How Do I Stop My Puppy From Biting?

I have a German Shepherd puppy and he's 8 weeks old. I know puppies tend to bite a lot because they're teething and because they're simply puppies, but mine bites way too hard. I've searched for ways to make puppies stop biting you and I've tried ignoring and walking away, yelping, giving praise when they stop, and more, but he always goes back to biting. It really hurts and he shows signs of aggression sometimes, how can I get him to stop?



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November 18, 20180 found this helpful

You need to remove him from whatever he is biting and say, "No!" Immediate feedback will stop the behavior. Praise him when he does the right thing.

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November 18, 20180 found this helpful

Like people at 8 weeks their little puppy brains are not formed. The biggest thing is consistency. You have to always reinforce positive and ignore negative. Crates are awesome for training.


It is a good time to get the baby into the vet so talk to the vet about his/her suggestions. I have only raised hounds, so it might be different for a GS.

This is a video I like (there is a little sales pitch, but it is GREAT INFO!)

Prayers for the pup and you!!!

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November 21, 20180 found this helpful

Rewarding always helps. When you say "it really hurts" I am assuming you are letting him bite on you , is this in play or does he do it every time you pet or hold him. A stern "No" in a commanding tone followed by a reward, it doesn't have to be meat, just a piece of dog biscuit , he will get the general idea as German Shepherd dogs are really smart.

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November 23, 20180 found this helpful


It depends on how hard the dog is biting. I have fostered a lot of teething pups in the past. Some need a scruffing, which is what mama dog would do-with a firm no-and then a chew toy put in his mouth gently.


Others were so sensitive in spirit, even a firm 'no' would scare them. For them redirection is best. If the bites are drawing blood and presenting a danger, then scruffing gently and lifting the pup up until he is standing on his back legs and saying no until he stops acting hyper should work.
With pit puppies and others, who are all play, but with incredibly sharp teeth, I have had to scruff one with a little shake to get results if they are incredibly dominant. Mom would bite at them and growl but I don't recommend that ;)

Done right, none of this will hurt the pup. If all else fails, put the pup in a wire kennel with toys and chews and only take him out to eat, play or go potty. This way he is being set up to succeed.

You might like to check out There are many articles and videos on training pups.

Have fun and good luck!

Have a great day!



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