10 week old biting

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We just got Ares a beautiful female at only 8 weeks. The breeder said the mother weened the pups at 5 weeks. I wasnt happy about getting her so young but we brought her homw as we knew if we didnt someone else would. She is now 10 weeks. A loving pup who loves to snuggle but is getting increasingly worse with the nipping and bitting. I understand that as young pup they do this with their litter mates. I started out doing the '"eee" noise which worked for a few days but now even tapping her on the nose and pushing her down doesnt stop her. What worries me is that I have a 20 month old son who she really gets at. She will chase him around bitting his hands and feet and she will bite my feet too. I want to do positive training but want to control this before it gets worse and she gets bigger.

What should I do, her teeth are soo sharp!

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Welcome to the forums!

And you should post some pictures of your new pup, and believe me, 10 weeks isn't young at all. My family and I got Zelda at 1 day shy of being 7 weeks, so don't beat yourself up about it. XD

And I recommend that you get Ares a Puppy Kong chew and a few treats to stick in there, that'll DEFINITELY keep her occupied and would probably keep her from biting you and your son. If it doesn't stop her from biting and nipping, then just give her corrections, like say no or something to that alternative or growl, and praise her when she does something that you like for her to do, like when she licks you or your son, praise her. Make sure you only see her lick, no biting after she licks. I'm currently in the process of teaching my Princess Zelda not to bite on my family and the furniture. She won't really grow out of tearing things apart and biting until her adult years, according to the senior(this term is used lightly XD) members, i'm afraid.

But MAKE SURE not to lose your temper and hit the pup too hard on the snout or on the butt because the definitely do NOT like that, they get mad at you for hurting them, but that also depends on the dog on whether how fast they get mad at you.

That's all the information i have to give for you so far ^^;; Hope it helps. Good luck with your new puppy! :D

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Ahh.. the everything goes in my mouth and feet are my personal toys stage.. :)

I liked Zelda's mom's ideas, they are good ones!

One thing I found to be the only way to stop the biting was to make my hand the most UNCOMFORTABLE thing ever to have in Steve's mouth when he was young.  He bit me, I clamped on.  I didn't verbalize or tell him no, I just locked on and squeezed.  He'd usually drop his mouth and scamper away with a look back at, "What was that?!"

I read on your other thread that you're having issues with the puppy and your son.  I think it might be helpful if you had a tie down station for your puppy in the living room or where you spend your time.  I have this for my doberman because we have a small house and small dogs and I get really tired of chasing after him to make him behave.  So we have a weight which we leash him to at night on his bed with toys and chews and treats.  If he starts getting into mischief and he can't go into his playroom during the day.. I tie him up.  So long as its a positive place he doesn't mind.  This might help you manage the fact you have two young "kids" running around when you're feeling frazzled.

Welcome to the forum! :)  I'm sure you'll get tons of suggestions here.

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Welcome to Gentle Doberman! Yes, we love the photos and are eager to view! My personal view on the puppy mouth is that like human babies learn by mouthing things before they have developed a native language, puppies do the same. They are exploring with their mouths, as well as communicating and of course playing! I agree with the advice you will see on this topic of the nose taps, strong "NOs" and immediately replacing the object you do not accept as teething, play material with something that belongs to the pup and is safe for him to chew. You will be surprised at how quickly your pup is going to pick up words! I start with one word for the item like toy or chewy. After saying that about 483 times, I start adding a little. "No" becomes... No, that's mine or "toy" becomes ... Get your toy!
I've always enjoyed animals and man's attempt to communicate with them. And so may be a little more accepting of some behaviors. Like the play biting. Instead of trying to train something out that is vital dog communication, I go with "easy" and an acceptable time for the mouthing. Just as an example, a pup that has slept for 8 hours and is going at full force 2 seconds after waking up is probably getting a strong "no" for nipping my ankles while I'm squinting around looking for the coffee grinder at 6am! But that same tired, sweet pup that's going to be crashing soon is getting more of my patience and time. Maybe that seems unfair or confusing to some, but it seems to be real life and the breed is plenty smart enough to adapt! And during the time it takes to teach easy mouth, my arms look like they've been hit with a red paintball! And of course you can get creative answering the same question million times of "what happened to your arm?"