I'm having huge problems with my new puppy. I know he's teething and wants to chew on everything so I can't blame him but I can't stop him from biting my hands and my legs and my feet and strangers he meets. There was a person he bit the other day and blood came out and that scared me a lot. It wasn't an aggressive bite, it was more of a playful bite he wasn't growling or anything or trying to attack.
I've read all the possible solutions I can find and even watch "It's me or the Dog" everyday to learn how to train and correct his behavior.
Yelping doesn't help, he ignores me and just continues biting me, even when I ignore him, he would go bite my legs and it hurts a lot.
Especially when he wants something, be it food I'm eating or when he wants to potty outside the room. He would try and bite me to get his point. I'm potty training him to go outside. He's always in my room so I can keep a look out on him. Whenever he needs to go, he goes and tries to bite me. I would like to stop him doing that and instead just bark at me or something. I plan on installing a bell near the door to train him to ring it when he needs to go but with his chewing phase, I can't put it yet since he'll more than likely chew on it.
Also, when we're outside, he tries to eat EVERYTHING on the ground, sticks, dead leaves, rocks, sticks, paper, plastic, sticks, flowers, sticks, sticks, sticks. I know this is bad for him as it might one day clog his insides and he'll be in big trouble. I know it's bad to stick my hand in his mouth to remove the stuff but it's all I could do. He listens well on leave it and drop it commands when in our house (most of the time) but when we're outside, he won't listen at all so I'm forced to remove the item from his mouth by force. I was able to teach him how to walk on a leash. He's on my left side behind me most of the time when we're walking but there are a few times when he would stop to try and eat something off the ground and there are a few more times when he would get uncontrollable. Trying to run back and forth, bite on the leash and play tug of war, or just plain try and bite my legs and when he gets really frustrated, he tries to eat EVERYTHING he could get his mouth on like random stuff on the ground and grass. He wouldn't even stop and smell. He would just grab and eat without thinking.
Is he demonstrating dominant behavior or is it because he's just a puppy? He started trying to hump me around 2 days ago but I just kept leaving the room and ignoring him whenever he does it so that seemed to work (I'm doing this too when he tries to bite).
I've also been using the "time-out" concept where I put him in his crate and lock him up for a couple minutes then let him out. I do this everytime he tries to bite or does something I don't want him to do, but mostly when he tries to bite. and it might be working but I'm not sure yet. He still bites when he wants something or gets excited.
He considers his crate to be his bed so he doesn't give much fuss when I put him there and he always goes back in it to sleep. He's a very smart dog and I'm confident he can be trained well but his biting and eating crap from the ground are what's driving me crazy. I'm afraid that if I don't correct this behavior, it'll be a huge problem when he grows up to be an adult. I'm also trying to teach him bite inhibition since he seemed to have been removed from his litter mates when he was young so he probably hasn't learned it. Since his bites hurts when he's playing around but at the same time, I don't want to encourage his biting. I'm completely torn.
And I'm afraid that I might be disciplining him the wrong way by trying to stop everything he does wrong. There are times when he would bark back at me and there are times when I put him in the crate, he would demonstrate this pissed off / irritated / upset sound that looks like he's about to explode or something. I don't want him to grow to be an aggressive dog because of me.
Also, he doesn't wag his tail when he sees me, he wags his tail when he sees other people though.
Also, when trying to make him go outside, should I use two separate words for him when I want him to go pee or poo? Because he has no problem peeing when I say "Go Potty" but he doesn't seem to understand that I also meant he can go poop when I say "Go Potty". I know exactly when he's about to poop and I haven't been wrong at least 90% of the time. But it takes like 4-5 tries going in and out trying to make him go. He wants to go to poop when we're inside the house but he doesn't want to go poop when we're outside. The only time I'm able to make him go was when he couldn't really hold it any longer and I always said the command "go Potty" before he poops and gives him treats and lots of praises after he completely did his business. I'm thinking that if I changed it to something different that he might be able to know I'm trying to make him poop instead of pee when I say "Go Potty."
I've been able to train him out of some of his bad habits, like leaving me alone when I'm eating, getting on my bed (he used to always want to lie on my bed), he was also used to be afraid of his crate and whines and barks when I locked it, but not anymore. He also used to eat most of the stuff off the ground but he still eats some stuff but almost all the time he only eats dead branches, napkins and plants which contains fibers, does that mean he's low on fiber? I did the time-out concept to stop him from eating most stuff off the ground so he only eats those 3 now but when we're on a long walk, I am not able to do it which is really frustrating.
I think you have the right idea about some issues, but it's going to be a long and frustrating road if you focus solely on trying to get him to STOP doing things. Try turning things around to reward positive behavior. Find a *really* yummy treat (some dogs really love liver treats) and take those outside with you. Then teach him to trade -- a super yummy treat for a stick.