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Old 08-15-2008, 11:27 AM   #1
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While trying to train Tash not to play bite, should i be playing tug of war with her or is this encouraging her to bite?
Also i have just read a site and it says not to eliminate biting altogether at this stage... is that right?

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Old 08-15-2008, 12:03 PM   #2
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I let Oscar nip me. He is being playful and not agressive. If it hurts, I make him stop. I think he needs to learn the difference between playing and biting. At that age, they're puppies and they're teething.

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I realise they are still teething, thats why i have bought her teething toys to put into the freezer and kongs. (fab toys!!!)
I have read several books and tbh they contridict each other some say no biting at all ..as soon as they START to put their teeth on human skin you should yelp and others say to let them bite but as soon as it hurts to stop them...
So any advice some anyone who is used to pups would be gratefully recieved .. i have been trying to do the as soon as she bits to stop...but i constantly seem to be yelping! Am i doing it right?

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there nothing wrong with her nipping a little at this stage, or chewing your fingers, but it not something you want to continue. on the yelping I genraly think it bepends on the tone your using try and make it as high pitch as posable. A good ferm no every now and then won't hert much iver.

I'm afrad I did'nt have this problem with Max, and the onl nip training use to is with ferrets so is'nt that useful.
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no, tug of war will not encourage her to bite... IF she nips you too hard, YELP high and stop the game. This will teach her how hard its ok to play with people. Remember to put a good limit on it cause if she plays with youngsters you dont want her to nip you too hard.
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My collie has a problem when hes in a playful mood he will snap for your face, not something I want happening when older, but a ferm NO! and no more play for a few mins, till carm.. seems to have stopped him doing it.
I don't mind play chewing on fingers or nibbling too much, but try and get toys nibbled before me.
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Some people think that it is better that they don't nip / bite at all, some think that a dog should have a "soft mouth" and know how hard is too hard for a human. It's a matter of preference I think. Whatever you do, be consistent because it is hard as heck to train them not to nip.
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I think I'd leave the games of tug until she has stopped biting. My husband insists on playing tug with Zircon and he once got bit hard. Zircie was going for the ball and missed. I refuse to play tug with him for that reason - I like my hands the way they are!
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I play games with Myka and one of them is tug. It gets him focused on me and gets him to come to me to play. He does "mouth" my hands but I don't think its from tug games. The mouthing is not teething its dog play. Myka is loosing some teeth and when he teethes he really chews hard and he knows what he can chew hard on and its not people. I am working on his bite, soft bite/play bite is OK. Maddie is a good one to teach him about a soft mouth. If he plays too hard she will put him down quick, game over. If he wants to play he needs to calm it down a notch.
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"They say" tug of war is a game of dominance. Actually my trainer is adamently against tug of war but says that if you are going to do it - you should have your "drop it" command down pat. The game should always end with a drop it and putting the tug toy away so the dog understands that it's your toy and your game. Do I always follow the instructions my trainer says? Well, no. But just thought I would share that little tidbit.
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Here are a few links/articles that may help you.
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/puppy-biting
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...ite-inhibition
http://www.sfspca.org/behavior/dog_library/tug.pdf
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