Hi there, I have had my puppy for a week and he is now 9 weeks old. I love him already but he just won't stop biting! I know this is normal for a puppy and I have received all kinds of advice. I have tried everything from yelping when he bites, ignoring, standing up and moving away (every time I do this he just bites me ankles and feet), saying 'no' firmly. I have also tried closing his mouth briefly and saying no but he just thinks I'm playing.
If anything, my saying no excites him and results in him barking!
I know I haven't had him for very long so this is all new to him, but my arms are now covered in little puncture wounds and any further advice would be a blessing!
I won't say "it's normal" because you've clearly been told that plenty of times
My boy is 12 weeks old now, we got him when he was 9 weeks. He was exactly the same as yours....if we yelped or walked away it would egg him on even more! If we shut him outside the door on his own (in an area he couldn't wreck or harm himself in), he would "demonstrate" by soiling the carpets and pulling up wires. We would try to re direct him to toys - totally un-interested! You have to get to the root of his biting...yes it's because he's a puppy...but is it because he's over excited or because he's stressed? We've ONLY JUST found something that works...time out in crate. If you have a crate, I would highly recommend the following!
So, if he's biting -
- Calmly lead him to his crate
- Upon him entering the crate close the door
- Walk away and ignore any whining
- after a minute or two (or when he's calmed down) say "nice quiet" or "good quiet" and throw a treat in
-Open the crate door but give absolutely no attention or noise. Walk away
- After a minute of being calm outside the crate tell him "good boy" and pet him.
No, it's not a punishment (never use the crate as punishment). It's simply a time out for him to "reset". Obviously repeat if he carries on. He should get the hang of it. It didn't take Finnick that long
Hope it works for you if you try it.
The crate gives him the chance to reset and emerge in a more calm manor. Just think of puppies as toddlers! So far, it totally has worked.