Re: Teaching Bite Inhibition
MY GSD puppy is a biter and as I'm going to someday train him in Schutzhund I wondered what would be the best way to get him to stop biting everyone in sight. I joined the Ivan Balabanov Yahoo group and asked Ivan the question about biting, here's what he responded. It seems to work and my puppy is biting less and less.
"it is very common that puppies will do this, the funny things is that they do it simply because of what most puppies of any breed do, it doesn't mean much about how the puppy will develop as it grows.
I would definately correct the "random attacks" so to speak. The way I
would correct it though might bedifferent depending on the level of
them etc. Some of the ways to correct, make sure you do not reward te
puppy by screaming or pulling away, wear boots around the house for
couple fo days if you have to, bite your tounge and accept few "real"
bites form the puppy, .... it will not get what he wanted from the
bites and will give it up. Make sure it has some cool toys for the
puppy needles to have fun with, rubber toy with some peanut biutter,
some small hand towel soaked with water and then refrigerated will be
also fun to play with as well as cooling of all the pain from theeting.
channeling all the energy towards a toy instead fo your body parts,
using a string attached to the toy, if you have to use a barrier
between you and the puppy in the begining so it can only interact with
the toy, finally stopping everything and grabbing the puppy and make it
behave is also a must if goes way out of control ( will NOT ruin it as
a SchH prospect I guarantee you) Controlling the house environment, kids
runing screaming, other dogs playing crazy etc will also add to the
lack of control/respect etc in a puppy, begining some puppy obedience
will also build the common language, ... what else well it will all get
better in couple of months
have fun while it lasts