Puppy biting getting insane

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My puppy bites. HARD. I try to redirect her attention to a toy or something, but it only works ~50% of the time. She just gets really engaged in "eating" me lol. Are there any other methods? I try to crate her about 5 min. after a biting spree so she doesn't consider it punishment, but when she gets out after 1-2 hours in the crate, she just bites harder, prob. out of excitment.

FYI: My puppy's name is Abby and she is 8.5 weeks old now.

 

 

It's getting insane. If there is some kind of long term method I will GLADLY get chewed to death right now so that it will STOP. You don't need to get stressed about it though... 

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Magnum learned the no bite command fairly quickly when it was accompanied with a firm grab of his muzzle and a verbal seriousness of the no bite command. He didn't like that too much, but thats the point and he quickly learned that if I bite people with my sharp teeth I get something I don't like in return. Now at 6 months he isn't mouthy and if he slips up all he needs now is a firm verbal "no bite" and redirection to chew on a toy and he forgets all about using people as a chew toy.

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Gideon's biting tapered off around 14-16 weeks. He was a total den shark as well, and we tried every trick in the book to no avail except for the short-term fix of redirection. Once he got mostly through the teething stage he stopped the hard biting. He's still "mouthy" but doesn't bite down hard.

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When all my pups were in the chewy stage and would bite, I would push my hand towards them, backing them up, instead of pulling away. My hand wasn't a pull toy anymore, and it took all the fun out of it. Usually it only took a short time, and they stopped.

I'd also give them a toy they could play tug with, so they knew that was more appropriate. All of them have loved to play tug!

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THE HORROR OF A MOUTHY PUPPY! Been there with Dexter.

We all squeeled like a hurt puppy, a sharp NO, poked him with two fingers on his shoulders and them put him down and just plain ignored him. 

Playtime, cuddletime or any attention/body contact, all stopped as soon as teeth touched skin or clothing. At 6 months he is doing fine with the biting. He knows that his teeth are never to touch anybody in any way.

One time, Dexter got me so bad, I bit back! (Don't recommend this! In my case I had to take over many things his mom and siblings should have tought him)

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A quick flick of your finger across her nose might help, too.  I always just grabbed DJ by the muzzle, and pointed her face downward, chin against her chest while telling her NO BITE in a very stern tone. She hated that.  She eventually got the message.

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Thanks for the ideas! I'll defenitly try them. Wouldn't the muzzle-grab-while-saying-no-bite count as a correction and therefore be detrimental to schutzhund training? I don't want to sound like a snob or anything, just wondering...

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Schutzhund or not... 

A dog should never have his teeth on your skin or clothing while he/she is not working!

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Keep redirecting.  DOn't yell at him, don't grab his muzzle, etc.  These are unnecessary ways to scare your pup.  At 8.5 weeks, it would be very shocking if he DIDN"T bite you like this.  Keep redirecting, and reward for chewing something other than your arm.

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Thanks for the info guys!

 

 

Biting updates: Something new is happening. ABBY IS GROWLING! Does she think I am prey already?

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We have had a nightmare with Rolo and tried everything possible but it has just sort of stopped as his teeth came through now 7 months old and doesn't bite just occasional nip for attention. To make him more comfortable I give him ice cubs to help numb his gums. Hang in there you'll havea wondeful companion when its all done.

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Growling should never be okay if it is directed at you or any of your friends or family.  I don't know anything about Schutzhund, so I don't know how to correct this, but I would talk to your trainer and work on it immediately. Remember, you are always the boss and any backtalk should not be accepted.

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She does not think you're prey, she's vocalizing.  Growling is only not ok if it is in an aggressive manner.  Growling while playing is perfectly fine and normal.  Some people choose not to allow it, but I disagree with that.  I have no problem with growling while we're playing, especially if we're doing something rough, like tug, bitework, wrestling, etc.  Growling in protest, or as a display of aggression is completely different.  

 

If you want to be competitive in sch, you're going to raise your dog VERY differently than your average pet owner, so you want to be extremely careful with corrections, and how and when you give them.  Many trainers let their dogs get away with significantly more than someone who is not raising a working dog would.  If you're not sure, talk to your trainer for advice, because these early stages are going to set the foundation of your training, and it's alot easier to do it right instead of having to fix bad habits down the road.