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Puppy Biting

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by NikiJackson, Feb 21, 2008.


  1. NikiJackson

    NikiJackson PetForums Newbie

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    My dalmatian puppy ( 11 weeks old) is biting a lot lately and today she bit me really hard and made me bleed. She always goes to bite when my hands are near her neck/collar or when I am trying to get something out her mouth that she shouldn't have.

    Also when we are having a cuddle she will start biting into my arm or anywhere else she can reach. I tell her no and use the lead to direct her away from me and this seems to make her even more aggressive.

    Is this normal puppy behaviour or am I doing something wrong?

    Niki
     
  2. RachaelKeisha

    RachaelKeisha PetForums Newbie

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    its good that you have picked up on this at such an early age, it is quite normal for puupys to mouth as this is a way in which they interact with their littermates however they learn off the bothers/sisters and mother what is acceptable level of biting. as you are now the mother role its important you learn her that this biting is unappectable otherwise it will get worse as she gets older.
    the first and main thing to put in place is the rule that hands are not play toys, this tends to be mostly men who playing with the dog will play fight with the hands, this sends the dog the singnal that its ok to play and bite hands.
    next whenever she bites/mouths you you need to really object to it, best ways I have found that work the quickest is to just shout a really loud NO! in a stern deep voice, then straight away turn away from her and blank for a couple of minutes, repeat this exercise everytime she bites. if you dont make the 'NO!' comand loud and deep she will think your just playing. The first couple of times you do it may scare her a bit but thats what you need, its not as cruel as it sounds and works quick.
    not sure what other advice you have had but if anyone tells you to tap the end of her nose then dont as the dog's nose is a very sensive part of its body and this is a uneffective and unpleasent way to correct her.
     
  3. NikiJackson

    NikiJackson PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks so much for your help, I will let you know how I get on.

    Niki
     
  4. Animal_Lover

    Animal_Lover PetForums Newbie

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    Its VERY normal for a puppy to bite and its something she will grow out of in time, I'd advise when you cuddle her and she starts biting make a loud OUCH everytime she does it and it will startle her, it won't work over night it can take a couple of weeks for it to work but it will, also if the OUCH sound dosen't work, put her into a room on her own everytime she does it and keep her there for 10 minutes and it will teach her that its wrong to bite. And never smack your puppy for biting as it will make them worse.

    I did this with my Staffy and it worked wonders.
     
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    Hi she may also be sore in the mouth if puppy teeth are on the move we used to give Daisy our lab cold raw carrot out of the frige it soothed her gums but also meant she could chew something hard to eliviate the desire to chew , it made a mess to start with bloody carrot everywhere, but she soon began to eat them too and now they are her favourite treat better than biscutes any day .Ignoring the bitting is ok to a point but you must tell her NO or NO BITE every time dont laps and let her sometimes and wonder why its not sinking in,
    Andrea
     
  6. daniellechua

    daniellechua PetForums Newbie

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    How to stop your dog from biting?Your puppy loves bitting as 11 weeks old is the teething period. As bitting will reduce the pain during teething. Naturally, dog learn to inhibit their bite when they are four months old from his siblings, parents and friends. As he is staying with us instead of his family members so we take up the responsibility to train him.

    How to train your puppy to stop from bitting? Get him on training.

    First, whenever you puppy bite you, you need to inform him let him know you are suffering. When he bites you, try to yield or making noise showing you are in pain. He will get shock and stop bitting immediately by looking at you innocently. Leave him alone for few seconds. The worse thing for puppies will be staying alone without companion. So they will realize, you don’t like them to do that. Remember to keep this action consistent and persistent when training your puppies.

    What can you do if you are not around? Crate training is the best! As you have no time to supervise them so crate them. But do remember to leave toys or treats for them when crating them as they might need toys or treats to ease the pain during teething. When they are chewing on the toys or treats, it will help to massage the gums of puppies. It will help to break the skin on the gums where new tooth come from and cut down the discomfort. Besides, chewing the toys or treats will help to ease the boredom when staying inside the crate. (Puppies are easily got bored with the toys so provide a wide variety of toys from time to time)

    Tips do not leave shoes or socks for your puppies to chew as this might develop misunderstanding for your puppies when they saw shoes or socks they will just bite it. If you are having a bitting maniac dog they might want to try with this method. Putting a nylon bone in the freezer and whenever he start bitting, give him the bone as the cold bone would numb his teeth a little and of course the chewing eases the pain too.

    Love and Understand your dog!
     
  7. Gemma83

    Gemma83 PetForums Senior

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    I give my pup ice when hes teething/ really chewy and bitey (sorry terrible use on english lang - but you know what I mean)

    It really seems to help as not only is it fun for him to chew on it numbs his gums so he dosn't chew anything for a while after. I found it great to give before meal times when he was going throuh the worst of the teathing, as it seemed to settle him a lot.

    Also its a great treat anyway as it has not fat/ calories, and mine now gets moer excited about the freezer door being opened then the fridge!
     
