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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-13-2009, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Teaching German Shepherd not to chomp on your hand

How do i teach my german shepherd not to chomp on my hand when i give him a treat?
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Re: Teaching German Shepherd not to chomp on your hand

The way we've always done it is to hold the treat mostly enclosed in your hand so that they can taste and smell it but can't get it. Offer our hand and not open it to give the treat until they are just licking. Can be a little painful at first as they mouth, but they learn pretty quick that they have to be gentle to get the treat. We use the command 'Easy', say it as they're licking right before/as you open your hand.

I'm sure there are other techniques, this is just how we taught them to be gentle taking treats.
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Re: Teaching German Shepherd not to chomp on your hand

I do the same thing.
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Same here. We also say the dog's name before giving the treat as we have 3 dogs. That way each dog knows who gets the treat and there is no grabbing or trying to take the other dog's treat.

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Re: Teaching German Shepherd not to chomp on your hand

I hold the treat so that they have to lower their head a little. Keeps them from reaching up which tends to make them grab.

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Originally Posted By: SteffanieThe way we've always done it is to hold the treat mostly enclosed in your hand so that they can taste and smell it but can't get it. Offer our hand and not open it to give the treat until they are just licking. Can be a little painful at first as they mouth, but they learn pretty quick that they have to be gentle to get the treat. We use the command 'Easy', say it as they're licking right before/as you open your hand.

I'm sure there are other techniques, this is just how we taught them to be gentle taking treats.
This is the same way we taught "no bite". I think it teaches them basically to be gentle at all times if they want something good!


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Re: Teaching German Shepherd not to chomp on your

Pinch the treat between your thumb and forefinger and use your other fingers to "shield" the treat from the dog. In order to get to the treat, the dog would need to nudge his way past your shielding fingers.

Also, don't give the treat to the dog (handing the food to their mouth). Make the dog come "into" you to get the treat.

That or you can just teach your dog to catch his treats and start throwing them at him zookeeper style! (my preferred method)
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Re: Teaching German Shepherd not to chomp on your

If just giving a casual treat asking for a 'down'first can sometimes work as they are forced to be in one spot and can't grab so easily.I admit when training I "use zookeeper style"cause Jake is usually ramped up.
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That or you can just teach your dog to catch his treats and start throwing them at him zookeeper style! (my preferred method)
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Re: Teaching German Shepherd not to chomp on your

haha! my pup will be sitting there with eyes staring on the treat, then on me and you can tell his trying to say "Throw it to me already! sheesh!" and then when I toss the treats, he'll miss the catch and give me an evil stare! LOL
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