Louie is still biting and hard, we will pick him up and play with him and he will latch on to my earings or hubbys nose or bite his lip ( im not that dumb to put my face that close to his mouth lol) He bites our clothes when we walk threw and still biting on Daisy and Bentleys ears and they will drag him around the house like this. He is just lost his baby teeth a few weeks ago must be because hes got tiny little teeth coming in and maybe he is teething but does have tons of chew toys ect but he will chew on them and everything else he finds, but how can we get him to stop lunging at our faces? I never went threw this with either of the other dogs, and Daisy will sit and play with Louie for hours biting back and forth and i feel bad for her but it must not bother her because she doenst yelp out in pain or anything and i figured she would teach him that hes biting to hard, so maybe hes got it down with her but not with us, I yell ouch and put him down and dont play with him but he dont care he just moves on to the dogs, and then i pick the dogs up and put them on the couch so he cant play with them either and then he just moves on to the cat which jump[s on the chair to get away from him, but he will just go sit on his pillow and chew on something but acts like it doesnt bother him and it never helps by ignoring him. Like now hes attaking my leg, i know he wants attention so i will pet him and tell him no bite and pet him and pick him up only after he stops biting me- but i put my hand down and he bites me. ughhhh what to do??? Hes a maltese and about 3 months old. why do some puppys bite more then others? whats the correct way to stop this before he gets older and keeps doing it? His little teeth are like dagers and hurt and once even drew blood on hubbys lip- I dont think Louie ment to hurt him its just this biting he does it to play but hes so rough and you would think a little tiny fur ball wouldnt hurt ya but cujo does..lol I will see him and Daisy playing and will pick Daisy up and put her on the couch thinking Louie is just biting to hard on her ears or where ever else and she gets right back down tho and plays. Bentley dont want anything to do with him im sure because of the biting But Daisy and Louie are best buds and play together and she looks out for him and if im washing his face or doing something she is right there making sure he is ok. I hope they think they are brother and sister and not boyfriend and girl friend.... Do dogs think that way? silly question but i have always wondered. anyone have any other sujestions on what i can do to get him to stop? oh and tried the bitter apple - didnt phase him. water bottle tried that and it works when hes going crazy on the dogs for a min but i have to soak him he doesnt even feel it becasue hes so fluffy and then hes soaked. the other dogs go running tho when they see it..lol Just dont know what to do. besides this hes a very smart puppy and goes potty on his potty pads mostly. and has since the first week i got him. why isnt he catching on with the no biting???
if you search through this board, there are TONS of posts on this exact problem. I linked some of them into Bones' topic about their puppy... take some time to look through them, they have lots of good info.
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Yes i have tried to redirect him to play with something else. i will stick a chew toy right in his mouth and he doesnt want it and still comes after who ever. Right now hes on Bentleys back chewing on his ears and back of his neck- I dont know what to do to make this little guy stop biting . I hope he will out grow it, seems a little better tho the past few days.. I just put him down and walk away from him when he bites- But now hes at your feet when you walk threw and hes trying to grab on to your pants or what ever- This is all new to me, even tho I have 2 other dogs they didnt go threw this like Louie is. Hes a little terror, but we love him non the less tho
Either the dog missed some really important inhibition stage with his mama and litter. Or he has super high drive.
With the re-direction, you have to make the toy more interesting than you. Sticking it in his mouth is not much fun. You have to remain emotionless and a try not to move. just move the toy. Move it as if it were prey. the best is a rag or a long stuffed animal like a snake. move it quickly then stop, then move it fast again. if he tracks it with his eyes then you are doing it right. then when starts to track it, move it slow. if gets it, come alive. not much that you scare him, but enough to reward the dog. if he starts biting go stiff. if he gets wild. simply place him in the crate.
The other option is to scold him. But you must put the fear of god in him. This may seem mean, but if you use discpline for biting you, it better work. Because if it is to soft. The dog will know you are full of it, and it will never work. You do not have to hurt him, but he should sulk, even leave.
The dog has to be submissive to you in order for training to work. They have to take on your will at some point.
At some point the dog must stop doing what it's doing because it must.
TappetyJohn, If I could my opinion as a trainer and a guy who has seen this stuff before. If what you are doing is not working. Get a good dog trainer. These kinds of problems can escalate into more serious problems. Somewhere the dog has learned he gets what he wants by biting you. That something maybe totally obscure to you. But behaviors that are reiforced continue and behaviors that do not go away.
As for the other dog, is he putting holes in him?
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No Louie isnt biting hard enough to draw blood on the other dogs and they dont seem to mind and let him bite and chew . I feel bad for them so i remove the other dogs away from Louie when hes biting on to their ears and wont let go- But they get right off the couch and play.
Louie seems to be just high strung- I havent had a pup like this before and hes bouncing off the walls..lol he runs around the house and runs into the walls and the dogs are chasing each other all over and its pretty crazy here some days,' We do take Louie on our nightly walks with the other dogs and he walks and runs the hole way and seems to enjoy it.
Louie is my 15 week old maltese puppy i got from my sick aunt. I got Louie on july 30th so weve had him for a month and hes a good pup, dont get me wrong, goes potty mostly on the potty pads and picked that up very quickly, knows his name and does come to you and knows when you say lets go outside or down stairs and Louie want a treat he goes comes to me, and to eat ect- He just likes to play and bite. He lost his baby teeth and now getting his adult teeth in. I really hoped that Daisy and bentley would be teaching Louie that he bites to hard . If i remember right Bentley nipped and growed at Daisy and taught her this, even tho Daisy was never high strung like Louie. I did get on the internet today and found this site with talk about maltese and just about every one said that their maltese puppies were high strung and bite and nip and grab at your pant leg and bark ect- so is this a maltese thing?? all these dogs seem to have the same thing going- alittle craziness...lol
But Louie is very lovable and loves to be held and sleep on my lap and now wants to sleep in bed with me and hubby and daisy and Bentley and Ugg- one big happy family..
If he bit you or at you and then you gave him attention, you have just taught him that biting you gives him attention. Trying to correct that behavior will now be that much harder - sorry for that news.
But, it's still possible. I reduced Bella's biting (though she still tries to 'gum' my hand - and I have to admit, that's my fault as I haven't been too vigilant about that behavior) by putting her either outside or in her crate EVERY time she bit at me. I did not do this if she was playing with other dogs. The other dogs will tell her when they have had enough and if they haven't then they don't see a problem with it. Trust me, you will know when they think she has bitten too hard as they will definitely put her in her little puppy place. It will take time and you must make certain you ONLY reward her with attention when she askes for it correctly and not by biting. Every time you make that mistake, you undo all the previous training you've done before.