I have a four month old golde, he's been nipping since I got him 2 months ago. I;ve tried everything from yelling, growling and yelling, pull his tounge, and everything. he 's so stubborn. he bites if he doesnot like something. and now he's beginning to bark to draw attention.
he does not mean to hurt me or my mom, unfortunately we can't take this any longer. he's gotten so big and really hard to control.
how does she react to your corrections does she show submission, ears down, head down. another is make your hand into a fist, thats very uncomfortable for them. also some dogs growl when playing and yelling is just making him more excited. try yelping, like it hurts pay attention to the dogs body language. the dog here is not the problem. it is we hae not found away to communicat clearly that this is unaccpetable. another good thing is plying tug of war or the give and get game. anytime the dogs teeth touch your skin the game stops. also, this could be a dominate trait. or it could be just plain fun for the dog. check out realitybitesdog.com ther is a good thread on bite inhibition there.
My parents had success with using a bit of vinegar in a bottle of water- just a little bit of vinegar, enough to make it stink- and spraying it at the dog's face when he tried to nip. (This also worked for uncontrollable barking in another dog) I'd say to be quite careful about using just a little bit of vinegar, as it IS acidic, 'cause you don't want to damage the dog's eyes if it happens to get in there. But it's apparently quite an offensive smell to them. Worked for my mom's nipper, anyway!
Incidentally, my sister also has a golden and he was quite a stubborn pup too. Must be a golden thing? :)
Have you taken the dog/puppy to obedience classes? They do have obedience classes geared towards puppies. I wouldn't take him to a dog class, but a puppy class may help you with the aggressive issues you are having with him.
If all else fails, put some tabasco or hot sauce on your hands and let him bite you. Immediately when he does, (and tastes your nasty tasting flesh) say No biting!!!.. dogs learn quick when this is involved.. the Vinegar and water spray also can work it's true. Dogs find the smell hgihly offensive.
hey miki, the first topic that i had posted on this site was about this same exact problem. my 3-month GSD nipped at me ALLLL the time. So then a member, Aisha, told me to stop using the whiny baby talk voice with him. guess what??? worked like a charm! My pants have been whole for a month already!!!All thanks to her, she explained that the reason Logan was nipping was because he didnt see me as an authority, but rather as a playmate...get my drift?
please do not willing let your dog bite your hands at all. Think about what the pup will be learning if you do that you are virtually saying to your dog that's it's ok for it to do that. You must stop all tugging or wrestling games that you may be playing with the dog and if the dog bites yelp as though you were a dog and ignore your dog you could even leave the room and ignore for a good 5 mins and most definitely get some basic training done immediately with a good trainer
JULZ raises an important point- a lot of dog problems can be related directly to their mistaking themselves as alpha dog! One of the aforementioned parents' dogs is still having issues with this (she was allowed to be alpha in her former home), but has gotten much better with lots of work on that. I recommend Jan Fennell's book, "The Dog Listener"- basically teaches a person how to talk to their dog in his/her own language!