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12-16-2013 09:04 AM
loulabelle23 I said no and squirt jake with water and it works a treat lol

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12-14-2013 03:21 PM
bri08 how long are your walks ? Luna just got her 2nd set of shots so I'm ready to take her out ! she's only 3months so don't want to do to much to her .

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12-14-2013 06:26 AM
LisaKinVA's been much better since yesterday afternoon. I'm starting to think that if she's too tired -- she just doesn't want to be bothered and gets nippy, and then I know if she's not tired enough, and really excited she definitely gets nippy. I'm trying to show my oldest two how to handle her on walks, and what a long walk really means (long to them is, well she pee'd and pooped...she must be done...smh). So, I've been forcing them to walk with me, watch how I give her treats for paying attention to me, how I give extra treats for ignoring things like the dogs barking wildly behind fences, people walking by, cars driving by, etc. She's not mouthy at all on walks...just when she's leashed in the house, or if we get to playing. She now has a favorite tug...and it's helping, too. Keeping on...this afternoon's walk wore both of us out... we met the miniature "wolf" dog, a spaniel, we got closer than ever (with good attention) to the massive German Shephard (he's ALWAYS out...), were surprised by a Golden mutt (almost never out when we are), and then there was the off-leash squatty-shepherd mix that had her bonkers. Most of our walk is quiet...but we never know when some other dogs are going to be out in their yards...I don't usually worry about the fenced-dogs...but the off-leash ones we try to remain as far from those as we can. She got inside our gate and promptly dropped on the ground...exhausted. I did get her upstairs, and she's now sleeping it off in her pen. Thank you for the encouragement. It was a really bad, horrible nippy day (parts of my body are still sorely marked up...and my boots will never be the same )
12-13-2013 09:03 PM
JMCrowley OMG.....I have the biggest Landshark on earth!!!! well, recovering landshark. I can't remember exactly when it began to subside but she is a year now and she STILL gets bitey sometimes when she's really worked up but it's rare. But there was a time when if you were with the puppy you were getting chewed on...hard! I tried EVERYTHING. Ignoring and walking away, yelping, yelling, scruffing, the dominant "roll her on her back", even a trainer told me to stick my finger in her throat when she bites my hand. That one actually worked for about a week, but then back to landshark. And sass...oooooh she would sass, air biting at me if I told her no. I think that when I started using a prong collar that's when I feel like a light bulb went off in her head like "oh, ok so you're the one in charge". I only use the collar during walks now, but she has changed so much especially in the past few months. I think some dogs are just very headstrong and dominant, and she's one of them. We're developing a bond now and she's maturing and everything's a lot better. Plus I'm female and based on her interactions with my dad I kind of think it's harder as a girl to command their attention, unless you have a really deep voice! Think about how deep their bark and growl can be, even as a puppy. As girls we just can't make that sound, and so it's harder I think IMHO for them to get it that we mean business. In any case, it WILL get better, in time, if nothing else.
12-13-2013 08:40 PM
selzer She's teething. You might want to put a couple of cotton ropes, dip them in water and freeze them. When she gets crazy see if giving her one of them will help get her attention.

If mine get bitey, I remove my hands, and if they want to eat my shoes or ankles, then I put them in their pen and walk away for a bit. Pretty soon, they understand that the moment they go too strongly all the fun ends.

Keep working with the treats. Teach her to be GENTLE, and then you can use Gentle with my fingers, Gentle with the baby.

This doesn't last forever. It will get better.
12-13-2013 07:36 PM
Sitz&Platz I guess GSD are just mouthier than most other breeds? I remember the first 2 weeks with Dexter after we got him, I thought I would never be able to touch him without him biting hands, clothing, feet, hair - you name it. I thought he was an alligator mix. Redirecting was the only thing that helped, mainly sticking a toy in his mouth every time he came near me. :-) It's hard to believe, but they do stop at some point.
12-13-2013 11:24 AM
VanH My Shikha is 15 weeks now, and I felt just like you when she was 9 weeks old! I do not have children, though. But have hope, it gets much better. In the beginning, I had scratches all over my hands, she tore my pants, jacket, and so on. I stopped wearing anything I care about when I am around her. All of the dominance techniques backfired: grabbing the scruff, anything like that only made her more determined. Yipping made her think it was game, so she bit down harder.
I felt so much better once I read this forum and found out it was normal for my GSD! And these videos saved our relationship!
I started using this technique to feed her lunch and dinner from my treat pouch. She instantly learned what she needed to do to get her food. And it gave me the chance to pet her. We worked up to hugging, cleaning ears, and brushing. Now at 15 weeks, she will sit nearly still for me to do those things.

And this helped tremendously. My husband is not with her as much, but he says that off keeps her from biting on his shoes or clothes. He hasn't had anything get ripped.

I can say that at 15 weeks, it is now a joy to be with Shikha, she still mouths on me, but not nearly so hard. She enjoys petting without biting hard, and if I do Yelp now, she stops immediately and seems really concerned about me.

Hang in there, you are not alone, and it does get better! I'm sure those with kids can give you some good advice on how to handle it.
12-13-2013 11:10 AM
bri08 I'm on our 3rd week with Luna and it's the same! She just turned 3months last week and her bitting is getting worse and worse and the off method, walk away, crate, other room .. all that stuff seems to get her mad or excited idk but does not make her stop just makes her keep going .. and she doesn't like bones or her toys she LOVES that peanut butter kong though only keeps her entertained for 10min till it's GONE !

help me too !

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12-13-2013 10:37 AM
blackshep It definitely does not happen overnight! Keep at it, it's probably harder with busy kids but she'll get it
12-13-2013 09:38 AM
middleofnowhere Food motivated dog (esp highly motivated) might give you a training advantage. (I know it doesn't seem like it right now.) Will the pup work for kibble or only higher value food? With OTT food drive, you may be able to ramp it down a little with kibble vs "the good stuff". Otherwise sounds like a nice pup with a good amount of drive. (a real PIA as a pup!)
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