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Bite Inhibition

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Mollie's Nana, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Shoshana

    Shoshana Little Dog

    I hope haven't posted this already!

    What worked really well with Peanut was something that was totally spontaneous. She was already 6-7 months old when we got her. I had been 'yelping' when she bit me when she got really excited while playing but that didn't help. One time we were playing tug w her rope toy and she missed the rope and grabbed my arm - and it really hurt. I bellowed OW! loud enough to startle her. I dropped the rope and walked away. I didn't pet her or talk to her for 24 hours - I was really upset. I did feed her and take her out and took good care of her but other than that I ignored her.

    After I calmed down, and started interacting with her again, she was much calmer. Of course she still occasionally got mouthy but it was gentler. If she accidentally bit even a little too hard I would bellow OW and walk away for a few minutes.

    Now she just nibbles, and only on me. OK and on her dog friends who nibble back.
  2. I did the same with my guy. Got him from the SPCA at 6 months of age and still doing some biting/mouthing. Yelling ouch and walking away several times got the message across loud and clear.
  3. splash66

    splash66 Puppy

    I have a 3 month old apbt love him but never had such a stubborn breed I'am really having a problem with the biting he is very smart i taught him how to sit in a day the other commands taking a little longer lol but i have to nip this problem in the bud .....:) SO PLEASE HELP!!!!
  4. Cloe246

    Cloe246 Puppy

    I am having the same problem with my 5 month old female Rayne. I try to walk away but she's such a bully she will NOT let that happen. She will follow you and nose you and full on just jump in your lap. She will not be ignored. I have no idea what to do .
  5. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    You push her (gently) off your lap and walk away again. Keep walking away and ignoring her until she stops.
  6. PhoenixRayne

    PhoenixRayne Puppy

    Thanks for this information. We bought 2 puppies, they are weeks old. They love to nip me and each other. I remove them from me. If we are on the sofa, I put them on the floor. They don't like it at all. They want to be with me. You forums are good and helpful.
  7. mertlewood

    mertlewood Puppy

    when my pit mix was a puppy and would nip at my hand, instead of pulling away (and making it a game) i would instead keep my hand in her mouth and stick my fingers toward the back of her throat, making her gag. she caught on very quickly that nipping at hands was not a pleasant experience.
  8. mertlewood

    mertlewood Puppy

    cloe246, if your 5 month old pup is already disrespecting you and bullying you, i hate to see what will happen when she is older. i would advise you to get some training on how to be a pack leader and earn her respect, or else she will run all over you. i hate to see that happen with any breed of dog, but i have heightened concern with any breed that the media deems as vicious. just my 2 cents worth...
  9. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    It's this kind of dominance drivel that can cause irreparable psychological damage to a dog.

    The puppy is 5 months old. She's not out to take over the world. She's doing what untrained 5 month old puppies do. She's pushing boundaries and trying to get her way.
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  10. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    My dog was mouthing me and biting the crap out of me at 5 months old.

    She ended up becoming the most amazingly tempered dog out there, passing her CGC, ATTS temperament test, and becoming an accomplished therapy dog, earning her AKC ThD with 3 years of service under her belt.

    A 5 month old mouthing is not disrespect or bullying. It's a failure to communicate by BOTH parties what the appropriate behavior should be.

    Your mindset is dangerous, and had I used pack mentality or 'leader' mentality to "earn her respect", well, I probably would've ended up with a hand shy mess of a dog. Tell me this- how do you "earn respect" by forcing yourself on another being? That is an abusive mindset and there is NO respect given or received by either party in that case.
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  11. mertlewood

    mertlewood Puppy

    uh, i was basing it on choe246's comment thta her puppy was bullying her... her words not mine...
  12. mertlewood

    mertlewood Puppy

    @ liliana love...uh, i was responding to cloe246's remarks, when SHE stated the puppy was 'bullying' her. not just 'mouthing' her.
    and i do not abuse my dogs, nor are they hand shy.
    and how do you control your animal if they are 'bullying' (cloe's words) at 5 months old?
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  13. mizzshowcase

    mizzshowcase Puppy

    Having a puppy takes time it's the same as having kids we much have the time for them ... everyone find different ways to trian them [​IMG] att 3 are puppies the big on is 7 months and the lil ones are 5 and 6 months

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  14. IceDragon209

    IceDragon209 Puppy

    In the past I had 3 male apbt's, they were all perfect. They were friendly & loving and Calm, loved both people and other animals (cats, dogs, horses).

