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Hi I am a new Dobe owner. I have done so much research on the breed and training. He is doing very well on house training, crate training, and learining basic commands. The only thing I am having trouble with is his play biting. Everytime anyone gets up he grabs your clothes, your feet, anything that he can get his chomps on. I have tried grabbing his shoulders like a "nip" and tell him no but all that does is full his fire or make him think I am playing. I have tried telling him no and distracting him with one of his toys. That works for a little bit until you walk away and then he is right back to using us as his toy. I don't really know what I am doing wrong. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Three words.. water spray bottle. Works wonders. Every time he grabs your clothes, or chomps you just spray him. He will learn fast and its harmless. All I have to do is reach for the bottle and my dogs know I mean business.

 

Tess

Joined: 2012-10-28

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Bella was trained with a spray bottle. We havent ursed it in a while but only have to show it to her and she remembers some manners befitting a princessa.

 The other thing I do is put my finger or thumbnail ( mine are short) into the middle of her tongue, and hold her lower jaw at the same time. Trust me they don't bite down on you when you are doing this. After a few seconds of that she remembers licking is much nicer.

Say no very firmly. Or yelp when he hurts you. They dont know how sensitive our skin is. My husbands skin is very thin an B needs only to touch him with her teeth and he gets a cut....

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Yipping loudly if they hurt you can be very effective at teaching dogs what is a good pressure for playing.  It's how puppies teach each other as they play as a litter together, and how we trained our yorkie-pom.  She was pretty rough as a puppy (as rough as a 2 1/2 pound rat can be, anyway..) but now she never hurts our hands at all when we wrestle with her.  She will 'gnaw' on us at length and never use even a bit too much pressure.

Though, with a dobie, I would think it better to teach them not to play bite at all, given their power and the unfortunate perceptions people have of them.

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well i have been trying the spray bottle.......but he doesnt seem to mind it anymore. the biggest issue really is when we walk and he nips at our feet and pants. he just bit my daughter while she was walking and his teeth scratched her. he doesnt mean any harm but to the kids its the end of the world. And it gets annoying. he starts obiedence training today so hopefully they can help me out. :) thanks everyone for the advise!

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I have a 4 month old male Dobe named Brik... he's really biting me too...  I'm covered in fuciden and bandaids today!  I realize that this is a puppy thing as I have a Jack Russell female who is almost 4 yrs old and she bit too.  The difference being that Brik is very powerful, even at his young age.  I've tried some techniques that I researched on different sites and none are working, yet.  I've got a trainer coming in on Friday to help out with the biting and a few other puppy issues.  Can't wait for those baby teeth to fall out!