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My family and I recently adopted a 8 week old German shepherd. I know she is probably teething but , she is biting or nipping a lot at our feet and just generally biting. How do we go about curtailing this behavior?
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My family and I recently adopted a 8 week old German shepherd. I know she is probably teething but , she is biting or nipping a lot at our feet and just generally biting. How do we go about curtailing this behavior?
Normal behavior called Landsharking. What most people do is say "NO!" and then give the pup a toy as redirection. You must make the toy fun, don't just shove one in her mouth and walk away. Give her the toy and play with her a bit

Teething doesn't start until around 4-5mos

Puppies explore with their mouths. It's not bad behavior, it's just what they do. You will get stabbed. You will bleed. It's just part of having a puppy. They grow out of it, so don't think it's forever. It'll only stick around for a few mos. If you did even a halfway decent job, the landsharking will decrease around 5mos

I think my pup was easy. Didn't landshark much. Only bled a few times. Other people say they had to carry a roll of paper towels they were cut up so much...
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My hands, arms and legs were covered in bandaids. You are now experiencing the needle-like baby teeth.


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Tie a strip of old towel to a string grab the string and make the towel come alive see if you can get your puppy interested in biting it and or chasing it. Read the sticky on bite inhibition in the puppy section. It's worth reading more then once. It's hard to say what will eventually work for your puppy. Redirection to a toy was one way that worked well for me. It took me a long time to end that behavior like months.
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Normal behavior called Landsharking. What most people do is say "NO!" and then give the pup a toy as redirection. You must make the toy fun, don't just shove one in her mouth and walk away. Give her the toy and play with her a bit

Teething doesn't start until around 4-5mos

Puppies explore with their mouths. It's not bad behavior, it's just what they do. You will get stabbed. You will bleed. It's just part of having a puppy. They grow out of it, so don't think it's forever. It'll only stick around for a few mos. If you did even a halfway decent job, the landsharking will decrease around 5mos

I think my pup was easy. Didn't landshark much. Only bled a few times. Other people say they had to carry a roll of paper towels they were cut up so much...

But be careful. He might learn: I will bite him = he will play with me. And whenever he is going want to play or your attention, he will just come to you and start biting.

And then you will be exactly where you are now, maybe even worse.
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But be careful. He might learn: I will bite him = he will play with me. And whenever he is going want to play or your attention, he will just come to you and start biting.

And then you will be exactly where you are now, maybe even worse.
That is my thought as well, and felt it didn't work for my pup.

However, if I did it over again, I'd just do the toy thing and keep up with that. I think my thoughts on the idea have changed over the months

I think that it would actually be good. When they bite, you say "NO!" then when they stop, you give them a toy and then say "yes/ good" and they learn, "Oh, biting I get yelled at, but toys get praise/ play"

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