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Old 02-19-2007, 03:08 PM   #1
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Hi. I was hoping someone could help. I've recently brought home a long awaited puppy who has just turned 9 weeks now - I got him at 8 weeks. I realise pupies mouth and play bite but paddy is really viscious he launches at us whenever we do things he doesn't like, including stroking, putting collar on etc. He is a really bubbly chap and very playful, but isn't interested in his toys only your hands and again, he bites really hard - not mouthing. He has drawn blood on me 3 times today and I'm freaking out that my dog won't get to see his 1st birthday. I have gone through the whole spectrum of sternly saying 'no', to growling, ignoring, tapping him on the nose and even putting him on his back. All wind him up even more meaning he bites even harder. We then have to resort to putting him in his crate for our own safety. PLEASE someone help - he's even got me crying in desperation today.

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Hi Lynne and welcome
Is this a large breed dog? And I am curious why you say he is vicious, since as you know, puppies will bite a lot simply because it is normal for them.
I would not recommend rolling him on his back, that usually will not help and more often than not makes things worse. I would not growl either, since that will sounds to him like you are being agressive.
How long did you try each of these techniques?
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Hi Lynne, I can relate as my pup like to mouth and tends to get carried away. It's to the point that I don't play with her too much. I will play fetch, and stroke her and like you sometimes she wants to bite me in play. Trust me it can hurt!

One thing I have heard is to turn your back on the pup or leave the room abruptly and shout no............come back in a few minutes and act like nothing has happened and try again. It takes a lot of patience to get them to stop. My pup likes to bite everything she shouldn't. After a few days of disapproval she usually will let up and try to please again.

I'm afraid it's an ongoing batlle right now. I wish you lots of luck and help!!!
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Hi - he's a standard poodle. I've only tried each technique a few times as if they didn't work 1st time I guessed they wouldn't ever work. I was rather hoping someone would say biting and drawing blood was normal (!) but couldn't remember puppies ever drawingblood on me before. He snarls and growl really insanely too. If this is justa puppy phase please reasure me.
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When i fist got my puppy he was also like that he would bite bite and bite and one technique is u can put like a rope in the dog food so it gets the scent of it and when he bites ur hand u say no move him away for a few seconds then give him the rope to bite on do not give it immedietly after so he does not think its a reward also wut i did at one point it got so bad i put vinegar on my hands so wen he went to bite one chomp and he was disgusted i hope this helps

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No, you have to stick with it. It takes weeks (sorry!). I would start with the "ignore" tactic like Pauline says and then just muster up all the patience you can. I guarantee you it will NOT work the first time, or even the 20th time! Maybe the 50th??
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Thanks everyone. I'm feeling much better already. I just hope I haven't done any emotional damage to him by growling etc. I will perserve and try teh ignoring one. I'm glad to hear that there is light at teh end of the tunnel. I'll try to keep you posted!
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Yes, I agree, I would yell 'ouch' when the pup bites too hard, then withdraw all attention for a couple of minutes. By this I mean no talking, no growling, no eye contact even - pretend you don't see any puppy. If necessary you can walk out of the room and close the door, but often lifting your feet up onto the couch and ignoring is enough to prevent him carrying on.

Mouthing and learning how hard a bite is acceptable is very normal for a 9 week old pup, but growling and biting aggressively or defensively are not in my opinion. This could perhaps be a reaction to your own aggression in telling him off with an alpha roll or a tap on the nose. Try to stay very calm and confident and in control around your pup, losing your temper or getting upset will confuse him and send mixed messages - you want him to see you as a natural leader who is never flustered. For him to get the message that biting too hard is a bad idea and will end all attention all family members must be 100% consistent.

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Also - just wanted to add that if he isn't interested in chewing on toys it is a good idea to try to get him interested in this 'legal' outlet for his natural need to chew. Try stuffing a puppy kong with his breakfast instead of feeding with a bowl. This way he will have to chew if he wants to eat, and as a bonus will keep him occupied a lot longer than just putting down a bowl will.

You can also try him with a treatball for another meal if you feed kibble.

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So far my pup does not like the kong stuffed with bisquits and peanut butter.
She is totally different than my other pups. But that is a female for you.......
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