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Old 04-18-2014, 11:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Just read in the teaching bite inhibition thread that the ouch/yelp/leave doesn't work, and that yours is a growler. Lol sounds familiar. Yelping would just amp Skadi more.. and oh, the play growls.You could try having your puppy wear a leash, and using that to provide more control. Does the puppy like ice cubes?
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:19 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Ok, so how do you redirect to a toy? What kind of toys are we talking about.

It sounds like your puppy is trying to engage you. And you need to play with the dog, and teach the dog that toys are wonderful. Some toys should bounce and some should squeak, some should be tugged with you on the other end, some might crackle, and some may be stuffed, some should be chews that are made out of animal parts and are irresistible to dogs.
I've tried playing with her with her toys. She's not that interested. I have tons of chews for her. She somewhat likes her nylabone.





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You may not have found the right toy that trips her trigger. Try tugs if she likes to bite. You can make them cheap, yard of fleece fabric (or you could use an old blanket or jacket), cut it into strips and braid it with a knot on both ends. Great springy fun.

Take some old wash clothes or dishrags, get them wet, twist to wring out and stick them in the freezer. If I'm reading her birthday right, she's 3 months old and that is PRIME TIME for teething and bites. A frozen washcloth is a teething puppy's best friend.

She gets a reaction when she snaps and nips, maybe she is a bit of a meany but at her age, it's nothing but play. From your other posts, I gather she's from a litter of 2 pups. Not much was probably learned about give and take by having just one sibling. Tough road but I'm a firm believer the most ANNOYING and obnoxious puppies grow up to be the best dogs.

Don't pinch her gums, try poke her in the tongue. Not hard but dogs don't like being poked in the mouth. I used to tickle Otto on the roof of the mouth after I poked him with my acrylic nails. My hand was in there anyway. I could redirect him all day long, he'd just take off wtih the toy and come back 2 mintues later to bite again. Took a couple months for it to get through to him that if he put me in his mouth, he was going to get poked in the tongue.

Poke in the tongue didn't work for Venus. I had to hold her muzzle closed until she whined. Repeatedly saying 'No bites!' It's what mother dogs do.

Good luck. Have patience. Invest in wrist guards and leather gloves...

very helpful post. going to try all this.




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Just read in the teaching bite inhibition thread that the ouch/yelp/leave doesn't work, and that yours is a growler. Lol sounds familiar. Yelping would just amp Skadi more.. and oh, the play growls.You could try having your puppy wear a leash, and using that to provide more control. Does the puppy like ice cubes?
Usually when she's on a leach she's not that bad. But were usually walking or training. Havent tried ice cubes. Can't they choke?

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No.. My dogs love to play with ice cubes :-)
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No.. My dogs love to play with ice cubes :-)
Are they smaller or larger ice cubes. I'm almost certain Dakota will try to eat it.

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Maybe someone else knows if ice cubes are safe for puppies:-) Both of mine were brought home as adolescents. They do always eat the ice cubes and are fine.
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Well walking just might be the trick for biting. Seems to mellow her out a bit. Now i have to leash train. She's so curious and stubborn and likes to stop dead in her tracks when walking.

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If you're worried about the size of the ice cubes, use a couple solo cups to make bigger ice pucks for her. Otto is going on 6, he still loves a good ice puck.

20oz plastic soda bottles with a little water frozen in the bottom are usually a big hit. The way the ice freezes in the bottle feet, it's a noise maker, a puzzle and a chew toy all at the same time.
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I'm glad!
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If you're worried about the size of the ice cubes, use a couple solo cups to make bigger ice pucks for her. Otto is going on 6, he still loves a good ice puck.

20oz plastic soda bottles with a little water frozen in the bottom are usually a big hit. The way the ice freezes in the bottle feet, it's a noise maker, a puzzle and a chew toy all at the same time.
Good idea. Making a few of these today

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We just got back from a 1.5-2.0 mile mostly 'off leash' walk. Our 18 week old pup is SO MUCH better behaved after a good dose of exercise.
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