I've had my puppy since he was 8 weeks old. He has always been a biter, but I took this as normal puppy behavior. I tried many things to Get him to stop after many bite marks and ripped pants and the can with the coins is the only thing that seemed to work. What I am dealing with now is not normal puppy behavior. He is 5 months and about 40 lbs and he attacks me if I try and get him to come in the house after taking him for a walk. He is growling and attacking me. This is not playing...he is actually trying to hurt me. It kills me because I am the biggest dog lover, but I do not think I'm going to be able to keep him if this continues. I have never had a dog that has acted this may towards me. Tonight he got away from me as I was finally getting him in the house and ran up to a stranger walking down the street. He didn't bite the stranger...just the opposite. When I went to reach for his collar he attacked me. Not that I wanted him to attack the stranger, but why would he attack me? I finally got him inside and sat on the couch for an hour crying. Then he came up to me and licked my arm. I just don't know what to do anymore? I love him, but I cannot have a dog that I am scared of or that is going to seriously hurt me. Can someone please give me some advice!?!?!
Wow! That sounds terrible. My dog has a biting issue, too. Try filling a can with coins, then shake it when your dog bites you. Just don't shake it too hard, because when I first started using the can for my dog, the first time I did it he got really scared! But anyways, just don't shake the can too hard.
I love my dog! He's on security guard! And also a natural born cutie!
My advice would be: first and foremost stop ANYTHING you are doing that allows your dog to think he's alpha. If you are letting him sleep on the bed, kick him off. If he's sleeping on the couch, kick him off. He HAS to be on the floor. No ifs, ands, or buts.
Make him work for attention. No petting him unless he does a command first. No treats, nothing extra. Make sure if you take him outside, YOU step through the door first. If you are walking somewhere in the house, and he's in the way, keep walking and make HIM move (no kicking, just nudging). Don't let him lean against you, don't let him invade your space or demand attention.
And for goodness sake, if you think he'll bite you for anything I'm suggesting, ignore me and consult a professional. I am NOT trying to set you up for a serious bite!
He's young enough that you have a much better chance of training him out of it! Alls not lost here. Show your dog that you are the leader, and that you aren't going to put up with garbage, and he should back down. He's still a puppy- it probably won't take much.