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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2017, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question about biting not teething.

I'm new to the whole process and I'm assuming that when you all say mouthing that would be simply seeking comfort for cutting teeth. Our 12 week old is just straight biting at this point. We do our best at redirection but even with the ouch or yelp, he seems to get more motivated by that.
He bites feet, hand, wrist and pretty much everything he can get to. I'm going to start taking him to puppy/obedience classes. Will this help with the biting? It comes and goes with him mostly when tired.
Both my wife and I work so he is at the puppy day care so he can eat lunch and not be at the house all alone. Should we just crate him at the house? His behavior is usually better during the weekend when we have him all day.
Sorry so long, we're just definitely concerned and looking for some insight or ideas. Thanks for any input.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2017, 09:45 PM
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I would keep him at home. Puppy daycare isn't all that it's cracked up to be. I think dogs pick up more bad behaviors there than anything else. Your puppy needs more down time than he is likely getting at daycare. He will grow up to be the kind of dog that is a busy body, wont settle, if all he is used to is endless play time with other puppies. This is a time in his life that he should not want anything more than to be with you. I would eliminate all daycare at this point. Maybe a few play sessions on weekends with dogs that you trust. I bet he is so tired and frustrated, he is taking it out on you. He should be fine being kept in a crate all day while you are at work. If you must, you can pay someone to come in and feed him till he is a little older.

Whenever he bites, say "no" sternly, but not yelling, and offer a toy. He takes it, do a little tug and praise. He will learn it is more fun to play with toys than your hands or feet.

By the way, your dog is in no way "different" or a problem child. GSD are notorious for this biting behavior. I think it is exacerbated due to him being overly tired/stimulated all day.

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Thanks for replying eddie! So would it be OK to split his food for the day into morning and night? My wife and I both work so he would be alone until 330 pm when I get home so he would be left around 7 am. Do you think that is a long stretch for him to hold his bowels? We've thought that he isn't sleeping much and he usually won't sleep at home unless he does go in the crate or playpen.
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My pup was a real biter, then the neighbors got a husky pup, less than a week she became very gentle, guess she bit the husky pup and got bit back, don't think she realized how painful it was before she was on the receiving end!
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Thanks for replying eddie! So would it be OK to split his food for the day into morning and night? My wife and I both work so he would be alone until 330 pm when I get home so he would be left around 7 am. Do you think that is a long stretch for him to hold his bowels? We've thought that he isn't sleeping much and he usually won't sleep at home unless he does go in the crate or playpen.
They say by 12 weeks old, they are biologically old enough to hold their waste management systems :-)

I fed mine 3 meals a day for the first 6 months. One in the morning, one when I got home (after he settled down) and one before "last call". For some time, I had a girl stop by and let him out at lunch time and feed him, but I think that was overkill. She put him back in the crate, no playing or anything.

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He's biting because he is teething.In the puppy forum here there are two "stickys" at the top of the section with a wealth of ideas on how to stop the biting.Sometimes redirection doesn't work because the puppy learns if he bites you he's rewarded instantly with a toy and play time.
Sometimes if you can find a way to make biting you unpleasant,he stops of his own volition,only then does he get his toy and play time.He's rewarded for not biting.My particular method has always been to make a fist and push into puppy's mouth(gently!) until he backs off.If you don't mind doggy slobber,lol!
If he's just tired after being at daycare all day maybe he just needs dinner and a nap in his crate to help him wind down.It will get better!

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No worries. Some day you'll look back and miss the puppy biting and all his craziness.
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12 weeks was the absolute worst stage for us for biting... I was about ready to get rid of him, nothing seemed to be working... keep at it, be consistent with whatever method you are using... give it 2 weeks and he'll suddenly be a different dog. But be consistent, don't give up, it is going to click for him any day now
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Good ideas guys took off work 2 hours early and came home to a much more calmer and receptive puppy. No accidents. I know this is just a stepping stone. He does seem less anxious. I thought the puppy day care was good for him. Thank God. I think I need to adjust his crate some too.
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