I have a 5 week old siberian husky and he wont stop biting at me. I purchased the book "Siberian Huskies for Dummies" and it recommened that I thump him on his nose. Does anyone have any suggestions at all on ways that I can help keep him from biting me? Or any ideas on what maybe causing it?
well since hes only 5 weeks old, hes teething. Its really commen in puppies his age. My dog did that too when he was 5 weeks. Just buy him chew toys that he can play with. And if hes teething on something that u dont want him to, correct him by doing the tap on the nose and say no so he knows that no is a bad thing and replace it with something he can play with so he knows what he can bite and what he cant bite on. I read that on a book and watch The Dog Whisperer often.
At his age, you're really going to have to expect him to chew on pretty much anything that he can get his teeth on, including you, your slippers, your most expensive shoes...anything that's left out and in his reach, expect it to die a cruel death to his sharp little teeth, so make sure that, if you don't want it chewed on, you put it away and out of his reach.
Teething is a natural thing, all dogs are going to do it, and your best bet is to start encouraging positive chewing behavior by providing him with plenty of things that are *his* that he can chew on, and correct him when he does chew on you or something that you don't want him to chew on with a loud NO or something that startles him. I'm not much into nose thumping or physical discipline, I think that a good stern voice or even some coins in a can are enough to scare him, and he'll associate the scary noise with the behavior in time.
First off why do you have a 5 week old puppy? Do you have the whole litter? If not why is he away from his mother already? In most places it is illegal to sell a pup before 8 weeks. Biting is natural with a puppy. DO NOT HIT HIM OR THUMP HIM ON THE NOSE. Ignore him and walk away. If you keep doing this he will figure out that biting stops play and that's no fun for the puppy. I would suggest the books "The Power of Positive Dog Training" by Pat Miller, "The Other End of the Leash" by Patricia McConnell, and "Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson. Stay away from the dog whisperer. He has no actual training or education about dogs and uses cruel methods.
i am also curious as to the young age of the puppy. i cant imagine anyone taking a pup away from its mother at 5 weeks old. did the mother die ? is it from a litter that you have ? if at all possible, the pup needs to be put back with his mother for at least another three weeks minimum.