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    My new baby Darla won't stop biting. She is only 6.5wks and its very affectionate and playful biting but it gets quite annoying after the fifth time when trying to lie in bed and she comes running over and bites you on the nose!

    At the moment all I have done is told her a stern NO and a gentle tap but she just thinks I'm playing even more. Is it just a matter of sticking it out until she is a little older and training her then or is there something I can start now?

    She also does it to our other Dog, who unfortunately does not have the best social skills and although hasn't shown one bit of aggression towards the pup, I'm a little worried she might snap back simply because she doesn't know how to just play. Its a learning process for both of them!

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    We were told to make sharp yelping noise at puppy school and it worked for us. We also tried not to give open hand to our puppy and many different toys. Good luck

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    I do a variation the mother did and still does to her pups. She disciplines by placing her mouth around the muzzle and growling. I place my hand around muzzle with a stern NO. Pups are now 8 months old, no biting though the male does connect his teeth with me at times but it is exuberance when he plays with me. He also fleas me whenever he can, lol.

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    I like to teach my puppies that they can mouth on me but not bite.
    Not only does this help with the alerting of the assistance dogs but IMO it shows my dogs that when they get a fright and they accidently bite, they only mouth not bite. Just my experience.
    What I do is when the pup bites my hand I hold their jaw. If they bite hard I recupricate, if they only mouth then I give the same preassure. They learn that it is more fun to only mouth cause then its a game not a reprimand.
    As not everyone like mouthy dogs we also teach them to modify the biting to a lick. When ever the pup licks say lick and praise. Then the pup bites gently hold its muzzle and say lick instead. When the pup turns the bite into the lick it is praised.
    If you just dont want a dog that does that kind of thing at all it is a good idea to follow Di's advice. I find that pups will learn to curb behaviours like those if corrected like they would be by their mother.
    Good luck with it!!

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    I don't mind them mouthing at all. I just curbed the initial biting. My bitch is much gentler than my male but as stated, his is exuberant which I tolerate to a degree. They know the term gentle. As they were growing up with me going through cancer treatment, this was a must so they did not overwhelm me. It was done with praise and reward, along with a stern no when misbehaving, the hand around muzzle with a no then the praise, cuddles and occasional treat when quieter. They were happy with praise as I did not always have the treats near me. They knew to sit by me for attention and as I had 2 pups and 2 arms they had one each.

    They are now mostly so gentle with me and reserve the boistrousness for hubby and son when he is here. They also have realised that inside is for quieter times whilst outside they can be ratbags as much as they wish.

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    Hang in there, a yelp, real loud, or nip her on the neck with a pinch like a dam would bite a pup.
    Meanwhile, them teeth! like needles, and draw blood easily. The great news is... they have all gone by 16 weeks. You can 'assist' in that process, by buying a marrow bone, have it sawn in half length ways by your butcher, and keep them coming, till the pups teeth have come in.
    saves your skin. lots.
    Re-direct the chewing onto raw bones.

    Bite inhibition is to be taught now. Not later. Now.
    dont tolerate a behaviour in a pup, you wont mind it doing as an adult. Biting presumably, is not a behaviour you want. But a very natural behaviour for a pup. Bite inhibition is taught by its parents, its litter mates. And now, by its surrogates, your family. You'll know your pup has it, when it mouths you, but is not biting down hard.

    My pup would 'agrue' back vocally if you scolded him verbally. Time out for biting worked for us. He bit, he got thrown out of the room we were all in. He hates that. Id wait for a minute, then let him back in, we'd play, and again, when he bit, thrown out.

    He's still only a babe at 8 months, but uses mouthing, to come gently grab your hand, and takes you to where he wants something, outside, or to his lead. or to the scary monster balloons from a kids party next door, that had flewn into our garden, and were about to attack everyone!
    Such a brave boy! But only mouths now.

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    thanks for the tips. I might just do that. I just wasn't sure how much she would understand at this age. She is literally driving us crazy, muzzling her and scolding isn't working, I'm more worried about the older dog snapping at her even though she seems pretty tolerant at the moment. We are going to try time out now but the silly pup just doesn't seem to care regardless of what you do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by llmoose View Post
    thanks for the tips. I might just do that. I just wasn't sure how much she would understand at this age. She is literally driving us crazy, muzzling her and scolding isn't working, I'm more worried about the older dog snapping at her even though she seems pretty tolerant at the moment. We are going to try time out now but the silly pup just doesn't seem to care regardless of what you do!
    It might sound harsh but let the bigger dog snap at her. That is how pups learn what is acceptable and what is not. Watch the other dog and follow what she does. You will notice that she will only have to snap at the pup a few times before the pup understands the boundaries. It might seem like she is going to hurt the pup but I can almost assure you she will only do enough to scare the pup not hurt it.
    Its all about setting boundaies and putting the pup in its place and this is the time for her to learn.

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    That is why they do need the extra 2 weeks of socialisation with the litter as they learn boundaries which you now have to be consistent with and reinforce. I don't know that time out at this age will do much except distress.

    It needs total consistancy, always doing it when needed. Miss some and you are back a few steps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashaari View Post
    It might sound harsh but let the bigger dog snap at her. That is how pups learn what is acceptable and what is not. Watch the other dog and follow what she does. You will notice that she will only have to snap at the pup a few times before the pup understands the boundaries. It might seem like she is going to hurt the pup but I can almost assure you she will only do enough to scare the pup not hurt it.
    Its all about setting boundaies and putting the pup in its place and this is the time for her to learn.
    We are letting the older dog discipline her a lot more but the older dog has never been around puppies or other dogs so I'm not sure she knows how to act either. The more the older dog seems to react the more excited the pup gets and then starts getting more aggressive!

    We just tried the time out for 5 minutes and it seemed to work alright. We will just keep persisting.!

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