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It's been 3 months - won't stop biting!

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by AutumnRiley, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. AutumnRiley

    AutumnRiley Puppy

    It's been 3 months that we've had our pitbull puppy and she STILL has to bite our hands when playing, excited or ANYTHING! For 3 months we have given her a toy to bite on instead of our hands or fingers or will close her mouth and say, "No bite!" Yet she will not stop! It's annoying because I can't snuggle with her or play with her without her accidentally hurting me! Will this ever stop! I have to say, at least she doesn't bite AS HARD as she used to, but it's like her mouth is constantly open waiting for something to bite. Really annoying.
     
  2. BKMama

    BKMama Puppy

    Have you tried yelping and stopping the playing/cuddling immediately when she bites? I'm not sure if this works with older puppies but it's pretty effective for younger ones. Good luck! Their little teeth hurt like hell.
     
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  3. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I wouldn't hold her mouth closed. That will only encourage her to bite more. If you're redirecting then holding her mouth, she's probably getting mixed signals and not sure what you're actually asking.
     
  4. John Sauceda

    John Sauceda Big Dog

    I taught my pup not to bite by telling him "No Bite" and smacking him on the mouth whenever he bites. Not hard, but hard enough for him to get the hint. It took about a week of bloody fingers, lips, cheeks, ect. because he would lunge and bite for no reason. Now, we can wrestle and you'll hear his little teeth snapping but he won't bite.

    In the past with other puppies, I've pinched the pup and acted like I was biting him. I pinched hard enough to make him yelp. I only had to do that once (He was a 7 week old JRT) and he never bit again.
     
  5. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    One more thing.. EVERY SINGLE PERSON that your puppy meets needs to apply the SAME method. Every person that doesn't reinforce YOUR training, is reinforcing the negative behavior or confusing the dog (so training doesn't matter).
     
  6. AutumnRiley

    AutumnRiley Puppy

    I really would prefer to not hit her. lol why would I give her a toy then hold her mouth shut or vice versa? We hold her mouth shut when there is no toy to give her, obviously.
     
  7. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    If your dog doesn't take you seriously, holding their mouth or even yelping might entice them to bite harder.
    Chop knows the difference between rough play where I know he will bite so I avoid his sharp little puppy teeth and when its time to stop and settle down. He beats up on my old dog like crazy. She'll ignore him or walk away or even growl (all things we as humans try to apply to puppies) and all of this encourages him to bite more not less. Why? Because he doesn't fear punishment from her. She won't assert herself enough. She is a soft, weak dog...

    Ultimately, I don't think its just a biting issue. I would venture to say your pup probably gets away with other crap too. Manners are something that your dog learns through reinforcement and punishment in all aspects of life, not just one problem. Apply NILIF. Self control will be taught through that.
     
  8. John Sauceda

    John Sauceda Big Dog

    When I do it, its not so much of a "hit". Its more of a tap to get his attention. I don't do it to hurt him, just letting him know not to use his mouth like that.
     
  9. Julie&Jane

    Julie&Jane Puppy

    I would try something sour so when she does bite you maybe have it right near you and give her a taste. I bet that does the trick. bite after bite sour after sour.. give it a try!
     

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