    Now I have a 10 week old Female blue apbt and she is Not responding to training the way my males did. We got her when she was 6 weeks old & at first she was really responsive to training. She learned sit, down & stay in no time. But in the last couple of weeks she has gotten very bitey. She growls at us & bites our ankles & feet & especially our hands.

    At first I thought it was just teething & if I just redirected her to a chew toy that would work. But it didn't, she will chew on the toy for a minute and then go after my hands again. I tried yelping &/or saying a Loud OWW, that worked a couple of times, but same thing she just went after my hands again. Then I tried getting up & walking away, when I do that she attacks my pants legs & the back of my ankles, she will wrap her paws around my leg & hold on & just keep biting. If I try to walk, she just holds on & lets me drag her.

    I have tried putting her in her safe zone & walking away. She cries & whines and then eventually lays down in there, but when I get her out again, she goes right back to biting. I have tried buying the No bite spray & spraying it on my pants, feet & ankles, she will lick me for a few mins & then I will re-direct her to a toy & then after a minute she tries to bite my again despite the spray.

    I have tried yelling at her in a very mean voice and that also will stop her for a few mins and then she tries again. I have tried making a loud noise, like clapping my hands or banging on the table, the noise startles her, she stops biting, I redirect her to a toy and then again a few mins later she is back to trying to bite my feet or hands. Its becoming more & more difficult to even play with her b/c she prefers to try and bite my hand instead of the toy. And just so I'm clear, this is Not gentle biting or nipping, she chomps down & her teeth are very sharp & I have bleed several times.

    I have tried taking her for a really long walk & run to drain her energy, but when we come back inside she is Still trying to bite my hands. When I try to ignore her when she is biting she jumps at snaps at my legs, feet, arms, clothes and now even my face. I tried all the positive training methods I could think of and none of them are working.

    Recently I tried flicking her nose when she would bite, but that caused her to let go of my leg or foot and snap at my fingers. Then I tried holding her around the muzzle & keeping her mouth shut for a few seconds while saying No Bites in a loud voice, which got her to stop biting for a little while, longer than anything else Ive tried, but then she would go back to biting & snaping again.

    With Everything I have tried, I always re-direct her to a toy also to try & teach her what she Should be chewing on.

    I do Not want to be mean to my puppy, as I do not want to teach her violence. I'm not sure what else to do...ANY suggestions would be appreciated. I understand it is normal for puppies to go thru this phase, but I figured after 4 weeks she would be getting better with the biting, as in not biting as hard, not getting worse.

    Also, she is no longer wanting to train. She will come when I call her, most of the time, she sits when I ask sometimes, and the only time she will sit & stay when asked is when I am getting her food ready. Any suggestions?
  15. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    When you are redirecting her w/a toy, are you just giving her the toy, or are you playing w/her w/the toy, to make it more fun and engaging. What you're describing sounds like a bitey, drivey pup who wants more interactions w/you. As to not enjoying/responding to training, are you making training fun? A drivey pup like that can learn to really enjoy training, if you make it fun. And the mental energy required to learn will tire her out just as much as physical exercise.
  16. pam olmstead

    pam olmstead Puppy

    Our puppy Penny is 10 wks now, and we have had her for 2 wks. We are working on bite inhibition, but I am getting frustrated because I am doing EVERYTHING everyone says…..give her something else to chew on, squeal "ouch" and walk away, give a firm "NO" etc….the problem is she starts lunging at me and biting, and just follows me lunging and biting at my legs etc. when I try the walking away thing. We have realized she is only doing it with ME, not my husband. She is still playing a bit rough with our daughter, but they are always closely supervised. Any other suggestions? Watching lots of training videos, and have puppy classes starting in 2 wks (hoping it will help). We are working on clicker training daily and she does a GREAT job, so this is just frustrating. Am I expecting too much too soon?
  17. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Yes! She's only a baby at ten weeks old!
  18. Adam Clemas

    Adam Clemas Puppy

    All the dogs I have ever had have been taught bite inhibition, all by using the "OUCH" and walk away method.
    For some persistent ones it requires putting a door in between you and the one doing the biting.
    Most dogs have a hard time navigating a door knob, so this is a very effective way to separate the dog from you. :grin:
  19. Tshea73

    Tshea73 Puppy

    My Jenna is 6mth & has recently shown aggression to me & my daughter. She is a sweet girl but wants to be th boss. I'm scared I'll not be able to handle her she is 52 lb & I'm disabled. Any suggestions.

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  20. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Segregate the dog from EVERYONE completely (especially your daughter), contact a behaviorist, be capable of euthanizing the dog if necessary.

    Sounds like the wrong dog in the wrong home; unfortunately, sometimes it gets to a point where it's not safe for anyone and in the end it's the dog that loses.
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