My male German Shepherd puppy, 10 weeks old, is driving me literally crazy with his nipping and pulling on my pants. I am hesitant to walk anywhere around him. I've been using a spray bottle filled with water to squirt him in the face.
It's helped, but now he is starting to play with the spray of water coming at him. I have spent at least $60 on chew toys that he doesn't like near as much as moving pant legs. I know he'll outgrow the biting, but in the meantime I'm going nuts.
By Judy from Memphis
Grab his cheeks on his face, and look him in the eyes. Hold his head still and tell him "No, settle down." in a different, but firm voice rather than a play voice.
This is a matter of playing with littermates and is very normal. Also, I have had to flip really snotty pups on the nose. If they are small enough, I would grab their scruff, pick them a small amount off the ground and look them in the eyes and then say "no" with a little shake. It sounds mean, but it is what mom would do if she had them. If it is too big a dog, and you scruff him, then you would probably get bit. Grab his cheeks just enough to hold his head still, look at him, he will struggle to get away, stare into his eyes, and say "no" and hold him there until he gets the point, a couple of seconds to a half minute. If there is any chance that this dog will attack you get professional help for the dog. I will send this to "wildfire" who used to raise these dogs and train them also.
Get a clicker and get to training with hot dogs, click and then drop a little tiny piece of hot dog, click and drop. Later you can get the dog to come to your hand and when he does put his nose on your hand, click and reward with a small piece of hot dogs. By small piece I mean a little hot dog slice about 1/2 inch cut into four different pieces. These treats should be able to be snarfed in a second or they interfere with training. Also, it is a good idea to have a toy all the time when they do this put the toy in their mouth. One of these and all the leerburg should help, plus giving him lots to use him mind on. Should help, also. Have fun!
By Robyn Fed
This is a great remedy that will stop pets form doing anything. Just fill a spray bottle with water and lightly spay the dog. This will not harm the dog, but will stop the dog. Remember to "only" do this when the dog bites you, or your dog will think it is a game.
Sit him down and say a firm, "NO".
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