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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-13-2014, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all! Looking for a little advice on teaching my puppy (Olly, 9 weeks old) to stop biting! As her teeth come in it is starting to hurt! I have been trying:

1) Placing chew toys in her mouth when she nips me
2) "Yelping" like one of her littermates to show her when it hurts -- she seems unaffected by this and my neighbors probably think I'm crazy!
3) Ignoring her when she bites too hard -- she just keeps biting even if I stand totally still and don't look at her!
4) Using another toy (like a squeaky ball) to divert her attention from me and play with something else.

She generally mouths very softly but then will at times get too excited and have her mouth on my hand and start shaking her head back and forth -- this is when it hurts!

I guess my question is, will this partially resolve itself when she is done teething? Also, once she gets her next round of shots I am going to go to a "puppy class", is it true that playing with other pups helps them learn not to bite?

She is definitely just playing but I want her to know as soon as possible how to play without hurting or scaring people
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Your doing the right things....you just need to keep it up to reinforce it. Everyone in the house needs to do the same thing.

Oreo is 2.5 years old and still play bites..but barely hard enough to cause any harm. The good thing is that he knows when to stop. I have two ways of making him stop:

1) I say 'HEYYY'. Its his word he learned that means to stop what he's doing and sit there.

2) I give him a stern look. Weird as this sounds..I can give him a stern look and he'll stop whatever he's doing in sit there.

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It does sound like you are doing all the right things. I have a five month old and her biting has stopped considerably so hang in there! I also praise her like crazy when she licks me. I have taught my two year old "kisses" and I think she is catching on too. I am bad though in that I wrestle with her with my hand in my sleeve, she will stop and lick me though when she touches my skin. Olly is still very young and I do think that other dogs can put them in there place if they're annoying but if you're going to a puppy class chances are they will all be biting each other!

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Here's a video I found helpful:

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Thanks everyone

I also started hand-feeding her the first half of each meal (while teaching her "sit", she gets tired and loses interest about halfway through) and I think it is helping her realize my hand is not a chew toy. When I feed her from my hand she doesn't bite it!

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