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01-29-2014 09:00 AM

I just made sure I wore long pants, shoes and socks and motorcycle gloves when Zeus was young.

It made ignoring his biting easy (by that I mean not responding to his bites at all) and that coupled with substituting play toys and active play when he was rambunctious seemed to solve the problem within about 3 months. Best of all, I could see the progress each week as he learned that biting was one sure way to be ignored but that seeking out his toys to bite, instead, was one sure way for me to take 5 minutes and wear him out.

I think that Zeus stopped biting me completely at around 5 months, a lot shorter period than I experienced with my first shepherd who seemed to want to play bite well into the 4th quarter of his first year.

Exercise helps a lot too.

01-29-2014 01:18 AM
Anttik Ok i have a small update. We were walking Leo in a forest, he wasnt leashed and was very happy as always. Suddendly he got i think a little too exited and started "attacking" us. This went for a while and i tried to control him without turning it into a game. It turned it to full blown play rage i decided to grap him from his collar as i have found it to be even more not-giving-attention like than just ignoring him. I grapped his collar and i holded it up a bit so he wouldnt roll over and panic. Well he was so exited that he strangled himself a bit :S a terrible scream, and after that no biting. No biting for days. I only have to say something like No bite! and he will stop. He wasnt emotionally scarred or anything, isnt afraid of me and loves me but i think it kinda accidentaly set it straight that biting us=not a fun game i can walk in my underwear and play tug with him and rub his belly until he falls asleep (offcourse sometimes he stealthily nibs at my socks or hand but i ignore it :P)
01-28-2014 10:13 PM
njk Your pup sounds like mine, here is a recent picture of one of my shins:

01-26-2014 01:31 AM
Anttik Well i tolerate it because he is a loving puppy when he wants to and is at least for me suprisingly smart(and greedy he is potty trained, know most commands and so on. As for the re-directing and leashing, yes offcourse i re-direct but most of the times he doesnt "re-direct". As for not paying attention, how long should ido so? 30minutes standing when he is ripping trough clothes is not fun. I do not make any sounds to reward his behaviour or exite him. Im gonna still go with the michael ellis aproach, seems to me it would best suit my dogs personality. BTW anyone else notice that after spending some time with other dogs and playing with them your GSD has been more "agressive" with their bites? apologies for my english :P
01-26-2014 12:46 AM
David Winners Yelling OUCH and flailing around makes it a game. Just show the puppy that it has no effect on you, and that toys are where the fun is.

01-26-2014 12:43 AM
boomer11 hahaha i like all the pics. there should be a thread showing everyone's battle wounds.

i would immediately redirect. from the look of your hand it seems like you are letting the pup gnaw on your hand. if redirecting doesnt work then just crate him for a little time out. or take him outside to let him burn off his energy in other ways. we use to be a barefoot household but once we got a pup everyone got smart and wore shoes around the house.
01-26-2014 12:31 AM
mego i had scabs covering a few fingers from a few training sessions where she'd bite and scrape to get treats out of my hand, ahh those days lol. Dont miss them
01-26-2014 12:26 AM
wolfy dog I honestly do not understand how you can tolerate this behavior. I am not talking about punishing the pup but re-direct him/her to something they can bite in. I am actually pretty shocked to see these pictures and everyone kinda understanding/condoning this.
If you keep him leashed, engaged and your hands and legs out of reach, how can they do so much damage?
01-26-2014 12:20 AM
Anttik OK i just need to vent this before ill kill my super cute satanic puppy we had a couple of good days,he didnt bite at all was very playfull with toys and other non-human flesh related things. But now the bloodlust has come back stronger than ever and i cant seem to get him to stop even for 5 minutes. I need some tips, my usual method when things go bad has been a "cool-down" in one room but as smart as he is i dont think it makes sense to him so he just continues. And one new thing is that when we take him for a walk in the woods, after a while he starts "herding" us or something, running and biting and waiting us to move so he can stop us well i dont know, i think i need some more encouraging words from you guys Also i got to say that he seems to have this battleface when he gets really exited from biting and then i know he wont stop for nothing, no way
01-17-2014 04:05 PM
helensdisturbed I feel your pain. This will pass, Nala is now 19 weeks and those aliens like fangs are falling out. The biting is getting less and less but at one stage we thought she had a problem. My advice is to get your puppy something to chew , a bone or something they can gnaw the **** out of. Good luck, it gets better, honest.

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