Okay, well, I have a 4-month-old mix puppy, Missy, and she is such a sweetheart when she wants to be, but she is always misbehaving! She absolutely loves to bite me...my ankles, hands, fingers, everything, and she is constantly doing it! I carry a water bottle with me when I'm outside with her, to spray her when she bites me and I say very firmly "No bite". It worked at first, but now it doesn't even phase her when I spray her. Another problem is when I let her out to run and play for a few hours every day, she always goes where shes not supposed to. For instance, we have two fences that border our front yard, and thats where we keep some cows. She loves to get in the fences (even if I'm screaming "Missy, No!"). She never gets very far before I catch her, but I don't like her getting into the fence. I got very frustrated with her yesterday when she kept biting my ankles, regardless of my telling her in a hateful voice "no bite", and the fact that she kept roaming away from me and into the fence! Can anyone please help me? I need some suggestions as to how to teach her not to bite, and to stay in the yard.
What breed of puppy do you have? Are there any puppy classes around your area? It sounds like you've been doing the right things so far, because she's pretty young to start doing some other things. Do you try to divert her with toys to bite. As for the fence,you might have to consider making her yard smaller, or puppy proofing the fence. What is the fence made out of, and is it yours? You'd hate for her to get through it and get stomped on, or injured if it's barbed wire.
Hey, thanks for replying. She is a mix -- I'm not sure but I know she has some pit bull in her (we didnt know that when we first got her) and maybe some lab. No, unfortunately there aren't any puppy classes available around the area that I live. Whenever she bites me, I do divert her attention to a toy, but i think she prefers biting me instead of it :)and she gets bored with her toys quite easily. The fence thing continues to be a problem, for instance today I was out in the yard with her, and before I knew it she had darted out into the fence where there were some cows in there, but she didnt get close enough to get hurt or anything. But the point is that I was yelling at her "Missy No, come back here, stay, No" and I was clapping my hands at her..but she acted like she didnt even hear me. I dont know what to do about that...but one of the fences is sort of like chicken wire except with wider holes, and she can squeeze through perfectly..and on the other side of it it has a shocking wire. On the other fence (the one she prefers to run into) its just two horizontal strands of shocking wire and they're high enough off the ground she can get in & out without any problems. Yes, they are ours..
countrygal, well it's not a bad thing that she's part pitbull, that's for sure. They have been given a very bad name, but they are some of the sweetest dogs around. I'm sure you will be able to train her, although she is young, but not too young to begin obedience. Have you put a harness and leash on her? Do you just let her run loose in the yard, or have you tried walking her,and tiring her out, while still under your control? I would suggest that you start leash training now if you hav'nt already.You might have to be fairly stern with her with the biting, but she's probably teething too; so perserverence is the name of the game. Do you ever, or has anyone steadily played with her using their hands. My dogs are famous( the breed )for jumping and nipping hands, especially if they're played with like that, when they're puppies. I don't know if that's true for your dog, but it's just a thought.As for the fence- I honestly think you need to run stucco wire or some small tough wire around the perimeter of your yard, to stop her from accidentally getting through. It's either that or put her on her leash the whole time, and that's not as much fun for her. Right now you can't leave her unattended in that yard, because it's too dangerous-so you always have to be with her.If there's no obedience classes around buy a couple of books, and see if there are any Lab or Pitbull breeders around. They might also have some ideas for you.There are quite a few websites on training dogs too. Good luck with her.
These are actually two things that are easily fixed.
You need to start doing obedience training with her and until she is relaible and listens she can npt be off lead outside in an fenced area or where she can get through a fence at all. Worst case scenerio she can get trampled by other animals or killed by a car or injured in another way.
With the biting you need to teach bite inhibition. wat you are doing is fine but now you need to just add a little more on... take a toy like a rope tug or stuffed animal and when the pup bites say no or yelp or say youch to distract the pup and then get the puppy interested in a toy and play.
You need to also get this pup a lot of exercise. A tired pup is a better behaved one
Also google NILIF training. It will be a big help to you
Good luck and enjoy your puppy
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i agree with the other posters, but you should also know that your puppy is entering a VERY chewy stage! when cooper was 4mos-8mos he was losing teeth. he just chewed on everything including us! i thought it would never end... i can say that teething wrings help, and if the pups teeth are sharp you can wet down a rope and freeze it. this may help? otherwise i'd say just be consistent, give a firm "no" then turn away and ignore when the pup is biting (as much as you can :) read up on the internet...you might find something that works better for you. good luck!
