Did you get him at 8 weeks old? If so, you've only been working on bite inhibition for a week or less. It's a process that can take several months, and sometimes a combination of several things works better than any one technique by itself. If you've tried any or all of those things a couple of times and they didn't work immediately then it's likely due to lack of patience and consistency over time, not that they aren't going to work at all.
I know it seems like a long time when you've got a little land shark hanging off you by it's teeth, but give it some time.
1) When you say "ow", it's it a very loud, sharp sound? I will say this didn't work with all my puppies, but in order to have a chance it needs to be a shriek loud enough to startle him. And even if it does, it may only stop him briefly. That's okay - mark that, even if it's just a second, and then resume play. This worked best with Keefer, who would stop and look at me in surprise when I shrieked.
2) This also isn't going to work with all puppies. It was the most effective with Cassidy, who was 20 weeks old when we got her. For her, the most effective punishment was removal of attention, so we used that. With a more independent puppy, or one that you haven't established a relationship with, they may not value your attention enough yet for it to help.
And generally, I don't use this the first time puppy bites, they get a couple tries to do right before fun ends and I'm gone. She was super destructive and I literally couldn't leave her alone for more than 30 seconds or a minute at a time, so I'd do a couple of very brief tries to get her to stop. When I left, I'd close the door, so she'd be alone on the other side. If after a couple of tries she went right back to it, she'd go in her crate for a brief timeout. Eventually, I could say "do you want a timeout?", and she'd stop whatever she was doing immediately. Smart dog!
I also like using a toy, and with Dena and Halo, I'd always have plenty nearby to shove in their mouths. When I got home from work and went out to the garage pen to let Dena in, I'd pick up a tug on my way, so I had something on hand to engage her with. And don't think you can just give him a toy and that will do the trick, you need to play with him with it. With a puppy who chases after you biting at your clothes a toy is probably a good thing to try. And if he keeps dropping his end of the toy to bite at your arm instead, my personal choice would be to go with removal of attention as a supplemental technique, because he's seeking out engagement with you and needs to learn how to do that the right way. Play nice, we keep playing. Keep biting me, I go away.
Again, whatever thing or combo I did with each of my puppies, I did it more than just a couple of times before abandoning it for something else.
I've never done #3, #4, or #5.
Keefer 8/25/05-4/24/19 ~ The sweetest boy
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short
Last edited by Cassidy's Mom; 07-21-2017 at 02:30 PM.