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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2014, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Help with 3 mos old GSD

I am almost at breaking point with her. She literally bites EVERYTHING she sees. I have tried kongs, rawhide, toys, balls. Nothing works. She just keeps biting me and my family like she can't help it. I have a high tolerance for dogs I grew up with them my whole life. My last dog was a APBT but man she has like no control over her biting. I have tried redirecting her. Crating her when she goes in pay go mode. I exercise her frequently. But nothing is working. I need help with her or I don't know what I am gonna do.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2014, 08:27 PM
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I can certainly relate. My 11 week old GSD is a land shark big time. He mouths and/or bites everything and can be relentless at times. But it is getting better, slowly and with backtracking on some days but I do see progress.

Have you read through this thread? It has a wealth of information.

Puppy BITING!!! Teaching Bite Inhibition

For myself the following things have been helping the most: exercise, the Leave It! command and obedience training generally, redirecting to something more positive (I carry treats and toys with me at all times when I am home), a schedule including regular naps (he gets super bitey when he is tired or hungry), a boatload of good things to chew on, strong encouragement to chew said chew toys, training for me to learn how to train him better, and patience. Lots and lots of patience.

Hang in there, seek help (professional trainer if needed) and know that you are not alone. GSDs are such a challenge when young but super rewarding when they mature.

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I totally remember those days and they sucked! I promise you it will pass. Read the link. Hang in there!


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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2014, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!! It's weird she can be soo loving and attentive to the family but these passed 2 days have literally been the worst. I will read that link. Thank you guys soo much for the feedback. I am constantly telling myself this will stop and she will be the great dog I know she can be.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2014, 08:54 PM
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It will pass, but in the meantime bitter apple spray can be your best friend.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2014, 10:16 PM
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Bitter apple may or may not be effective. I sprayed a wicker chair that the youngster was eating... She thought it was good flavoring!

Maybe you could train your pup to bite the tug? It might be a release for her and a bit of relief for you.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2014, 12:13 PM
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She's a NORMAL GSD puppy, why it's so important to research a breed BEFORE getting a puppy. So you know what is normal, what will happen, and how to be prepared to deal with it!!!!

Make sure you read thru ---> Puppy biting... Hints and tips to help

And almost more importantly, how far have you gotten on all this ---> Top Training Expectations for Puppies

Specially the socialization and puppy classes?


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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2014, 02:12 PM
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Your not alone, it is completely normal with GSD's. I was a tad overwhelmed also. As I've had a variety of dogs all my life. This GSD definitely showed me all I missed out on with other breeds. You've gotten very great advice with the redirecting, toys, flirt poles are awesome for this too. I never tried spray but my girl bites as if she just can't control it she see's something she must feel it with her teeth first even if it's parts of my flesh. I'm a first time GSD owner so I don't know when these stages tend to end. I've just learned to be patient with things I've been trying and just grit through this. Eventually it will end and the payoff will be worth it to me.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2014, 02:57 PM
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That was Lucie for months... She's now 6 months old and is starting to slow way down on the land shark thing. Give her time it will start to let up😃

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