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Thread: My Puppy Keeps Biting Us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mason.e View Post
    Ok i see. Because usually when i say sit, i sorta push his bum down softly and say SIT.

    Some people around the neigbourhood say you should give the dog a little wack or something when he does bad stuff but i dont do that because i think its wrong?
    Ok try this

    take a little bit of cheese or ham or kabana. Call your puppy over and let him sniff what you have but don't give it to him. Raise the food slowly up past his nose and back a little over his head. Soon as his bum hits the ground give him the treat.

    Don't smack your dog, you will only sour him and you will teach him to be wary of you and people in general.

    Also try having a treat in your hand. Close your fist and offer it to the dog. Initially he will bite and claw at you. The second he stops, open your hand and let him have the treat. This is the most sound method of teaching dogs to be gentle I have found.

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    Hmm i see ill try to do that next time. But all he will be doing his chewing my hand!

    But that is good advice. Thanks

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    And those pointy puppy teeth!!

    Ouch!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Hi Mason. A simple start on the biting may be a water spray bottle. That way, you don't have to say anything. When he does something you don't like, squirt it (not a jet stream but like a spray/mist) near his face.

    It disrupts his bad behaviour.

    Plain water only. Don't do anything else. Don't stop walking, don't give him any reaction. He's attention seeking, and is getting everything he wants - like a naughty kid mucking up at school.

    Ignore the bad stuff as much as you can. The spray will just show him that bad stuff doesn't get him anything fun.

    If he stops, or does something good, praise him like anything, and STRAIGHT AWAY. Pats, scratches "goood BOOY!!! etc etc.

    Teaching him words means saying that word every time he does something. If you hold a treat above his head so he looks up, and gently press his bottom downwards, he might sit. Then you say - "Sit, sit. GOOOD BOOY!! Yay, what a clever dog, good sit!! Do it over and over and he'll learn the word.

    All he does is associate the sound with the reward - so make your rewards really count. Don't forget he's a little baby. As he gets older he'll be more aware of where he goes to the toilet, and this will make training him much easier. One little tiny thing at a time.
    Nattylou

    I never encourage someone to give a command more than once because a dog learns that "sitsit" is the command not "sit" and I dont think you need to touch the dog to get it to sit. JUST IMHO.

    Stopping when he is biting means that he has nothing to bite - it stops the behaviour and the dog learns by default that if they display the wrong behaviour causes the fun to stop. AGAIN just IMHO but I thought I would explain why I feel like I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    And those pointy puppy teeth!!

    Ouch!!
    Yea but the behaviour passes quick and its better to do it now than with a 6month old pup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Nattylou

    I never encourage someone to give a command more than once because a dog learns that "sitsit" is the command not "sit" and I dont think you need to touch the dog to get it to sit. JUST IMHO.

    Stopping when he is biting means that he has nothing to bite - it stops the behaviour and the dog learns by default that if they display the wrong behaviour causes the fun to stop. AGAIN just IMHO but I thought I would explain why I feel like I do.
    I do agree - am only trying to KISS and convey an impression of excitement for the OP...

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    I didn't think I was being that cerebral

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    My thoughts...

    Have you considered puppy school? You and your puppy will be taught basic obedience and socialisation skills.

    In terms of health and care, your puppy still needs 3 meals a day, supervision, stimulation and direction.

    Vaccination is critical to a puppies immunity from the worst diseases and worming is also paramount.

    Flea treatments, grooming, bathing, nail clipping and exercise (even during play) is also very basic and fundamental care.

    You have the wellbeing of a young pup in your hands and it is certainly not to be taken lightly. Hitting or smaking is very much a negative believe me and inhumane, in particular at this pups age.

    Sorry to be harsh, but this puppy is not a disposable commodity. He is very much a lifetime commitment.

    Nic

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    We are talking about a seven week old puppy here...are we not?

    He should be with his Mother until 8 weeks of age at least. If he had been given the opportunity to develop a relationship/boundries with his Mother and sibblings he would have at least had a chance to develop and grow within a normal pack environment.

    Nic

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    Our puppy bites but is starting to learn that is not a good thing.

    When we walk she use to nip at our heels and our legs we started to just stop walking and stand still and say no. After a while she stopped doing it but thought she could still do this while playing with our hands etc.

    We started to incourage her to lick our hands instead and made a big thing of it when she does lick and rewarding her with a pat/food/appraise. This is now working. I think she has worked out that licking is better.

    Dont get me wrong its been hard at first doing this all the time but we are finding its working for us.

    Also a loud clap of the hands also does it now and then.

    Good luck!!!

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