Puppy Biting

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Puppy Biting

Post by Einsteins Owner » 31 May 2018, 04:44

My little one bites a lot. I'm hoping I'm doing the right things ( putting chew toys in his mouth, redirecting energy) also taking him to puppy classes after his shots. Any other suggestions

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Re: Puppy Biting

Post by Schnauzer Sam » 31 May 2018, 08:26

Hi Michael,

All mini's (perhaps all puppies) go through a phase when they are more like crocodiles than dogs. Just keep on doing what you're doing but if he gets too rough then stop the play and walk away. Make sure he knows when the biting has become painful so he learns to ease the pressure.

The good news is that this will stop, in my case it was when all the adult teeth came in, usually 5-6 months. Rosie still likes to play using her mouth but she no longer puts any pressure on and just likes to mouth with my hands.
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Re: Puppy Biting

Post by Oscar 12345 » 31 May 2018, 09:05

Michael,

You will find if you keep doing all the right things, popping a toy in his mouth, distracting with something, high pitched squeal and NO then this phase of biting lasts about 2 weeks. My Oscar gave me a real hard time, little Otto not so bad actually but he is a much stronger chewer than Oscar was so chewing was preferred to biting.
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Re: Puppy Biting

Post by Einsteins Owner » 31 May 2018, 13:23

Oscar 12345 wrote:
31 May 2018, 09:05
Michael,

You will find if you keep doing all the right things, popping a toy in his mouth, distracting with something, high pitched squeal and NO then this phase of biting lasts about 2 weeks. My Oscar gave me a real hard time, little Otto not so bad actually but he is a much stronger chewer than Oscar was so chewing was preferred to biting.
Ya I just keep on doing the same things all experienced people tell me and what I read. I feel bad because I have tons of kids in my neighbourhood and I know he'll bite in a lot of the situations. The worst is when he nips me when on the lead.

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Re: Puppy Biting

Post by Oscar 12345 » 31 May 2018, 14:54

Michael, try giving him a job to do when on the lead. Otto absolutely loved walking with my glove in his mouth (or a little loved toy). I think it made him feel very important.
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Re: Puppy Biting

Post by Einsteins Owner » 31 May 2018, 21:59

Oscar 12345 wrote:
31 May 2018, 14:54
Michael, try giving him a job to do when on the lead. Otto absolutely loved walking with my glove in his mouth (or a little loved toy). I think it made him feel very important.
I'll give it a shot. Although the biting almost always comes during personal interaction

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Re: Puppy Biting

Post by Robin black mini » 01 Jun 2018, 10:46

As above..when playing gets boisterous,redirect with a toy,give plenty of alternatives to chew etc...but if the pup is being groomed or on your knee etc..then a stern vocal correction will usually so the trick,then put the pup down( if she was on your knee)
I remember my first week with my very full on pup,Robin,on the grooming table.she actually bit ,and bruised,the back of my arm! I was not amused and told her off.She never did it again...she had a hard bite and I reacted with a loud verbal..I think we shocked each other..LOL..but she never tried to bite me again.

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Re: Puppy Biting

Post by Violet Turner » 01 Jun 2018, 17:36

You could try timeouts.

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Re: Puppy Biting

Post by zeta1454 » 01 Jun 2018, 18:27

It sounds as though this you are doing all the right things with distractions, chew toys etc. As said above, puppy biting is almost always just a phase pups go through while they are teething. It will pass even without a great deal of training but better if you can encourage him to use chew toys rather than fingers! Some pups have a lower pain threshold or may experience greater discomfort from teething than others and it can make them grumpy and nippy.

When you are at home and anyone- especially children - want to interact with the puppy, make sure they understand he is teething, that he may be nippy and that they must be careful, gentle and keep a chew toy to hand for him to bite on. When you are out and about there is no need for anyone to interact with your pup if you are really concerned that he may be nippy. Also make sure that he is not getting overtired. It is very easy to forget how much time puppies need to rest and that mental stimulation can be even more tiring than exercise. The rule of thumb for very young pups is two hours rest to every hour of activity through the day. A puppy that is overtired will get hyper, noisy and more inclined to nip at fingers or feet so do let Einstein have plenty of rest too :-)
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Re: Puppy Biting

Post by Einsteins Owner » 03 Jun 2018, 01:45

Thanks for all the advice. I find when he goes crazy with the nipping I give him a chew toy and pet him to death. It usually calms him down

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