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Old 09-12-2012, 04:11 PM
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my Border terrier puppy is biting toes and clothing

yeah hes only 7 weeks and hes growling as he bites toes i know its him being a puppy it only happends if hes to hyper and me and my family get up to do things and hes there all the time biting at are fingers,toes and clothing please help i want to nip this in the bud now before it gets out of hand its reallly stressful yeah i've only had him for 4 days now i exchange him with toys but oh no he wants the clothing and feet trouble is he clamps on please help he knows sit and i've been doing the trainng everyday with him what should i do?
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terriers can be like that...and of course nobody likes it. It hurts! I know people say give your dog a time out but I never liked that idea because I'm not trusting the dog that age in my house and I don't want him to think crating is punishment. I first stop moving and then say "EH" "No biting!" and then would hand something ok to chew on. When he takes the chew toy into his mouth praise him. Some of this is going to be prevention...wear them out with play. At this age you're a little early for walks (esp with the vaccine issue) but you can tug or give him kongs and other things to wear him out mentally. With tug you must always win. To make sure I always win, I taught "drop it" by holding a treat over his nose an saying "drop it" when I wanted him to quit tugging. If you play tug correctly it won't give you a monster aggressive dog. One of my favorite, most loving dogs we ever had was a tug junkie.

A lot of people say to "yip" like a dog that has got bitten but with my terrier it made him more excited and more intent on biting me. Never had a border terrier but I'm assuming since they are bred for similar things a thing that squeaks when you bite it might reinforce the bite...you are like a giant squeaky mouse.

With mine I also taught "leave it" and it worked great for when he has that "look" in his eyes to help him learn to control that impulse and redirect his attention.

Part of it is you are gonna have to try to prevent it as much as possible til he just starts outgrowing it. Now if mine is acting nuts I stick him in a thundershirt and that helps, but I wouldn't waste money on a thundershirt for a dog that has that much growing to do. It has definitely gotten a lot better but he has his devil dog moments still...to be expected for a 7 mo dog.

anyway, I did a lot of things and what I'm telling you is what worked for my dog. a lot of the very soft methods made it worse and a trainer suggested harder methods (like a shake can) and that also made it worse. I had to find a happy middle ground on my own.

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yeah hes only 7 weeks and hes growling as he bites toes i know its him being a puppy it only happends if hes to hyper and me and my family get up to do things and hes there all the time biting at are fingers,toes and clothing please help i want to nip this in the bud now before it gets out of hand its reallly stressful yeah i've only had him for 4 days now i exchange him with toys but oh no he wants the clothing and feet trouble is he clamps on please help he knows sit and i've been doing the trainng everyday with him what should i do?
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I've personally found that letting out a high pitched yelp like another dog would do if they were being hurt helps. If, as marbear said, he only gets more excited, forgo the yelping... obviously. :P Another thing that works is immediately ignoring them. Do you have a gate set up for your puppy? Or an area that you can go to, that he can't?
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When our puppies started getting bity , we did put them in time outs of about 30 seconds - 2 minutes (or however long it took for them to calm down), depending on how obnoxious they were. Sometimes we used a crate, sometimes we put them on the other side of a puppy gate and sometimes we tied them to a door nob. They learned pretty quickly to calm down and they all love their crates 5 years later, but it depends on what else you use the crates for.

-It does depend on how you do the time out - we always calmly put the dog in their spot with a gently "nope" or "too much!", and when we released them, we continued playing.

Have you tried a flirt pole? Or a long piece of rope and with a dog toy at the end and have them chase that (like a cat). If you start putting it to a cue (like "get it" or "chase"), then you can redirect your hyper puppy to chase and pounce on something other than people.
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terriers can be like that...and of course nobody likes it. It hurts! I know people say give your dog a time out but I never liked that idea because I'm not trusting the dog that age in my house and I don't want him to think crating is punishment. I first stop moving and then say "EH" "No biting!" and then would hand something ok to chew on. When he takes the chew toy into his mouth praise him. Some of this is going to be prevention...wear them out with play. At this age you're a little early for walks (esp with the vaccine issue) but you can tug or give him kongs and other things to wear him out mentally. With tug you must always win. To make sure I always win, I taught "drop it" by holding a treat over his nose an saying "drop it" when I wanted him to quit tugging. If you play tug correctly it won't give you a monster aggressive dog. One of my favorite, most loving dogs we ever had was a tug junkie.

