Training a Puppy Not to Bite

My puppy is going on 7 months now. He is a mutt. He is mixed with breeds that I have yet to find out. He is medium size right now. He has a lot of energy, and is very trainable. I have taught him how to sit, stay, come, down, spin, paw, under (To get in between my legs when it is crowded in public), heel, and crawl. He knows all of these commands, and chooses if he doesn't want to do them sometimes.

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Anyway, to the point, my pup gets so overly excited to see me that he automatically wants to play so he bites and tugs on my skin to play. He nips hard. I tell him "no" calmly, or in a deep voice or loudly, and it doesn't seem to work. If i keep shielding myself and telling him "no", he starts barking, loudly. The problem is not the barking, as much as it is his biting and leaving me with bruises all over my legs. It's terrible. Please help.

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July 26, 20181 found this helpful

I would put him in a crate every time he bit me. I would do it immediately and just for a few minutes. He will learn quickly

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you much! I do have a crate but was under the impression that it should only be to sleep.

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He doesnt sleep in there anymore, so i will surely try it!

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July 26, 20181 found this helpful

Try the "No" bit in a stern voice and give a reward when he stops biting, each time he stops biting then give him a treat and praise in a gentle voice, sounds like he is a very smart little dog with all he can do, I think he will catch on in a hurry.

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you. Yes, it's difficult because i dont want him to confuse him getting a treat when he bites. So i try to wait a bit til he calms down, otherwise i think he will think i am rewarding the biting, you know?

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

There are a couple of schools of thoughts ask the vet which one he/she thinks is best.

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This one is to emulate dog to dog behavior and I think it works...
this link explains it better than I can www.aspca.org/.../mouthing-nipping-and-biting-puppies

The other is to keep the dog occupied with bones or toys any time he goes for a hand or foot, say no, turn your back, count to 15 or 20, then give him the toy/bone and offer lavish praise when he chews on it.

Good luck! Sending up good thoughts for you and the pup!

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you much! Ive tried giving my back and he bites the cak of my legs HARD. so its like i go into another roomfor like 10 seconds and come out and repeat until he stops. I feel that has been working but i must be persistent. I appreciate those links, thanks!

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

It is tough because it does have to be consistent and we are human and forgot or get frustrated. The vet can be your best resource for other methods and tricks. Maybe even something that works better with one breed vs another.

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Good luck with everything!

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July 26, 20181 found this helpful

The only way I have ever found to train a large dog who bites is by holding their mouth shut and telling him how much it hurts. When I was training my larger dogs and they started to bite I would immediately grab their nose and hold their mouth shut. I would look them in the eye and tell them that hurts don't bite. It took a few times for them to understand that it really hurt when they were biting me.

If the dog continues to bite after you've warned him several times by closing his mouth and holding your hand over his mouth then you're going to need to take your other hand and don't hit the dog but hit your own hand to make sure he understands that it's not right to bite.

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I have trained more than one dog and each one of my dogs has learned not to bite within 2 to 3 days. Not long ago my girlfriend brought her puppy for me to take care of for 3 weeks. The dog would bite all the time. I used this technique on the puppy and by the time she left my home she was no longer biting. It took me a little bit longer to train her because the owner of the dog allowed her to bite.

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July 27, 20180 found this helpful

Yes, thank you so much! I will definitely try that. My dog is going on 7 months and he bites to play, but i suppose hasnt learned bite inhibition. He gave me so many large dark bruises on my legs, so when he bites, naturally i shield my legs and he bites and tugs at my hands and arms.

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It hurts so bad and i know he is playing since he is not aggressive and just in a playful mood, lately ive been trying to walk away into another room as he bites me. So I will definitely try this. Thank you!

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