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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-07-2018, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Any tips on teaching bite inhibition?

I have tried everything I can think of now.

I try the high pitch yelp and he doesnt care at all. I have tried always keeping a chew toy on me but he prefers my ankle or arm. I have tried a Kong with treats in it, it keeps him entertained for 30 seconds and hes back to biting me. I have also tried just walking away and he goes nuts, barking and jumping on the gate.

Any tips? Is this normal? He is 8 weeks...Ive had him for about a week now and its gradually got worse, i understand he is teething but at this point the bites are getting so hard and painful.

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It’s typical and normal for some dogs. Make sure he’s getting enough exercise for his age. Is he tired or hungry? Mine bit more before meals, when he needed a nap or when he needed to run. I put a piece of kibble in a closed fist and let him learn to lick to get it out. He eventually substituted licking for biting.
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Keep it up. Keep redirecting to a chew toy, but play with him, don't just give it to him and leave it be. Redirecting worked for us, but it doesn't happen overnight. I added verbal cues as well, if he was playing with the toy, I would tell him "good, good boy!" And got super excited. If he went for me, I'd say "no bite" very stern. 8-12 weeks was awful, but just be consistent, they will learn if you're patient. I saw a big decrease in the landsharking after 12 weeks. If he is just overstimulated and won't give up biting you, perhaps put him in his kennel for a nap.
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Keep it up. Keep redirecting to a chew toy, but play with him, don't just give it to him and leave it be. Redirecting worked for us, but it doesn't happen overnight. I added verbal cues as well, if he was playing with the toy, I would tell him "good, good boy!" And got super excited. If he went for me, I'd say "no bite" very stern. 8-12 weeks was awful, but just be consistent, they will learn if you're patient. I saw a big decrease in the landsharking after 12 weeks. If he is just overstimulated and won't give up biting you, perhaps put him in his kennel for a nap.
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It seems like the second he's taken out of his kennel he's biting and its hard now...My hands and wrists are so cut up and bruised. I don't know what to do. I can't even play with him without him getting out of hand.

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Keep it up. Keep redirecting to a chew toy, but play with him, don't just give it to him and leave it be. Redirecting worked for us, but it doesn't happen overnight. I added verbal cues as well, if he was playing with the toy, I would tell him "good, good boy!" And got super excited. If he went for me, I'd say "no bite" very stern. 8-12 weeks was awful, but just be consistent, they will learn if you're patient. I saw a big decrease in the landsharking after 12 weeks. If he is just overstimulated and won't give up biting you, perhaps put him in his kennel for a nap.
Good luck!
I think he's getting enough exercise and I do agree if he's hungry it gets worse...But over the last couple of days he seems to be biting hard the second he's taken out of his crate. I have cuts and bruises all over and they hurt so bad. I don't even know what to do anymore.

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be patient and keep bandaids handy for awhile. It does get better once teething is over. My boy thought every touch was an invitation to play rough. It took a long time for him to learn to appreciate simply being pet. Now he loves it, but it did take time. Remember, nipping and wrestling is a survival instinct for pups. It is how they play and explore relationships with other pups. We used to wear leather gloves when our boy was very small. When he got bigger the gloves got tied to a strong string and became a tug toy. Continue to encourage playing with toys but don't just shove it in their face. At this point they want you, not the toy. They have no idea what to do with a toy.

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My puppy who bit a lot also had Giardia. I wonder if he’s not feeling well. He eventually stopped. But we could not cuddle with him or let him lick our faces until he stopped teething.
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Sounds normal. Just keep redirecting with a toy, playing with him and the toy. Don't just give him the toy and expect him to play with it, you need to make the toy fun. I found it got worse before it got better... you'll see an improvement around the 12 week mark.
Always have a toy on you... I used to carry a wash cloth in my pocket... perfect for a little game of tug when I needed to save my ankles or arms.
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My puppy who bit a lot also had Giardia. I wonder if he’s not feeling well. He eventually stopped. But we could not cuddle with him or let him lick our faces until he stopped teething.
He seems to be acting like he's feeling well. I am able to cuddle him sometimes.
We have a vet appointment today to get that blood test done.
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