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Old 01-10-2014, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a one year 6 month old Gsd male. He is from a breeder in northern NJ. I have had him since 7 weeks old. He knows his commands, reliable, a genius. He is my third dog, I had him at petsmart as a start. Taught him there and taught him what I knew from my first two dogs.
We also had private training with a Dogtra collar 1900ncp. This device amazed me as well as the training and his eagerness to learn. I trust him 100% off leash with and without the training collar.
So, why am I writing this post? For the life of me, I can't get him to stop the unnecessary 'puppy' biting/nipping. I've done everything I could and he still hasn't grown out of it. I've tried redirecting the behaviour, giving him something to chew on, excersize, yelling.. You name it I tried. I'm at wits end. Is there anyone out there that can help me or show me how to get him to stop.
He is 95-98pounds and it's getting to the point that I'm loosing my mind.
The reason I THINK he is like this is because the breeder gave him to us at 7 weeks. He never associated that nipping hurts his playmates and he continues to do it..

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Old 01-10-2014, 05:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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how much exercise does he get on a daily basis?

Nipping/biting can also be an 'attention' getter, Maybe go back to your Dogtra trainer and use it for the biting? I'm not real familiar on the uses of e collars so can't advise on that.

I would up his exercise, have a tug/toy handy and everytime he goes to nail/mouth you, shove a toy in his mouth These dogs CAN be mouthy, but working on diverting his attention to something else can lessen it.

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Old 01-10-2014, 07:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Puppy bites, say "ouch", he doesn't stop say "enough", he doesn't stop-say "too bad" and put in the crate for 30sec to 1minute (only, so he doesn't associate crate with punishment) then let him out, repeat EVERY time he bites.. It worked great with my puppy who drove me nearly insane.. After a while she stopped at "enough".. Good luck, message me if u have questions


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He gets about 3-4miles of exercise a day, about 2-3 of that on the treadmill since it's freezing outside.
He definitely barks and tries to pull on our clothes to get our attention though. He will only do this in the house. I know he gets bored but there isn't a toy that we found that he can't break and swallow pieces. No balls in the house because he brings it to us and demands for us to play with him he throws it in our laps and is consistant. We put this rule into affect about a year ago.
Best thing we found was a Nylebone however he still manages to chew off small pieces and swallow them

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Puppy bites, say "ouch", he doesn't stop say "enough", he doesn't stop-say "too bad" and put in the crate for 30sec to 1minute (only, so he doesn't associate crate with punishment) then let him out, repeat EVERY time he bites.. It worked great with my puppy who drove me nearly insane.. After a while she stopped at "enough".. Good luck, message me if u have questions


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Will try this out. Never used the crate as a punishment technique. While he is in the crate should I leave the room for that one minute?

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Will try this out. Never used the crate as a punishment technique. While he is in the crate should I leave the room for that one minute?

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I was concerned about that too but I guess because the time out is so short she never developed a bad association with the crate.. And yes I always got out of her sight. She usually whined so I made sure I only let her out when she didn't, usually asked her to lie down and then quickly let out..


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As for chews, have u tried Himalayan dog chews? They are hard but digestible and natural..


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It sounds like your dog wants to play with you, not just lie there and chew on something. I suggest trick training, tug, Nosework or find it games, indoor hide and seek, focused obedience... things that the dog can do with you.

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As for chews, have u tried Himalayan dog chews? They are hard but digestible and natural..


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What are these? Never heard of them..

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http://www.petexpertise.com/dog-chew-comparison.html




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