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Hey all, I got my pup Blitz at 8 weeks old and he is 14 weeks old now and very driven and extremely smart. Crate training, obedience, potty training have all gone amazing. The main, if not only, issue is his biting. In the 6 weeks Ive had him I have yet to just be able to pet him, and thats not an exaggeration. He is either sleeping, training/playing or attacking my wife and I's arms and hands. Luckily he doesnt go after our feet, wires or furniture but the constant attacks are starting to wear me down. I HAVE TOYS FOR HIM EVERY 5 FEET TO REDIRECT, sometimes he goes for it but mostly will just go for my arms. He is in schutzhund training so Im trying not to discourage the biting that much but the fact that ive yet to actually pet my dog is getting to me.



All that being said, this was more like a vent, I know hes just a puppy and hoping the phase passes sooner than later BUT if you have any constructive ideas for me (please no comments to get him more toys or exercise) id love to hear em.
 

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I have always welcomed the biting. But I am kind of weird that way. One day you'll look back and miss these days. Enjoy the bites. Toys will help. I played a lot of tug.
Nice looking pup BTW
 

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BULLY STICKS and the fat ones. American made . You can pet him while his mouth is occupied . lol It's really not that hard to redirect and say OUCH . Think of what his mommy would do if he did that to her. Really it's not that hard to correct and yes don't expect much till 3- 6 months depending on your dog and you..
 

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BULLY STICKS and the fat ones. American made . You can pet him while his mouth is occupied . lol It's really not that hard to redirect and say OUCH . Think of what his mommy would do if he did that to her. Really it's not that hard to correct and yes don't expect much till 3- 6 months depending on your dog and you..



Lol... say ouch.. good one...
 

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Pepper was the exact same way. I had to wear hand and arm protection every time I played with her. It tapered off noticeably after 4 months and stopped completely now at 6 months. We enrolled her in doggie daycare, which I think helped significantly with bite inhibition.
 

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I've kind of chuckled a bit when seeing these type of threads. After raising 4 gsds, 2 mixed line, 1 wgsl, and 1 Czech WL I felt pretty skilled with the whole puppy biting thing and then Remi happened. He's almost 8 months and still going strong, feet, toes, arms, elbows knees, no body part is off limits.

I've had two gsds I'd call heavy, persistent biters and all of mine would get the zoomies, however Remi has perfected the art of combining the two activities into one. I think it's hilarious, my wife not so much. Corrections only serve to ramp him up, but he redirects nicely. Once you notice "it's" coming we tell him to find his tug and he'll go retrieve it and play nicely, though his targeting could use some work.

We know it'll end and it's not a problem. On days where wife and I both work and time is limited chances are good he will be in a mood, lol! :grin2:
 

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I've kind of chuckled a bit when seeing these type of threads. After raising 4 gsds, 2 mixed line, 1 wgsl, and 1 Czech WL I felt pretty skilled with the whole puppy biting thing and then Remi happened. He's almost 8 months and still going strong, feet, toes, arms, elbows knees, no body part is off limits.

I've had two gsds I'd call heavy, persistent biters and all of mine would get the zoomies, however Remi has perfected the art of combining the two activities into one. I think it's hilarious, my wife not so much. Corrections only serve to ramp him up, but he redirects nicely. Once you notice "it's" coming we tell him to find his tug and he'll go retrieve it and play nicely, though his targeting could use some work.

We know it'll end and it's not a problem. On days where wife and I both work and time is limited chances are good he will be in a mood, lol! :grin2:
Ha ha. Mine does that too. He's 9 months. We call it a "bite-by" (like drive by). He gets the zoomies and he runs by me and tries to bite me as he goes by. Sometimes he adds in a jump. So he zooms, jumps up on me, bites, then back to zoomies. His biting though has started getting less lately. He tends to bite me now when he wants something, like he wants to poop, or he wants his meals.

To the OP...we all go through this. At times we think it'll never go away and that we may have gotten the one devil dog that won't stop biting. There's no instant "cure/fix" for it. Just go through your rituals of redirection and the other things. It's all you can do. Some will get over it faster/earlier. Some will take longer, but we all go through it. Good luck.
 

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Our puppy is the same age as yours and even looks almost exactly the same. My arm is full of battle wounds but with this being our second shepherd I was aware of what to expect. If I recall correctly the biting pretty much stopped around five to six months. I am very grateful for our eight and a half year old shepherd as they will play together much of the day leaving me time to seek medical help for my wounds .. just kidding of course. Our puppy has just recently started to spend a few short periods of time laying next to me and enjoying being petted. Personally .. I think she is just resting before starting her next attack on my arm. I really wouldn't mind too much if it weren't for those sharp puppy teeth!
 

