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Hi, I recently became a Doberman owner. Our Lou, is almost ten weeks old. He's such a sweet, lovable dog, when he's not biting. I know it is normal for puppies to play bite, but how do I get him to stop? I feel like his biting is vicious, not a puppy bite. I have two kids, 11 & 6 year old. This is our first time with the Doberman breed. Can someone please give advice about the biting? 

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Lou is a good looking pup.  Sounds like he is a classic dobershark :-) The biting is super normal.  I got my Zeus at 8 weeks old and for the first couple weeks I couldn't even walk by him without my pants being under attack and anything else he could reach.  When I hired my trainer he had the biting pretty much under control in one hour.  What he did was attach a leash to his collar for him to drag around and then sit on the floor with puppy and toys.  Give puppy lots of love and attention, but as soon as he bites, a QUICK jerk to the SIDE with the leash with an immediate release while saying no bite. And then as soon as the mouth is off of you LOTS of love and praise again and giving him a toy to redirect to. They key parts are to make the correction quick and release (you're not pullng him off, just startling him) and jerk to the side instead of back so it doesn't activate the instinct to pull back against the leash.  

The biting may return when he starts teething but once they learn the no bite command they should respect it pretty well.  Best of luck!

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Thank you Laura! I'll try it. I'm in the process of looking for a trainer. 

Laura's picture
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I also believe in the classic water bottle and have trained other dogs with that.  A "no bite" verbal correction and a quick squirt with a water bottle.  But everything revolves around all sorts of love and praise so they know they're doing good when they release.

Puppy training is so so so frustrating but so so so worth it.  And finding a good trainer is key.  

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Leash corrections on that young of a puppy is not something you should do that shouldnt happen till 5 months old. Simply start redirecting to a toy and praise. Frozen wash cloths are amazing have a few on had. Frozen kongs are great if you want recipes I can give them to you he will be busy for hours. Toys and puppy chews nylabone is amazing. And praise when he goes for the toy.