Hi everyone..I recently got a puppy..it's been 3 days since i've had her..she's 10 wks and is a bichon shih tzu..she's teething right now and she likes to bite not only her toys, but me and others in my family..her bites are really hard, and some are painful..i've tapped her on the nose and told her firmly to stop several times, but it doesn't seem to work. What should I do?
Puppies like to bite and they have sharp teeth that can hurt. Your puppy is not showing aggression so not to worry. He is just a normal puppy.
Biting or mouthing, mouthing is really what it is, is normal. Dogs don't have hands so they mouth to analyze and explore . Basically,your puppy is just overyly inquisitive.
Dogs learn by playing and one way is by play -fighting. If you have seen mothers with their pups or litter mates play , they play fight. It helps with their development. Your puppy is just play fighting with you.
If you want him to stop mouthing you then it's better to teach him now while he is still young. You can yelp when your puppy bites then if he tries to bite again yelp louder. You should also stop playing with your puppy and leave the room. I have also yelped and then put a chew toy in his mouth.
I have tried the yelping process and it worked with my GSD puppy. I only had to do it maybe 3 times or so. He loves to play so if you take away play time he will get the message. Plus he is not out to hurt you and he knows that yelping means you are hurt.
My pup is 8 weeks old and we are having the same problem. I've never tried the yelping method, but I do say "ouch" or "ouh" I also tell him "be easy". This sometimes doesn't work and as the previous post stated leaving the room will get the point across. Also you may want to try giving him bones to help with the teething.. something he can chew on besides you lol. With Harley, I think it's time for punishing when he gets to biting too hard.. he bit right through my husband's ear this morning. Playing is one thing, but you have to determine and control how far you let it go.
As said in other posts, try the yelping method. Please try not to hit your puppy as you have only had her for 3 days. Your pup is just learning to feel safe and trust you at this point and you certainly do not want to break this trust at such a young age. I personally do not like the leaving the room method-this should really be used when the puppy is around 17 weeks or so and is still persistantly biting hard. Until then just yelp and stand up and turn away.When the puppy stops trying to bite or get the toy start playing again. If the pup bites, just repeat. Puppies are very clever and it eventually will click! Good luck with your puppy!