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  1. rosc99

    rosc99 PetForums Junior

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    ..... Our puppy has settled in very nicely..... he loves to bite and chew , we have encouraged him to use his chew toys and he seems to like them. I hide treats with them... I have been told it helps.
    The thing is..... he loves fighting and trying to bite your hands,feet and face during this play fighting.
    Should I treat this as " play and learning "..... or is this a sign of things to come .... and I should nip it in the bud
     
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    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    Puppys should not be allowed to bite. If you do not teach them now, how do you plan to teach it when it is fully grown?

    Read up on the bite inhabition. There are lots of threads under "dog training and behaviour" or google it.

    Remember, what every you accept and encourage now, will shape the pups future. Bit like kids..... a lack of discipline and rules when they are young and they tend to become criminals!
     
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    Hi, a good rule for puppy training (and dogs) is Start as you mean to go on. So if you don't want him biting when he is older, don't alow it now, as the longer you let him get away with things, the harder it will be to stop him.
    Prevention is far easier than cure :)
    Encourage him to bite the chews and toys and tell him 'no' and replace your hand/foot for a toy, he will soon get the hang of it.

    x
     
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    rosc99 PetForums Junior

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    its hard.... We will defo start to do that.... but he is a persistant little git , I think Jack Russell are. As soon as he is 12 weeks and has had his jabs we will be going to puppy training classes....... hopefully that will put us on the right track

    Also he loves biting our feet when we are sat down...or more worryingly as we walk...... the wife and I can be careful.... but our two kids
     
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    Ducky PetForums VIP

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    definety nip that in the bud straight away.

    if when you are playing with the puppy, he starts to nip and bite, just stop play and walk away until he is calm again. then continue to play. and carry this on any time he starts to nip. hopefully he will realise that in doing so he stops having fun. might take a bit of persistance though!
     
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    JRTs are right little buggers, my mum's is probably the queen of them all! :rolleyes: so stubborn it's like trying to get blood out of a stone :p

    but persistence is the key, you'll get there in the end.

    If your pup keeps biting why not make a high pitched noise? It startles them and they don't like it :)
     
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    rosc99 PetForums Junior

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    YEP......he is stubborn alright...... I guess it will just take time..... we are doing the right things.... but it dont seem to be going in...... but wehave only had him 5 days
     
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    sequeena PetForums VIP

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    5 days is nothing, you probably won't be able to teach him anything substantial right now as he's a bit young :p
     
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    Have you begun socialising him yet?

    The optimum socialisation period for pups is 6-12 weeks. After this time, it becomes more difficult. Some argue that if you do not do it within this period (or there abouts) you can never fully catch up.

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