Shih Tzu Puppy Bites?

I have a Shih Tzu dog who is 15 months old and he bites. You can not take anything from him as he growls and then bites. I have little grandchildren and I am afraid he will bite one of them. He is loved by everyone, and has no reason to bite. Please help me to stop this, as I am in a state right now that I want to give him away.



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February 13, 20090 found this helpful

You need to tell him No and flip his nose, not enough to hurt but enough to startle him...if he is biting out of nervousness, the flipping will not work.

Look up "How stop biting in a dog" on the internet....
Hope this helps!


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By Jennifer (Guest Post)
February 14, 20090 found this helpful

Puppies just naturally bite when playing. If you watch several litter mates together, you see them biting one another. He will have to be taught not to bite, but I don't think "flipping" his nose is the answer.


We took our dog to a professional trainer to learn how to teach him basic doggie skills. He (and you) will be happier when he knows what is acceptable behavior and what is not.

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By Artlady (Guest Post)
February 14, 20090 found this helpful

There is a book about resource guarding, which is what your dog is doing. It's written by Jean Donaldson. You can get it on Amazon for about $15. I've heard it is excellent to re-train dogs. Please try working with your dog before deciding to get rid of it. These things can usually be fixed. I trained my dogs to give me things by giving them really tasty treats in "exchange" for the item they were guarding. Most dogs are very smart and you have to out-think them.

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February 14, 20090 found this helpful

Watch the show The Dog Whisperer on national geographic channel or you can buy or rent dvd's of his older seasons. He is a miracle worker on teaching humans to understand their pets. Hope this helps.

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By Shelter Worker (Guest Post)
February 15, 20090 found this helpful

DEFINITELY work with your dog!

Being "loved" is not enough for any or human. What happens to a child who is loved, doesn't get any exercise and is given whatever they want and never disciplined?


A small dog who needs just as much exercise, socialization, discipline, training, play time and affection as any other dog in order for them to behave properly. They don't get exercise running around the house nor do they get socialized or mentally stimulated that way. Being "let out" into a yard is just as boring and results in no exercise too. So get a good pair of walking and jogging shoes!

If you feel confident enough, get some books and learn what YOU need to change to have a better dog. The dog shows with Cesar Milan and Victoria Stilwell are good resources but watching is not enough. You have to change how you behave to change how the dog behaves.

If you're honestly not that confident, find a trainer who can work with you for a few sessions. That's not to get the dog trained; that's so you can gain the confidence to make the changes you need to make to change your dog's behaviour.


Good luck!

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February 20, 20090 found this helpful

Put a muzzle on him when he's around the grandchildren. Their welfare comes before whether he likes it or not.

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March 6, 20090 found this helpful

Tap his/her nose at the second you see it, and then let it be. I saw this on a show once if you do this 3 times in a row if dog tries to bite again, by the 3'd time they learn to stop.

My little poo mix quit after 3 taps to the nose, not to hard just enough to get attention, and say NO in firm voice not yelling.

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

I was bitten by a really nice shit Tzu and had to have 5 stitches. They are funny dogs and can turn on your grandkids in a heartbeat, give him away and talk to your vet about what kind of a dog is good around children. There are many.


The dog that bit me, had bitten a dozen others but was never reported, it is now in doggy heaven

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February 14, 20160 found this helpful

Puppies that are about 2 months - 4 months old are tend to be very energetic and curious that includes mouthing just like human babies. They could not tell the difference between what are eatable what are not? They would always engage in some kind of playing around by biting, chewing and nipping just about everything. I have a 4 months old Pomeranian, he has all these problems too. The only thing you could do is when he tries to bit you, get another of his toy to put him off track instead of biting you.

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