I can't get Lucky to stop biting:( Help!

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I just got lucky about 2 weeks ago.  He is 10 weeks old and is the cutest puppy ever!  But I just can't seem to get him to stop biting me and everyone else :( His teeth are extremely sharp and they hurt tremendously.  I yell at him and say no in a very stern voice, i tried pinching him lightly on his shoulder but he doesn't even give me the chance and keeps biting me.  I think he is under the impression that we are playing and i can't get him to stop. Help please, I don't want an out of control dog

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Hi Nermin!

I am new to this site too! I have a 9 week old Dobe and she is doing the same thing! And I think she also thinks she is playing with us...but I thought she was teething and NO...not yet...so it will just get worse...I too need advice????

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Here's some tips.  Don't yell at your dog,  he doesn't know what you're saying.  Make sure you have plenty of chew toys, and when he bites you, re-direct him to the toys, and then praise him for chewing the toys.  Doberman start teething very early, so he's most likely not biting to try to hurt you, he's trying to sooth his gums.  Always have plenty of soft chews available.  He wants to chew on something, doesn't matter what, and if you give the toys and praise, it won't be long before he just automatically goes for the toys.

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Thanks Kevin for the tips! I do try to redirect Lucky to his toys but when he gets really excited he just keeps alternatng back and forth between his toys, my hand and then his toys and my pants haha. I will remain consistent so he soothes his gum with toys rather than me haha

Best of Luck Jenny! Keep me updated on how Sophia is doing

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you're welcome.  Biggest thing is to stay patient, and remember he doeesn't know what's ok to chew and what's not ok to chew unless you teach him.  Right now, in his mind, chewing is chewing, and those gums are uncomfortable.  It may help for now to praise him, and maybe give a treat every time he chews a toy.  That way he can associate toys with good behavior, and good behavior gets rewarded, whether it's with a treat, praise, pets, whatever motivates your dog most.  Bad behavior gets corrected.  Eventually he'll learn.  If you're going to give a verbal correction, do it calmly, you don't want him to become scared of you.  If you're going to verbally correct, you have to do it instantly, and you can't do it after he lets go, it must be done while he's biting.  If he bites you, and then lets go, it's too late to give a correction, because he won't understand what you're asking.

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and also keep in mind this isn't going to completely stop for months.  Puppies chew and they chew anything that's near their mouth.  You can correct them best by just saying NO and replacing your hand with a toy.  Honestly from 2-4 months old rocky thought his name was NO and No Bite because that's about all that got said to him every 2 minutes.

 

it will get better but this won't just stop in a day or a week...I dont' know that I could even really sit down and pet rocky without him trying to chew at my hand until a couple months ago and he's now 8 months old. 

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Don't forget to take your pointer and middle finger and give him a quick pop on the nose along with a low, stern "NO"  when he bites you.  You won't hurt him and this mimics what his mother would do.  Using a spray bottle is fine but you must have it around when you need it, hopefully you will always have your fingers handy. 

When Freyja got older and faster we couldn't pop her nose quick enough so when she started we'd have to use a flyswat for a correction.  Again a quick, light pop was all that is needed.  She eventually learned when the flywat came out she better quit. 

The biting will eventually end as puppyhood progresses.  As Dobies go through these evil months you have to keep in mind the wonderful dog you're going to have in a year or so.  Believe me, it's worth it.   

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Hey you guys... anyone remember when our children ( you know.. the two legged kind) were teething..? We would put a teething ring in the 'fridge let it get really cold and let them have at it.. Wonder if that might help some of you. Those tiny little needles are itchy and want to come out.. so their gums are sensitive and they have a craving to chew. A KOLD KONG.. why not give it a try? Better than your hand, or your foot, or your coffee table.

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Thanks for all the advice!!! Sophia loves the kong toys!!!! I will try putting one in the freezer and see if that helps! But that is so funny about the name thing...maybe that is why she don't respond well to her name yet...she hears NO so often...haha! Its like the terrible 2's right now! lol

Like they say...Patience is a virtue!!!

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Great tips already given here that should work.  With Steve, he was encouraged to be mouthy and bitey with hands by his breeder (ugh!) -- so I had to work double to get him to stop.  All I would do is once my hand was in his mouth I'd clamp down and squeeze.  Some people shove their hands back further towards the rear molars and make them gag.  I just made it so annoying and uncomfortable to have my hand in his mouth he quickly stopped biting.  You can go "OUCH!" or whine or make some signal that it hurts.  That helps too as their littermates would yip out when they are playing too rough and the play would stop.  

Once he released me, I'd give him the toy and play tug or make that more interesting than my hand.  Just be careful you aren't giving wrong signals.. if you don't want your hand to be a toy don't use it unless you have a toy in your hand.  That way they won't get confused.

Kongs are great -- soak kibble in water until its mushy, stuff the kong full, and pop it in the freezer.  The light water in the kibble will turn into a popsicle!

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I have had the same problem with Snoopy, he is now 18 weeks , Very sharp teeth  I have scratches- bleeding - all up my arms etc , I ended up one night giving him time out for a really short time out , Ive done it twice now and it did work with him, it was a really short time out - 10 seconds- but of course you are not always in a position to do this, I posted recently and also got told to bop on the nose, then another trainer I have been speaking to was really good and said she would not tolerate it at all. I think I kept trying to divert etc without taking the " YOu will not Bite Me  " stance. She said that its good to try the others but she just will not put up with it. Since I have taken that attitude with Snoopy -2 days ago- I can see a difference already. I took the advice of the last post with squirting him with water as well , Ive only done it twice and it helped greatly. However I do think that now I have the attitude of you will not do it - he has improved immensely. Mind you I keep well away from him when hes over tired and I dont run around with him much at all. I tried the other day to have a run and back he went biting again so I got very stern and decided it would be best to walk for now. Good luck I know how you feel and Im still thinking I hope I hope that we can keep a handle on it.