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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-25-2007, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone out there got any proven methods or suggestions to prevent or remedie a biting problem. Our Radar has begun to bite on our socks and My Wife has two little three year old nieces and I don't want Radar to do the same with them bedause this may cause them to be afraid of them. The last thing I want is for the little girls to jump about because they think he's gonna bite them and for them to step on him while trying to get away. I want to get some bitter apple and I pick him up when he nips or bites and look him in the eyes and say a firm "NO". I know it's been less than a week but it would be nice to get the training methods in place before hand.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-25-2007, 09:15 PM
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Derek, there is an old topic that is a great reference with several ideas: Biting/Nipping
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Thanks All for the great advice. I wonder if blowing in the face would assist in preventing the biting. Any suggestions.

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I think it would be a good tool for distraction, but not for teaching. Dogs live in the moment. Whatever consistent response he gets from his actions is what he will start to anticipate.
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Ok sounds good. I think we'll use the "No Bite" method for when ever he bites we'll give him the "no bite" riot act and either flip him over and growl or I like to hold him and look him straight in the eye and giver him a very firm "NO BITE". We'll see what works.....

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Hi Derek: When he bites, yell OUCH !!!and pull your hand/foot away.Then completely ignore him. He is biting to get your attention and if you refuse to give him that attention, it acts as a form of negative reinforcement. One of the function of the needle like teeth on puppies is to teach them bite inhibition with their littermates. When they bite too hard the littermate yelps ( equivalent to ouch ) and goes away from them ( ie ignores them ).

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Thanks David I will defintely try that next time he bites. My wife was telling me before that he was just playing but I tried to explain to her that he needs to learn the difference between my fingers and his chew toys.

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Sometimes Brutus would get so excited he was biting a lot and growling, flipping him over, etc wasn't good enough. We would have to put him in the small bathroom for 90 seconds to 2 minutes for time out. It was worked best for us. Now at 4 1/2 months, although not perfect, he is much improved.
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Yeah Radar get the excitement biting which My Wife has said is because he wants to play but I want him to know the difference between biting his chew toys and biting a family member. Time outs seem appropriate if the problem gets worse each time. He seems to be responding to the "No Bite" voice command which is what My Wife and I are going to try for now. As long as we say it in a commanding stern tone he gets the picture. Thanks for the Great Advice.

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Gucci is responding to no bite. One thing she still does when I she gets overly excited, like when I come home from the store and haven't seen her is jump around and up and down with her mouth open and sometimes catches me with her teeth! Its not like an intentional bite, but more like a careless one. But the nipping/biting has gotten alot less frequent.

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