Just brought home a 9 week old goldendoodle. Very sweet. Crate trained in 2 days...also was already using a "doggie door" at breeders place. So he is already pooping outside. Only problem has been after 3 days he's started to go for the kid's hands and clothes...as well as mine. I yell "no!" but he just keeps going. Now the kids after playing with him all day for 2 days are afraid to touch him. Any advice?
This was mentioned in another thread. We use "no bite" and that works very well. When he does it, tell him "no bite" and stick one of his toys in his mouth. We have a golden retriever puppy, when he starts nipping at hands, clothes and anything else, we use Bitter Apple spray. Once you spray it on something the dog will NOT want to bite again. Just keep in mind that Golden Retrievers are a very mouthy breed. I would recommend a lot of durable chew toys for yours. The more he has, the less likely he is to chew your things. (or you):)
Ok, first thing you need to remember, dogs do not understand the human language, there dogs not people. So, "No" means nothing, except he may perceive it as a praise for biteing because you talked to the dog. At nine weeks of age, this is around the age where puppies in a litter will start to jump on eachother, bite eachother and humping. Don't reward a dog for biting by putting a toy in his mouth. The biteing is very important because this is when they learn about tooth pressure and how much is acceptable.
So when they are playing, and one bites the other one a little to hard, the puppy will yelp loudly and the fun is stopped. The puppies after a minute will start to play again, but the biteing puppy will try to be more gentle next time or the fun will stop again. In our puppy classes we can mimick this, by sticking our hands in their mouths, and even the slightest touching by a tooth gets a screach "YIPE" we hold still for a minute (don't pull the hand away, but watch the dogs responce)The important part of this game is to keep playing it till there is no biting. Never punish a puppy for anyhting. There are a few puppies out there that actually get excited by the yelping, these we call bully puppies, when these guys give tooth pressure your response should be leaveing the room for a full 2-3 minutes and then start the game again.(gate a room off so they can't follow) Another game you should be playing is Fanny pouches with small pea size liver treats (or something the pup goes wild for, it helps when the pup has not just eaten) Start practiceing sits, downs and stands, I recommend puppy classes, or regular classes for older pups. At home start rewarding the dog for things you like, so the pup runs up to you, you wait for the pup to offer you something like a sit, when their bum hits the floor, shove a treat in their mouth. The children should be learning the "Stand Like a Tree" exercises, when the dog does come up to them and start to jump up or bite, they should be folding arms and looking away.The kids can start training too. Practice the NILIF.Nothing in Life Is for free
I've actually taught him to come and to sit on command. I read how to get them to sit on another thread and it worked perfectly...after just a little bit of time...I couldn't believe it!! But he can be doing this very calmly and one of the kids walks thru the room and he automatically stops what he's doing runs over to them and jumps and nips at their clothers or hand or feet or trys to hump their leg. I usually get in front of him to push him away...sometimes he stops immediately...but sometimes he tries to get around me and once in a while barks at me for trying to stop him. I will try the "stand still" with the kids.
Thats why the kids need to start training, so the dog looks to them for guidence. See there is 2 types of training, one type is useing commands, the other is purely letting the dog make choices and get rewarded for the right ones.
Thanks sue...had the kids feed him over the weekend as well as give him the "sit" command and reward him with a treat. They are also walking him on his leash. He seems to be doing much better with them! I think I was just panicking.
NYG, leo and the rest are giving great advice. NO BITE works very well, giving him something to chew on to distract him. We use Quiet and close one hand to try and train him not to bark. Hubby kept saying no no, won't work. You need a specific word for a specific task. NO BITE is the best, if he continues after you have given him something else, as I was told ignore him, boy they HATE being ignored. Good luck
Thanks...Normap...Buddy has made major strides in this area since I asked the question...still nibbling fingers but mostly mine (he is only 11 weeks). Can tell he is just learing tooth-pressure. Plays real nice with the kids and doesn't go after them like he used to. Very nice web page by the way.
Hey guys...our dog had stopped the nipping for about a week or two...and has now started again and seems even worse.
He's twelve weeks old now. Sometimes even barks or gets more excited when we say "no bite". He seems to be more or less going after our clothes but gets the skin sometimes. He has plenty of other things to chew on but wants us and our clothes more. If he is really tired he'll just sit and let you pet him, but all other times you can't even pet him without him turning to bite your fingers or your sleeve. Any advice b/c it seemed like we had it under control and now its getting worse again.
Some friends say pups may do this for up to a year and they wil grow out of it, but if there's something I can do now to make sure this behavior doesn't become permanent, pls let me know.
oh yea...forgot to mention. I understand the whole tooth pressure topic. I try the "yelping" and it actually works...he does not bite down hard on your hand...and he may lick you after you yelp. But he then goes straight for the sleeve or other clothes...hard. And eventually comes back to your hand. I've also tried the "walking out of the room" thing but when I come back it's like I never left.
And he is such a smart dog. Totally potty trained, he will sit, stay, come on command. He understands "go outside" and "go inside". I tap on top of his crate at night and he calmly walks in and goes to sleep. Amazing this is the only problem we have with him. Even the attempts at humping people has stopped (see earlier post). Sunds crazy but this is the only thing he does wrong and I know he undersatnds this is inappropriate behavior but continues it anyway. Too much to ask of a 12 week old?
NYG I could have told you that would happen! Your scream no longer startles the dog he has gotten use to it and it no longer works as a Negative Reinforcer. And because you did not reward the puppy for letting go of your hand he did not develop the habit of letting go or not biting hard! Replace the scream with a quick slap on the nose ( to once again Startle not hurt but firm enough he knows it is not play) When he releases because he is scared immediately praise him firmly and then stick your hand right back in his mouth and repeat. You can even rough house with him to encourage him to bite and use the process! The reward is absolutely essential and is exactly why your first session with the scream failed. This method will absolutely work everytime and I even use a form of it on adult dogs who bite or nip! And don't be afraid to redirect after this sequence by giving him a play toy or acceptable chew article.*****SUE but I thought you didn't agree with Negative Reinforcement? But you are startling (scaring)a little puppy to get it to stop biting? You seem confused but atleast I can agree with your actions here! Except I would use praise immediately when the pup let go of my hand!!! See you do use negative reinforcement but you just like to tell people you don't and hide it with a lot of smoke and mirrors! Please come clean and admit that the use of negative reinforcement is paramount in training!