biting and jumping

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im having a hard time getting my 16 week old pup to stop biting hard when she is playing and jumping up and biting my leg or rear when i walk away from her.
Ive tried to hold her muzzle when she bites and tell her no bite but that makes her do it more, and i cant seem to turn around fast enough to catch her whe she jumps up to pinch me .
I'm starting her in puppy classes in april

ive been reading articles on here so i will try some of the metods on here and let you know how it goes !

it is important to be consistent with the training and seek professional guidance when needed. Hope it works out, keep us posted. Would love to see pics of Willow :)

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can I just say I just went to intermediate training with my 4 month old puppy and do you know what really worked? TIME OUT. ; two gates up in a small area or a safe small area where you can put them for literally 60 seconds. When she jumped I said TIME OUT put her there walked away and then after 60 seconds came back and said nothing and repeat. I have to say I have 2 teenage boys and I should have used this more with them. It works at least with my dobie. Routine and consistency is key they look for this like a child.

time outs do work wonders, make sure you are not using Willows crate for time out though or soon she will start equating her crate with time out.

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i will have to try the time out , thanks

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I understand your fusteration, my new dobie tries to use my kids as a big chew toy. We are starting classes with the children to ensure they can enforce the no jumping and biting thing. My vet told me to find a special word like "OFF" that isn't used for any other action then that one. When the dog jumps and nibbles to give no human attention. We are working with this.

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Puppies bite, it's how they play with each other....they don't learn its wrong in a few weeks.  You just have to be consistant and firm.  Grab his snout for a sec give a little shake and say whatever word you choose.  I went with No Bite!    They will learn not to chew on YOU faster than they will learn not to chew on everything else in your house.  Rocky probably thought his name was no bite for the first 4-5 months.  You have a puppy....get used to dealing with the chewing/biting for quite a while. 

 

Jumping at you can be cured by lifting your knee at them. They basically bounce off it and you ignore them until they calm down.  Do not ever engage them positive or negative when they do things you don't want like this.  Any type of attention from you means they just got what they wanted.   Lift the knee and say Down and don't even look at them until they are sitting or standing like they should be.

 

Try a squirt bottle if he nips are you from behind...when he nips say no bite and spray him quickly.  continue to walk though...don't stop. If he follows try to catch him before he jumps and say No bite or down. If he does either, squirt and repeat the phrase.  Do it every time and he'll learn quick.

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We too are having the same trouble with jumping up and biting and the nipping of bums and legs from behind, and Monty has his adult teeth now (confirmed by the vet) so it really hurts sometimes.  We don't know what happened to him before he was rescued and came to us, but he certainly wasn't corrected.

After reading all the comments, my sone has just gone out to buy a selection of small super-soakers!

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Well, 5 hours on and we've had nothing stolen from any of the desks in the office and after only one squirt, no more biting of the office chairs.  Yet...

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No biting is always a good thing, :)) glad its working for you. I always worried that a super soaker might make my dog afraid of a bath so I never tried the water gun thing.

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He's still mouthing our hands and arms but nowhere near as much as he did before.  We now have more licking going on than biting.

Monty will go and lick the water drops off the end of the guns if we've used them, so he's not afraid of them.  Yet.

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Good to hear this is working well. I know I tried this tactic on a cat once since cats hate water for the most part and all he did was sit on his haunches with his front feet in the air like an easter bunny design and he squinted and tried to catch the water as it got squirted, he was a weird cat anyway.

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I swear one of my cats I had a long time ago thought she was a dog!

Our German Shepherds used to love water being squirted at them, but it seems to be working as a deterrent with Monty.

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You want to make sure you squirt them in the butt/hind leg area too.  Never squirt them in the face...you might get them in the eye or ear.   We use squirt bottles all the time when Rocky was a pup.   I have to say they were very effective with him.

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I haven't tried a squirt bottle yet. But the time outs have been working to an extent that I felt, and still feel, some relief.

I was like you, tried everything, and my puppy would always, ALWAYS get more excited and typically bite HARDER after any verbal or physical corrections, ignoring/walking away always got me some bleeding legs instead of the normal bleeding arms and hands.

Finally, after crying about it one night I was so frustrated, I came online and begged for any other ideas, and was told that a time out might work. I baby-gated my bathroom and now everytime he bites me after I say "no biting" and he wont stop, I send him in there and let him cry a bit until he settles down, then let him out. He watches me carry on with life without him, playing, cooking, watching TV, whatever, and it kills him. He's MUCH calmer when I let him out.

He still bites a couple times a day, but it's not NEARLY as bad. He usually only does it when he's over-tired now (in which case I find him asleep in the time out zone) or when I let him get too excited during play and don't make him take a breather.


