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Old 12-27-2013, 11:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Puppy biting..can't find a solution

Hello everyone. I'm new to the forums and looking for help. I have a 14 week old Shepinois (Shepherd/ Belgian Malinois). She does a pretty good job around the house not chewing on furniture, etc. However, she bites me hands constantly, whether it be when I'm playing with her or simply just petting her. I've tried to implement the "yelp" method and then walk away for a few seconds and then come back to her. The problem is, after I yelp and turn to walk away, it excites her and causes more of a problem. While I'm walking away or turn my attention away from her she chases after me and begins biting at my ankles and calves if I'm wearing jeans or sweatpants or will bite at my thighs or ankles if I'm on the ground playing with her. The biting is getting quite painful and is leaving my hands and calves all cut up... Are there any other forms of positive reinforcement that will deter the painful biting that I'm experiencing? Any help is much appreciated!
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lol my shepinois did the same crap. The yelp just made him bite harder and give chase because he was "winning". I trained mine to stop by teaching off. Basically take a few pieces of treats or kibble make a fist and let the pup go nuts trying to get at it. Say off once and wait for her to stop messing with your hand and as soon as she does drop the food. You will want a lot of repititions of that behavior before you move to purposely try to get the dog really wanting to screw with your hands in a highly energized state and then trying the off command then. Then you can use obedience of the off command to stop the behavior then reward with food or redirect to toy
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice! I actually began the off training yesterday. I'm hoping that is the solution I've been looking for because those razor sharp teeth are doing a number on my hands!
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I think this video was already posted on this forum, but here it is again:
Puppy Foundation Skills Part Three: A Pro-active Approach to Puppy Nipping - YouTube

Looks like it does the trick.
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