I have a beautiful american bulldog pup, shes six months old, but is a bit of a biter. It isnt serious biting she very rearly uses too much pressure, but as she is getting very big quickly , has anyone got any ideas on whats the best approach with this breed, I have tried, rolled up newspaper,growling firmly, the odd smack when it has got far too hard.. would appreciate any american bull breeders or owners help... Cheers
As a puppy, our boxer was a biter too. He just got carried away in play. If he managed to nip skin we would use the high pitched yelp, stop what we were doing and turn our backs to him. Biting meant fun was over. After a 'timeout' we would resume play but try to teach what is okay to bite by giving a chew toy and praising appropriate play. Don't "smack" your dog as you are just responding with aggression and she might see that as a challenge. Our twenty year old son would get on the floor and wrestle with our guy and then was annoyed when he got biten or scratched. He wasn't taking a leadership role and the dog tried to dominate him. The behaviour should decrease as your dog matures. I noticed there was a post in the training section about a goldendoodle who was biting and people did respond to that although I didn't agree with the hot sauce suggestion. You can also type "biting" in the Search box to see if there are other threads. It's a pretty common issue. Good luck with your training....I'm sure she's a sweetie.