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I also had trouble with both Wiley and Blaze. I did take them both to doggie school. LOL
What helped the most is content training. I also bought a shock collar and when Blaze was old enough (6 months) used it and still do on our runs. It worked like magic. I just tone them now and when we see cows I tone and they just keep running. Wiley use to go run and chase them and then roll in the cow pies! ugg!
I strongly suggest before putting this collar on your dog you watch and read the book so you do not hurt your dog. You can do more harm then good if you misuse this training tool.
She's a pup. She's gonna misbehave, be curious, etc. If you get annoyed with the bitting, give her a chew toy. She's at her teething age about now. If she keeps biting you, whimper, whine, yelp, etc. to get her to understand she's hurting you. If she doesn't stop this behavior by the time she's 1-2, try the 'I'm alpha' way which is baring your teeth, growling/ snarling, and grab the scruff of her neck. Do not look away or stop, that says you quit and the dog wins. DO NOT DO IT UNLESS YOU KNOW THERE'S A BEHAVIOR PROBLEM AND THE DOG IS DOMINANT OF YOU!!!
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Thanks to everyone who replied. I will try the suggestions that you all have made, and pray that they work. She is getting better (one day at a time) with the biting, although she still does it. And I have tried the yelping, screaming thing when she bites, it worked at first, but now it doesn't phase her. But she continues to go into the fences every chance she gets. Whenever she goes over that way, I yell "missy no, come here" and give her a treat when she comes. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. I haven't leash trained her yet because she won't wear a collar. I tried it once when I first got her (when she was about three months old) and she was able to get out of the collar, and I haven't tried it since. I will have to give it another try though. I'm not 100% sure about the shock collar, I know that it would probably work, but I'm going to have to give it some thought. Thanks again everyone! You guys were a big help! :)
You can also put a collar and leash on her in the house and let her drag it around for a while. She will eventually get used to it. Then gradually start picking it up and walking with her. She is going to be teething a lot. Make sure you have "chew" toys around. There's a difference. Give her kongs or nylabones to chew on and rotate them so that they are never the same. Also, start constructive play with her. This builds her relationship with you and teaches her that you are in control of when the game begins and ends. It makes you a fun leader. If you freak out, she's going to think, "what a silly leader", but if you start rewarding her like you are with treats she will think you are a goddess. :) You can start with fetch. Get a ball and throw it for her. If she brings it back to you, give her a treat (something she REALLY likes). She will probably drop the ball for the treat. If she's not interested in the ball at first, put some honey on it to get her focused on the ball. Then gradually start rolling it a small distance from you. Once she realizes what the game is all about she'll be so interested in that she won't care as much about the fence. The more you play with her the stronger your relationship will be, but make sure that whatever you do you are in control. You start the game, you stop the game. I've also read that if they aren't good with a recall, start using their feed time to practice. You will have to put a lead on her at first (a short 6 inch one). Tell her to come, then pull lightly on the leash and when she gets to you give her her "food". Feed her her meals out of your hands and only while practicing "come". This way coming to you becomes a necessity. I read this all in a book called "The Loved Dog" by Tamar Guellar. I loved her approach and it might be helpful to you. You might look into it. I got my copy at Target. Good luck with her. Just remember to keep it fun and exciting for her. Its time for her to learn that you are a cool exciting alpha to be admired, loved and respected.
hi i'm not an expert but all that i know there's a product called bitter bite, its for owner to spray on anything they want but not to your pup, its for to spray on furniture or places your pub used to bite on, its works for me, but i don't know weather it does work on you or not, if your pub were not that obedient than a leash would do the magic, kept him on leash wherever you go, and if he/she does the same thing like you mention, just a soft pulling on the leash and give a demanding TONE to tell them "no"
Hello again everyone. Thanks again for all the suggestions and the advice you all have given me. Its been very helpful...however, Missy continues to wonder away from me and into the fence every chance she gets. Take the other day, for instance. We were walking behind the house, and she was following right beside me, until we got close to our gate that leads to the barn (a place where shes not supposed to go) she slipped under the gate, and into the field she goes. Meanwhile, I'm pratically screaming for her (very frustrated) to come back. "Missy, No come back" but she does not listen. That same day, she wondered into one of the other fields, and I was saying "no come back" and when she finally did, I praised her for coming back, but then I gave her a small smack on the nose, while saying "no you can't go in there" and pointing to the field, and when that didn't seem to phase her, I tried a suggestion I read online to smack her on the butt a little bit. I didn't like doing it, and I don't think I ever will again, for one reason because that didn't seem to phase her either..It is getting very frustrating that she will not listen to me...I dont know what to do about that..can any of you help me with this? I'm trying to teach her "stay" but so far its been unsuccessful but I guess I should have some patience. She's only a pup :) She is getting much better at the biting. I have been doing the yelping, screaming noises whenever she bites, even just a little bit, and it seems to help. But the wondering away thing is a frustrating problem, and the thing is -- I cannot get her to wear a collar. Since she's still so little, the one I have for her doesn't fit so well (it hangs off just a bit) and she will bite at it and chew on it..she doesnt do so well with a leash either, she will do the same to it..she thinks I'm playing :) Thanks again for the help!
