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    ok, so my pup is going through a nipping/biting stage. He's teething so obviously his mouth's uncomfortable, he also does it when he's playing and just generally excited. He gets a stern 'NO' whenever teeth meet skin, however he's cottoned on to this and given the opportunity to think about biting or not, he won't actually bite your hand .. but he's very enthusiastic about flailing around an open mouth, sometimes with lips curled up and 'bites' at you instead of actually biting you. Should I be correcting this as well? He's doing it pretty much constantly unless he's quite sleepy or calm, but being a puppy it's more often that he's bouncy and thus bitey. Sometimes he'll be jumping around with an open mouth, launch at your hand, but nudge it with a closed mouth by the time he gets to connecting with it.. is he just trying to bend the rules and being a brat? He's got plenty of things to play with and chew on, but the biting/nipping has definitely escalated in the last few weeks. He does it to the cat too, the cat is very patient and puts up with a lot of it, but I'm correcting him for harassing the cat and tugging on his fur .. or not so much correcting, but calling him away and rewarding him for leaving the cat alone, and just being calm around the cat.

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    I do what the mother does to tell her pups that the behaviour is unacceptable. She grabs their muzzle and growls. I grab muzzle with my hand/s with a stern NO!
    Worked well for mine.
    Also make sure there are things around to chew on.

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    It depends on how you want your adult dog to behave.

    What di said works well.

    At our house, we allow biting during play so we teach "gentle" instead. Which means they are told gentle and if they dont ease up, the hand is removed. If they stay gentle, they are allowed to keep biting. It doesnt work in all households though but this works well for us as we like to play bitey games LOL

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    All puppies bite and we need to help them understand as to what they can and can't do.........

    I love the Ian Dunbar methods and use them all the time

    here is a link on Puppy biting, hope it helps, http://putthepentothepaper.wordpress...20Ian%20Dunbar


    And here are two free downloads puppy books that might help too http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads
    Last edited by newfsie; 05-07-2012 at 07:15 PM.
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    https://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&q=b...ogforum.com.au

    Site search for biting eg
    biting site:dogforum.com.au

    Gets a good list of times this has been discussed in the past.
    This is a link to what I usually write...
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...tml#post112447

    What do you want your puppy to do instead - focus on how you'd get your puppy to do that and avoid encouraging what you don't want.

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    I acyualy use a combined method of both Di's and Lala's methods and so far it has worked extremely well. The only thing is I substitute 'No!' with 'No teeth'! and ALL of my dogs learn it from absolute day dot.

    In the playing,I also use the word 'gentle' if the mouthing gets a bit tight and I almost instantly get licking. Now having said that,the dogs have only ever been allowed to play using teeth with myself,except for Tonka who can also play with Brodey but the 'gentle' is enforced much,much more.

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    Thanks guys

    I've tried the grabbing muzzle with stern NO, but as soon as I let go, I've got teeth coming after my hand again. Or if I just take my hand away and say NO, he'll just look at me for a second, then bite at me, lol. It's mostly when he's over excited, so I might just try time-outs until he's calm enough to have some manners. He seems a lot more responsive to strangers though. I had my partner's parents around the other day and he was very submissive and when he tried mouthing them, I asked them to take their hand away, stop patting and ignore him, and he was very responsive to that... not so much with us. Maybe I should look at what we're doing and see if we're letting him get away with more than we should.

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    Keep persisting with the muzzle and NO. It can take a while. I had 3 litter mates till one went at five months to her new home (then is here again, lol)
    If I could do it with 3 pups, you really can do it with one. The key is be consistent, always do it. If you don't all the time then the pup knows it can get away with it at times and will keep doing it.

    I also picked my battles as I shaped them into what I wanted for a peaceful co existence with us. Tried to make it all win win.

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    I use a combination of all the above but also find that if a puppy foot is available, either front or back, if I put the foot in their mouth when they are in a bitey mood, biting their own foot quickly teaches them that bites hurt.
    Nev Allen
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    I sometimes use puppy lip...Ie push that against the teeth.

    But you do have to be careful, cos puppies can just assume you mean to play a rough game...

    But if you hold still, avoid eye contact and act really boring, they soon learn that biting ends any fun stuff going on.

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