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A little help please

Discussion in 'Bull Terrier Training' started by koboxerks, May 8, 2008.

  1. koboxerks

    koboxerks Puppy

    I’m having a little bit of trouble with my bully puppy about 10 weeks old. He likes to bite things and tug a lot. He gets so excited, as bullies do, and will go for hands and occasionally a nose if it’s close enough. Now I am partly to blame for this from the wrestling and what not, but I would like to break the habit as fast as possible so that he knows when and what is appropriate play. He is kind of getting the !!NO!! down but, he will wait a few seconds and his persistence kicks in and he is right back at it. I get mad but, as any bully owner knows, you can’t stay mad for long. Any advice would be nice.
     
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member

    A firm "no" and then redirect the behavior (a toy). :)
     
  3. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member

    yeah, redirect him... but keep in mind they LOVE to play tug-of-war, and biting is just part of the puppy stage... don't worry, he will go from wanting to bite everything to licking everything.... this morning, my sheets had a wet spot where Mollie had just been licking the sheets.... but apparently that's what bullys like to do, bite when little, then lick everything (it's like a habit). But know he will want to play (a lot) and biting is just part of being a puppy. Just shove something he "can" chew on in his mouth when he starts the biting thing, and praise him for chewing what he is allowed to chew on..... he's a cutie by the way!!:)
     
  4. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    try teaching him to calm himself down when you see that he is getting him self excited and frustrated stop stop playing stop everything take the toys away and sit exspressionless say "calm" or another word for the command try gently petting him if he bites you take your hands away and say "calm" if he continues roll him over onto his back and talk calmly dont allow your voice to be raised or lowerd keep it neutral. it will take awhile for him to really get it. if he will not calm down with you on the floor get up leave and donot allow him any of his toys. once he begins to calm down you can sit down and begin to pet him and cudle him and even give him a treat if he has food drive. this is a good command for any dog to learn becuase when ever somthing stressful happens whether you bring in a new pet or a new person comes over your dog will have already learned how to deal with its own stress and frustrations. another good thing to do to help him learn how to deal with his frustrations is to keep one specel toy to give only when you want him to calm down and chill out with somthing to chew on that will really help alot and even better when you want him to calm down and he isnt find a room or his crate where he is welcome and when he isnt responding to the calm command put him in that place with the toy. you can stay there with him and probably should the first few weeks of this training but ignore him when he tries playing with you only pet him when hes calmly chewing the toy or just calmly coming up to you. after he gets older when somthing stessful happens keep this toy available in his crate or the room you take him too away from everyone and when things are stressful or he gets frustrated he will go to that place and chew that toy to relieve his own stress becuase youve taught him how.
     

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