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Old 11-12-2012, 04:42 PM
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Unhappy Puppy BITING Barking

We just got our dog back in September. He is 3 and 1/2 months old. He is a boxer/mastiff/Rottweiler mix. He is very smart, knows sit, shake, roll over, and he does "find ****" my son. ... However.. HE IS CONSTANTLY BITING. Now I need to get across he doesn't bite to be mean. We have tested with him and his temperament, you can put your hands,face, in his food and he doesn't push you or care at all. You can Pull his tail, ears (not hard obviously) etc. and he won't care. But you cannot even pet him without him nipping you. He bites constantly!!!!!!!!!! Add to it I have a 3 year old son. He is very energetic and very into Colt. (the puppy) But now colt is almost the same size as him and he jumps onto him and bites and scratches. So when it comes to figuring out between Landon & Colt... GAHHH
Also he isn't very talkative, but when I sternly tell him "no sir" or down he barks back at me like he is boss.

I'm need to figure something out for getting him to quit biting!!!!
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:19 PM
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Have you enrolled him in obedience classes? If not I would definitely encourage you to do it now...he needs to know his limits and you need to know how to handle the situation you are in. I agree that you must do something soon before your child get really hurt.
My Nala was quiet a nipper too when we first got her but now she rarely nips and she is almost 4 months old. The most important thing would be to redirect his attention to something he can chew...make sure you have a variety of chew toys at his disposition. When he does nip yell very loudly " ouch or no". I'm sure you'll get other ideas from other members of the forum that have more experience but do enrol in obedience, you won't regret it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:27 PM
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Congratulations, you have a landshark. Google GSD landshark and you will find a zillion who are dealing/have dealt with this.

Your best option is to always have a toy to stuff in his mouth to redirect and praise with.... and be patient.
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Isnt it horrid, when you think they will NEVER stop biting the hand that feeds them!
It sounds like you have a obedient dog, that gets super energised and clumsy, jumping, goof.

I think that the dog is going into silly mood, and overstepping himself here. So time for some boundries being set. He'll thank you for them.

1. Provide him with non stop access to half a marrow bone. Replace when finished. Lift if you'rs will down it in one session though.
2. Put crib stop, or vics vapour rub, or deep heat on your hands, before playing.
3. He wants to bite and play, and that is fine, just redirect it onto a tug toy. Most dogs find it hard to bite you, if their gobs are filled with something else.

4. Teach: on your bed. Take him to his bed, and have him lay down, and reward for being there. Gradually increase time to 5 mins.
Then think of a traffic light system.
Red = stop
Amber = easy
Green = go
Keep your dogs behaviour indoors, in the green zone. Use on your bed, to settle the dog back down.

Red types of games, should be played outside. Not indoors.
Green types of games are for indoors, where's ? find ?

Your dog is not under control yet, and 10 mins training it twice a day, every day for 14 days, and i guarantee you, you will find a different dog underneath. And one that likes you more now.

No jumping allowed. From now on.
the front door does not get answered, till dog is sat where you want it. Use a lead for early stages. Once dog sits, begin to open the door. Stop and close door every time dog gets up. It must be sat to get the door open.
Once visitor is in the house:
All 4 paws are on the floor, or you are outside. Set this up with a friend/family member. And repeat. As often as it takes, for your dog to take control of ITSELF, to get what it wants, a good sniff of the interesting person!

You may of put your name down for a couch potatoe dog? FAIL lol
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@ subado
landshark, ive never heard this before. I did google it, yep, i had one of those!
needed chain male gloves at one point!
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Hi there,
first off, this might seem a little weird, but my suggestion is: Practice letting him bite you.

Why?
If he never bites you, he'll never learn he needs to bite you gently, and he'll never learn proper bite inhibition. Practicing letting him bite you may seem incredibly unappealing-it is. First practice letting him chew on your fingers, and when he bites harder than average, make an 'oww!' noise or turn away.

After a couple seconds, go back to what you were doing. Do a couple sessions, then make his challenge harder. Now, his bites that were 'average' before are the 'painful' ones you react to, and continue on like this until it's only licking, no biting at all.

This will teach him the strength of his bite, so if for whatever reason he does bite someone one day (we like to think it will not happen, but this is 'insurance'), he'll not just go from 0% to 100%.

Also, work on handling exercises with him. You say he doesn't mind tail pulling but he doesn't like being pet-so practice giving him treats as you reach over his head to pet him, so he learns that petting is good. Most dogs have to be taught to like being pet, especially on the head. They really don't like that hand reaching over them.

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Welcome to the forum.
What do you do when he bites? What do you do when he nips at you when petting him? Where are you petting him? What is he doing when you are trying to pet him? With a child that age you might have to teach him how to respond when jumped on and scratched. A puppy can get more excited from screaming or crying. The way we respond can help or make matters worse. Is he crate trained?
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Similar to what CD was talking about:

Sirius Dog Training#

Read the puppy biting article. Below are more about bite inhibition.

Dog Tip: Bite Inhibition -- an Essential Part of Socialization

Teaching Bite Inhibition | Dog Star Daily

Teaching Bite Inhibition - Whole Dog Journal Article

LM raises important questions that I would be interested in hearing your answers to as well..

(Also, if you scroll down below the quick reply box, there are related threads.)
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