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11-19-2012 08:06 AM
TrentL Yeah it was right around the 12-13 week for us too the nipping slowed down emensely (He still nips at my wife though, and sometimes we need to address that... depends on how rough it is, his bite inhibition is very good now if he's not too excited)
11-19-2012 07:51 AM
Belmont

This how my hands looked like about a month ago every single day.
11-19-2012 07:34 AM
Belmont Mine calmed down A LOT at 13 weeks and he's been improving every single week.

I almost thought that my fingers would be missing by the time he would ever get it, and there were even times that I thought that that I made a mistake and that he was just too much dog for me.

Now it's completely manageable where a tssst will stop him in his track, and I have not sent him to time out for a 2 weeks now. It's nice having hands that are not always cut.

He's still an ankle biter, but I can't blame him for his herding instincts.
11-14-2012 01:03 PM
lennoxbradley88 Good Luck! You should see my hands. Some people even thought I was trying to hurt myself lol. Anyways, I have to say TOYS TOYS AND MORE TOYS! I learned my lesson with Schatzi and now I am going through the same with my 3 month Alaskan Malamute, but I am way more prepared. I play, train, play, train, and more play. We run around and I carry toys and treats every time we are together. As soon as he starts trying to bite my arm, pants, or shoes I say Don't Bite and bring out a toy and play around after I reward him with a little treat.
11-11-2012 05:06 PM
Linda1270 Awe, Mickey is adorable, that's too bad that Mickey doesn't like Midnight right now but maybe that will change once he gets older. It just amazes me how similar Tess and Midnight are in their behaviors right now

Hopefully, they will both calm down a little, once they start training. It's so hard to get mad at them when they are so darn cute, isn't it?
11-11-2012 04:35 PM
Midnight
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I don't want to hijack Midnight's post but just wanted to say that I have tried yard games with Tess to no avail, when I have her in the yard, all she likes to do is eat dirt and mulch, so I'm constantly watching her or pulling things out of her mouth. I will keep trying, I just purchased her a small frisbee type of chuck-it toy in hopes that she will want to chase that. She is not ball motivated at all, my last dog loved balls and would play fetch with me all day long.

Wonder if Midnight is ball motivated....it is a great game for high energy dogs.
Ha! Tess, I so feel you with the dirt eating and constantly pulling things out of his mouth. We can only play with one toy for about 5 minutes before he's bored.

Our other problem is tha my ex-husband's Mi Ki, hates Midnight. It doesn't help that Midnight has been twice as big as Mickey since I brought Midnight home. They played for the first 2 hours well, after that and since then, Mickey snarls and snaps at Midnight even if he's just walking by him.Attachment 22413

The picture shows where Mickey spends most of his time at my house.
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The last shows Midnight harassing Mickey. I'm not sure they'll ever get along.


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11-11-2012 04:25 PM
Linda1270 I don't want to hijack Midnight's post but just wanted to say that I have tried yard games with Tess to no avail, when I have her in the yard, all she likes to do is eat dirt and mulch, so I'm constantly watching her or pulling things out of her mouth. I will keep trying, I just purchased her a small frisbee type of chuck-it toy in hopes that she will want to chase that. She is not ball motivated at all, my last dog loved balls and would play fetch with me all day long.

Wonder if Midnight is ball motivated....it is a great game for high energy dogs.
11-11-2012 02:36 PM
KayleeGSD
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At 11 weeks, Ava didn't go for very long walks, either, so instead we played a lot in the back yard (that's when I taught her how to fetch, which uses quite a bit of her energy!). Training tricks and commands is also a great routine to get into each day, and the dog will look forward to it if you make it fun!
We did the same with Kaylee. I figured out she is a ball nut and taught her all of her OB commands and games using balls. Since she is a mouthy girl aka little land shark I figured out mouthy games for her which made a difference. I got a bunch of soccer balls to chase, herd, bite, etc. We actually put together different toys for different areas. We had special toys for outside games only, indoor toys, and last special crate toys. The best one is a Kong treat stuffer that kept her busy too! We also got her tons of chew toys to help re-direct the biting bully sticks are good for that. I would freeze peanut butter bones for her to work on along with ice chunks to help with the teething.

Now at 7 months every now and then she nips but when told no bite or off we can easily re-direct her to something she can bite. We still have a toy rotation going on to keep her busy when inside the house.
11-11-2012 02:02 PM
breyer08 At 11 weeks, Ava didn't go for very long walks, either, so instead we played a lot in the back yard (that's when I taught her how to fetch, which uses quite a bit of her energy!). Training tricks and commands is also a great routine to get into each day, and the dog will look forward to it if you make it fun!
11-11-2012 01:34 PM
Linda1270
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I've tried saying OUCH really loud. I've TRIED to get him to listen to "Leave it" "No Bite"... etc... My arms look like I've been trying to play with pirhanas... Just now my son was out here sitting on the couch with me and Midnight jumped up at my face and cut my cheek. I know he wasn't being malicious, but it REALLY hurt!!! He is 11 weeks today....
OMG, this could be Tess your talking about, Tess is 11 weeks old and she is biting me and my husband all the time. She also bit me in the face! I was playing ball with her and when the ball went under the television stand, I bent down to pick it up and she jumped up and bit me in the face, it really hurt too. Her teeth are so sharp, it's agony every time she bites me. We are now working on "The Bite Stops Here", with a little progress for a day or two and then it's back to biting again. It's two steps forward and then one step back but we plan on continuing along this line to try to stop her biting. I yell ouch and I leave the room very quickly because if I don't, she bites the back of my heels which is extremely painful. I spend a few minutes in my bedroom with the door closed (practically in tears) and when I come out, she has calmed down a little, not a lot, but I'll take whatever I can get.

She doesn't like to walk very far on a leash either, just like Midnight, and just as you described him tugging all the way back home; Tess does exactly the same thing. I practically have to run to keep up with her and I worry that she's going to collapse in her rush to get there. As soon as she gets to the yard, she calms down a bit. Today, I actually had her out walking around the block, which pleased me immensely because she fell asleep as soon as we got in the door. It was most likely due to her running all the way home.

With Tess, the mornings and the early evenings are the worse, she is so full of energy and she bites constantly. She starts beginner training on Wednesday evening, I can't wait. She was supposed to start last week but there was a Nor'easter, so it was cancelled. I don't have much advice for you but wanted to share my experience due to it being so similar to yours. It's actually a little comforting to know that it's not just Tess and there are other puppies out there doing exactly the same thing. Gives me a little more hope that it will pass, eventually.

Good luck!
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