 11 months old) but it calmed down a lot after teething, and calmed down even more as he got older.

He was also unaffected by bitter apple spray. I really think the teething, age, and repetition of training is what stopped so much biting. He still nips when he's riled up, but we pull our hands back (or leg, etc) and make a gasping or sharp inhaling sound, which usually gets his attention, then we get up and turn around, noses in the air, and ignore him for about 20 seconds. Theo responds really well to sharp inhaling, but not fake yelping. He also responds to a stern OUCH.

I don't know if any of this is helpful, but mostly I just wanted to support you in crating for time outs and also share that my dog was unaffected by bitter apple as well!

Do you have any bones or antlers for your dog? That could help get out some of the chewing desires.
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@R26475 the problem will stop,really, it will, especially with enough training. I really feel your pain and frustration, because my puppy was a biter, a thief, and a wound up hyperbarker after 7pm. It seemed like nothing I did wore him out. I found that an antler, stuffed Kong, or a puzzle toy really helped. It bought me some time to myself, and it helps dispense some energy. Theo would bark and nip at me when I denied him something from the table, and it will stop. I worried my dog would be a little s*** forever, but he's not! It just took time and him growing up a little bit, and repetition of training. But on days when I was really frustrated, I'd feel afraid that this would never end. I hope that gives you some support! If not, read through some of my old threads...you can see how often I'd get to my wits end!


**by the way this is a comment on an earlier post you made on page 1!**
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I remember when my parent's dog was very young he was an incredibly bad biter. It took a lot of patience, but if you are consistant with replacing your hand,legs, whatever with a toy he will eventually get it.

My 10 week old is a pretty bad biter, but when he bites me I just shove one of his chew toys in his mouth. It's frustrating, but if you're consistant it'll work in the long run
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