Biting/Mouthing Getting Worse
I've been reading these forums for a while, but this is my first time actually posting. I had a GSD when I was younger and all the way up till I left for college, but I didn't raise/train her through her puppy stages. Anyways, a few weeks ago I got an eight week old GSD puppy from a nearby breeder. At eight weeks the biting wasn't so bad, and I'm guessing it's because she just didn't have a jaw strength to inflict any pain? Three weeks later she has already doubled in size and most definitely has the jaw strength to cause pain now, haha.
I've read the articles about bite inhibition. I've been sticking to the method of blurting out a loud noise and leaving the room. Within the past few days it has seem to backfire. Now when I try to leave the room, she will follow me and bite at my ankles until I get to a room where I can shut the door. Which doesn't seem to have any effect other than her leaving scratches in the door, her finding something to tear up and make a massive mess out of in just minutes, or peeing on the floor. If I tell her no when she's in one of these extremely playful moods, she just thinks I'm playing and barks back. It almost appears that she is challenging me?
I've thought about sticking her in her crate for "timeout", but she already hates it as it is and I've read that you shouldn't associate any negative punishment with it.
So I'm kind of in a lose-lose situation here. If I leave the room, something gets destroyed. If I don't leave the room, I end up with puncture wounds all over my arms and ankles.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.