|10-21-2013 11:05 AM|
I’m in a similar boat Doggypuppy! We’re at the 12 week old stage and he is a complete landshark especially first thing in the morning and at night before bed. The “ow” technique hasn’t worked for us – it actually seems to rile him up into thinking it’s a game or something. Here are a few things that have worked enough that he only goes into landshark phase maybe once a day (which is better than it was). He is the cutest puppy but honestly, there are moments where I lose patience, and I admit even some tears happen, and I can’t wait for him to be older and past the landshark phase.
First thing in the morning (if you’re not already) get outside for play time – 20+ minutes of exploring, sniffing, whatever. Seems to set the tone for a calm day. If back inside he starts to bite, (he usually goes after my ankles), I immediately stop moving, say “No bites” and slowly leave the room closing the baby gate so he still sees me in the other room but can’t play with me. Once he has calmed down (stops barking/whining) I come back very calmly and ignore him still. He usually sits and looks at me at that point and then I say hello and give him a toy or take him for an outside “walk”.
2. No Chew (bitter apple) spray
I cover my sweat pants or work pant bottoms in No Chew spray. It really does deter him and our trainer has mentioned that eventually he’ll associate that taste with pant bottoms. (She uses it on her hands too.)
3. Mental stimulation
Lots of sits, downs, come commands and training (fun) times throughout the day. (Usually about 5-10 minutes each time we do it). We also have tried doing working lunches (freeze food into a kong) or hide a treat in a closed up cereal box so he focuses on getting that open. While all of these things only last like 20-30 minutes tops over the course of the day, it reallllllllly tires him out (more so than exercise).
4. Social stimulation
(When vaccinated and safe) – we have Puppy kindergarten for one hour each week which is social and mental stimulation. We also have a dog walker friend who we recently sent our puppy on a nice off leash walk with her and 3 other very well trained (and healthy) dogs. Our pup immediately tried to nip an older (very well trained) lab mix and the lab immediately knocked him off and growled (didn’t hurt him, we were watching carefully) but he seemed to learn very quickly nipping wasn’t appropriate play behavior. For the remainder of the walk he followed and mimicked the lab! Anyway, we have found that social activities likes that tire him out for HOURS afterwards and he is so incredibly sweet and loving without any nipping. If you can get your puppy around trained older dogs, they seem to be a good influence.
5. Crate time
We use the crate (as I think most do) in a positive way. He loves sleeping in there at night so if he is having a major landshark/tantrum phase sometimes I nicely put a treat in his crate, send him in and let him sit/nap in there for about an hour. It really just gives us both time to calm down…
|10-21-2013 10:31 AM|
I agree, keep on keeping on. Silas has finally starting learning that no means stop or we stop playing and he will often times still bite some but very softly and then quit. I carry and keep a toy with me almost constantly to shove in that adorable mouth of shark teeth when this happens. Also lots of praise when he stops. If he bites the ankles or showed when walking I give a stern no as I stop, then start walking again. And repeat as necessary. I have noticed he is giving up on the vampire bites more quickly than before.
Also as you can see, Crocky our Black and Tan dachshund did not get the memo that Silas was part shark....LOL. Bless him....
|10-21-2013 10:14 AM|
The biting goes away. Keep up the training.
Our guy was a landshark until five months old. It's been awesome ever since.
|10-21-2013 10:07 AM|
I agree that patience and consistency is the key. Be sure to reward each good behaviour of the pup so they gravitate towards the behaviours that get rewarded like playing with the toy with you rather then playing with their teeth on your skin
Honestly, I didn't find the yelping worked for Delgado. Time outs did (gave both of us a moment to calm down) and scruffing (not harshly) when needed got the point through.
|10-21-2013 09:51 AM|
|10-21-2013 09:40 AM|
The key is patience. This is a phase, and a pretty long one- not just a correctable behavior. It will not go away immediately. It won't go away for months. GSD pups are lovingly called "landsharks". At this age, all you can do is be consistent with the redirecting, and eventually she will outgrow it. And when you get frustrated (I look back on the landsharking with fond memories, but at the time it was miserable), just take a break, take a breath, and remember she is a baby and puppies explore their worlds with their mouths- including how far they can push the boundaries. She's not trying to be "naughty". Just keep up the good work with the redirecting and teaching bite inhibition, and it will get better! There are some great links stickied in the puppy section that should help you out.
One thing I noticed- when you say you walk into a room and being happy once you get back, you may be amping her up even more to play and be excited. When you come back, be calm and quiet instead. If she starts getting too ramped up, put her in her crate for a bit. Not as a time out, just a sort of "reset" so she can calm down and you can get a breather.
Curbing boredom is also key in keeping them from getting too ramped up. It's hard for them to get rigorous exercise at this age, but lots of running around on grass, etc is good. The BEST thing, though, is mental exercise. How much do you train with her? Obedience work is key, but at this age, keep it short, light, and fun- make it a game. Teach her tricks, etc. It's great that you guys play with her so much-- now make her THINK for your attention
|10-21-2013 09:31 AM|
Puppy is still biting.
So our puppy is now 15 weeks old, and she is biting alot.. can't seem to get rid of the problem.
1. Tried to make a puppy sound and walk away (Worked abit in the start, but now shes not reacting to our ouw ouw sound).
2. Tried walking into another room and be really happy once we get back. She is still biting when we get back, we walk away etc
3. Tried to redirect her to her chewing toys.
Nothing is working and its starting to get on our nerves.. alot of cloths has been ripped.
She has LOADS AND LOADS of chewing toys, bones etc
We play with her alot. Always someone home with her playing.
So any ideas? Whenever I try to search for something the answer is sound like a puppy.