Nico, my 9 week old Rottweiler has a biting problem. I have tried everything: Bitter spray, redirecting his mouthiness, spray bottles, ignoring, saying "no", chew toys (work sometimes), etc...
Yesterday he bit at my feet and I told him no, on the 4th time i grabbed him by the scruff, laid him on his side and said NO BITE NICO, and held him there until he stopped moving. This method worked pretty well, but it seems like he almost resented me for doing so. He gave a little puppy growl and bite while I was holding him down. Mind you I'm not inflicting any pain. I don't know what else to do.
He is a 9 WEEK old pup, he doesnt have a biting problem he is teething. Give him lots of things to chew on, ice is good. you can also fill kongs with peanut butter and freeze them it works really well. When he does bite you say no, not softly you need to startle him, and then give him something appropriate to chew.
my labrador did the exact same thing. it is just a stage that most puppy's go through i guess. if u want him to stop and not hurt him i would turn your back to him and put him outside or in a crate whenever he bites you.
I strongly disagree with placing a dog in a crate when their behavior is less than desirable. A crate should be a safe haven for your dog to WANT to go into. If you use it as a punishment, it will be very difficult to get him to want to go in there at bedtime or when you crate him to leave the house.
He is teething (as already mentioned) and you need to provide him with something appropriate to chew. the advice given is good and you can also use the rope with knots tied in them. My dogs love the beef flavored ones and will chew on them for hours.
Hope this helps!
Best of luck!
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As Ruffian said, ice cubes are great! My puppy, now 4 months just loves them. For flavor you can just freeze chicken or beef broth, they really like that too. Petsmart and Petco also sells teething rings for puppies. You just soak them in water and freeze them. They have a crunchy sound to them to help the puppy want to chew on them.
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Not sure if this is your first puppy or not, but I would strongly recommend getting your pup into a puppy socialization class. Rotties are great dogs, but get a bad rap. Socialization will be great for both of you, and since he'll probably be a big guy, training early will help you in the long run, hang in there you'll get past the teething stage, it's a pain though. Good Luck!
I suggest enrolling in puppy kindergarten classes and starting to work on obedience and NILIF training (just Google it for info) in the meantime.
Here is my standard answer for working at home with as mouthy pup: Bite inhibition:
All puppies do go through the biting stage as they are teething. Though some are more persistent and others will always have a tendency to be mouthy if you don't nip it in the bud so to speak when they are young. Bad habits are harder to change in older dogs of course with work it can be done. Doing it asap is much easier!
When the pup does play to rough or even nip a little say "NO" in a firm voice or yelp like a hurt pup or say ouch but then also redirect the behavior to a toy like a rope etc. You have to make the toy more interesting than you. You can't just throw it or give it to him and expect him to stop
If you are willing to put the time into training and working with the dog. This is not a major issue.
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