When should bite inhibition really settle in?

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Training and Behavior > Puppy Help

When should bite inhibition really settle in?

This is a discussion on When should bite inhibition really settle in? within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; Hey guys, Vent/question! I have my 7 month old puppy. I've been reading stuff on here about teaching puppies not to mouth/bite and putting all ...

User Tag List

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Dawnben

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-26-2014, 08:49 PM
  #1
Senior Member
 
Ronne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 169
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
When should bite inhibition really settle in?

Hey guys,

Vent/question!

I have my 7 month old puppy. I've been reading stuff on here about teaching puppies not to mouth/bite and putting all the suggestions into practice, with varying levels of success. It just seems like he hasn't really picked up on the bite inhibition. I don't know if I messed something up when he was younger?

He was with his mother and littermates until he was 9 weeks old, so I assume he got a good start on it then. The biting stopped for a while, then flared up again (which was teething, but took me a few days to catch on) and then was ok again. Now it feels like it's flared up again. He will actively go for my hands, sometimes just a nip (and if he gets me, it really hurts - I bruise immediately), other times he'll lay down quietly next to me and put a paw over my hand and try to start gnawing on it, like he would a bone/stick/chew toy.

I don't really wrestle with him for this reason, but sometimes it's like he has spurts of energy and just goes a little bit silly and really nippy. If we're outside playing tug, he's actually been a lot better with not accidentally mouthing me when he rearranged his grip, which I'm really happy with.

I'm not using the yelping anymore, because I feel like that encourages him. He'll sit back for a second like he's surprised and then pounce and get mouthier. Maybe because I sound too much like a squeaky toy. I redirect with a toy, but usually end up having to remove myself multiple times because he sometimes chooses my hands over the toys.

Although this is mostly vent, I was just wondering if anyone had the same troubles, and what age does the bite inhibition really kick in? Or what age should it be finalised by, I guess?
With other dogs he mostly licks and occasionally mouths, but seems to be fairly gentle, and with the cat he mostly just paws at him and licks his ears, then jumps around him like the clumsy puppy he is.

I just don't want to mess up my puppy! I mean, I don't like the biting because it damn well hurts, but I really don't want him to bite anyone else, (and my partner has a 4 yr old kid who he gets on weekends etc) so I really want to do the best I can to get this sorted in the best way possible. *Puppy and kid are ALWAYS supervised when they're together* Usually short interactions of "Do you want to teach Frankie to sit?" and then he gives him a treat and a pat. Restricted to short, positive interactions for both of them at this stage, as we're still working on Frankie getting over excited and jumping up. And when he gets on his back legs, he's taller than the kid, and probably weighs more than him too.
Ronne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2014, 01:04 PM
  #2
Senior Member
 
Dawnben's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,929
Mentioned: 82 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Have you tried clicker training with kikopup?
PS no cut off date on the biting. If you don't teach it the pup will never have it.
Randski likes this.

Last edited by Dawnben; 04-27-2014 at 01:07 PM.
Dawnben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 09:57 AM
  #3
Senior Member
 
Bigargylesock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: midwest
Posts: 516
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
It just takes a lot of repetition and practice. My dog is 11 months old and still gets mouthy from time to time, especially if he's wound up from playing, or when I have to put his harness on (still!!!!). He was still really mouthy around 7.5 months old.

I found that a quick inhale or a loud gasp was more effective in stopping the biting than yelping. Sometimes, a stern OUCH. works well too. When my pup continues to bite, even after we put something in his mouth, we gasp or say OUCH., stand up, turn our back to him, put our noses in the air, for about 20 seconds. This usually calms him down. Or get up, and move around the area but ignore for a bit.

Finally, we found great solace in the antler or bone. My dog will chew on this happily for over an hour. Sometimes, he just needs to chew!

So anyway...it's a work in progress. For a long, long time. Just repeat, repeat, repeat!
Bigargylesock is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 04-30-2014, 05:03 AM
  #4
Senior Member
 
Ronne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 169
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I'm definitely trying to teach it
I haven't looked at the clicker training for no biting, but I will do, thanks!

I shall try the gasp too. The yelp just makes him more excited. And yeah, he still needs to chew lots. Let's just say I'm glad my boyfriend isn't too fond of the cane furniture we have outside.....

I was just hoping that there wasn't some cut off date where they are less receptive to learning things like this in. Don't want to make it harder on either of us!
Ronne is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Tags
bite inhibition, biting, mouthing, puppy

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bite inhibition questions cookieface Dog Training and Behavior 10 02-10-2014 07:35 AM
Bite Inhibition ApplejackMom Puppy Help 19 11-12-2013 08:11 PM
too late to teach bite inhibition? naybaloog Puppy Help 2 09-15-2013 01:38 AM
Large dog with no bite inhibition Manchasd Dog Training and Behavior 5 12-31-2011 05:25 PM
Bite Inhibition? CrazyDragon Dog Training and Behavior 8 06-10-2010 11:17 AM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.