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Aggressive biting or play biting?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by MatthewBrown12, Jun 29, 2019.


  1. MatthewBrown12

    MatthewBrown12 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    Me and my family have recently bought a black Labrador puppy named Leo, we picked him up at around 8 weeks old and he is now 16 weeks.

    My concern is his biting, it is non stop and very aggressive and painful, I have tried all the methods I have read online however nothing seems to be working.

    Just trying to seek some advice.

    Many thanks
    Matthew
     
  2. Woah

    Woah PetForums Member

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    Sounds like normal puppy behaviour, which will diminish in time. He’s trying to play with you in the same as he did his litter mates. Be consistent in not engaging in this behaviour, and firmly telling him no whilst turning your back on him and ignoring. Keep hands up and away (cross arms if need to) to prevent him nipping at them. Avoid wearing any clothing with loose dangly bits (until he grows out of this). Direct him to his toys and engage in play with these instead.
    Which methods have you tried I wonder? Bear in mind that it may take a little while for him to get the gist, just keep reinforcing the same “I’m not interested in this type of game or behaviour” message.
    My puppy Labrador was just the same at this age but he grew out of it after a few weeks, and Leo is bound to too as long as no one encourages this type of play.
    Good luck, and enjoy puppyhood.
     
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    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    He isn't aggressive, this is just an extension of the boisterous play he had with his littermates but he needs to learn this is not how to play with humans. Some people find a sharp 'ouch' works but it can just ramp up the excitement. Some people find putting a toy in the dog's mouth works, others find the puppy is still more interested in nipping hands. My preferred method is to teach him that teeth on skin equals end of fun. So as soon as he makes contact, walk out of the room for a few moments. As long as the whole family is consistent - do it immediately and do it every time - he will learn. You could use a house line to draw him away, which keeps your hands both out of reach and also keeps hands for only good things.
     
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    We have a 10 week old Labrador puppy who does the same in mad moments, I call them red mist. It is very painful I agree and has caused lots of minor injuries and, yes, it seems aggressive especially if accompanied by growling but, as has been said, its just puppy behaviour. She generally does it when we're sitting down. She will lunge and bite. From what we have researched, this isn't exactly play, its the puppy seeing how hard he can bite and learning what is and what isn't acceptable pressure from your reactions. Loud ouches don't work with her so we get up and walk away though this results in her following and nipping at ankles and clothing. Sometimes distracting her with a toy with do the trick but, if all else fails, we have found a frozen kong works wonders. Fill a kong with a meaty food, peanut butter etc. and freeze it. Give it to your pup and it will keep him entertained for about half an hour and his focus away from you. Alternatively, if you have a crate, put him in it, not as a punishment but for time out in order to calm down. Have you taken him to training classes?
     
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    Jamesgoeswalkies PetForums VIP

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    Trying all the methods suggested online can be very confusing to a young pup - especially as some of the suggestions online tend to be confrontational - you may find that this has perpetuated the problem - so personally I would chose and employ one method consistently - and generally for me, that tends to be the diffuse and walk away/exclude method (as described above by the other posters).

    Trying to recognise before your pup gets over threshold is also a great way to prevent and therefore help pup stay calm.

    J
     
  6. MatthewBrown12

    MatthewBrown12 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    Everything you are saying sounds exactly like Leo too haha! The frozen peanut butter in the kong sounds like a good trick we are going to try that one thank you.

    On the topic of training classes, we are considering them, I feel they will be beneficial for us and Leo. Did you take your lab to them? If so were they beneficial?

    Many Thanks
    Matthew
     
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    MatthewBrown12 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you all for the responses, I feel as if the majority recommend to walk away/turn back from the situation which we are going to implicate and hopefully it works.

    Its also nice to know that this is just normal puppy behaviour and nothing to worry about.

    Cheers
    Matthew
     
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    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    @MatthewBrown12 - we should have said - the advice is usually paid for in puppy pictures ... :rolleyes:
     
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    We are booked to start puppy classes run by Dogs Trust in two weeks. Its vital to learn the rules while they are young enough and it socialises them with other puppies. The first week nearly drove me mad but she is settling and learning her boundaries bit by bit.

    Love to see photos of your pup.
     
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    MatthewBrown12 PetForums Newbie

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    Haha! Here he is. He is a cheeky boy!
    leo 2.jpg leo 3.jpg
     
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    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    Gorgeous - you posted two pics so you can ask another question, didn't you! :D
     
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    Their classes have a good reputation, I don't think you will be disappointed.
     
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    They all look so similar when they are that age. Here's our Purdey

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