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    Hello !! Okay so im always playing with my puppy (dexter) but hes started to bite alot, even on my face.! My partner said to smack him on the nose but i was told not too, so i just say no and ignore him. I know hes teething but how do i get to learn not to bite. Hes a smart pup as we have taught him so much already and he picks it up so fast.. I just must be doing it wrong. Please help
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    i have 2 little 5.5 month old puppies and one of them used to do the same thing. I didnt like giving him a little smack but i soon learnt that my partner was smacking him and i wasnt and soon he was only trying to bite me and my partner was seen as the dominant one.
    So whenever he did it i used a very firm voice and said no! if i was playing with him i would stop and give him some time out. It sorta worked but he got an attitude and i would say no and he would snap at my face as if to say "im the boss" so i started to give him a little smack on his back legs when he did it (not hard, but hard enough that he realised he did something wrong) and now he doesnt do it anymore.

    I think its also something your puppy will grow out of but you need to let your puppy know that ur the boss. Make sure your puppy has some toys to chew as well with the teething

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    Our pup does the same when playing... he bites us everywhere! We were expecting him to bite being a ACD.. but we are trying to stay on top of this. We have started putting him in time out when he bites. He is slowly getting the picture.
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    I tried smacking my dog (ACDx) on the nose. She tended to either completely over react and stay well away from me - ie terrified. Or she thought it was part of some fun game ie she matches her play with my play - or anyone or any dog else's level of play so the rougher I got, the rougher she got (harder she bit). Bad idea all round.

    Several other choices.

    1. make the exact same noise at the same loudness that your puppy makes when you step on its tail (accidentally of course). Turn away and ignore puppy until the puppy notices and stops trying to eat you.

    2. push whatever puppy is biting into its mouth gently but persistantly until it tries to spit you out, hold for a couple of seconds, and then allow puppy to spit you out. Praise lots. Ie if puppy grabs you on arm or hand - push in, don't pull out.

    3. hold puppy by the nose or mouth gently until it lets go, count to three and let puppy go.

    4. give puppy something that is ok to bite like a toy.

    5. if puppy continuing to bite despite your best efforts to take the fun out of it, put puppy in crate for a while until you're ready and able to play a game of tug or bite a toy game.

    At some point I may have also used a water pistol, but I don't think I did this when puppy was biting *me*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I tried smacking my dog (ACDx) on the nose. She tended to either completely over react and stay well away from me - ie terrified. Or she thought it was part of some fun game ie she matches her play with my play - or anyone or any dog else's level of play so the rougher I got, the rougher she got (harder she bit). Bad idea all round.

    Several other choices.

    1. make the exact same noise at the same loudness that your puppy makes when you step on its tail (accidentally of course). Turn away and ignore puppy until the puppy notices and stops trying to eat you.

    2. push whatever puppy is biting into its mouth gently but persistantly until it tries to spit you out, hold for a couple of seconds, and then allow puppy to spit you out. Praise lots. Ie if puppy grabs you on arm or hand - push in, don't pull out.

    3. hold puppy by the nose or mouth gently until it lets go, count to three and let puppy go.

    4. give puppy something that is ok to bite like a toy.

    5. if puppy continuing to bite despite your best efforts to take the fun out of it, put puppy in crate for a while until you're ready and able to play a game of tug or bite a toy game.

    At some point I may have also used a water pistol, but I don't think I did this when puppy was biting *me*.
    We tryed the smacking on the nose also but that seemed to just encourage him to bite and bark haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie View Post
    Our pup does the same when playing... he bites us everywhere! We were expecting him to bite being a ACD.. but we are trying to stay on top of this. We have started putting him in time out when he bites. He is slowly getting the picture.
    Not all ACD bite. Its not the breed its the way it is raised.

    Smacking on the nose works for Boss also rasing your voice and saying no at the sometime.

    Skip (kelpie) has never done it

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    I disagree - ACD are born to heel ie bite ankles and turn cattle by nipping on nose, tail or whatever.

    I do agree you can train it out of them ie let them know when it's ok and when it isn't ie it's ok for my dog to "heel" her kelpie x friend but not me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Peta23

    I disagree - ACD are born to heel ie bite ankles and turn cattle by nipping on nose, tail or whatever.

    I do agree you can train it out of them ie let them know when it's ok and when it isn't ie it's ok for my dog to "heel" her kelpie x friend but not me.
    Depends on their breeding line... like Boss is from show background not working dog background...

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    How do you play with your pup? NEVER use your hands always a toy & you always win. No rough housing either. Puppy's exsplore everything with their mouths. When he/she bites remove yourself & totally ignore pup for a couple of minutes. Untill they learn tp play by your rules.

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    For one of my dogs, she was a real rough player as a baby. I actually bit her ear after she attacked my arm (in play) so bad that I had massive teeth scratches up my arm. I bit it til she yelped, and she never did it again. I am not advising that though and would never do it again. I was only 17 at the time and she was my first pup I raised completely alone. It was a spur of the moment thing but seemed to work.

    With the rest of the dogs we have had we actualy dont teach them not to bite. We teach them to mouth instead. We like to play a bit of "fisty cuffs" or "biteys" with the dogs so we teach them how to bite gently so we can all enjoy playing (although even at almost 1 and a half, Pippi still hasnt always got the gentle idea yet, must be the terrier in her Lol)

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