Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Re: Puppy will not stop hard biting hand and arms
Sorry no real words of wisdom but we went through much the same with Hardy, and it meant tons and tons of time out and staying crated when we had had enough. At one stage husband and I were having serious doubts as to why we had chosen to have a dog and we were beginning to wonder if the breeder had misjudged our pup. I seriously contemplated taking back to the breeder as I couldn't see how we could get over this.
I rang the breeder, she is also a trainer, and she came to visit us at home. She came when he was around 6 months, everything changed, he suddenly calmed down and stopped biting. She said he was actually a good dog and we had done well but needed to be more assertive and be careful not to get cross, as that was just firing him up more. She gave us some obedience work to do with him wearing a training collar, previously he had only had a flat collar, and suggested we leave it and a short leash on him whenever he was out of the crate, so that we could give a correction quickly. Within a week he was a changed dog. He is now fab and a joy to have around. And he learns things so fast these days.
Looking back our biggest mistake was getting cross with him, if we had kept a calm demeanor while correcting him I think it would all have worked out quicker. We did start off calm but soon got cross because he wouldn't stop nipping, as soon as you corrected him he would come straight back at you and bark and nip again. He would even just walk past you and then suddenly reach out and nip you. Really did our heads in. I think it took him 6 months to finally understand No. In his defense, he is the first dog we have had as a family so it was and still is quite a learning curve for us. I think it was good to get someone come to the house and her reassurance was really good for hubby and me. i think we had almost been too hard on ourselves, we so want Hardy to be a good representation of the breed and don't want to get anything wrong. So hearing that we had generally done a good job made us feel better and helped us focus on what needed doing.
So like I said no words of wisdom but I know what you are going through, stay consistent, make sure you set your dog up to succeed rather than fail, don't get cross and hang in there.
Hardy was a hyper puppy so I am kind of hoping the teenage stage is OK, we shall have to wait and see lol!
Hardy - GSD