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Old 02-01-2011, 01:12 PM
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Puppy loves to bite

I have read article after article about how to stop this behavior, but none of it is very cut and dry and clear to me. They all basically say to encourage acceptable behavior and discourage unacceptable behavior.... well duh! But how? If I praise her whenever she's not biting, can a dog really link the praise to what it's NOT doing? It's also not peeing in the house at that moment, it's also not jumping up at that moment, it's not doing a million things, so how does she know that she's being praised for not biting?

It's all cute because she's a puppy and it doesn't hurt, but it won't be so cute when she's full grown and bites someone's toddler. So I want to put a stop to this ASAP. Any successful methods out there you'd like to share?
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The simple answer is that its all about prevention and patterning. ALWAYS have a soft toy to shove in her mouth when you are engaging with her. Keep your hands, feet, voice quiet and don't get her all wound up. Make the toy the more enticing stimulus. If you have to, smear a bit of peanut butter on the toy. Never use your hands as playthings, so don't ruffle her up with your hands such that she wants to play with your hands as she would another puppy.

If she gets wild and starts biting your pants, sleeves, etc. calmly disengage from her, walk away, leave her in a "time out" for a minute or two.

The good news is puppies grow up and don't need to bite everything all the time.

If you check out some of the "puppy biting" threads (do a site search) you'll find some video links on how to train a la Kikopup methods. Or go to kikopup's channel and do a site search there.
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I will do just that. Thanks!!
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I did something similar with my puppies. If they got too mouthy, even if it wasn't biting, I just got up and walked away and ignored them..instantly. Right when they put their mouths on me, I stood up and turned my back to them to ignore them. Once they settled, I'd praise them and encourage more playing. They learned that when they wanted to engage with me, they had to keep their mouths off my skin.

This was big with my rotty since they are naturally a mouthy breed, and I never want a stranger to get the wrong impression from her since she isn't the slightest bit aggressive.

It worked though. Now my rotty just nuzzles me instead of nipping or "gumming" me (since she never actually bit down.)



My coworker had a nipping pit bull puppy and she found that putting a toy in his mouth to distract his energy into something positive worked for him. Now he picks up his own toy when he wants to play so he's learned to control his own oral fixation this way. So it's all based on the dog which methods will work best.
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I've started keeping toys nearby to give to her when she wants to nibble me. I haven't tried ignoring her yet, but it's something I'll start doing. Thanks so much!
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You could try doing some treat training as well. Its super simple, hold treats in hand and let your dog go to town. Stopping of course if it starts to hurt. When the dog backs up start to open your hand, if she starts towards your hand quickly close it. When she backs completely off give her a treat. Eventually she will begin to associate backing off and not eating your hand gets her a treat. So by not going after what she wants she gets what she wants... This impulse control helped greatly with my puppy! It could work for you.

Good luck! working on it now while she's young is the way to go!
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Have you tried 'Yelping' when she mouths you? Make her think that shes hurt you.
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I have heard the same thing about yelping. If you let out a loud cry it usually stops them. The same thing happens when you watch puppies play and bite each other-the yelp usually makes them stop. After I would yelp I would say "no biting". I have rotties also, biting or mouthing was not acceptable from when they were babies.
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Have you tried 'Yelping' when she mouths you? Make her think that shes hurt you.
Yes I have. And not every time was a fake yelp. It does nothing. It doesn't phase her a bit, she just keeps on gnawing away.
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I have heard the same thing about yelping. If you let out a loud cry it usually stops them. The same thing happens when you watch puppies play and bite each other-the yelp usually makes them stop. After I would yelp I would say "no biting". I have rotties also, biting or mouthing was not acceptable from when they were babies.
I must admit, we did this since ours was a puppy, and the same as you debpass, we said no biting....... but he still mouths us when he gets excited but does know, exactly, what no biting means!! So not totally cured.....

I cant help thinking perhaps its bred into them, as a guard dog?
Maybe Im wrong?.......
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