Play biting too hard

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My 10 week old dobe loves to play. I'm worried about my kids playing with him because of his play biting. He doesn't know he's hurting but my 7 year old daughter is really taking offense to it. We keep telling her he doesn't do it to hurt her and that he's just playing but he broke through her skin last night and now she doesn't want him near her. 

We have plenty of chew toys and when he bit her she was playing with one of them with him and he accidently bit her leg. I myself havn't experienced any of these play bites because I am careful and aware when playiing with him. He has an elizabethian collar on and is getting it off mnext week plus he starts puppy class in two weeks. I'm afraid when that collar comes off it'll be worse. 

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!:)

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Just browse through the Puppy threads.. this is nothing new nor is it a really big issue.

You have to control the situation, so don't leave puppy and kids alone together.  When play gets too rough and the nip comes, give a correction (a bap on the nose) and then redirect.  When my dogs are too mouthy I simply grab back when they grab me, and squeeze really hard and don't let go.  They don't like that they can't get their mouth back and quickly learn my hand = not fun.

You'll also have to deal with jumping on the kids too.  Just look through all the information already posted here, there's so much! And some of the things you read will help you be prepared for any other issues that come up.

Kids and dobermans can get along just fine.. with supervision until the dog is old enough to know its manners.

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Lots of redirection and you'll soon teach him not to bite as play. Also work at teaching 'easy'. When you and your daughter play with him have several toys to offer when he gets too aggressive with those little needle teeth. Good luck. This stage will be over soon if you stay persistent :)

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Let me rephrase... "not to bite people"! Biting is a big part of play! It's just teaching what is acceptable for the bite and what isn't!

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Had the same problem with Gideon until he was about 4-4 1/2 months old. Now it's no issue. He mouths me and my oldest, his two favorites, but he just licks the others to death.

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We tried this thing when he goes to bite one of us, we yell ouch and he stops. So far it's working.:)

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That's a good message, too! You're getting there:) it just takes time.

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I have just tried the saying Ouch! works a treat, thanks Kimbo825 :)