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    I have a 9 week old Maltese x Shih Tzu who loves biting trousers & shoes. She attaches her teeth to them and growls and shakes her head. I know she's probably only playing but everthing I've read says I need to stop this behaviour before it gets worse. I've tried a high pitched "OW" followed by a stern No, tried walking away and ignoring her, and even try to shift her attention to her toys but nothing seems to be working. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Well, Ow and NO - wouldn't work because you're giving her attention with the "NO", you're not ignoring her. Ignore means no talking, no moving, no eye contact (leave the room if necessary).

    Walking away when she's chomping on your shoes or trousers isn't going to work either because you just turn the game into a kind of tug ie fun.

    You can't let her chomp on your stuff. You can try standing still, you can also try stuffing your shoe into her mouth (not fun) instead of pulling away (ooh mouse hunt fun), Ie when she grabs hold of your shoe - stand still, if she lets go and looks at you, give her heaps of praise and pats. If she keeps chewing, push your shoe at her/into her mouth, and keep pushing for just a half a second when she tries to spit you out. You have to make her game no-fun.

    You might want to consider getting a tug toy on a string and dragging it around with you for her to latch onto instead and gradually work on getting her to play with it without you dragging it around.

    And if all else fails, like you don't have time to sort her out, have you considered crate training and using a crate when you're not available to play with her and train her.

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    I have a wee foxy/shih tzu mix and she was well into biting and grabbing the backs of my pants when I was walkign round, especially if I was wearing ug boots, she had a bit obsession with them on my feet and would always firmly attach herself to the back of them growling and shaking her head.
    I always found it quite funny but at the same time it can get very annoying doing housework with a small squashable puppy hanging off the back of your pants.

    I did start this post because I was going to share how I stopped her but it seems to have slipped my mind for some reason....I had it just a minute ago.

    Anyway, I would give hyacinths suggestion a go....maybe drag soemthing along beside you that she is allowed and encourage her to grab that instead

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    There are many, many threads on this topic if you go back through the pages.

    I just used the search engine. Here you go.
    Good luck.

    Australian Purebred & Crossbreed Dog Forum - Search Results

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Thanks for your comments....maybe I'm just not cut out to be a dog owner, I just want to do the right thing but nothing seems to be working

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    It is a PUPPY! They use their mouths.
    Did you read any advice and links in the threads?

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Yes I know she's just a puppy, I just don't want to do the wrong thing by her...we start puppy school soon so I'm sure they will also have some advise for me.

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    Puppies learn by lots of repetition and consistency. Ie you have to keep going, don't give up because it's not working.

    I watched an interesting interaction between a lady calling herself "a dog whisperer" and a person who knows what she needs to do to train her dog but just won't do it - because it didn't work the one time or ten times she tried it. The thing is you have to do the thing every time. You have to stop the biting - and dragging on your leg every time.

    And I think you're more cut out to be a dog owner than some people I know - at least you are willing to ask for help.

    Please check out the links - and the digital dog training text book - there's a link in most of the puppy biting threads. I just can't be stuffed today going through my stuff and posting the links again when I've already posted it three times for three different people.

    So two cheat methods for desperate puppy owners.
    1. a water pistol - you do not need a direct hit, just a nearby. And hiss when you pull the trigger - and the puppy will start to associate the hiss with the water pistol.

    2. wear gumboots around the house and paint around the ankles with something that tastes or smells bad to your puppy - ie a very small amount of vicks vapour rub or aloe vera catus gel (straight from the cactus leaf - plant from most garden stores). Or a tiny amount of tea tree oil (though this might melt your boots and eucalyptus oil definitely will).

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    Hang in there & I'm sure things will get better.
    Like's already been said consistancy & repetition are the key to sucess but it dose take time & alot of pataince.
    When a puppy bites me I yelp in a very high pitched way & stop playing & turn my back on the pup. If your consistant enough the pup gets the message that it hurt you & therefore your not willing to play or share attention.
    The pulling on pants legs I just give a verbal repermand(low throaty noise my dogs get means I am not happy with what they are doing) remove the pup & keep going & they soon see there's not much fun in that. But again it takes many times but this way the pup gets it without having to be negitively punished in a harsh manner.

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