1) BITE INHIBITION! teach your dog the right amount of pressure to assert. Do not try teaching this while your god is in hyper-mode (rough housing), when your dog is relaxed on her bed, go over and give her a little stroke, let her lick and mouth your hands, if she bites too hard, remove your hand and say "AHH AH!" wait a few seconds and then slowly give her your hand again, repeat over and over each day, until she knows how hard she can bite you and how hard she can bite a tug toy. a good way to do this is use the tug toy either straight after, or right before she is allowed to mouth your hand. she will catch on pretty quick as to how hard is ok.
2) EXERCISE. give her lots of it, make sure she is constantly tired. as has been mentioned, let her run it out on the beach, or a field. dont run her along the pavement. my dog was 16 weeks yesterday and she needs a **** of a lot of exercise, otherwise she starts biting sleeves, shoes, hands, whatever she can get her mouth around. But if she is well exercised, she is very well behaved. I take her on 2, 30 minute walks per day, but recently have been throwing in some ball chasing on the local field for 30-40 mins as well, because 30 mins walk twice per day is simple not enough.
3) MENTAL STIMULATION! Spend 30 mins teach obedience, make sure it is a challenge for you pup, and when I say a challenge, dont say "Go and find me a red hat, and orange set of gloves, and a blue pair of trousers, and earn the money to pay for them part timing at the local grocery store" Challenge your puppy by teaching her new commands for example "go to bed" teach the puppy to go into her crate on her own, and then reward that behaviour. once the puppy grasps the idea, asign a command to it, once you have a number of different commands your puppy knows, scroll through them in an obedience lesson, making sure to make it difficult for your pup, this will be a good mental work out. have you ever had such a hard mentally exhausting day that you feel physically exhausted?
4) DO ROUGH HOUSE! You puppy wants to play with you, let her. in shutzhund training, we work the dog into a highly excited stage and once there, we remove them from the situation, the next time they see the sleeve, they are desperate to get their jaws around it. you have to use the opposite technique. let the dog get bored of rough housing with you. Your currently removing her from the situation at the top of her excitement level, thus the next time she gets into the state of mind of rough housing, she remembers all of that pent up excitement. if you let her get bored of rough housing, she will be less excited the next time she does it. As someone else mentioned, make it suck for her, make her always 'Loose', by moving your hand out the way and knocking her off balance, she will get sick of it eventually.
I think we are all paranoid of something being "wrong" with our pets, either physically or mentally, and we panic when something seems to confirm those worries, but honestly i do not believe your pup has mental issues.
Maya, GSD Bitch, Born 30/08/2012..... complete lapdog.
Last edited by Marc; 12-21-2012 at 11:14 AM.