HELP! My boyfriend and I have a 10 week old male boxer puppy who is becoming extremely dominant. Over the past 2 days the dog has literally pounced on my face. The first time I was able to push him off (by pure reflex) and the second time he bit my lip. My boyfriend says my problem is that I'm always sitting on the floor playing with him. I try to "yelp" loudly and walk out of the room after biting occurs (anywhere like on my hands, arms) but it doesn't seem to be working. This has not happened to my boyfriend as he hardly ever sits on the floor with the pup. I don't know what to do! I've had 2 labs in my past and NEVER had such a problem.
I have the same issue with my 12 week old minpin. she is constantly jumping at my face and biting my ears and my lip I put her on the floor and ignore her. Sometimes I put her in her crate until she calms down. I was told to to get a sray bottle and put a small amount of apple vinager in it and when the do something wrong spray them in the face and tell them no. It didn't work for me and I was afraid that the vinager would burn her eyes. Now plain water works most of the time. Most of the time if you redirect them it works. Good luck!
The simple answer is 'Don't let them' Distract them with toys, or simply hold them away from your face, and say "No bite", with praise for being good. Be persistent in not letting them get on your knee and biting your face. Make it clear that they can get on your knee, but not with biting involved. Good luck!
if the dog keeps doing that, then just walk away and ignore him for awhile. Get him some new toys, I think that Boxers have a natural reaction to but close to the face. Try to go to some dog classes. It's worth a shot, if not you can try to get a few tips from a dog whisperer. If I can help I'll try to get you a few tips and mail them to you.
Hi. I had somewhat similar problems with my Westie (Molly) the first two weeks I had her (her 8th and 9th week). She wasn't biting my face, but would literally pounce and attack my toes! she was very nippy, and sometimes aggressive. I tried the water and vinegar, the coins in a can, the bitter apple spray, the loud yelping, etc. and nothing seemed to distract her enough, or to deter her. Maybe I should explain that Molly was an "only child", and the breeder told me that she was dominant (maybe she should have told me this earlier, and made sure that I was prepared or capable of handling a puppy like her... but that's all in hindsight). So, the breeder and the vet told me to hold her by the scruff of the neck, lifting her up, and giving her a light shake, because this would mimick the way her dog Mom would correct her as a puppy. This worked a bit, but gradually, she began to growl, nip, and try to bite as I was holding her by the scruff. Every time she would bite my toes and I would stop her, she would go off on a biting, snarling fit. The vet also showed me a way to "calm her" and to assert my dominant role over her, by CALMLY placing her on the floor, on her tummy, head held down so that her chin touches the floor, and holding the back of her head down gently (to stop her from lifting her head). This was tough to do when she was throwing a hissy fit and wanting to bite, but it did work most of the time. I could actually hear her let out a sigh, and calm down. Once she stayed like that for a few moments, I would let go, and give lots of praise. I also did lots of time-outs, which seemed to work (not always). The problems persisted though, and I was at my wit's end. Contacted an obedience school, enrolled her in class, and prior to that, the trainer suggested to put a leash on her, so I could handle her WITHOUT using my hands. I was concerned that things were getting too physical when she was bad (ie. her biting and using her mouth, and me using my hands to contol her), and things were escalating with fewer results. So she said to always have her on the leash indoors, and whenever she started biting, to give her a time-out by placing the leash on a door knob, or anywhere else where she could be safely stationed for a few minutes. If she threw a fit, and barked, whined, I was told to ignore it until she calmed down. This was easier to do than scruffing her, lifting her, and handling her in those bad moments. Ok... this is the other thing I did, and I'm not recommending it, but I think it may have had an effect in our case. The breeder (who seems very caring, is experienced with dogs, has trained police dogs, etc) said that it sounded like Molly was being dominant and pushy and that she would persist unless a severe reprimand was given. She told me to give her one good smack to the snout, and to give her a long time out, and little attention after that. I hate to admit that I did smack her once, not hard, but not tentative, otherwise she could have taken it as "rough play". I felt guilty afterwards, but it seemed like it really stunned her, and her demeanor began to change after that. Like I said, I don't think I would recommend doing that, but at the time, the breeder said it sounded like things were out of control, and maybe I was so desperate, that I thought it was the only way. Anyway, since that second week, Molly has changed, she is much more obedient. I should say, I also made a conscious effort to relax. Now we train at home while playing, and she has been in obedience class for four weeks. She still bites and nips sometimes, but nowhere near as hard; I think she does it as play now, and doesn't involve growling, snapping or snarling. She's a happier puppy now, and we're both enjoying life a little more. Good luck... don't give up. Sounds like your puppy is great in every other way!