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Old 04-08-2014, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

I am recently a new German Shepherd owner. I have an 8 month old male german shepherd. Every time he sees me all he does is "playfully" bite. (it still hurts) Also, when you tell him no he doesn't like it and pulls the cushions off the couch and chews on them or chews on blankets/pillows or once again turns to biting me. What can I do to break these bad/annoying habits? Any input would be appreciated. Thank you
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How old was he when you got him? Any past history on behavior/when he was separated from his litter? Sounds like he is bored and extremely under stimulated. You need to take him to a training class and start working on basic obedience ASAP. Also, start investing in some puzzle toys. Kong are a good place to start. There are also things like the Buster Cube and Squirrel Buddy that are good ways to give him his meals that will help stimulate him mentally.

Leerburg has a good article that will give you some insight into mouthing/play biting and how to deal with it and redirect him.
http://leerburg.com/bitingpuppies.htm

How much exercise does he get? Doe he tug? Does he play fetch/frisbee? Do you walk the same route or go to new/different places? Do you have a crate for him?
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He's just a puppy and has no idea what 'misbehaving' is.

WAY better for us to ignore the 'bad' WHILE teaching them instead what we want. Engagement training? Top Training Expectations for Puppies

Using treats and toys as rewards for what we DO want.

Frankly he sounds bored and is just inviting you to play. Like dogs do. ALL dogs until taught differently.

So here he is, bored, full on energy, trying to get his best bud to play with him. And what do you do? Yell at him?

CONFUSION!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????!!!!!!!!!!! !!!

Instead, if you come home and go outdoors for a rousing game of chuckit/frisbee that would solve everyone's problems and EVERYONE would have fun. No bad dogs, no chewed on human.

How are the dog classes? What is the instructor recommending? Maybe adding fun classes like agility would help you learn to better manage your pup and gain a leadership role.
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He's just a puppy and has no idea what 'misbehaving' is.
At 8 months, he very well should.

OP, check into NILIF. The dog needs to learn some respect and discipline.

http://k9deb.com/nilif.htm
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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At 8 months, he very well should.
EXACTLY! But if he doesn't then it's our fault not the dogs....

And, truthfully, the example listed of his 'misbehaving' was play mouthing LIKE ALL OUR DOGS DO when they want to play until we teach them better.

Sounds like a friendly happy dog that just doesn't understand. Once again, when I am having issues communicating with my dogs I go and get help. Though, frankly, I know this WILL happen so tend to start up puppy classes to prevent this from cropping up at all. Proactive and all

Exercise, teaching appropriate play, spending those hours a week TEACHING what I do want/expect rather then correcting and punishing AFTER they misbehave

I may have mis-read but when I saw 'recent new GSD owner' I figured they just got the dog so that's a bit different circumstance then if they've had it since pup was 8 weeks old. Though not sure I'd train too much differently for such a young dog.

If training was so easy then all our dogs would be perfect. It is NOT. So I go to dog classes and have professionals help me quickly and easily prevented the frustration that otherwise crops up for both my dog(s) and myself.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think as well that he's just playing, and your own reactions have become a part of his naughty play.
Read about NILIF training, you can easily find it in Google.
In addition (and, I would never be tired to repeat it), please, remember that:
'Obedient GSD is a tired GSD'. You have to provide him exhausting physical exercise on a daily basis, he has reached that age.
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Okay thank you guys for the help. I try to play ball with him but when I throw it he would rather run around sniffing everything than bring the ball back. But I am definitely going to look into the suggested things. And I've had him since 7 weeks but this behavior didn't start until recently. Like a few weeks ago
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