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    Yes, he gets into his crazy moods, he's so funny though haha

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    when jack was young he had a nasty bite, those little pin puppy teeth and him not knowing his jaw strength meant i had plenty of puppy scars. However using the commands leave it and gentle, i taught him he could playfight with humans but he had to control his bite. It didn't take long and now the only time i ever feel pain is when i swing my hand at him and catch a tooth. When he got introduced to kids i was right on him to make sure he knew such games were not acceptable with kids. I know lots of people will say this is wrong, but it worked(and i believe it developed a safer more reliable dog), jack knows who he is allowed to try and get a rough game started with and who he's not - if he wants to start a bit of rough and tumble he'll let you pat him and then start using his paws to put your hand near his mouth where he will pretend to bite(i.e gently mouth). The only thing now is to decide when the kids become old enough to play such games ... jack is trustworthy(99.99999999999%) but i just don't want him starting games with little kids who might get scared, even though he'd never hurth them

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    when jack was young he had a nasty bite, those little pin puppy teeth and him not knowing his jaw strength meant i had plenty of puppy scars. However using the commands leave it and gentle, i taught him he could playfight with humans but he had to control his bite. It didn't take long and now the only time i ever feel pain is when i swing my hand at him and catch a tooth. When he got introduced to kids i was right on him to make sure he knew such games were not acceptable with kids. I know lots of people will say this is wrong, but it worked(and i believe it developed a safer more reliable dog), jack knows who he is allowed to try and get a rough game started with and who he's not - if he wants to start a bit of rough and tumble he'll let you pat him and then start using his paws to put your hand near his mouth where he will pretend to bite(i.e gently mouth). The only thing now is to decide when the kids become old enough to play such games ... jack is trustworthy(99.99999999999%) but i just don't want him starting games with little kids who might get scared, even though he'd never hurth them
    That's how we roll too. Biting during play is allowed and even encourage one would say.

    My kid has been playing her special bitey game with Barney since she was about 5...but she had a bitey game with our previous dog before that too. She is not allowed to instigate the game without one of us around though (well not when she was little - they dont really play the game much anymore now that shes basically a teen - too cool to play with dogs)

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    Oskar is 5 months old and can still be a little rough when he is excited, usually after my boyfriend has stirred him up. It is usually up to me to calm him down. Sometimes if the girls are running around he will jump up and try and grab whatever is in their hands and it might end up in tears. Tonight though, he was lying on his back with hispaws up in the air and the kids were rubbing his tum, and cuddling him, one daughter had her hands in his mouth and he was mouthing her ever so gently. Its like he knows when to be gentle.

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    leaving him alone/leaving the environment for about a minute or so this settles him down but as soon as i come back to play he starts again,
    swapping my hand for a chew toy and praising him when he chews the toy instead of me
    I like these two methods. The first one is working for you but you're not being consistent if you don't repeat EVERY time he chomps too hard.

    Which can be a bit inconvenient.

    Ian Dunbar method.
    Teaching Bite Inhibition | Dog Star Daily

    Bottom line is you must stop being the least bit fun when the dog bites you.
    So you need to make the same noise that a puppy makes when you step on its tail,
    or you can say ouch quietly, detach dog, and refuse to play for a ninute - no eye contact, no scolding, no nose taps or rolled up newspaper - what I was originally taught and massive fails with current dog.

    or you can freeze and do nothing and let the dog chomp but refuse to play... this is Susan Garrett's method. She's usually playing a training game and if the dog chomps her, she freezes - game over. Or she says ouch and licks her wounds and ignores the puppy.

    What I've seen some dogs do when Frosty plays too rough (she usually adjusts or leaves them alone after) is to turn their back on her and stand still - but they learn that as a puppy - signals game over, I don't want to play. And they repeat with each approach that is too rough.

    The technique I use most often - is to push. If the dog has hold of my hand and is being too rough, I gently push my hand towards the back of their throat. Dog usually tries to spit me out, I hold for a second and let the dog spit me out. This does stop the damage that can get done when you try to rip your hand away and the dog thinks it is losing the chew toy and goes chomp chomp chomp lunge chomp. If you push into the bite, the dog spits you out and backs off.

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    i use the "gentle" method too..... works great with jonah......... well with me anyway, some of my mates let him nip at them......i keep telleing he'll do it to hard one of these days.....

    jonah tried to nip the lil one which ended up in tears..... but she needs to be a bit more concise with her instructions to the pup.....he still cant tell the difference between play biting with her and play biting with me.....
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