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Old 11-07-2012, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to teach a softer play bite to a 3 year old.

My German shepherd is just about 3 and is very friendly and playful. She likes to wrestle and play bite. She doesn't bite hard but I'm afraid with my friends all having kids now that it will be too hard for them. What's the best way to turn the play bites even softer?
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just realized I was in the wrong section as I posted this. Feel free to move to teaching section.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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imho, the best thing is to teach no bitting humans at all, even while playing.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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imho, the best thing is to teach no bitting humans at all, even while playing.
What's the best way to do that?
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You could try yelping like he hurt you and stop playing with him (get up and walk away). For me though, the yelping seemed to always make him go after me more. I ended up just saying no biting firmly whenever he bit and then I would stop playing and he got the point.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I play soft biting games and wrestle with my dogs, but I would never ever allow other people to, especially young children. You know when to stop, you can read your dog, and you can keep it fun. Other people won't, so please reconsider this idea.
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