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So I've mentioned before, I'm a bit allergic to dogs and very to cats. I've forced my allergy to be more minimal with dogs since I love em over the years. The worse is that I could get now are fits of sneezes the first day only of meeting a new dog, eyes get red only if I put my hands in my eyes before washing and scratches raise in irritation and become itchy. Cats trigger asthma.

So the problem is is that, Strider likes to play. With teeth and claws. He seems to have absolutely no interest in balls and chew toys. He thinks my fingers are chew toys. Frankly, I think he my have the sharpest teeth and most powerful jaws I've come across. Course, I don't really ever find my hands in dog mouths until him. lol... anyway, I can't seem to distract him or to tell him not to chew my fingers. Sometimes it feels like he's using them to pull me to his level. Which I have and he automatically rolled onto his back. yet will still chew my hands. When given the chance he'll nom on my forearm.
The raw hide I gave him actually is almost done too.
Plus if I pull my hand away, he jumps and claws streak down my body x.x; So I now have several scratches on my legs.
So far I tried, "ouch" and *whine*. He ignores ouch but whine makes him hesitate but he continues chewing. Like, he doesn't believe me that it hurt. I got frustrated and did the sit hand signal in which he sat but then jumped up to the bed to try to nip me and scratch at me more. I hugged my knees, whined then gave the down again. He left me alone after that.
What should I do about this behavior?
 

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Um do not yell at the dog, isn't he a puppy? When he starts to bite, if it is irritating you simply pull your hand away and turn away from him or get up and walk away from him. Yelling is just going to scare the dog and then he may continue to bite more.
 

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Um do not yell at the dog, isn't he a puppy? When he starts to bite, if it is irritating you simply pull your hand away and turn away from him or get up and walk away from him. Yelling is just going to scare the dog and then he may continue to bite more.
this is great advice. what strider wants most is your attention. when you stop giving it to him for this behavior, he will learn that nice manners=mom paying attention to him. mouthing and jumping up=mom going away.
i think we mentioned before about exercise? tiring him out should make this type of thing happen a little less.
i think that since you can't get dog slobber on you, structuring games could be good. you could play hide and seek (good for recall) use a chuck-it for fetch or just take some time to shape behaviors (are you clicker training?) 101 Things to Do with a Box | Karen Pryor Clickertraining this was posted on another thread...i think that if you put some time into this sort of training it would be really great for both you and strider...build confidence and all sorts of great benefits. also it would help to stimulate strider's brain.



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Whatever you do don't push back at all...they like being pushed and it gets them even more excited...always pull away.

If hes being a total knucklehead still....just say ouch, then silently stand up and leave the room...

I know he may not like toys...but if hes being mouthy...keep stuffed toys in your hand and praise any microsecond hes mouthing the toy..hes bound to do it...even if its on accident....he'll get what your doing if your consistant and eventually will seek out the toy instead, all by himself

<------this little monster used to be the same way...now you can't even get him to chew on you if you try.. Hes also toy crazy now... It might take a week or more for your pup to get it 100%, don't get discouraged. :)



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What we've always done with our dogs for 'rough housing' or rough play is this-and it might actually be PERFECTLY suitable to your situation.

We have those thick mitts for winter-with the plastic outside and all stuffed and soft. I wear those and say 'Play time'

Then we rough house-they dog's love it because they can play more as if I'm a real dog -biting and jumping-because iftdoesn't hurt.

Then when we're done, I take the gloves off and put both my hands flat out (as the signal) and say "Game Over" and that means they have to stop. They really seem to get it and can 'turn off' being a feirce fignting dog, and 'turn on' lap dog when I tell them game over.

So if you paired the gloves with a long sleeved shirt (old!! It will get beat up) you could induldge Strider's want to play fight, and incorporate the 'game over' and 'play time' so he knows not to rough house otherwise ;)
 

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That is actually a good idea with the thick mittens.

Till I get those, I've been saying ow and pulling my arms away. He's actually responded and a bit less likely to nom my hands. INSTEAD he goes for me feet. So I've been getting up, facing him and stepping back. So he tried to circle around and get my heels, again I pulled away. He started whining when I completely removed myself to my high bed because he kept doing it.

I also tried to get him to mouth his ball as a distraction. It worked a bit. He became interested when I bounced it and pounced on it when I rolled it but then he immediately left it to rub his side on my leg. Yeah I can't wait to buy that clicker XD I think I'll have him chasing a ball in no time.
 

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Heheh sounds like your doing good already :)
 

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AHH the pulling away isn't working, he's nomming me a live!!! The facing away when jumping makes him grab onto my hips and he chases me when I pull my feet. I stomp on the ground and he jumps back and it seems to have accidentally turned into a game! I didn't want to and I'm not a screamer but I've had to raise my voice and say GET DOWN. he stops looks at me then decides to leave me alone or lunge at me.
 

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(Some may disagree with me here) Pull your hand away (say something, I usually make a sound that I cannot spell but means no, lol), Stop every movement, put your hand up (not in a threatening way) with one finger up (he will learn that this is his sign to stop and focus), make eye contact, and In a firm, confident voice say "no". Do not yell, and do not hit him, but use a calm strong voice with enough volume to get you dogs attention. Much like a good parent talks to a child that is out of control. This is the technique I used on all my dogs, past and present, and they are well behaved and loving to all. This technique will not work on (sorry, no insult meant) foo foo dogs, only larger breeds like shepherds, hounds, etc. All I have to do now is make that sound and my hounds stop what they are doing and move on.

It may take some time to get his attention, and for him to understand. There is no quick fix for something like this in my opinion.
 
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