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My GS puppy is only about 11 weeks but he is a biter! I know he is mostly doing it out of play and it probably feels good to latch onto my arm for his little teeth. I tell him no and close his mouth and I have even flicked his mouth...but he still does it! Just tonight he made me bleed.. I am not sure what to do to get him to stop. I want to put him in a puppy training class but I think I have to wait till he has all his shots..? Please Help :)
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our puppy doing same thing! he doesnt seem to get it- i know its gotta be my communication skills - looking forward to puppy class for help! good luck- this biting stage cant last forever?
 

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As Ive learned (the hard way) this is why GSD puppies are called
land sharks. My Abby...15 weeks old today...is a mix of land shark
and Tasmanian devil.

I have a bandage on my left foot...one on my left arm and
my right index finger.

Hang in there. It will get better. Buy an extra box of bandaids
and a tube of Neosporin oitment. And stuff things other than
body parts into his mouth to chew on.
 

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Haha!!! @ XTOL I feel your pain!!! They have some serious sharp teeth!!!! Puppies are hard work but well worth it!!! :)
 

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Puppies love to bite - there is nothing wrong with this. Just teach them to bite appropreate things. Like toys, etc.

You can learn to read your puppy. Always have a toy on you and if you feel they're going to nip you, whip out the toy and taunt them with it (a little - always let a young puppy win) and let them bite the toy.

Some of our puppies LOVE biting - they even try to bite their metal food bowls. Catch (one of the puppies) will latch onto my pant leg while I'm trying to clean the house and not let go. He might be good at bitework when he grows up.
 

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first of all , we have puppy gates to keep dexter in the kitchen/ family room/ breakfast room area- his crate is next to bigscreen tv- there are 12 toys of different textures laying around for him plus he enjoyed playing with this empty dr pepper 12 pac box- we do stuff toys in his mouth every time he wants to chew on us- i have held his face and looked in his eyes and said no! then give him a toy- have stuffed toys in his mouth as he approaches me snapping-
we have also gotten worn out after like 20 minutes of toy stuffing and put him in the crate for 3-4 minutes ( only have done this a couple times really)
one thing i read to do in a german shepherd book or magazine was to put my thumb under his tongue with first finger under his chin and hold for 10 sec's as i look in his eyes and say no bite- this never works tho- can do it over and over for 20 plus times and he is still wanting to continue the biting/chewing etc.......
i hope puppy class helps me be able to communicate to him not to do this ;) because i dont feel like anything else we do is working that well-
 

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one thing i read to do in a german shepherd book or magazine was to put my thumb under his tongue with first finger under his chin and hold for 10 sec's as i look in his eyes and say no bite- this never works tho- can do it over and over for 20 plus times and he is still wanting to continue the biting/chewing etc
How the crap is this supposed to work? I don't want you to bite me so I'm going to stuff my hand in your mouth? Seriously? :confused:
 

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I guess every dog responds differently. I know if I was to shove my fingers in Bandits mouth he probably just bite more. He is already getting better when I tell him no and immediately give him a toy.. so we shall see ;)
 

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The more you say no and try to make them stop the more your body language is saying more this is fun. If you shove something in a mouth that wants to chew they will chew- this includes your finger. The pup says huh she put it there I guess I should gnaw on it. I shoved many a ball or toy in Zoe's mouth during this stage to no avail- they simply grow out of it honestly. One thing I did was immediately take her out to run and run some more when she was over excited and not calming down- it usually redirected her energy to something positive and acceptable. At almost 10 months she will forget when we are playing and pull a face lunge here and there- she even punctured my ankle pretty good last week, but all in all this is a rarity she is growing out of it:)
 

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I played alot of tug with my pups when they were so oral. It wears them out mentally as well as physically.
When they start to teethe you have to stop or just be more gentle.
They will also not feel the need to mouth everything once teething is complete.
 

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My pup is now going on 19 weeks old and is just lately started to quit most of the mouthing. It's just a long process that you just have to keep training them not to bite and redirect them to something they can chew on.
 

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We also rubbed peanut butter on our hands - which lead to him licking our hands and we said "kisses" when he licked and then told him "no" when he bit. This definitely helped a lot!
 

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Yes the peanut butter is a GREAT idea!!! I will have to try it!!! :) Thank you everyone!!! I am learning so so much!!
 

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When my puppy starts to bite me I say no and the game is over. It takes time. By ignoring him he will stop. Then place an appropriate toy for him to chew on in his mouth.
 

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I read somewhere (maybe in this forum??) that if you say "ouch" each time the GSD bites, the GSD will begin to learn that "this human is fragile" and will instinctively tone down the intensity of the biting each time. I've been trying this for about 5 days, and I have seen noticeable improvement, though she hasn't stopped biting all together. I expect she'll continue biting while she's teething, but I do think she's learning to use less pressure in the bites. I'll even tempt her, so to speak, by putting my fingers/hand by her mouth a lot, giving her opportunity to bite, just so I can give my emphatic "ouch". My GSD, btw, is almost 14 weeks (we've had her for nearly 2 weeks).
 
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