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    Default My Puppy Keeps Biting Us!

    Hi
    I have a 7 week year old Bull Terrier Staghound X Bulll Terrier Grayhound, and it loves to play, but it is biting everything like plants and tress in the garden and it bites us now as well on the leg when it plays. Also if we run it runs after us and just likes to bite our legs etc.

    I keep saying no, but he doesnt stop. How can i stop this?

    Also, what is some general information you can give me into teaching this dog and just things on how to take care of him.

    NOTE: First time i actually got a dog myself!

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    Puppies bite. They don't have hands so that is how they discover the world AND how they discover what NOT to bite.

    Others will disagree with me I am sure, but I would prefer to teach a dog to bite as opposed to not to bite. I don't mean teach them to attack or even to grab people. However, I do believe they need to know with what pressure to use their mouths.

    When he bites you I'll bet london to a brick you get upset and push him away or scream.

    You can't see that, but to him, it's all part of the game.

    Try teaching him that certain behaviours will not be tolerated.

    He bites at your legs as you walk? Stop walking. Stand still till he stops and moves away. Rinse, lather, repeat - as many times as it takes

    He bites during play? I find a high pitched YIP works for puppies and stop the game. 5 mins later, play again and as before - repeat until the message gets through.

    if he wont stop - stand up and walk to another room - make sure he cannot follow you. put yourself in time out and deprive him of what he wants most.

    Your dog should still be with its litter - that is where he would naturally learn this behaviour. Since he is with you, you need to teach it!!

    good luck with him

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    Yer but i dont know how to. Everytime i do stop he continues to bite me and i keep repeating "No" but he just doesnt stop!

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    No may we well be EJLWNFIEJRW for all it is worth to your dog. Dogs don't speak English thus no has no meaning. Try some of the things I have suggested. And when he is being good just softly say "gentle" and this will eventually teach him the command gentle which you can use when he is rough housing.

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    then how do some people teach their dogs to sit when they say sit and come when they say come?

    Also, how do you teach the dog to littler only in one place?

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    You teach a dog to sit by demonstrating the behavior - ie luring the dog into the position with a treat and when their bum hits the ground saying SIT - eventually the dog associates the behaviour with the word and then you would wean off using food and THAT becomes your hand signal. Easy once you do it a few times.

    If you want your dog to go in one place, pick up as soon as it goes and place it where you want the dog to go. Make sure you clean the whole area and bin it every few days. Eventually, hopefully, your dog will go in one place.

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    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?

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    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.

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    You two are faster typers than me.

    And he won't need a little whack on the bum, if he loves and respects you he will always try to do what you want - you just have to try and help him understand...

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    i see. Well i have never done this, so its very difficult because i dont know when he is responding to what i am saying. When i talk to him, its like his is ignoring. Is it better to teach him not than a bit later? Also this dog breed i have, do you know anything more about it? In the household, we have kids, is it good with kidS?

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