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Bitey puppy - help!!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Monkeypuppy, Jan 5, 2021.

  1. Monkeypuppy

    Monkeypuppy PetForums Junior

    Jan 5, 2021
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    Hi, I'm new to the forum and to puppy owning. We have had our little collie cross puppy for a week. He's 14 weeks old and the last we got him from, was struggling in her flat with his high energy.

    He's very bitey and nothing seems to be working. We really don't want to rehome him again but have children and its really getting us down. Please help with tips on how to get him to stop biting us.
  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

    Feb 1, 2016
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    It's really normal puppy behaviour, he is trying to engage you in play.

    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.
  3. O2.0

    O2.0 PetForums VIP

    May 23, 2018
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    You'll get some great suggestions for how to stop the biting but bear in mind no matter what method you use, it's going to take time and consistency. He's not going to stop biting over night or even in the next few weeks.

    Puppies bite, it's what they do.

    You have children. Same as it takes kids longer than one or two repetitions to learn how to use the toilet or how to share toys and not bonk their sibling when the sibling takes a toy, it's going to take your puppy time to learn not to bite.

    Explain this to your children. Explain that he is a baby puppy, and that he just can't help himself (he can't) and that you have to be patient.
    They will learn that the roudier they get, the harder he will bite and they will learn how to encourage him to play with a toy instead of their hands. It's good for kids to learn these things, a couple puppy nips won't hurt them, builds character and empathy for another being. It's all good :)
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  4. LotsaDots

    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

    Apr 15, 2016
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    Unfortunately it's part and parcel of having a puppy. The good news is he will grow out of it, our nearly 6 month old pup is getting much better now but still has his moments. A toy works well for us make sure you have different ones dotted around and mix them up regularly to keep it exciting. If he gets really hyper and bitey he's probably overtired so try a long lasting chew or kong and some time out.
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  5. Emlar

    Emlar PetForums Member

    Sep 29, 2020
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    Hi! We have a 10 week collie cross and I can confirm...he is a mini dinosaur :D he sounds like one when he yawns, and has teeth like one!

    We've found he gets more bitey the more wound up or over tired he is, so we know that's our cue to try and settle him down for a nap, or give him something calmer to do like a chew. He is also definitely bitey if you are picking him up or touching him when he doesn't want to be touched, so its important to teach your kids to read what he wants and is feeling, rather than expecting him to be always ready to play.

    Biting definitely seems part and parcel of having a puppy, so it would be sad if this little guy got rehomed for a second time in such a short space of time for normal puppy behaviour :(
    Lurcherlad likes this.
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