Originally Posted by Zgoldielocks
My puppy has been mouthing me alot lately, I have been trying to re-enforce the proper things to chew on, by replacing my arm with a toy. Sometimes she just won't stop. When I tell her no, she seems to get defiant and barks at me repeatedly and backs up as she does it, then lunges to bite at me again. I have started putting her in her "room" after she repeatedly does this and doesn't back off. Does she understand the word no? And hate it? She does cause some damage, I have cuts from her puppy teeth. She is already 45lbs and is gonna be 4mo old in 5 days. She also grabs clothing and pulls on them, has torn a few items of clothing.
She doesn't understand no, but she may be reacting to the tone of your voice if you are saying it in a serious, stern, voice.
You're halfway on the right track.
What I do with landshark puppies, is NEVER play with them with my hands and feet, my rule is no puppy teeth on my skin or clothing. Be calm and gentle with them, no getting them riled up, it just makes them lose what little control they have. Don't move fast past them, it tends to cause them to want to chase and catch.
After that I set about teaching them that the ONLY way I will play is if he has a toy in his mouth. To do that...
1. When he bites me I give him a toy and play with him with it.
2. If he drops it and tries biting me again I again give him the toy and play with him with it.
3. If he drops it a third time and bites me again I get up and get out of reach.
4. After a few minutes I'll go back and try again. Repeating steps 1-3 as needed.
5. Expect the training to take a few weeks, puppies tend to forget and tend to loose control when they are excited or overtired, so it might seem that he'll never earn but he will!
To get out of reach I do a few things, and it depends on the size of the puppy. If I have a chair, couch, or bed, that the pup is to small to follow me onto I'll get on there and ignore him. I will also leave the room by crossing a baby gate or closing the door on him so he can't follow. If I can't do either of those then I'll put the pup in a crate or ex-pen and give him a chew or something to keep him occupied.
If you suspect the pup is overtired and losing control due to that you can put him in his crate and leave him in it 5 or 10 min to see if he'll take a nap. A tired puppy can be very nippy.
If he's insisting on paying the chase the feet, bite the ankle game, you can try redirecting to a toy, or you can arm yourself with kibble (if he loves it) or treats broken into very small (the size of your little fingernail) pieces. Then when you get up and walk, drop him a couple pieces of the food as you walk along.