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    Howdy!

    My 11 week old labrador won't stop biting! At first he was really gentle when mouthing hands but i still taught him that biting is a no no. Now he is getting rough and is constantly nipping at hands, feet and clothes and it's beginning to get painful! I have tried yelling "OUCH" this just made him want to bite even more, telling him "NO" firmly which made him bark at me and want to bite more, 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. He has plenty of toys to chew on, i've tried giving him ice cubes to sooth his gums and i encourage him to lick rather than bite.
    Are there any other methods i could try?
    Or should i be more persistent with the ones above?

    Thanks!
    Amberoo.
    Last edited by Amberoo; 11-28-2011 at 04:59 PM.

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    This is the little devil!

    IMG_0762.jpg

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    naw he is gorgeous
    we have an 11 week old kelpie and she likes to bite when playing too
    i would also love to hear what advice everyone on here can give

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    Aww, but how could you get cross at a face like that?!

    My nondescript bitsa was a real nipper when we got her a few months ago. And she still tries, but is definitely getting better. It's a slow process though. She usually tries to bite my hands when I'm patting her. So I say "gentle" and stop patting her. If she starts licking me, I praise her and start patting again. After a couple of months of this she'll still try do it, but she does now know what "gentle" means so I can fairly easily stop her.

    I think you just have to stick to one method and be persistent. It's not easy behaviour to change as it's very self-rewarding. I don't think saying No will make much of a difference though. The walking away or ignoring combined with praising her for wanted behaviour will probably work better.

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    Similar to Beloz, we use "gentle".

    Biting is allowed in our house as long as it is gentle. Pippi sometimes gets a bit rough still when she is excited (i.e. when we get home from work) but she will gentle up when you tell her.

    I teach them gentle by "allowing" them to nibble/bite (sometimes even encouraging it during play). When they get too rough, I say "gentle" and if they dont ease up, then I take my hands/arm/foot away. They soon get the idea of how hard they can bite before you stop playing.

    I don't know how to stop biting completely I am sorry. I find though that even though mine are allowed to "bite" (its not really biting, mouthing is more accurate) during play, they very rarely do it. In fat, Barney only does it when him and the kid play their special game (she wags his tail in his face, he goes in a circle as if he doesnt know its her then he bites her elbow and then they repeat).

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    I got a biter too. Little bugger has drawn blood on me a few times. My daughter cops it but she shit stirs him so it's to be expected. He's slowly getting better as he gets older (4.5 months). He lost his first puppy tooth yesterday.
    Your methods sound fine to me. I'd stick with it. Try giving him Pigs ears. My pup loves em and chews em for hours.
    Love the picture of him, hes a good looka. I have a soft spot for Labs.


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    I had to bring up littermates.
    I imitated their mother.
    My hand enclosed their muzzle with a NO.

    At the moment they are 2 years old and Pretty overdoes it a tad leaving puncture wounds at times on the snouts of the other 2 females. If this happens near me (normally it happens outside) I grab her muzzle, dig my nails in and either growl or a NO. This behaviour is starting to decrease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    My daughter cops it but she shit stirs him so it's to be expected.
    lol, I have one of those here! And then it ends in crying and I get annoyed and tell her that it's her own fault for encouraging the dog. And then she does it again 5 minutes later!

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    Thanks you everyone for all your advise! I'll keeps trying with these methods and hopefully he settles down!

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    And 11 weeks is still very young and the few lab pups I've known were all a bit crazy and wild.

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