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Always biting. *Always* biting. :(

If Tux is not in his crate, he's biting. Us, his pen, our clothes, us, us again, us again, us AGAIN. Every. Single. Time. he gets out of his crate, he bites us again, gets the "Ouch!" response, and gets sent back to his crate.

What am I doing wrong? If I'm not doing anything wrong, how long can I expect this to last? The kids won't even try to play with him anymore because he keeps lunging at their faces and trying to bite them.

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hi LINDSAY , this can be worked on successfully by many people, but if you don't start seeing some results, I would get help. It does wane to a degree, with time , but you have to get a grip on it asap. Here's an article http://www.clickertraining.com/node/3249

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Puppyhood can be frustrating. It's a good thing they're cute, eh? BTW, if you run out of patience, I can be there quickly to take him off your hands

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It has only been a couple of days. Make sure to make your 'ouch' as high-pitched as possible. It should be as close to a puppy's cry as you can make it.

Does he pause in his nipping when you squeal? Usually they pause and even back up a little. That is when you strike with a distraction.

Are you signed up for a puppy kindergarten class yet? It is nice to have a trainer reassure you.


P.S. Be careful with your face and the kids' faces around those razor-sharp teeth. When puppies jump up in excitement, their mouths are open. My hubby was holding our border collie in his lap when he was a puppy. Kit bounced up as Chris leaned down. Sliced his chin on one tooth, off the E.R. he went. Granted, my hubby does the SILLIEST things... His file at the local hospital is quite thick.

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SUGGESTION:Instead of saying ouch, I would say eek as I was able to say it in a more high pitched voice.
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Thank you all. I'm hoping to get Tux in classes soon, but he's still just 9.5 weeks old and has only had two rounds of shots...

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Tux is not too young for puppy class. Here's info from that article Dave mentions above.

DO reserve your spot in a well-taught puppy class before you even bring home your puppy! While many veterinary professionals once recommended starting classes with your dog when the puppy reached 6 months of age (and completed a full round of initial puppy vaccinations), behavior-savvy veterinarians are now changing their positions. Many are now recommending that puppies start in a group class at an early age, as young as 8-weeks-old! Refer to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) Position Statement on Puppy Socialization for more details. While most puppy-biting is simply nipping, there are cases of aggression developing early in puppyhood; an experienced instructor will realize the difference and help you address the issue promptly.
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Dexter used to bite a lot when he was a puppy, I mean a lot. I would do the loud screech and then I would not look at him, basically ignoring him. When he settled down, I would turn around play, saying good boy, but, if he was biting, I did the same thing above. I rewarded all good behavior. They do not know what you want. They are eager to please.

I taught him..... "enough" "no touch" "ok" "trade" "over here" "this way" "outside" "potty" "down" "come" "get over here!" "roll over" "find it" "treat" "cookie" "go for a walk" "go bye bye" "eat" "water" "Where is Daddy?" "let's go to sleep" lots of other stuff I forgot already.....they both taught themselves how to tell time...because they get me up at the exact time every day.

Anyway....I am rambling.....These babies are so smart, they have lots to learn.



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You poor thing. I am sorry you are having such a hard time! My pups didn't nip much but when they did I made a yelp whimper dog sound. It made them stop in their tracks. I hope you find answers soon!! Did Tux have liter mates? Just asking because I THINK when pups are singletons they can play rougher, because they grow up playing with adults rather than their liter mates.





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PS. I mentioned tiring him out in another thread of yours. Along with training him not to bite, take him on long walks. I got Scudder at 9 weeks old and he went on hikes with me and the other pups. He would walk part of the hikes. I would let him walk and then carry him on and off during the 45 min hike. If Tux is nipping at your pants while walking try to ignore him for a bit. Just use a harness and make him walk with you. I wonder if he is biting to get you attention? If so, try ignoring him if the yelp doesn't work.

My Fred was a little terror when he was a puppy. The only way I got through the first year was taking him on long hikes. He was 13 weeks when I got him and day 2 was on a 30 minute hike with me. He never destroyed things because he was worn out from the hikes. He played rough with Bella and would make her yipe 20-30 times daily. I did train him to stop that by giving him short time outs. When Fred turned 1, he because the most amazingly calm dog. So there is a light at the end of the tunnel





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