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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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It can be easy to make your hands more exciting then the toy. Try putting a 4' line on a good sized, soft toy to create some separation from your hands. See if you can get her focus on it like that.

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Do not scruff her please. Try what Steve said. They all do this. I myself admit to using 'arm chaps' (see Amazon) I had more bandaids on my arms than skin. This, too, will pass. Now I look at my tattered pants cuffs and laugh.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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I’ll give that a shot. And I looked up arm chaps and placed an overnight order for a set, lol. I was planning on giving up on scruffing anyway, I don’t have the heart for it.
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When our big boy was little we wore heavy leather gloves (not orange metal working gloves, though. We weren't sure about the dye). When our boy got big enough to Crunch, which gloves don't protect from, we were transitioning to tugs and bit pillows.

Also, if our boy got nippy and didn't stop I'd either separate him from us for a bit, Or I'd stand up and do a superman pose. Both worked to show him I really didn't want to do bitey play at that moment.

And to be honest, we had plenty for fresh bandaids ready. Even with gloves and tugs sometimes he missed.

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Do not scruff her please. Try what Steve said. They all do this. I myself admit to using 'arm chaps' (see Amazon) I had more bandaids on my arms than skin. This, too, will pass. Now I look at my tattered pants cuffs and laugh.
The arm chaps worked!!!!! I threw in a pair of heavy duty work gloves, and she’s essentially stopped biting! I think she’s lost interest because it doesn’t hurt. Now I just get little love nibbles. She’s focusing more on her squeaky toys, because they react
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The arm chaps worked!!!!! I threw in a pair of heavy duty work gloves, and she’s essentially stopped biting! I think she’s lost interest because it doesn’t hurt. Now I just get little love nibbles. She’s focusing more on her squeaky toys, because they react
It really helps when your not the squeaky toy.
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