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05-12-2014 09:28 PM
selzer I think so too.

Keep reading everything you can find, and post some pictures. We love puppies. Finding a good puppy class is probably a good idea too.
05-12-2014 08:27 PM
devinh By running I mean fetch. And by "playing" I mean attacking her feet and legs. I spend more time with her on walks and taking her out to the bathroom. I think I am thinking too much for a 9 week old. We just took a walk and she made sure that both me and my wife were always in her view. So I think we are gonna be just fine.
05-12-2014 06:52 PM
selzer The pup is nine weeks old. I do not think it is a respect problem. I think your wife has a higher voice and she thinks that she is playing, it is all a game. When you come with your ugly-man voice, it's uh-oh!

I think she is bonding more with the wife because she wants to play with the wife. The wife might do better by adding a more serious tone. You might do better by lightening up a little. And, I hope you are not actually running with a 9 week old puppy?
05-12-2014 06:35 PM
njk Sounds like my fiancÚ and I when we first got our pup. Sad thing is though, my fiancÚ would smack her when she nipped him and she stopped doing that pretty quick. I used a combination of water bottle and redirecting, and he used to roll his eyes at me. I had bloody and bruised legs for a long time but she eventually stopped biting me. Our breeder, who is also a 40 years experienced trainer, said tone of voice can play a role too. My fiancÚ has a very deep rough voice, whereas I have a very soft one. She'd tell me speak from my chest to give my voice a growl, but it hurt too much lol I did think for awhile our pup hated me, even though I have always been the one to feed, walk, play and train with her.
05-12-2014 05:06 PM
ApselBear
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We only have two local trainers which teach puppies that particular skill set.

I believe the name of the outfits are The Canine Chauvinist...the other is Misogyny & Man's Best Friend... and the schedules are super secret.

devinh...I think the only bonding going on is your puppy's teeth to your wife's feet and toes. Perhaps, your wife is filling the role of one of your pup's prior littermates.....so I guess there might be some "bonding" going on but not the type I would be thrilled about so much....I think what you are experiencing is rather common with many GSD owners amongst other breeds.

GSD puppies are quick studies on who they can exercise their needle-like puppy teeth on...and the notion of who is more "fun" might be interpreted as who is more likely to allow it to occur.

Your pup is just taking the most logical path to fulfill it's wishes and it is a problematic phase for many a GSD pup owner....but one which can be corrected with some patience, consistency, proper training and an environment where the two of you are on the same page regarding the remedy for this passing nuisance.

ApselBear's suggestion is sound advice and as stated there are multitudes of threads regarding your issue to be read in this forum.

SuperG
I may or may not be the lead trainer at one or both of these outfits...
05-12-2014 12:35 PM
Oliver'smom My husband is convinced that Ollie bit him more and harder when going through the land shark phase. He thinks it is that Ollie doesn't like him as much. I disagree and think it was more about consistent discipline and not getting distracted. My husband would forget to keep a constant eye on our little land shark (iPhone, TV, whatever). As a result, it seemed to me Ollie took advantage and would nip him or furniture, shoes, basically whatever he could get to.

I'm less easily distracted, especially when protecting my digits, shoes and furniture are involved. The safety of my shoe collection inspired me to be very consistent on which things could be chewed. Luckily the worst of this resolved at about 6 months old. Now if you aren't paying enough attention to him, Ollie is more likely to start digging a hole in the yard or play keep away with whatever will get your attention.

Also, when Ollie doesn't finally wind down and snuggle up, it is almost always near my husband. So maybe those were love bites after all....
05-12-2014 12:30 PM
devinh Another thing I have noticed is a lot of the times when I praise her or just pet her she will wag her tail and roll on her back and wants me to rub her belly. But she hasn't done it for my wife. I have read this could be a respect thing or a fear thing. Sorry for the overload of questions this isn't my first dog but it is my first dog with another person(wife) I have always had dogs with my immediate family and then it was just me.
05-12-2014 12:00 PM
devinh Thank you for your input. I think she takes me more seriously since she looks at my wife like a puppy and when me and her are alone together she just seems to have a more serious look to her. She is a great puppy and the envy of everyone she meets. I know she loves me. She follows me around a lot too. I guess since maybe I'm primarily the one teaching her to "release and drop it and no bite" she might see me differently. We do have fun together I think. We play fetch and I always bring her kong bones and stuff. I just hoping she bonds to both of us.
05-12-2014 11:55 AM
SuperG
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Thank you very much. I have told my wife that she has to be consistent and immediate on the "no bite" command. But she will get her toes nipped and she will just cover them up. It's frustrating to say the least. So I have been trying to where my puppy out. I take her on a long walk or I will run with her to wear her out and she comes in and crashes for hours. Everything I read is saying I'm doing things right as far as training and exercise but it seems like she goes to nip and play with my wife and looks at me more seriously I want her to have fun with me too.
Covering her toes up probably just makes it more "fun" for the pup to get to them to bite them again...

How nice to have a pup take you "seriously"...the dividends you shall reap from this down the road will be more fun than you can imagine. In the mean time...much fun can be had without the presence of your pup biting on you. Lots of fun games you should be playing with your pup and many of these fun games can certainly be a basis for future training and proper behavior.

Maybe having your wife and you teach your pup to take a treat "nice" from your fingertips might be a good starting point in the quick cure for her present nipping problem. Puppy no take treat nicely..puppy get no treat..puppy takes treat nicely...puppy gets treat....associate a word with the training procedure and apply it in other instances. Just an idea....

SuperG
05-12-2014 11:40 AM
devinh Thank you very much. I have told my wife that she has to be consistent and immediate on the "no bite" command. But she will get her toes nipped and she will just cover them up. It's frustrating to say the least. So I have been trying to where my puppy out. I take her on a long walk or I will run with her to wear her out and she comes in and crashes for hours. Everything I read is saying I'm doing things right as far as training and exercise but it seems like she goes to nip and play with my wife and looks at me more seriously I want her to have fun with me too.
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