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Hard Biting.

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by jellyboots, May 25, 2010.


  1. jellyboots

    jellyboots PetForums Newbie

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    Hello!

    I have just adopted a Staffy/Rottweiler cross from a dog home and I'm having a little bit of trouble with him biting. He's only 12 weeks old so I know it's normal for a puppy to bite and as he was brought in as a stray he possibly wasn't trained not to bite before this, but his biting is really hard, usually breaking the skin and leaving bad bruising.

    He's okay in the house and if he bites it's not too hard. When he does it in the house I "yelp" and he stops straight away but when we go outside he seems to think it's okay to bite really hard and sometimes will start biting as soon as we leave the house. He just seems to get too carried away but yelping/turning my back on him doesn't work as he then bites the back of my legs etc. I can't physically stop him because he just thinks I'm playing then. I'd prefer not to physically restrain him anyway as I don't want him to be scared that I might hurt him. I've started to just walk away and back into the house as quickly as possible to give him a "time-out" and this seems to stop him but I was wondering if anyone else had any experience of this and what would help?

    Other than this he is a lovely boy and all his other training is going really well!
     
  2. lucysnewmum

    lucysnewmum PetForums Senior

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    goodness me...what a mix....staffy and rottie!!! thats going to be some power in those jaws so you need to stop this behaviour RIGHT NOW!
    i would suggest a behaviourist to give you some help if you are having trouble manageing it on your own.

    the most common way of stopping a dog play biting is to use the LEAVE IT.
    when you take him out for a walk after his injections are done make sure you have him on a halti...this will at least give you the control of his head and you should be better able to reinforce your LEAVE IT when he tries to bite.
     
  3. jellyboots

    jellyboots PetForums Newbie

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    Yeah, that's what's worrying me, he's a strong dog already! I'm trying to teach him not to bite so hard and then hopefully to not bite at all!

    I'm confident he'll stop it though :) It's just difficult because he does get carried away and it hurts! When he's able to go walking I'll socialise him as much as possible and make sure he gets lots of exercise so he's too tired for biting!
     
  4. Leah84

    Leah84 PetForums VIP

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    well you already know my advice but just a thought, have you got a squeaky ball? banjo can be mouthy when we first walk in the house (although not as bad as harley) so we leave a squeaky ball near the door and squeak it then throw it to distract her and when she brings it back she gets a treat. dunno if that would work with him but it`s worth a try.

    you should put some pics of him up too he`s such a cutie :D
     
  5. Tori_86

    Tori_86 PetForums Junior

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    Hi, I too have a Rotty cross at 12 weeks, I'm thinking she might be crossed with a staffy. We've had her from her being about 4 weeks old as she was left in a box with her sister at the police station my partner works at. Because she was so young she has never had litter mates and a mum to teach her bite inhibition (sp) so we've had to do it. She's far better than she was and is getting better every day. We make a loud noise and then ignore her. Up until recently it didn't seem as if it was working but she's wanting more attention now and she seems to be getting it.
    Have you got pics of your little pup?
    Here's a couple I've just taken of Mia
     

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    Mum2Heidi PetForums VIP

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    Heidi is only a little terrier but we found "ouch" didnt work so I used to start a game of play by pushing her cuddly toy in her mouth before she got close to any skin. Making the game with her toy seemed to distract her enough and she stopped it. Like I said, she is only a little terrier and I know it would mean you carrying around a rather large teddy, but it would be better than sore legs/arms.
     
  7. goodvic2

    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    What a georgoussssssssssssssssss dog!

    good on you for giving her a home x x
     
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