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TheDakotaShow 04-18-2014 10:19 PM

I have tons of questions/concerns. Any help?
Ok since I have been posting weekly about my puppy I thought I'd start a thread to seek help. I have tons of questions so bare with me.

I'm having a lot of troubles with her. I'm not so sure its just GSD behavior or just bad training. So here's a few that really concern me.


She absolutely loves to bite me. Its not only play but when I have to grab her off the couch or when I try to grab her from Eatting something(rock, hard objects- she will whip her head around and take a nip. Doesnt look so kindly. Can I do something else besides walking away? Pinch her top lip on her teeth, pinch inside of mouth?

*ZERO DRIVE towards toys.

I hear all this redirect stuff but I cannot re direct a puppy that doesn't want toys. I can redirect with food but that's not always avail.


I hear a lot about its just mouthing but I'm convinced she is just mean. If she doesn't get what she wants she will bark at us (wife and I) and try to bite. Again...doesn't look to nice.

That's it for now but I'm looking for as much help as possible. Ive had two puppy schools cancel on me and I feel I'm running out of time.

I have tons of other questions but that's it for now.

Dakota 1/16/14

glowingtoadfly 04-18-2014 10:24 PM

Our behaviorist told us to get a wearable treat pouch and carry it around...That helped.

TheDakotaShow 04-18-2014 10:27 PM


Originally Posted by glowingtoadfly (Post 5398081)
Our behaviorist told us to get a wearable treat pouch and carry it around...That helped.

I was thinking of doing this. Did you carry only treats or reg. Food?

Dakota 1/16/14

glowingtoadfly 04-18-2014 10:28 PM

I always have both in there :-)

TheDakotaShow 04-18-2014 10:39 PM


Originally Posted by glowingtoadfly (Post 5398113)
I always have both in there :-)

Ok. Were you treating almost all day or was there a limit?

Dakota 1/16/14

glowingtoadfly 04-18-2014 10:41 PM

The limit is how much food the puppy should have for proper growth. Raw marrow and knucklebones, beef necks and raw chicken wings and drumsticks also really helped give our mouthy girl something to do.

ZoeD1217 04-18-2014 11:00 PM

I think my girl is just mean sometimes too. I want to believe it's normal bc everyone says it is... It's hard though. She air snaps and shows teeth when I tell her no and she's biting like it's her job. And I do all the things that I've seen suggested on here 1000 times before. It only helps a bit. Sooo.... No help from me. Lol good luck

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Chip18 04-18-2014 11:04 PM

selzer 04-18-2014 11:08 PM

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.

SunCzarina 04-18-2014 11:12 PM

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...

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