|10-09-2013 11:46 PM|
|llombardo||Mine was mouthy when I first got him. Lots of no's, ouches, and redirection worked for him. It only took a couple weeks.|
|10-09-2013 09:42 PM|
This is why GSD's have the nickname "land shark's". The way I stopped my GSD to stop, was as she came to me to bite, I would grab her upper snout and fold her upper lips into her mouth so when she bites down she bites her own upper lip. She never would bite hard to cut or seriously hurt herself. With in a month or less she stopped. Keep in mind I had plenty of soft, hard,and harder toys for her to chew on.
I herd that freezing a stick of butter and after it is frozen, take it and rub some on your hands and as she bites she will taste the butter and start to lick rather continue to bite.
Hope this helps you and others dealing with this.
|09-23-2013 03:16 PM|
I just came to the conclusion that our latest acquisition is mouthy. She doesn't even close her mouth at all, but she likes to open up and set her upper teeth on your arm or leg. It may have been because she was overstimulated from running and playing and a long 1.5 mile walk but it is like she is yawning and then just rests her open mouth on whatever human part is available. Truthfully I am not sure if it is mouthy or just "tasting". Both girls are avid lickers and her sister will lick the skin off if you let her, this one not so much but I do not want to call attention to it if it isn't mouthing and stop it if it is.... She only does this with me, nobody else. She face licks both her sister and our old Golden but that is very gentle and deliberate especially when she is kissing the old dog. We have made it perfectly clear that the old dog is not to be challenged. We defer to her by letting her go out a door first and feeding her before everybody else human and dog and she gets first treat and first groom when it comes time for that too. Just wondering if I have an issue or not.
|09-06-2013 12:32 AM|
Distract distract distract. When you're at your whit's end and just want to smack him one, remember to distract. Everyone in the house needs a toy ready to go at all times and a consistent command to associate his mouthiness with that toy. Physically replace whatever he's mouthing with the toy. Eventually he'll figure it out. I know military dogs don't come we'll socialized so they have a lot of catching up to do. Think of how a human baby has to touch and put everything in their mouths. It's pretty much the same with dogs. That's how they explore the world around them. It's not something you want to completely discourage but teach them how to do it appropriately.
Here's a tip. When you're in motion and he goes for the ankles calves etc stop moving and ignore him for a few seconds. That not any fun for pups. Then give the command and make the toy more interesting than your limbs. Before you know it when he associates wanting to nip you, he'll start running around frantically looking for the top to put in his mouth. Just remember to keep the whole experience positive for dog. Don't punish him for doing what comes natural it just confuses the **** out of them.
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|09-05-2013 11:50 PM|
Be consistent with not rewarding the mouthiness with attention - positive or negative. Find ways to engage the dog in ways that you and the dog enjoy. Reward times when he seeks your attention in a way you like or when he is otherwise calm and relaxed around you and your family!
Don't worry... this too shall pass. I adopted my guy at ~1.5 years old and he too was mouthy to begin with as he had never learned that humans don't like that type of interaction. He is a perfect gentleman now and it didn't take long at all for him to overcome the mouthy exuberance he had when he first arrived in our home.
|09-05-2013 08:37 PM|
|Nigel||Curious, how old is he? As erfunhouse said, keep redirecting with toys. As soon as he starts biting say no and give him a proper toy to chew/play with. Once he takes it praise. Don't let up, stay consistent and he'll catch on, some are more persistent than others. Keep an eye on the kids too, my youngest would instigate the biting, so make sure your pup is not getting mixed signals from the others.|
|09-05-2013 08:15 PM|
When he's on skin tell him no, then hand him a toy and praise him for chewing that
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|09-05-2013 08:04 PM|
Need help with mouthy adopted dog
We adopted our GSD from the military -- he didn't show enough of a work drive so they booted him. (He's got an awesome couch drive.)
I've had him in a manners class so he knows some basics, but he's still way too mouthy with me, the kids and the kitty. He never hurts anyone at all. But his mouth looks like an alligator is coming down on us and I want him to stop.
I have no clue how to train him out of this lovely behavior. I assume that the military didn't care that he mouthed.
Any suggestions? The manners class I took him to was with a clicker and treat rewards.