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Old 08-26-2006, 10:16 AM   #1
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Red face Okay, another question........

I am having a frustrating time trying to teach my pup not to mouth and bite me or my dog. He doesn't bit hard but I keep telling him no, sometimes he listens, sometimes he doesn't. The times he doesn't, it feels like a batttle of the wills. I have tried scruffing him and saying no, he just seems to think I am playing. I have to get really mad and say no really loud and angry for him to listen.............and then he runs away and acts a bit like a spoiled child.

GRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..............Help, how can I nip this in the bud!?
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Old 08-26-2006, 10:46 AM   #2
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Well, He Is Trying To Learn Bite Inhibition. He Is Just Learning, But If He Bites Too Hard, I Have Heard That You Could Grab The Scruff On The Back Of His Neck, And Say No, You Can Use A Spray Bottle, There Are Many Ways I Have Heard To Fix This Problem. I Haven't Ever Had A Problem With This, So I Don't Know From Experience, But Those Are Some Of The Methods That I Have Heard Of.
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Old 08-26-2006, 10:49 AM   #3
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Hello again,

I have a puppy too who is doing exactly the same thing. My older dog Meg is as soft as they come and the puppy has made her yelp a few times but when they're playing I supervise them closely and when Bonnie (the pup) is biting too hard I put my finger on her tongue (not too hard obviously) and say 'no' firmly and I also use the word 'gently' a lot, which worked with Meg when she was younger. I have only had her just over a week and Bonnie is already being much more gentle. Sometimes she goes over the top, especially when she's tired she gets like a naughty child so I say 'no' and put her in a quiet place which either calms her down after 5 minutes or else I go in to let her back out to play and she's gone to sleep anyway.

It's all about consistency as I'm sure you know! Good luck with the puppy! Aren't they wonderful?!

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Ok now, this really works with my Shepherds and others. Hope you understand how I am going to explain it. Take your fingers on the dogs upper lip, roll it under the top teeth and lift up, this makes the dog think it is biting itself. Just hold a couple seconds till it whines kinda, then let go. If it stops, hand a treat and say Good Puppy. If u do not understand pm me or go to my profile and get my email from my site and I can show with photos today for you honey. Quick humane fix!!!!
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Here is an article on teaching bite inhibition that I think you might find useful:
The Bite Stops Here

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I second that Opokki - I think that is a really great article too.

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Hiya opokki,
I also have read the article, and a very big thank you, you have also helped me, i have 2 jackrussell pups @ 6 months, i have always got scratch marks and nipps over my hands and arms, they have started to jump up at my face when i bend down to them, im lucky not to have a black eye, i am going to start the training staight away, or get a pair of leather gloves lol lol....
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