Try putting a little vinger in your water bottle and rubbing antibactiral cleanser ( the one that needs no water) on your body where she likes to bite. I got this tip from our trainer at the class that I am taking Buddy, our pain in the rear. To keep her to stay then get an air horn and blow it every time she gets to close to the cows. A little bit of resurach on her breed may yeild a clue to her behavior. The air horn should also work for her to stay out of the woods..
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You should never punish your dog after in runs away if it does come back to you when you call. That is confusing for the dog. They did what you asked and then got punished for it. If you are going to punish your dog, YOU GO TO THE DOG, never ask your dog to come to be punished. The next time you ask her to come, she probably won't because she was punished the time before. Also to work on your recall, try the running puppy game. Have some treats handy and run away from your dog. As she runs after you to play say come and reward her when she gets all the way to you. She will soon associate "come" with a fun game that is rewarding. Next time when she begins to wander off run away from her instead of to her and she will probably follow you.
Do you have a crate for the pup? She bites you, ignore her. Stick her someplace where she can see you but cant get to you. Wait a few minutes, then resume play. She bites (give her a warning first) and play stops and she gets ignored.
As for her being outside... keep her on a leash! I have mine on a 50 foot drag lines. They think they're runnign around but I still have secure line on them. It's also a great way to work on recall.
Let your dog wander far away.. or not that far.. doesnt matter. Bring some treats too. Yell and scream her name and a high pitched excited voice. Praise when she comes. You can later work in the word COME and then the high pitched noise.
For the safety of the pup, PLEASE, PLEASE go and buy her a collar that fits and get her leash trained. As the proud new guardian of a 3 month old, 7lbs, Pug/JRT puppy myself, I KNOW there are collars out there that will fit your 4 month old Pit/Lab pup (who is probably 4X the size of mine!). For something this important, I can't imagine there isn't a way for you to get a new collar. I know for a fact that most livestock feed suppliers also sell dog collars. As you say that you have cows, I'm sure you either have their feed delivered or you pick it up - so being out in the country doesn't cut you off from having the option of buying a new collar. As for your pup struggling with the new collar - distract her from it - she'll soon forget that it's even there. I hate to come across as harsh, seeing as this is my very first response on this site, but it is for the safety of your puppy! I know that I'd HATE to lose my pup (from a cow kick to the head, or just running away) simply because I didn't buy her a collar that fits. Again, for the love and safety of your puppy, please get her leash trained!
Hey guys. It's been awhile since I've had the time to check on this post and reply. Things with Missy have improved dramatically in the past few weeks. She is now wearing a collar that fits her (shes grown so much)for most of the time when she's outside playing. She's getting used to it, but I have yet to try to put her on a leash, but I'm going to in the next few weeks. The biting is much, much better than what it used to be. She still bites my arms, hands and fingers when we're playing sometimes, but when I say "No bite" she usually listens and then I distract her with a toy. As for the wondering away, that too has improved. She has been on the other side of the fence several times now with me by her side and with no cows around. She's not as curious about it as she once was. She's growing up so fast :)
The one comment I would like to add is the importance of recall. You simply must get your dog to come when called 100% of the time. The idea of the 50 foot drag line (with horses we call them lunge lines)is great (though I would start with a 6 foot leash and work up once they catch on to what I'm teaching). Call "Missy, COME!" in a cheerful upbeat voice and immediately begin rolling in the leash/line until she is right in front of you. Place her in a sitting position than praise her and give her a treat. Continue repeating this over and over and over and over and over everyday until you are getting a 100% consistancy rate. NEVER scold a dog who comes to you. If they run off and hesitate to return when you call them, you have not trained them in recall sufficiently. Remember, you have to make coming back to you more interesting and rewarding than what they have run off to check out. Also, if she isn't taking well to the leash, it's a matter of consistantly putting it on her and teaching her. Pups aren't born liking them or being familiar with them. I also suggest you leave her collar on 24/7. It's like wearing a new watch - it feels awkward at first, but it eventually feels natural. It will for Missy too. Besides, it's important to have an ID tag on her collar in case she really wanders off.