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    Hi,

    I was wondering how to best handle my German Shepherd Puppy when he bites?

    He bites when playing and then when I push him away and Say "NO!" he just get more excited and runs back for more bites. So, after I have pushed him away and said "NO!" for the 5th time. I pick him up and put him in his enclosed sleep area and let him sit there for a little while. His teeth are so sharp and its starting to hurt. Can anyone tell me if I am doing the right thing?

    Your help is much appreciated

    PuppyLove

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    Hi Puppy Love,

    Our vet told us to stop playing, if they bite. Once they have settled you can play again. Never hit them...
    Another thing that worked for us that our vet told us, was to get a clean spray bottle and put water in there. As soon as your dog bites you give it a little spray and say "ah" or "no". Our little Tyson no longer bites us when he plays, so we can recommend this way. Plus it isn't cruel. It's like if someone sprayed water in your face, you probably wouldn't like it!
    I hope this helps you out.

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    I am currently going through this with my bull arab pup.
    She also loves to bite my kids clothes

    We growl at her and say "NO" she does it again, we repeat this...if she doesn't stop, I growl and yell NO then she get's put outside for a while.
    We just keep doing this over and over...when the kids are outside playing and she's biting their clothes, after the above, she get's put in the smaller yard away from the kids untill she settles down again.

    We've had her for 5 weeks now and she's got much better with me, it's taking a bit longer with the kids though as they give her mixed signals...sometimes they encourage her to play bite and other times they growl and say NO...this is when the KIDS get into trouble and aren't allowed to play with her!

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    Hi Samuel & Rose,

    Thanks for your helpful suggestions I will try the bottle with the water in it.

    PuppyLove

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuppyLove View Post
    Hi Samuel & Rose,

    Thanks for your helpful suggestions I will try the bottle with the water in it.

    PuppyLove

    I tried this!!! (laughing)...she thought it was a game and kept biting at the water

    I have a muzzle for her now...when she gets told "no" but keeps it up (mainly when the kids are playing outside...and she keeps play biting them).
    She is definatley improving

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    When Keesie was a puppy, she would playfully bite, so we sprinkled pepper on (for example) our hands. She soon got out of that habit !!

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    Hi Puppylove!

    How old is your puppy?

    It is time for your boy to have some boundries. Your puppies Mumma would not have tolerated over exagerated play for very long at all with him or his siblings.

    When your puppy begins to mouth unacceptably/play bite you need to lower the tone of your voice and say "arg,arg,arg" while turning your back on him and ignoring him. If you need to get up and walk away do so.

    Dont persist with him at all, show him this is unacceptable first time.

    If he persists even one more time put him into a bathroom (not his own area) or laundry, silently and without fuss for a few minutes. Remain firm once he is let out, move on and repeat the process.

    I would not allow a puppy or dog showing this behaviour upon lounges/beds etc as you are elevating him to your level.

    Keep his play simple and don't over stimulate him with rough play unless you are prepared to take the time to settle him back down.

    Ensure your boy has plenty of toys and stimulation regularly, nice brisket bones, chewies etc as teething/chewing for puppies is a natural and instinctive part of growing.

    Firm consistant boundries and guidence combined with positive play, love affection and stimultion is what you need to aim for here.

    Let us now how you go.

    B

    P.S Are we able to "pin" something at the top of Puppy Discussion for future info?

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    Hi All,

    Thanks for all the advice! Thor is now 11 weeks old today. Over the course of a week his biting has reduced quite a bit. His bites are getting softer too, because his brain has started registering that he is hurting us when he bites. What I do now is if he starts tugging on the cuffs of my pants and biting hard I growl in a deep voice and say "NO", If he does it again I walk away from him. He really hates being ignored and its at this point that he walks back over and sits down in front of me and looks up at me as if to say "I promise I will be good mummy!!". Usually he is good after this point but If he continues to bite after I have walked away then I walk back inside and leave him for 10 mins. I find that his attention span is short so I keep play sessions to 15 mins ever hour or 2 otherwise he gets bored with fetch and wants to wrestle.

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    Congratulations!

    Sounds as though you have a nicely responsive little fellow there

    B

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