A lot of people say to "yip" like a dog that has got bitten but with my terrier it made him more excited and more intent on biting me. Never had a border terrier but I'm assuming since they are bred for similar things a thing that squeaks when you bite it might reinforce the bite...you are like a giant squeaky mouse.

With mine I also taught "leave it" and it worked great for when he has that "look" in his eyes to help him learn to control that impulse and redirect his attention.

Part of it is you are gonna have to try to prevent it as much as possible til he just starts outgrowing it. Now if mine is acting nuts I stick him in a thundershirt and that helps, but I wouldn't waste money on a thundershirt for a dog that has that much growing to do. It has definitely gotten a lot better but he has his devil dog moments still...to be expected for a 7 mo dog.

anyway, I did a lot of things and what I'm telling you is what worked for my dog. a lot of the very soft methods made it worse and a trainer suggested harder methods (like a shake can) and that also made it worse. I had to find a happy middle ground on my own.
I really do not want to do time out it will just mean he can do it again thanks I'm a bit confused on how to teach him leave it because I worry my cuson is coming round on the Saturday and she's rather loud I do not want my hard work undone thanks for telling me it's terrier a thing the latching on I do try to ignore it but that never works so yeah yelping don't work it fires him up even more
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I've personally found that letting out a high pitched yelp like another dog would do if they were being hurt helps. If, as marbear said, he only gets more excited, forgo the yelping... obviously. :P Another thing that works is immediately ignoring them. Do you have a gate set up for your puppy? Or an area that you can go to, that he can't?
I may have to go out of the room and let him whine till I come back too see if that makes a diffrence I just don't want to live with a dog that wants killing my clothing and flesh many thanks
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Thanks I'll take things on boad and see if the little moneky learns or atleast calms down a bit or sorter calmer when having a silly moment the running around is fine I understand he's just burning off his energy and needs too
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Grrr my mum is not being consisten in what I say too her he's been to hyper today I have people round and he's going crazy and I mean crazy he's doing the biting and growling again it's really annoying me I try to get him to stop ignoring him does not stop him having 3 people in the house and more people he's very hyper I canot cope my mum says one thing my dad agrees on what I say as dad And I want the perfect dog not a crazy dog that will get so hyper that I have remove him when it's just me he don't do it as much he stops doing it and relaxes I can control his hyper ness then
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It is always a challenge when there are different training styles in the house. I had my mom's dogs trained to sit quietly when we came in the door, and when I came back from school, they were hyper and jumping again! I asked my mom about it, and she said she wanted happy, hyper dogs when she go home and dogs who sit quietly just weren't as satisfying for her. So obviously, her dogs will always go crazy when she gets home, no matter what training I or anyone else may do with them. At least she can calm them down within a couple minutes

Try not to pester the others who don't agree with you though, as it often makes them more resistant to changing. And creating a "us" versus "them" mentality is a sure-fire way to enable more fighting in the house. It's easier in the long run to get an idea of what everyone actually wants and expects of your dog and how much time and effort they are willing to get there.

Like my mom wanting dogs who show what she defines as "happy to see you" signals when she walks in the door - I had thought she simply didn't want to take the time to train them to sit quietly, so I did it for her, only to have her admit that wasn't what she wanted at all. Since I knew I was moving out in a few years and they were staying with her, I just shrugged and resigned myself to having her dogs to go crazy for a few minutes when I visit (although they still don't jump on me, rather from a foot away, they jump straight in the air).
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Well the thing is he's my dog not my mum he's mouthing far too much she did not do nothing about it he's ment to behave I want a perfect dog that I'm proud off that he will not bite people she's too soft in the end he will suffer me being firm will make him a much better dog she's out numbered dad and I do what is right you would not let a kid get away with things s why should I let him growl and be agressive towards people he maybe a puppy but I need to get rid of this behaviour in. My eyes everyone has to be on board and agree mum will only give in if he whines
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