Teaching Puppy not to bite?? What do YOU do?

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  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    This is how i usually teach mine to not bite... plus i'll also give the command word. "no bite!"..
    This way has always worked for us... ALL my dogs have never had biting problems. So far ....







    But i was watching another video on here and the lady said to growl and show teeth to the pup..kinda like another dog would do to correct it.
    Heres the other video.. what do you think???





    So..heres my question..Which way is better?
    My mother also has a pup(Yorkie/maltise mix)...and that thing is a terror!! If you say OUCH....it comes bach HARDER to bite you.... if you do the scruff shake with it... it comes back again and again growling......
    WTH is wrong with it? HOw would you train a stubborn pup to not bite? thanks!
     
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  2. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
    I say no bite as well and it works for us too and our dogs. I have said it before and there were some that did not agree with no bite being used they like the ouch word being used if I remember right.
     
  3. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually yelp then say no bite. or if they are stubborn i will grab their muzzle and stand over them to show them that i am dominate and growl or say no bite. different methods work for different dogs. its been so long since ive ahd a puppy though. dont miss those sharp little teeth.
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    I disagree with doing anything that shows submissiveness like crying or pulling away. When any of my dogs were younger if they would bite I'd push my hand or arm into their bite which always made them stop. If any of them even showed a bit of aggressiveness I would get very aggressive back. I'm not sure if that was the best way but it worked for me.
     
  5. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't see the videos (I'm at work) but what I do with my multiple dogs/pups is distract them. I always carry a toy and redirect them to appropriate chew toys. The "No Bite' directive is introduced at the same time. So, 'No Bite' and hand them the toy (I usually tug with it a bit, then go back to whatever we were doing. That way, s/he learns all fun - good things come from me. ie: they are MY toys I am sharing, when I am done, the toys go back in my bag. I don't believe in correcting a pup before about 4-6 months when they are more mature. I do believe in guidance and nurturing. No, my dogs are not ill-mannered spoiled beasts. They have been invited into stores, nursing homes, etc. I have pictures of two of them up here at work riding in a fire truck.
    Nurturing guidance, patience, redirection and more patience.

    Best wishes.
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:Same here....
    I usually make a noise.. and then a firm "No Bite!"..and if they come back again.,.I kinda grab the neck with the tips of my fingers and give them a bit of a shake or put pressure ... and let them know i mean busines... (kinda like in the video when she corrects the pup). Nothing to hurt them... just make them take notice of me.
    Not sure if i do it right either... buts its worked so far... [​IMG]
     
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  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I do also give them a toy first when they start to bite... try to distrct them onto the toy.
     
  8. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    our dogs are hunters so its important to have them not bite or chew. We squeeze the pups muzzle and say no biting! This has been succesful as jess our oldest dog carried an egg in her mouth with not even a crack!
     
  9. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    My mother also has a pup..and that thing is a terror!! If you say OUCH....it comes bach HARDER to bite you.... if you do the scruff shake with it... it comes back again and again growling......
    WTH is wrong with it? HOw would you train a stubborn pup to not bite? thanks!

    What I would do with that pup is to make it uncomfortable for the pup to bite a person's hand. I will take my index finger and bend it in half. When the pup bites my hand I put my knuckled finger into the pups mouth and WITHOUT ACTUALLY HURTING the pup I will make it uncomfortable for my finger to be in there. I tell the pup "no bite". Then give the pup a toy to chew on in place of my finger.
    This method has worked well for me and you should see results right away. Usually by the third time I do it. Then, the pup will start to bite and you will see it thinkiing it through and lick my hand instead of biting it. Again, I give the pup a toy and play with it. A young or stubborn pup might need a refresher course or two, but it will catch on.
    Just encourage the good behavior of playing with a toy and discourage the bad behavior by making it uncomfortable to do it.
    The woman in the second video said it was an unnatural behavior for a puppy to bite and made it sound like it was the owners fault. I disagree with her. Puppies don't have hands to explore with, so everything goes into their mouthes. ...including hands and fingers.​
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:I've tried the first one, it seems to turn into a game with them.

    The second video wouldn't load for me, but from your description it sounds similar to what I do. I grab the pup and turn it over on its back with my hand on the chest while saying 'NO BITE' in a loud, growly voice. This is similar to what a dominant dog in the group would do.

    I think it's more of a 2-step process. The first video works for young pups who are learning what is and is not acceptable. When puppies 'bite' each other, the yelp from the other one is what tells the pup to stop. So the squeeky 'OW' represents the yelp of another pup. Young puppies 'should' take this cue to mean 'oh, that hurt you!'. Some puppies are a little more dense though, so they have to be treated a bit more roughly.
     

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