Puppy biting(20 Posts)
He's 15 weeks
I've read all the advice but honestly it's nonsense.
Turn your back? Fold your arms? He follows me and goes for everything.
Bites everything and would chew everything.
Only thing that works is tiring him out!
Does anyone have any effective methods.
And needle teeth. Put a toy in his mouth. Every time!
Puppies bite, that's what they do
You obviously haven't read all the advice if you're not replacing whatever he's biting with a toy/Kong/chew
sounds about right for his age. it will pass
It does pass. Honest. Until then carry toys at all times and wear thick jumpers!!
Every time he bites I find something that he's allowed to chew to put in his mouth. But it's just annoying when I'm walking or trying to make breakfast.
I have tried about 20 toys including the kong ones, with and without treats. He chews and bites then but likes human flesh more!
Yep, that's pups for you - annoying, frustrating biting little things that they are
And when you've sorted out the biting there will be something else, until he's maybe 18 months old, you might as well get used to it now
Make the toy more exciting - instead of just presenting it to him, wriggle it around on the floor, or get his attention with it and then toss it a short distance so it's even more enticing.
I added an 'Ow' when my pup bit me. Previous pup responded better to a 'No' - some other dogs listen to a sharp 'Ah'. Basically something to indicate that they've hurt you or that they've done something wrong. But the distraction with the toy is the key thing.
Yes it's annoying. Yes they'll do these things when you're in the middle of something else. But the more you can work on it now, the quicker he'll catch on and become a lovely non-toothy thing!
Is it in a certain place every time? I found that my puppy got really bitey ( is that even a word lol) on my stairs where it went round a corner. I put a drawer unit there so there was no room for him to jump etc. After about a month I took it away and was as if he had forgotten all about it.
I got to the point where I thought he would never stop. But at about 9 months I realised he wasn't biting as much. And now at 11 months that puppy biting has stopped. I did a lot of ow noises. And walking away when he did it. Biting means no playing. It takes a while to work but I just kept doing it and eventually he stopped. The words I kept saying to myself is 'follow through , follow through. Keep going. It will work.
It's mainly the humans he's biting!
When he's calm he's ok
When excited or hasn't seen us for a while he's just bites.
Ankles, clothes, cushions, rugs.
He destroyed his bed, ripped all the stuffing out.
He was outside last night and he ripped up the newly laid turf. Aargh.
Is there anything I can spray? That get off stuff isn't any good.
I'm trying to get our new house sorted, do I just give up on having anything nice for a while?
Get some bitter apple to spray on cushions, rugs etc. It has stopped our 1 year old chewer from destroying all the soft furnishings (she was chewing the corners on things). You could try on your trouser legs too!
Ours also destroyed her lovely bed by digging at it with her claws, the inside was just foam. She now has a plastic bed with a cushion pad which doesn't look as cosy but she seems really happy with it.
Link for the spray.
Re toys, ours loves Kong squeeky balls they come in packs of 3 from pets at home and hold her attention much longer than anything which doesn't make a noise. But other than that, keep doing what you are doing.
To add, if you can start learning the 'off' command (Lesson 3 here) uk.pedigree.com/training it may help. We use a combination of this and ouch/stopping play with M who is just over a year. She is a rescue dog and we have only had her a couple of months. Her biting/mouthing has reduced loads and she is much gentler.
I'll definitely try that bitter Apple
Those pedigree training videos are really helpful, thank you
IT will stop. Wotsitpup is 7 months and it's stopped. If the puppy is chewing chilli powder worked a treat in our house!
Don't buy nice dog beds use old towels or whatever our pup trashed the lot. Pah sell a chew proof dog pillow he hasn't managed to pierce with a tooth though and it's looks quite cool it's just a black pillow
Nothing worked on our pup either. Every approach anyone recommended - nothing. She did just grow out of it. Now she is 16 months old and only grabs my shoes, not me, and only in the garden, and only occasionally...
Today's been the worst day
Driving me crazy
No fun at all
He's chewed 3 rugs, a hat
Bitten all day
Jumped up at every meal or snack I've made, barked and whined about the food.
Barked incessantly to go outside, barked to come back inside.
Scraped and barked at some imaginary creature in the skirting boards.
Ran off with the Christmas lights
Barked at the Christmas tree, the Hoover, the brush
Can you contain him? I shut outs in the kitchen with a stair gate I needed the respite at that age. The other thing this reminds me of is puppies needing big old sleeps. Is he getting them? Wotsitpup was much more of a pain if I over walked him or he played too long
Problem is, whichever room I lock him in, he can still do some damage- we have a big kitchen diner. I could put him in his crate, but I couldn't stand the whining, he knows I'm in the house.
I think the problem yesterday is that he had a big sleep while I was out and then I had a lot to do in the house.
If I sit down, he'll sit down with me and rest.
I'm just frustrated because I have so much to do.
Recently moved house.
I'm going to try big walk this morning and then nothing this afternoon
Bit of a nightmare this morning
Within 5 minutes of our walk some tiny dog properly attached him.
Then he was all nervous and clinging on to me
When he bites you screech like you would if you were his dog mum.
It sounds like he's getting separation anxiety (the whining) which you need to get on top of.
If you need to do something put him in his crate with a sweet. He may whine but ignore it, I used to go into the garden walk round it twice and return to mine with another sweet, I just did it a few times a day, he has to trust you'll come back.
He will grow out of all of these things you just have to train him, don't let him train you...
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