Don't play with your hands with him, instead redirect him with a toy. Get him into obedience class, and he will be better then also. Lots of playing with balls or throw toys is another way to tire him out. A tired dog is a happy dog! He is teething now too, do get the toughest bones you can find (raw) and let him gnaw away on them. There are some pretty tough toys on the market, you just have to watch for pieces being chewed off. If he's biting and nipping at you in the house as you walk, try putting him on a leash. He won't like it, and will try and bite the leash, but some people have done it. Also a stern 'NO BITE' and a loud shriek, has been used as well. Good luck with him, would love to see a picture.
I have read that it is important that they do nip at us but it is the force that we have to control. If he is biting too hard get up and walk away you have to show him that we as humans are not very tough and liked to be played with gently. The fun finishes as soon as you feel pain. I can remember those little needle teeth REAL well
I can't say as I agree with the idea of a "controlled bite". I have taught many breeds and sizes of dogs from Chihuahua to Mastiff and I do not allow dogs to "mouth" people. Unless a dog is to be used for police or military work I can see no reason for a dog to ever need to put its mouth on a person. In this age of sue happy people and client seeking lawyers, it is leaving yourself wide open for a potential law suit to ever allow a dog to do even play biting. There are plenty of other ways to interact with a dog that don't involve biting. I don't allow dogs to put their paws on or jump on people for the same reasons.
Sherman is getting a little better everyday with the nipping stuff. When he does do it i just walk away a pay no attention to him for a bit. BTW it breaks my heart he gets such hurt feelings. But it is working . After a little time passes i go to him and love him up. He is learning he get lots of love when he doesn't bite. We went to the vet for his shots this past week and the vet says hes doing great.... all 53lbs of him.
Hello: I too have a 15 week old Mastiff pup, Bromley. He weighed in at 46 lbs last week. The nipping is really bad, although I find that it is getting better. He is keeping busier doing other things but I notice it happens mostly when he is laying down and I go to rub his belly, etc. or if we are on the couch and he is chewing on a bone, he randomly gets up and starts trying to engage me in play with the biting. I get up and walk away if he doesn't respond to the "no bite" which is most often. Do you crate your pup during the day? Also, what other comments do you have on the pup at this stage?
My Sherman is getting better, the trick seems to be letting him know he gets attention on my terms. I make he come to me and sit, love him up just a little bit then stop. Letting him know i'm boss . When you stop don't make eye contact . It is helping he is starting to understand he gets love when he doesn't bite. Remember some of it is just being a pup and some is this breed. They are so sensitive, they want to please us. I do crate him, has helped with potty training. In fact all i say to him is bedtime and he runs right in there.If your are going to crate him just make sure you get the biggest one you can find lol. They grow so fast. Mastiff's can be real stubborn so u have to keep on top of your training. I would highly suggest doggie class. Sherman loves it , get so excited to go see all the other dogs. I work with him for 10 to 15 mins a day, with the things we learn every week. I have always wanted a Mastiff, he's like my dream dog. But i do not want a 200 plus pound dog running my house. He has to know we are his boss. Lots of patience and no physical punishment. They will remember. I am feeding him wellness, it is expensive but he loves it and its a good quality food. He gets 3 small meals a day ...should be feed like that all his life, they tend to get bloat. The food should be lower in protein as they grow so fast we don't want to push them to grow faster. In fact my vet had me put him on an adult food less protein in that then the puppy food. I do mix some wellness canned chicken or beef. the can food is 95% chicken or beef. It makes the bigger kibble easier on him. Good luck with your new pup they are wonderful dogs. Any questions you may have feel free to ask me i've spent years reaching these dogs, like i said its always been the kind of dog i wanted.
Ty rott.... i can't tell you guys the countless rescues we have had in our home. Last winter we lost both our rott with in 3 days of each other. Nitro we took him because his family couldn't keep him anymore. we had him about six months and a vet in town called on thanksgiving day, a female rott was left tied to a tree, very thin and just so sad looking. So we got her home and the two of them became great friends. They were two of the most loving dogs i ever had. Nitro was 12 so he lived a long happy life, the vet came here to put him down. He was in CHF was just to sick to keep going. This may sound funny but our girl it was like she died of a broken heart. She was right beside nitro when he left us. I don't know if i was more upset for her or me at the time. Three days later i woke early in the morning , heard her bark, went to see what was going on. She looked at me with loving eyes and laid down with that she was gone. I have to say was one of the saddest days of my life. I love animals if i had enough money i would open a dog shelter where they could stay for life. They truly are man's best friend.