  8. nevenoah

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    hi, i have had my dachshund puppy for about 4 weeks now and she is also biting my hands and arms and even some times my face. i have been trying to teach her it is wrong from the start by saying no and turning away and ignoring her for a few minutes but for some reason its not working, she has plenty of toys and bones and even teething toys to chew on but she still seems to enjoy biting me instead. Is there anyone with some advice for me because i want to solve this problem soon as i have two small children and dont want her to bite them:(
     
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    You can buy rope toys for dogs in the shape of bones or cute little animals and soak them in water and then put them in the freezer. Give the frozen rope toy to your pup and the cold will help soothe hurting gums and provide an appropriate chew toy :0) Much better than your hand! Make sure you get the good quality rope toy with natural dyes in though.
     
  10. nevenoah

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    thanks will have to try something have just tried the off command someone told me about it seemed to work a bit then she bit me a few times really hard and just seemed to run about going crazy biting me even more
     
  11. lisa dyer

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    nevenoah, i have also tried the off command and the same thing happend to me, buster is 12 weeks old, and he went loopy aswell, a bit like a mad minute, i am keeping with the off command but i have also been giving him icecubes and they are working really well it has cut the biting down loads
     
  12. nevenoah

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    hi lisa will try that out thanks
     
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    Another good thing to do for teething is get an old towel damp it then put it in th freezer, the coldness will soothe babys gums.
     
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    That must be why my mutts like my hubbys damp face flannel. I just thought they were being pervy like trying to eat knickers!:eek:

    Sorry to lower the tone here, but with my lot if the clothes are not in the washing basket you can be sure that they will have a good chew!

    PS I have heard that if you plug the small end of a kong and fill it up with gravy and little bits of veg and pop it in the freezer that helps. Very messy though so one for eating outside or on some newspapers. Helps with boredom too, especially in hot weather xxx K
     
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    Make sure she's beginning to exercise. In packs puppies drain energy play fighting, but they soon learn when it gets too painful. Other puppies hurt them and they learn from experience who much pressure to apply. I would make hands a no go area. when she approaches make a sound... grr, No. tsst whatevr works. I tend to prefere Tsst or shhht. You can't put anger behind it at it can become a universal don't do that sound the pup can recognise and know enoughs enough.

    Don't encourage her to play tug of war games or chew bummer squeeky toys. These items and games encourage dogs pray drive and you don't want to do this as she's already displaying tendencies.

    Stimulate her mind with search games. Show her a treat. let her smel it. Then hide it in a room and let her find it. Encourage her to search helping her at first. She'll probably eat the treat when she finds it. Try to stop her and retreave the treat. Take her outside again and hide and repeat the game. This can teach her not to chew the treat so the game continues. When she eats the traet the game ends. It'll teach her that to bite down stops play.
     
  16. strawberrypie

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    Hello!

    I've been reading up about this recently- and apparently its really not a good idea to tell off you puppy for play biting.

    The thing is, the puppy thinks he is playing with you... you tell him off.. he gets confused because he thinks he's playing! He doesn't know that biting you is hurting you.

    What apparently works is 3 things:

    - The toy swap. When you are playing with him, and he bites you, exchange your hand for a toy and give him praise when he bites it, instead of biting you!
    - Socialise with other puppies. Puppies normally play and bite each other, and when the other puppies don't appreciate his biting, he will get the message.
    - When he bites you, make a high pitched noise and turn away and ignore him for a while. This is what other puppies do so it should let him know he has hurt you.

    I'm doing this with my puppy now... So we'll see how it goes!

    :)
     
  17. rrlaura

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    Puppies are starting to look for dominance at that age that is what the whole playing thing is really about. Biting hands is better adressed early rather than later, and short 'no' or if he doesn't respond a quick neck bite (done with the hand shaped as a claw and what the mother will do if something is not acceptable) but this has to be done very quickly, left to long the pup will not understand what your doing it for. Energy behind all these commands is vital, you cannot be angry! Always remember shoulders back head held high, act like a leader and he will respond much better.
    Done from experience, one very happy responsive puppy.
     
  18. RAINYBOW

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    I disagree with this approach for young puppies as i feel you could end up with a nervous head shy dog.

    Remaining calm and assertive and showing the dog this behaviour is unacceptable can be achieved by removing either yourself from the room or the pup.

    A large boisterous pup will see the "neck bite" (i am not even sure what this is :confused:) as an invitation to play more and then where do you go from there :confused:
     
  19. Midge1

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    Lets not forget or dismiss Positive reinforcement! It is a fundamental part of any behaviour shaping especially in young dogs. :)

    Simply ignoring or shouting or giving negative commands to any dog, although appearing to give instant results, are not enough to shape behaviour in a positive or permanent way.

    Yes ignore your pup whenever it tries to nip or bite you (sitting on your hands also helps) but remember to reward it once the nipping has stopped and it is calm. If your pup nips you while you are cuddling it, then simply stop cuddling it, and turn your entire body away from it, preferably do not use verbal commands and avoid eye contact. You will needs to have patience in abundance if this is to work but eventually you will see positive changes.
     
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    Excellent point. It is so easy when you get a new pup to just ignore it when it is behaving and revel in a few minutes peace but you really must reinforce when it is being calm and well behaved ;)

    i say it time and time again on here i can't recommend this book for all new puppy owners, good solid no nonsense advice ;)


    The Perfect Puppy: Britain's Number One Puppy Care Book: Amazon.co.uk: Gwen Bailey: Books
     
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