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Sharon88 07-09-2014 10:40 PM

4 month female attacks me
 
My female attacks me, not strangers. She is friendly with them. My arms and legs are constantly attacked; she lunges at me and bites. Affection doesn't help and reprimands only incite her. I am at my wits end. Having shepherds all my life, this is a first. Can anyone help? She is attending obedience school and puppy socialization classes.

onyx'girl 07-09-2014 10:44 PM

Does she have ball drive? Does she like to tug? I know teething is beginning now, but I'd be playing tug with her and stuff her mouth with a toy so she can't bite me. Obedience school probably bores her...get a flirtpole, engage her and mix up the obedience with play.

Ace GSD 07-09-2014 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Sharon88 (Post 5755745)
My female attacks me, not strangers. She is friendly with them. My arms and legs are constantly attacked; she lunges at me and bites. Affection doesn't help and reprimands only incite her. I am at my wits end. Having shepherds all my life, this is a first. Can anyone help? She is attending obedience school and puppy socialization classes.

What is the reason of the attack ? food agression ? were u holding her down for some reason like grooming /ear tapping etc .. Did you just get him recently ?

Tim&Marth 07-16-2014 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Sharon88 (Post 5755745)
My female attacks me, not strangers. She is friendly with them. My arms and legs are constantly attacked; she lunges at me and bites. Affection doesn't help and reprimands only incite her. I am at my wits end. Having shepherds all my life, this is a first. Can anyone help? She is attending obedience school and puppy socialization classes.

Have you proven yourself to be the dominant one? If your pup views you as her equal, she could be making a pitch for dominance.

I went through something similar with Olivia and my gf. Olivia treated my gf as her equal and tried to be an alpha. With me, she knew I was the true alpha and would behave either around me or the both of us. Alone time with the gf she would try to pull rank, pulling at her hair, biting etc.

Msmaria 07-16-2014 09:19 AM

I dont think shes attacking you, shes teething and playing. Im the only one my dog would bite at that age. My hands and arms looked liked I had a fight with barbed wire. People in public would stare lol. Thankfully it only lasted a few months . Now hes as gentle as a teddy bear. Im the one he snuggles with the most and listens too. Good luck with your teething pup. Distract her with toys. Give her things to chew on. A tip I got on this site was to wet a rag and put it in the freezer. When frozen give it to her to chew on.:)
Fyi. My dog is not dominant with anyone in the family. Even my old shih tzu bosses him around.

Castlemaid 07-16-2014 09:32 AM

4 month olds are not making a bid for dominance - they are puppies looking to play - and GSD puppies play rough.

Sharon88 07-16-2014 09:52 AM

Gigi's bites
 
Thanks for the tips. I went to obedience class last night and spoke to the trainer. She advised me to crate Gigi whenever I wasn't directly supervising her--training her, playing, or tethering. Gigi has had too much freedom. She never bites while training and really responds well.

MaggieRoseLee 07-16-2014 11:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Castlemaid (Post 5781522)
4 month olds are not making a bid for dominance - they are puppies looking to play - and GSD puppies play rough.

Exactly, this is just bored play from a pup who hasn't been taught to play appropriately with their FAVORITE person! So, instead, they are playing exactly the way they play with their favorite pups/dogs and that's using those mouths :)

Just use the same methods that we use for the bite inhibition. Tug toys all over the house and being CONSISTANT! PLUS actively working in the 'engagement' training (not 'obedience' but ENGAGEMENT!).

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...tips-help.html

---> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...s-puppies.html

:wub:

Castlemaid 07-16-2014 11:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Sharon88 (Post 5781642)
Thanks for the tips. I went to obedience class last night and spoke to the trainer. She advised me to crate Gigi whenever I wasn't directly supervising her--training her, playing, or tethering. Gigi has had too much freedom. She never bites while training and really responds well.


That is excellent advice! This is called setting your pup up for success - you manage their environment and time so that they don't even have an opportunity to practice unwanted behaviours, and direct your interactions so that they are positive with the outcome YOU want.

Waldi 07-16-2014 12:00 PM

She is not attacking at all, she wants to play and she si mouthing for sure. So I would recommend to use re-direct technique to toys for biting, if she bites and it is painfull let her know by making distress sound, if that does not work, I used pressure under her tongue with my finger and strong verbose response "No Bitting. That work for my female, now she is 1.5 years old ad sometine she loves to grab my hand in her mouth playfully but now she know when I say no bitting she lets it go or goes from bitting to licking. Puppies that young needs to be played with, as many people recommended, I used ball to get her workout everyday.


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