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03-02-2014 07:29 PM
Danny G He is a little calmer now. Thanks.

I think the hardest part is to train the kids to constantly keep toys on them.

I also find that my pup respects my girl with the more outgoing and aggressive personality. My other girl who is passive and timid, usually gets nipped more.

I'm going to try one of those Bully Sticks. One thing that seems to help is giving my pup a Kong toy with Peanut Butter spread inside.
03-02-2014 05:41 PM
Tratkins I only give them when he is supervised and as a special treat so not always available. For instance, if he is being especially nippy (which we really don't have to deal with too much anymore...hallelujah!), we will give home one. There were lots of walkers, birds, and a couple of dogs that walked by the patio last week during lunch. I knew the bully stick would keep his attention and off of the distractions around him so I took one with me.

We are now up to increasing distractions with his obedience training so I am always prepared with his favorites. I also took a Baggie of boiled chicken with me. He looked up at a dog, I used the "watch me" command and treated him as soon as he looked my way. Takes his focus off distraction and back on to me. If he was laying there and being good, I treated him. I am trying really hard to treat the behavior I want so he doesn't learn the naughty stuff. I am admittedly a novice at this, but so far we couldn't be happier with how he is coming along.

How is your dog doing with the new tactics?
03-02-2014 05:13 PM
Danny G Do you give him constant access to the Bully Stick or save it for when you really need to distract his nippy behavior?


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You are very welcome! I can tell with everyday that goes by, our dog is understanding more and more how things work in our house (and the world). At first, of course all pups deserve a little grace. :-) as they mature, they figure it out with our guidance. we took our dog to eat at an outdoor cafe yesterday for lunch and I was so pleased with his behavior! He laid right by my feet and chewed a bully stick and eventually went to sleep.
03-01-2014 04:25 PM
Tratkins You are very welcome! I can tell with everyday that goes by, our dog is understanding more and more how things work in our house (and the world). At first, of course all pups deserve a little grace. :-) as they mature, they figure it out with our guidance. we took our dog to eat at an outdoor cafe yesterday for lunch and I was so pleased with his behavior! He laid right by my feet and chewed a bully stick and eventually went to sleep.
03-01-2014 03:54 PM
Danny G Excellent info. Thanks a million!


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We have two children also (2 girls 7 and 10 years old) and a 14 week old GSD. I (the mom) am also the primary trainer/caregiver for the dog (and the kids! LOL). We were having the same issue with our dog when I wasn't around too. We had a trainer/behaviorists come over for a "Puppy Manners" class at our home and he gave us some good tips.

Every morning when our kids come downstairs, the dog was running up to them and barking and doing the same thing you describe on the couch nipping at their feet. The dog REALLY wants them to play. So now, every morning before the kids even wake up, I put treats and toys on the stairs so they are armed and ready to go when the pup comes at them. They are instructed to not come downstairs calling for the dog and trying to get him all wired up though. They ignore the dog until he comes to them. Once the dog comes at them, they call him over to pantry "Come on Samson let's get a treat!" The dog will follow them and they do a couple of commands that he has mastered like sit and shake with the dog and get some treats and he comes out of his "craze". Funny how he is a perfect angel right next to the pantry door! When he is crazy, the girls have toys to put in his mouth quick (always have two toys!) It has gotten MUCH better over the last couple of weeks. Samson "helps" me take the girls to school every morning and he sits so nicely between them usually laying his head calmly on one of their laps so I know he loves them. But when they are walking through the house, their little legs must look like a piece of chicken because he goes for them every time! LOL

I give my kids treats to put in their pockets everyday to keep engaging him in some commands and to calm him down. Every time I do the laundry, I find treats in all of our pants pockets! It gets better and the trainer that evaluated our dog said he is completely normal and that it is much better than some of the GSD's that he sees that actually hide from kids. Count our blessings, right? By the way, our dog loves frozen carrots, ice cubes, marrow bones, and bully sticks to keep his mouth busy while he is awake but when we can't play with him.

We have been working on training the kids how to interact with the dog as much as training the dog how to interact with the kids and that is paying off a lot For example, when we are playing outside, the dog wants to chase the kids. Trainer said to give the kids a rope toy/knotted towel to make sure the dog knew he was chasing "the object", not the child. I don't know how old your kids are, but we let ours feed, walk and play fetch with our dog and I usually give our dog a good hour playtime before I pick up the girls from school so he's a little worn out. Good luck and I look forward to seeing our dogs "grow up together" on the internet!
03-01-2014 01:14 PM
Danny G Because he was the only one who didn't give specific information. That's why I asked clarification. Everybody else said exactly what they did.

I thank all for the excellent advice.

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How come when someone asks for puppy biting help, 20 people post excellent information on how to deal with puppy biting, but the one post that said "I scruffed, gave the dog a correction that he'll never forget" is the one that gets all the attention?

Puppy biting is PLAYING. Tratkins gave EXCELLENT advice on how to manage it. It is a phase puppies NEED to go through - rescues that have grown up in isolation go through a nipping/biting phase as their emotional/social development catches up after they are adopted and exposed to a normal life. One would not punish or spank a toddler that wants to play: You would give the child age-appropriate toys, and supervise accordingly.

This is not a quick fix, and people need to know that pups go through a land-shark phase when they bring a GSD puppy into the house and be ready to be patient with it.
03-01-2014 06:59 AM
sourdough44 Just to clarify, I'm not talking about spanking the puppy out of a pup. Just saying as the dog grows the boundaries should be more sharply defined. As is often mentioned, a good portion of nippiness with be outgrown.

By all means inundate them with the chew toys & all. Then again there can be some behavior that should not be tolerated. Like most everything, certain methods may work for some & not others. One should sift though advice to pick & choose.
02-28-2014 07:35 PM
Castlemaid How come when someone asks for puppy biting help, 20 people post excellent information on how to deal with puppy biting, but the one post that said "I scruffed, gave the dog a correction that he'll never forget" is the one that gets all the attention?

Puppy biting is PLAYING. Tratkins gave EXCELLENT advice on how to manage it. It is a phase puppies NEED to go through - rescues that have grown up in isolation go through a nipping/biting phase as their emotional/social development catches up after they are adopted and exposed to a normal life. One would not punish or spank a toddler that wants to play: You would give the child age-appropriate toys, and supervise accordingly.

This is not a quick fix, and people need to know that pups go through a land-shark phase when they bring a GSD puppy into the house and be ready to be patient with it.
02-28-2014 05:19 PM
Danny G Sourdough, can you be a little more specific on your corrective measures?

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Doesn't anybody here know how to stop a dog/puppy from biting?? When the nipping gets strong & more serious it's time for a measured response.

A relative had a litter of pups(not G.S.) last Summer, they kept 2 and had the Mom too. He told me how one pup bit him hard when it got older. One FIRM correction and never to done again.

This stuffing a chew toy in the mouth or calling for more exercise is falling short of what needs to be done. Penning up to avoid contact isn't the answer either. They will need to be trusted with all family members eventually.

Time for a coffee refill.
02-28-2014 05:14 PM
Danny G Thank you everybody, for your help on this issue.

I see that there is an array of different opinions on how to tackle this issue but I appreciate the input from everyone.
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