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04-01-2014 12:26 PM
Jaxson'smom We got him when he was 6 weeks.. he was too young but the breeder wouldn't hold him any longer because the mom was being really aggressive with her puppies.. Also she only had 3 babies and the others were really calm so not sure if they bit him much or got very rough. Happy to say though that he is a little bit better. When he bites too hard i tell him to be "easy" and he does his best to be easy.. lol But he doesn't just attack as much anymore either which is good.. I walk away when he gets to be too much and he is realizing slowly that being too rough means no more play time.
03-16-2014 01:37 AM
lindsaye01 A GSD mother would hold her puppy down by holding the scruff of his neck until he calmed down. His brothers and sisters usually yelp when they are bitten too hard and quit playing with him.

How old was he when he was taken away from the litter? Appropriate bite inhibition/tenderness is learned by playing with his brothers/sisters (and biting is one of the main ways a puppy will explore his new world) and it is suggested not to remove the puppy before 9-10 weeks for these basic "social" reasons. But many people get a younger puppy.

We were worried about our Sadie Mae at first also. She bit way too hard and her puppy teeth were still intact (10-20 weeks). I just continued to yelp when she bit, gave her a chew toy (or she liked ice cubes when she was teething) and said "good girl." Only once did I have to actually hold her down by the scruff of the neck until she relaxed. She learned by 7 mos old the word "gentle" and she starts licking our hand or she puts her head on our laps. GSD are the smartest. It won't take long. But depending on the age of your child, I would not leave them alone until the puppy understands that his bites hurt us humans. Good Luck.
03-13-2014 01:40 PM
SiegersMom He is still too young to say redirection is not working. Keep it up. Give a firm No or Off then get a toy and make that so fun he does not want to bite you any more. Be consistent...it will pay off.
03-12-2014 11:12 AM
ApselBear
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Another thing that worked briefly was yelping loudly when he bit as if I was in pain. At first that was very effective and he would stop and stare for awhile. But as time went on he adjusted to the yelping and it didn't even register with him anymore. One of his trainers gave me a pill bottle filled with little rocks that I could shake. The sound was interesting to him, and would make him stop whatever he was doing to come look at what I had. But I didn't use them consistently so I don't know if that would have continued to work.

The good news is he outgrew that horrible stage, and now does not do it anymore.
Good to hear that. The yelping is good to let the pup know the bite was 'painful' or wrong, but as you found out, if all you do is yelp, but keep offering play he will start to think its part of the game and just continue to bite. Pairing the yelp with an immediate timeout can be pretty effective.
03-12-2014 10:00 AM
Lark Another thing that worked briefly was yelping loudly when he bit as if I was in pain. At first that was very effective and he would stop and stare for awhile. But as time went on he adjusted to the yelping and it didn't even register with him anymore. One of his trainers gave me a pill bottle filled with little rocks that I could shake. The sound was interesting to him, and would make him stop whatever he was doing to come look at what I had. But I didn't use them consistently so I don't know if that would have continued to work.

The good news is he outgrew that horrible stage, and now does not do it anymore.
03-12-2014 09:54 AM
Lark I agree with everyone that consistency is hopefully the key. I was NOT consistent with my puppy, and we went through this stage longer than was probably necessary. I know many people don't recommend this, but what seemed to work best for us was a brief timeout. Mine would do the same that you mentioned, and fall right to sleep so I think he often went wild when he was overtired.
03-12-2014 09:36 AM
ApselBear
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If I had a three month old pup putting its mouth on me in a way that felt uncomfortable I would do what a mama would, of course I wouldn't put my mouth over theirs but I would my hand with my face in theirs.
Yes this sounds like solid advice. Put your face right in front of the crazy mouth which is currently already biting. Nothing bad could happen then.

@OP Everyone else has given some pretty good advice. The only thing you can do is pick a technique for bite inhibition and be patient and consistent. Inconsistency will only confuse the dog and possibly reinforce unwanted behavior.
This is a biting stage and the pup will relax some, but if you make it clear that biting you or your family is a no, the pup will catch on. Just be clear and consistent.

Edit: One more thought. Once you decide on the route you want to use, you need everyone in the family to join your team and use the same method.

I taught my pup that mouthing me gets a no and a timeout, but my dad continued to let him mouth, he'd say no, but wouldn't make the puppy stop. Two months later: I have no trouble with biting, but my dad still gets mouthed. Not the same as a bite, but the point remains. Everyone is involved in ending a bad behavior.
03-12-2014 02:02 AM
harmony If I had a three month old pup putting its mouth on me in a way that felt uncomfortable I would do what a mama would, of course I wouldn't put my mouth over theirs but I would my hand with my face in theirs.
03-12-2014 01:51 AM
harmony This has been on my mind to say something! You can only teach a dog to it's age like a kid. I would not put a four year old kid behind the wheel of a car like I would a 16 year old to learn how to drive. A 3 month old is such a puppy
03-10-2014 12:25 AM
harmony When you do things with your dog how do in feel inside? you can keep it to yourself but you ask me anything in a message
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