Being too Mouthy

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Okay, I KNOW there are a lot of threads about this particular subject, but I want to know how EXACTLY you other Dobe owners got your puppy to stop biting.

First off, Zelda always tries to bite me when I'm trying to pet her on the head or play with her or when I'm training her. Does that mean anything? How do I stop it?

Thanks a bundle :D ♥♥♥

 

--LoZ, Owner

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I'm with ya Zelda...Ginger is gonna be five months in January and she doesnt nip to hurt anymore, but everytime I go to pet her, she will happy butt dance wiggle while trying to mouth my hands...it drives me crazy! We just keep on with the no bite...she stops for a little while...but she will get it eventually. I have started trying the "oh if you are gonna bite me, you dont get pets" method...it seems to be slowly working....

I've always had success with wrapping my fingers around their top jaw so that the teeth touch the cheek and squeezing and say not bite along with a Auuugghttt sound. That sound is cue later for lots of things that they get into and shouldn't. The minute they hear the noise they stop.

Some puppies are better than others. Our last litter we had hardly ANY mouthing even the new puppy owners were commenting on how good they were. I do think it helps if you have a breeder that is in the whelping box and a huge part of the puppies lives growing up. This is something that we start very early on.

Another thing we do is mimic the sound that a littermate would make when they bite another puppy by doing a yelp noise. This usually makes them stop right away if they were raised with the litter for the appropriate amount of time.

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Like RND -- I'm more hands on with my corrections.  When my hand entered Steve's mouth I made it the most uncomfortable thing ever.  I did the squeeze, the "Ah-AH!" and glared at him.  I think, personally, it was that hard squeeze that made him not want the hand anymore.  When she is going for your hand in play, have a toy ready to shove at her, and show her /this/ is how we play.  If she insists on going for your hand, then when she nips you, give her a squeeze and a correction.  Sometimes if you shove your hand back towards their rear molars they gnaw on you without puppy teeth and learn it is super annoying too to almost gag on this "object".

Be consistent and she will pick it up quickly enough.

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Thanks guys! I'll try to be consistant with the correction and carry a toy around with me at all times, though i'd probably forget to bring one since my pjs have no pockets D':

Thanks a bunch again! :D

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Yall's advice is going to help me a lot too! I have an 8 week old pup I got on New Years Day, and she is constantly biting my hands and arms and hair and anything else she can get ahold of.

Thanks!

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How much biting is normal? Griswold is 14 weeks and he bites my hands, and ankles constantly! I have bruises and bite marks everywhere.He is being playful sometimes but sometimes he is being aggressive and growls at me while going for my hands. We have tried several different things to curb it. Other than the obvious of telling him the stern NO..we have tried putting him in his crate when he bites..and using a squirt bottle of water to squirt him and tell him no when he bites. He continues and nothing seems to be working. Any suggestions? It's also much more with me than my husband.

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Raven doesnt do it all- but she was with the breeder for a long time til 9 wks then again from 11 weeks til 13 weeks and I think Lisa really made the difference w/ her.

Cisco = he is a mouthy maniac- My parents came over this weekend and he was just all over their shoes and hands- it isnt mean he is showing affection and that is how he does it- raven is a kissy fool, cisco is just a mouther- we are also trying differnent methods to get him to stop- the best so far has been the lip curl so he nips his own mouth... along with a eheh kinda noise and no bite...

good luck all!

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I had the same problem for a little while. I started yelling no bite and growling - neither worked.

WHat worked for me was to put my hand in his mouth and let him bite down, I would then quickly pull my hand out and yell out - "OW!" like he had hurt me. This trick was enough to make him believe that he was being to rough and the bite pressure he applied the next time I put my hand in his mouth was less and less each time I repeated.

This worked basically overnight. within a coupld of days I could put my hands in his mouth and he would apply no pressue.

WHen you pet him try to avoid coming over his head, this will keep him from biting too, put him underhand - like the way a softball pitcher throws. Come up the side of his face then slide your hand over his head and he will know he is being petted and not challenged to a game of getting hit on the head.

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Superb tip about the "underhand" motion for petting!  When I got Brinks it had been so long since I'd had a puppy I'd forgotten & had to retrain myself!  Of course, he thought EVERYTHING was a challenge or invite to play...  but we made it through!!