Struggling with bite inhibition
Ok, so like everyone else here, I’m having play-biting problems with my 11 week old pup. I’ve had many dogs growing up, I know puppies bite, but this is almost constant. I know she’s not trying to hurt me, but she’s biting hard enough to draw blood, and it’s becoming an issue.
Redirection is NOT an option. I could have fifty toys and she will duck and weave around them to get to my hands. Even when I place them directly in her mouth, she’ll spit them out to get to my hands.
Bite inhibition doesn’t seem to be working in the slightest. I’ll say “ouch” when she bites too hard, and she will completely ignore me. Worse, sometimes she’ll growl, bark, then start biting even HARDER. If I try to get up and leave the room (use the you-lost-your-playmate approach) she will chase me and bite at my ankles or pants while I’m leaving, and will resume biting me as soon as the time-out is over.
The only thing that had any effect was scruffing her. I don’t do it anywhere near hard enough to hurt, but I hate doing that, because afterwards, she looks completely heartbroken. Not just sad, but almost betrayed. Afterwards, she won’t play with me at all. Honestly, I’d rather be bitten bloody than see her look THAT heartbroken again.
I need some advice on how to proceed here. Is there any solution, or do I just keep enduring it until she grows out of it?