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Your new pup has a good drive and wants to play. I suggest you get a flit pole and play with him - something for him to chase and play with. Also lots of toys - when he bites - say NO then give him the toys and say real nice "this is yours" and praise him when he bites on that.
 

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I used a sock stuffed inside another sock that I could stick my hand into to encourage play without her teeth able to reach my hand. Of course, now she steals socks so that might not be the best route to take :blush: She's learning to return the socks in exchange for a treat or praise, though.
 

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He is a puppy and that is what puppies do you need to redirect his biting by giving him a toy and playing with him try fetch my pup was a horrible little landshark when we first got him he sounded viscous but trust me they are not they are just trying to play with you take it as a compliment my pup is now 14 weeks old and just starting to settle the biting down.
 

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don't use your clothing or anything else the dog shouldn't
be playing with or chewing on. buy toys, balls, ropes, tug toys, etc.
puppy class really helps wtih a puppy. train and socialize and
don't expect much from a 8 week old pup.
 

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Is this your first puppy?
 

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I was wondering why he would run at me then growl and then bite my wrist when i tell him to stop biting my pants


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He is trying to engage you in play. That is normal GSD puppy play. As others have said, have appropriate tug toys on hand, redirect to the toys, and play tug with him! Just stuffing it in his mouth is boring! Get all animated and get a good workout going. This is an excellent way to burn off some of that puppy energy.
 

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So biting me is ok then


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I wouldn't use the word ok... puppy biting is normal. You have to train the pup to bite & chew on toys instead of your hands & clothing. I use a tug toy to redirect my puppy when he's in a bouncy-bitey mood. We play a good fun game of tug & a bit of fetch, and then I will pet him & talk to him when he is calm and not trying to chew on me. Remember, your pup's not being mean or aggressive, he's just trying to play with you.
 

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I wouldn't use the word ok... puppy biting is normal. You have to train the pup to bite & chew on toys instead of your hands & clothing. I use a tug toy to redirect my puppy when he's in a bouncy-bitey mood. We play a good fun game of tug & a bit of fetch, and then I will pet him & talk to him when he is calm and not trying to chew on me. Remember, your pup's not being mean or aggressive, he's just trying to play with you.
Exactly! They eventually grow out of the biting phase, around five, six months old. GSD pups are much more bitey than other breeds, and just something to be very patient with. Eventually, by always redirecting to a toy, your pup will learn to bring you a toy to initiate play - but it takes weeks, months! At this age, their brain is still very immature, and re-learning hard-wired instinctive behaviours will take time.
 

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Today he bit my wrist nd growled and started shaking his head i directed him to his chew toy and he bites that but 30 sec later he bites my wrist or feet growling and shaking his head aggressively


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Today he bit my wrist nd growled and started shaking his head i directed him to his chew toy and he bites that but 30 sec later he bites my wrist or feet growling and shaking his head aggressively


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Please calm down and realize that many of us go thru this when we CHOOSE to get a GSD puppy. It's one of the many reasons to research and learn about the different breeds BEFORE getting any puppy.

This is NORMAL for a GSD, but not a behavior any of us enjoy. Please take the time to really look thru Welcome to the GSD/FAQ's for the first time owner - German Shepherd Dog Forums for tons of information of what to expect from your puppy. In particular click this ---> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/welcome-gsd-faqs-first-time-owner/188549-puppy-biting-hints-tips-help.html

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He's still little. It takes a long time for them to grow out of it, but you can help with redirection and appropriate chew toys. Also, as he teethes it may get a little worse. In addition to all the normal chew things, someone here suggested frozen carrots which worked well for us.


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Now that my sharkperd stopped trying to kill me, I read all these posts and laugh because I was here not too long ago. Our pup seamed the worst, air biting, all you hear is his jaw, so much blood was shed and he bit through my thumb. It really felt like it would never end. When the puppy teeth started getting loose, it hurt for him to bite as hard as he did and he stopped. Now anytime he tries to even hold my hand in his mouth I redirect and it works, before nothing worked and we did try everything in the book! hang on in there is what everyone told me!
 

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I wouldn't use the word ok... puppy biting is normal. I use a tug toy to redirect my puppy when he's in a bouncy-bitey mood. We play a good fun game of tug & a bit of fetch, and then I will pet him.
I read somewhere to not play the tugging game with a GSD puppy as it encourages their aggressive instincts?

Can someone let me know about this? Right now when he tugs on our clothes I redirect to a toy, which he doesn't care for anymore.
 

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I read somewhere to not play the tugging game with a GSD puppy as it encourages their aggressive instincts?

Can someone let me know about this? Right now when he tugs on our clothes I redirect to a toy, which he doesn't care for anymore.
There is alot of these storied going around, I don't personally believe it. We did stop playing tug at 4 month and until he is done teething.
 

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I've noticed that our puppy is once in a while relentless with the biting when its hungry or thirsty or tired, even though I think it just ate/drank. I would offer water and food. Or time out in the playpen.


It is barking and biting us again today, and I've given him ice cubes and put him on a leash in the house as well. We are also taking him places with us(one of us stands outside the grocery store and he loves the attention from people), because it distracts him and hes tired by the time we get back. Also I keep him on leash in the front yard and he likes observing traffic. Any new expereince is stimulating and distracting for them so that helps.


I won't say we are doing very well, I guess its just a phase you have to somehow get through.

When he is in a peaceful mood, try teaching him the 'off' command. Doesn't always work when he is biting, but I guess eventually it will.

 
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