But just seeing he HAS improved SOMEWHAT makes me feel hopeful! I know he knows I don't like being bitten, I think he just gets carried away at this point. I see him "pause" and think about things sometimes, when he's about to bite me, sometimes he stops after he mouths me, and runs to a toy and chews that instead. PERFECT!!

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I seem to have the same jumping issue and did the knee thing but after 3 days my smart little pain in the butt pup learned to come from behind and now everyone in the house has toushie bruises from jump, bite, run away..lol..while funny when read not so much in real life...ugh

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Not sure how others would handle this one but if I had two legs instead of one and crutches I would try the same procedure but bend the knee and put the foot back to engage contact same as front just backwards if that makes sense. Your leg works both ways, I would use it both ways......but that's just me and I wouldn't do it in a harmful way just the same intensity as the knee up theory.......it's terrible sometimes how smart our dogs are and how they figure out how to avoid certain things....and people say they don't think, hahahahahaa they've never owned a dog or cat

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lol IKR! and Audi problems solves with the best of em! There isnt anything yet I have seen him not able to figure out.

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Hi Madge is now 5 months old i have the same problem she not too bad with my husband but she seems to jump up at me grabs my arms then nips my legs ,bum,being abit aggressive and keeps coming back ive tryed the command No but she takes no notice even grabbed muzzle with No Bite Command any one got any soloutions i live in England not any forums here that ive found

Hi Mina bites my bottom or anywhere fleshy , well she nips when v excited or feeling extra naughty . I moieties need to get her scruff of neck , never harshly and say no as seriously as I can ! Again she doesn't really do it to my husband . Mina is 100 % euro doberman and some breeders say they can be bit wilder ? Although she is getting better it will take time .... I try to turn the nibbles into kisses (licks) she learning . 

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I tried the squirt bottle Today Samson seemed to think it was a game and became very active barking at the bottle He did calm down and went back to lick my arm where he had bite it ,it was bleeding a llittle then he tried to return to the bottle to chew on it I put him outside!

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When we first got Argo he was very mouthy and hadn't been taught not to bite. We would say No Bite and sometimes close his snout. I think what worked best for us was to always have a chew toy ready to go to distract him after we said No so that he learned what was approrpiate to chew on and what was not (my hand). I also had to discipline my husband...sometimes he would let the biting slide and sometimes he would correct him. After my husband became more consistent with correcting him, Argo stopped biting.

As for jumping, the vet told us to turn around with our backs to him and ignore him but that really didn't work well. Instead we say No, Down seriously and then ignore him until he calms down (had similar husband training issue with this) which has finally worked but now instead of jumping up and pawing us sometimes he jumps up with his legs pointed downwards so he doesn't actually make contact. He looks kind of like a seal. Argo did it to a stranger yesterday and they laughed pretty hard at how ridiculous he looked.

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hi, im new to the forum and im looking for some advice. i have a 6 month old red male. he is cute as a button but we are having trouble with biting. this is our second dobie, our first one passed away 6 months ago. we have tried everything from bitter apple to time outs. time out seem to help the most. our first dobie was a wild puppy but he grew out of it. i hope this will stop over time. i know hes playing and i think he was taken too soon from his mother,we got him at 7 weeks. he is fixed and has settled a bit and its slowly getting better. i was just wondering if anyone else has had this problem? will it  get better? he seems to get more worked up if we try anything else. thanks

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I feel for you Sidpuppy, I had a tremendous problem with my little angel, who is now 19 weeks old, biting me bloody all day. I couldn't even play with her without being bitten. I tried everything, grab the snout and say no bite, time outs, just walking away (she would just bite my clothes and ankles from behind) and I even wacked her with the newspaper once (which was a reaction of surprise and it almost killed me). I never tried the squirt bottle because her ears are posted and I didn't want them wet. What has worked for me is a product called "Pet Correcter" which is nothing more than a can of compressed air. It comes out with a bit of force and makes a hissing sound. I have only had to use it 5 times total. When she would start to bite I said "STOP" and when she did not, I said it again immediately followed by a spray behind her. It never touched her and she never saw it. She jumped like she had been electrocuted and stopped biting. I told her good stop and gave her a treat. She has not bitten me in almost 2 weeks. She still mouths a bit but not hard. And when I feel she is getting too excited I say STOP and she does immediately. This method might not be for everyone but it has been a miracle for me. Good luck.

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thanks fyrlady343, ill have to look into that. i did get a spray bottle last night and it actually worked.  last night he didnt bite once. hopefully it continues.