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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-01-2017, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Stop biting!!

20 week old GSD female pup still bites here and there ... hasn't drawn blood yet but worried once her adult teeth come in! She's generally very obedient, doesn't bark, sits, stays, lies down, fetches, responds to her name and shakes .. it's just the word NO she doesn't listen to!! I think she's just being cheeky... I've tried the method of leaving her alone as soon as she bites and then coming back but she will still do it! I know she's playing but I'm worried she will hurt someone by accident once she's bigger ... what's the best way? She's been to puppy school but it was quite basic ... not much about biting at all
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-02-2017, 07:53 AM
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This is normal for a GSD pup. They are called Land Sharks and Velociraptor in Fur for good reason. Have a rag ready to play with. Shake it around and have the pup play and tug with you and the rag. We also played with our pups wearing old leather gloves. But be careful because when they get bigger they can crunch your hand. We had good luck with this : You play with the pup and then put it away, it is not a chew toy. Crunchy carrots might be good for teething.
I also moved in toward my pups. If they were getting a bit obnoxious I'd fold my arms and stand tall like a super hero and move toward them with my hips. When they backed up a bit, I'd relax. If they came forward, I moved forward. Never in anger.
Keep in mind your pup may be telling you something. When my boy really needed to go out to potty, sometimes he would grab our pant leg or sock. We thought he was trying to play but then, oops, time to clean up the puddle.

Just remember these two things. (1) for every No follow with a yes. No, you cannot bite me. Yes, we can play tug with this. (2) it will get better once teething is over and your pup gets a bit more mature. I still remember the day I realized I didn't have to put on a fresh band-aid after getting my first GSD pup.
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