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BULLY STICKS and the fat ones. American made . You can pet him while his mouth is occupied . lol It's really not that hard to redirect and say OUCH . Think of what his mommy would do if he did that to her. Really it's not that hard to correct and yes don't expect much till 3- 6 months depending on your dog and you..
Lol... say ouch.. good one...
Actually Ian Dunbar ("after you get your puppy") specifically Advocates yelling "ouch!" when your puppy bites you. This is akin to the warning they might receive from a littermate letting them know that they have gone too far with a bite during play. Dunbar Advocates making the "OUCH" loud and abrupt enough to startle the puppy so they realize that they've crossed a line. 😁
 

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Actually Ian Dunbar ("after you get your puppy") specifically Advocates yelling "ouch!" when your puppy bites you. This is akin to the warning they might receive from a littermate letting them know that they have gone too far with a bite during play. Dunbar Advocates making the "OUCH" loud and abrupt enough to startle the puppy so they realize that they've crossed a line. 😁
I am not as stupid as I look...... ty:grin2:
 

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actually ian dunbar ("after you get your puppy") specifically advocates yelling "ouch!" when your puppy bites you. This is akin to the warning they might receive from a littermate letting them know that they have gone too far with a bite during play. Dunbar advocates making the "ouch" loud and abrupt enough to startle the puppy so they realize that they've crossed a line. 😁
i am not as stupid as i look...... Ty/forum/images/germanshepherds_2016/smilies/tango_face_grin.png
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Yeah... I've got a vampire on hand at just shy of 10wks..I have owned GSD's for almost 30yrs,always more than one (I think I've had 8 not counting puppies or gsd mix) and this one, Hokhmah, takes the cake in precision.. Same spot every time (too bad she can't give me winning lottery numbers).. But she is a future SAR dog, so redirect and be thankful for the drive and determination that will save lives once learned... Hang in there OP, it will get better...

On a side note.. Do nose work with your pup.. Teach on odor for him to find or follow.. It takes a lot of focus and energy to do for the dog, and the reward can be tug or something legal to chew.. You might find this avenue becomes his new favorite, and your body gets to heal 😉
 

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Actually Ian Dunbar ("after you get your puppy") specifically Advocates yelling "ouch!" when your puppy bites you. This is akin to the warning they might receive from a littermate letting them know that they have gone too far with a bite during play. Dunbar Advocates making the "OUCH" loud and abrupt enough to startle the puppy so they realize that they've crossed a line. 😁

I get that. But reading it in a book and putting into action are two very different things, and I can tell you from first hand experience that method does not work, atleast for me. Maybe from that 4-10 week period? But it never once worked with mine, and not for lack of trying. Hes 4 and a half months now and its getting a little better, but adult teeth are coming in and I know hes hurting. Bully sticks, beef knee caps and frozen peanut butter inside kongs are by far the best to keep him chewing on something thats not me but when he gets that extra spurt we either go to tug play or flirt pole.
 

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Our puppy is the same age as yours and even looks almost exactly the same. My arm is full of battle wounds but with this being our second shepherd I was aware of what to expect. If I recall correctly the biting pretty much stopped around five to six months. I am very grateful for our eight and a half year old shepherd as they will play together much of the day leaving me time to seek medical help for my wounds .. just kidding of course. Our puppy has just recently started to spend a few short periods of time laying next to me and enjoying being petted. Personally .. I think she is just resting before starting her next attack on my arm. I really wouldn't mind too much if it weren't for those sharp puppy teeth!

If thats true then fingers crossed im only about a month away!! But yea, just in the last couple days hes actually been coming on the couch to nap while im sitting there, so thats a very big step for us. Every day is a learning process.

This is only my second personal shepherd (my family always had one or two when I was growing up) and its weird going from my last one, who passed at 12 and was pretty much an extension of me at that point, to starting over all brand new and building this new relationship.
 

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BULLY STICKS and the fat ones. American made . You can pet him while his mouth is occupied . lol It's really not that hard to redirect and say OUCH . Think of what his mommy would do if he did that to her. Really it's not that hard to correct and yes don't expect much till 3- 6 months depending on your dog and you..
Most are not difficult to correct, but every now and then you’ll find one that’ll disagree with you.
 
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