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Hi everyone this is my first post so hope to learn some good stuff off here ,

Well Axel is 6 months and hes mainly good (70% of the time) and a pain the rest ! This is my first dog and am sure to be slated for doing things am not meant to but there's so many opinions and so called facts online you dont know whats true.

Lately hes been biting me to pieces, he will be nice and relaxed in the mornings and then slowly through the day he will go hypo like a madman ! he jumps up and down growls and bites my arm and hands. He will just go off his head and honestly i do think its partly my fault as i don't generally handle it well, after 20 minutes of it i lose my rag and end up pinning him down as its the only way he stops ! the scruff off the neck or nose tap does nothing to him , in fact he loves it and goes worse. Eventually i put him in his crate for 5 mins and then let him out when hes calmed down.

Also i barely let him off in the park when i take him out now , mainly because he chases bikes and joggers, which he doesn't go to bite but he runs after them barks once or twice and runs back. But in their shoes they see a big scary shepherd coming to kill them. I wish i had the confidence to let him off but hes so tempermental, hes kinda and lovely one min then hes scared and barking. Hes had plenty of socialisation and hes has a few friends in the park when hes sees them ( especially a b- collie, who runs the legs off him for me ) and hes great with most dogs, but the odd few people and dogs he just growls and barks at , i dont know if he senses something dodgey or just doesnt like certain people but , i dont want to let him off then turn my back for 1 second and hes causing problems.

Anyway am sure im gonna be moaned at but please do, its getting out of hand and been told he will eventually grow out of it but..its hard to see that happening at this moment!

p.s - Also when i try to dry his paws and legs he bites like crazy...only to me though, my mum can dry him and he even GIVES her his paws...i have to try catch them for 5 mins before i can dry him


Thanks for the help people heres the little pain \/

 

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A- When he jump at you or try to bite, say NO in a clear tone , stop playing with him for a few minutes,if he did it again stop playing for more time, if he repeat it put him in his crate for a few minutes.
B- When you go to him, keep a toy (eg. small ball) in your hand or within reach, when he come to take his bite, distract him by giving him the toy ...
C- socialize him as much as you can, walk with him, talk to him....
D- 6 month i think he is still teething, so a cold bone might help to ease his pain .
Btw, i used B-C-D and it worked with me.
Good luck :)




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Has he had any training? What you're describing is what most 6 month old puppies would be doing without any rules, structure, or training.
 

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Regard biting when drying his pows, use the treat for shake , it help .. Do you know how to do it ?


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Am not sure ive heard of this, but am guessing it would be similar to trying to get him to give me his paws then reward him, if so i do try this and the second the treat is gone hes back at my hand

Has he had any training? What you're describing is what most 6 month old puppies would be doing without any rules, structure, or training.
Hes trained, not to the extent that some dogs are but he knows, sit , stay, down, bed, and knocks on the back door if he wants to go out, weve been to a few puppy classes and hes done pretty average as hes more interested in sniffing around, but the only maybe training we need to work on is recall without treats as if hes having to much fun he doesnt want to come back, sometimes even if i have treats, but he isnt allowed on the couch and everytime he jumps up i say "no" but he still seems to do it.
 

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I must agree.

Has he had any training? What you're describing is what most 6 month old puppies would be doing without any rules, structure, or training.
Ours is almost 5 mos. now and almost all of the biting is gone.

I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but also, about the time his biting was tapering off substantially he lost his baby fangs. His new fangs are still erupting and are basically useless. But his biting has enormously tapered off.

Your dog already lost his baby teeth.

I will say I work with the dog every day twice a day for at least 20 minutes of training, a half hour of pure play (kongs and drag toys) and then at least 40 minutes of walking at heel.

I firmly believe that he acts better, perhaps much better, with a lot of exercise instead of just sitting alone in the yard waiting for something to bite.

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Okay, this is a long response, but I cant sleep so I have nothing better to do ;)


First off, I would hope that at least most people here are kind and understanding enough to know that "slating" someone is not the way to handle a puppy owner. You are learning just like your puppy :) A lot of us are learning, thats why we are here.

IMO it sounds like your pup has a lot of excess energy and although been taught commands "sit, stay etc..." has not been taught manners.

Huter is my first GSD pup and I keep forgetting how much MENTAL stimulation he needs. He's smarter than any other dog I've owned. Sometimes he'll have a day where he's totally unruly, running around like a mad dog, nipping, getting into things, barking etc... EVERY time this happens its because I got busy and didnt give his mind a chance to work and learn. I've started a training session of about 20 minutes after he goes potty and before he eats breakfast. Starting the day off like this has helped SO much. Its like, a little reminder at the beginning of the day that he should take his instruction from me. A reminder that he gets praised for obeying, mental stimulation to burn energy first thing in the morning and well, just plain fun for him! It helps so much with behavior to stay consistent with daily mental work and it only takes a few minutes.

Schedule some gentle play time. Get on the floor with toys and play. The second his teeth hit you, take all the toys and walk away from him. Ignore him for a few seconds until he sits patiently for you. Then come back and resume play. Sometimes it may not be a few seconds, sometimes it means play time is just over. But he'll learn.

I'd also suggest some desensitization work. Take him to a place, on leash, where you know there are lots of bikes and people and dogs or what not. Bring your clicker and treats and everytime someone walks by or a bike rolls by, say "watch me" or "focus." Every time he looks at you and not the bike, even if for a second, click and give him a treat. Timing is important. Reward the instant he looks up at you. Eventually make him watch you for a few seconds and longer and longer. But at first, just a glance still gets a reward.


Teaching manners in one area will often help manners in others. (like biting) Have him sit before going in the house, every time. Make him wait until you "invite" him in. He must do something for EVERYTHING he gets. If you cant think of a command on the spot, just make him sit. It doesnt have to be creative every time. This means he sits before food, sits before going through the door, sits for treats, sits for affection, sits when he greets people etc... This will help him learn that he doesnt get to do whatever he wants. It sounds stern, but it doesnt have to be stern. You should be happy when you ask him to do something before getting food o toys or whatever he's wanting. And then praise him for doing it. Its not punishment or strict discipline, and he wont take it that way. My dog LOVES to train, and loves being asked to do something because he knows it means a treat or belly rub after :)

I make mistakes and I keep asking for help. I have a lot of GSD owner friends with amazing dogs who help me and I've literally called them in tears before out of frustration or fear that I've ruined my dog. So most of all, do NOT feel bad about struggling, asking for help or anything else. GSD pups have a ton of energy and they're experiencing so many different things in their bodies and mind at this age, its hard to keep up sometimes.

Also, I find it funny that you mention how he lets your mom dry his feet and not you. I swear, huter is so gentle and so good with everyone, but some times I think I must look like a big piece of steak because he wants to rip me to shreds :p Must be a mom/pup relationship thing :p
 

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Sounds like he is a puppy, teething, and bored. These dogs need so much exercise and mental stimulation. Get on a schedule at least two times a day of training. After training, play with something he likes. Tug, ball, etc. Wear him out and he will be a much better dog...
 
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