so we've had our puppy for about a month now and he's about 3 months old. we've discovered he's a VERY mouthy puppy, especially when he's happy or excited. he'll gnaw at my hand when he's happy to see me or try to bite at my hand when i go to pet him when he's happy. i've heard about shoving a toy in puppies' mouths to transfer the biting act, and i've tried it. he'll go at it for a while but drop the toy and go back at my hand. i've also heard of shoving your fist into the puppy's mouth so that he feels momentary pain, but this one doesn't seem to work at all! and yes i've tried screaming out in pain but he doesn't seem to get it. the toy thing seems to work the best and i'll stick with it, but i have a bigger promblem than "happy-to-see-you" biting.
our puppy loves to chase us around, and we like to run with him. the problem is, he'll start biting at our legs and feet when he catches us. it's become so bad to the point that one of his canines got caught pretty deep into my leg and it started to bleed. any advice on how to deal with this? do we just give up on letting him chase us altogether?
***Edited By: ntki on 8/28/2005 10:00:42 PM*** Reason: misspelling
What breed of dog is it?I wouldn't be playing prey for any breed. Most puppies are foot and ankle/ pants leg nippy enough on a regular basis without encouraging them. If unencouraged, it's because they see you as a litter mate, someone to play with rather than respect. But since you are encouraging it, there's not much to say except maybe spray yourself with vinegar or bitter apple.
As for the hands, I found making 'dog noises' didn't help either. Really loud ouches did though.. caused enough of a startle to stop it..
If the dog drops the toy you've switched for your hand have a few others as back up. If need be play with the dog and the toy to keep the interest up and off of your hand.
If all else fails, you could spray your hands with bitter apple, vinegar or perhaps tabassco sauce and have the dog find out for itself that hands are a no no.
But, no matter how you teach it, and you are making good strides, it does take a while to get them out of the habit of wantign to chew hands... and while teething that may get worse as well.
he's a shiba inu. is it that strange to want to play with a puppy in the manner that he wants to play? i don't know, i guess i kind of saw it as a thing where the chasing could be turned into something along the lines of running with the dog as a form of play (as opposed to "playing prey")? no sarcasm intended, as i can see it can be taken in that way, i was just wondering.
i just discpline the puppy and say no you do not do that. and then redirect it with a toy. but even better is to have toy or rag handy and give it to the pup before it bites me and praise it for playing with the toy. and the minute it's teeth touvh my skin i discpline and the game is over. the dog will learn that it is the teeth touching the skin that ends the game.
Your puppy is playing with you as if you were another puppy. He has to learn that you are not as tough-skinned as another puppy, that he can HURT you.
Even tiny puppies are adept at reading our facial expressions and tones of voice. Scientfic studies have proven this.
So, #1 don't encourage the puppy to get so excited that he bites--you are setting him up to fail. Leave the running away, tug of war games until he is older and knows not to hurt you.
#2, when he bites you, YELL VERY LOUDLY. "Ouch, that hurts. Puppy, you HURT me." If he does it again, stop playing with him immediately. If you keep playing with him, it tells him that it's okay to bite. If he reaches for you with his mouth, tell him "No bite." When he fails to bite, praise him. He's not stupid, he'll catch on.
#3, take an obedience class as soon as you can. You need help in setting boundaries for this little guy. He needs to learn that you are the boss and you need to learn how to be the boss.