I have a 14week old Chihuahua mix i think and we have tryed everything to stop him biting us. We have yelped ouch when he bites but it has no affect on him and he keeps coming back for more. We have also put him in another room away from us everytime he bites us but still it has no effect and when we let him back in where we are he bites again.
I no he's a puppy and puppys bite but if we dont control it now it will get worse.
My husband and I had a hard time teaching our puppy to stop biting when we got her. I've noticed that the smaller breeds are a bit more stubborn when it comes to training. What we did that finally did the trick was to say sternly "no biting". and then if she stopped, we drowned her in praise. Be consistant! The longer you keep it up, the more she will learn. Of course, our puppy still slips up from time to time and tries to nip us, but we say no biting again and she just looks at us and licks where she tried to bite. It's funny, and is much better than biting. Good luck!
Here are two methods but you are going to have to be firm... 1 grab the muzzle and squeeze and yell in a low tone (not a high pitched scream) NO BITE! put enough force on the muzzle so that the dog knows you mean business. 2 take the dog by the scruff of the throat (not the throat itself, but the loose skin) and put the dog on it's back in the submissive position and again in a low tone yell say NO BITE with a little bit of a shake to make it understand that you are the pack leader and the behavior is unacceptable If you cannot be forceful with your dog then you will have more trouble than biting. Get your position as pack leader NOW.....This is how they discipline each other and they are like kids, they want discipline and order.
Using force on Maggie (when she was a pup) only made it MUCH WORSE. She thought this was all a big game and the more advice we took (on physical methods) the worse the nip got. We had been told to roll her on her back, pop her under the chin, grab her by the scruff, "pink" her in the nose. *Those methods caused many more problems than they solved.*
The only thing that helped was:
1-Yelp (like you are doing) This signals that the play was too rough. 2- IGNORE for a few minutes. Puppies/dogs HATE to be ignored or have a play session ended early. Once we included the ignoring she stopped the nipping. We got very quick results with this method.
As far as our dogs are concerned WE ARE IN CHARGE- We do NOT have to put them in "submissive" positions or do anything physical. if we are ignoring them it is because they are doing something bad- they know it and stop the behavior instantly.
Please be sure to supply a teething pup with a variety of chew toys. From softer rubber to hard chews.
If your dog thought it was a game you are not being forceful enough..It takes some FORCE to get some dogs to figure out who is the boss....It shouldn't make it worse, if it does, then I suggest you be very forceful..
Why be forceful when a yelp and ignoring did the trick?
My dog obeys my husband and I without any problems and the new puppy is too.
I just don't see any point any being forceful if it is not necessary. Mind you Maggie is a rather small dog (beagle) and Hannah is going to be bigger though not by a whole lot.
I wouldn't hit a child and I won't exert force (by rolling, popping, or sticking a finger in their mouth) on my pets. I just don't think it is necessary when I am the adult and my pets know who feeds them and who the boss is in the house. Maggie did her nipping thing as a very young pup. She wouldn't dream of doing that now. Hannah is not even an issue.
If my pets had a potential to be aggressive THEN I would consider.
Both dogs just lie on their bellies around children and sit by adults. Didn't have to force them to either.
I just wish people had told ME to try the ignoring bit BEFORE I did all those things to Maggie. I am surprised the dog isn't scared of me but thankfully I didn't listen to people for very long and just did what my parents suggested.
I have a 4 month old yorkie/poodle mix who did the same thing, and still does occasionally. The thing that worked best for me was to sternly say no and praise her in a silly voice when she stopped. She will lick my fingers and toes and I'll say "she's a good girl, she's a good girl, she's a good puppy" and I let her do it, but if she starts biting I say "NO!" and move my hand and feet away from her. It mostly works, but like last night she was going for my feet and wouldn't stop so I told her I was going to put her in her crate if she didn't stop and then of course I had to put her in her crate. It was getting late and I think she just needed some down time. She's starting to learn what it means when I say "DO YOU WANT ME TO PUT YOU IN YOUR CRATE?!?" cause that's usually all I have to say now to get her to stop doing things she shouldn't be doing.
Thanks to advice I received on here a long time ago, I used the squirt bottle too, with great results and just tried it with Isis this morning as her little puppy teeth feel like needles. I had been using the NO, stern voice and praise for chewing on alternate toys provided. That did work temporarily, but eventually it's back to the feet, hands, any body part she can get ahold of. We'll see. The squirt bottle worked immediately, but it was the first time and she was very surprised. Ariel still remembers because when she saw me get that bottle out she ran to her bed, lol. Anyway, I think one or the other will work for some dogs, or you could do a combo. I would like to know what y'all think are some good teething toys. I saw someone mention a bone you freeze. I've never heard of that one. Also, I try not to make it actual food based as they with the other 4...well, lets just say it's easier not to. :)
The bone that you put in the freezer is more like a baby's teething ring. It is not ediable. It is strictly for teething puppies. I don't know if you have them where you are but I have seen them at Petsmart. Something cold probably feels good to them. When ours would bite we just used a firm no, and it worked.
I have heard about using the spray bottle method and thats what im going to try next i have looked in a few stores but cant find one anywhere.
We have tryed yelping when he bites us but it has no effect and continues biting. We have also tryed a stern NO BITE that doesnt work either, and when we tryed to pin him to the floor and say NO BITE he attacks us when we let him go.
I have enrolled in puppy classes but i cant start them until Sept as im going back home to England in a few weeks for a few weeks.
As my puppy went through phases I tried different things.
Each of which, worked well at one point or another....
The muzzle squeeze. Make an O with your hand around the muzzle. Apply a little bit of pressure. Dogs noses are sensitive so it won't take much to get the point across. Sort of growl your command when you do it.
The scruff shake. Grab the skin on the back of the neck and give a little shake to startle, while you "growl" the command.
Ignore. If the puppy contiues to refuse commands, place the puppy away from you, stern command....walk away. It's not a game so do not give the pup any attention.
The water bottle. Simple $.99 water bottle from any store filled with tap water along with a command. (I use this on my cats too lol)
Put the pup on a leash and correct with command and short, quick tugs when it displays inappropriate behavior. Award with praise, play and/or torn up pieces of treats when the pup is playing gently or when she listens to the command.