How to STOP Puppy Biting

Discussion in 'Puppy Forum' started by RedyreRottweilers, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Probably one of the most common complaints and training requests trainers hear is about puppy biting.

    All puppies mouth and bite. It's how they learn about their world. This is a normal and to be expected part of bringing up a puppy.

    Here are links to articles that explain how to TEACH the puppy to manage his mouth, and how to handle his teeth on human skin. This is called teaching a puppy BITE INHIBITION. It is one of the most important lessons your puppy can learn in his early life.


    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_BiteInhibition.php

    http://www.phsspca.org/training/puppy_biting.htm

    http://www.jersey.net/~mountaindog/berner1/bitestop.htm

    http://www.crickethollowfarm.com/biteinhib.htm

    http://www.shirleychong.com/keepers/archives/bite.txt

    http://www.doglogic.com/obedienc.htm#biteinhib

    http://www.aylmer-hull-spca.qc.ca/biteinhib_e.html
     
  2. Quak Ai Chin

    Quak Ai Chin New Member

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    Oh thanks for all the links! This is exactly what i need ;)
     
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    How to stop puppy biting?

    The owner to teach the puppy what is acceptable behavior and what is not. Puppy Training Biting Tips:-
    1) Start training your puppy early (6 or 7 weeks old).
    2) Let your puppy know that his biting hurts you. Give a sharp "ouch" or yelp like a dog. This will tell him that he's been too rough on you and make him be gentler next time.
    3) If the puppy ignores your "hurt" reaction, repeat the yelp or "ouch" and leave the room for a couple of minutes. This will let your puppy know that when he bites, he can lose his playmates.
    4) Give positive reinforcement. Whenever a puppy licks you minus using his teeth, reward him for it and give him lots of praise.
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  4. Domestika

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    Just wanted to post some information I was given today that may help someone, somewhere. This is some additional information to help if you're considering, or are using, "time outs" to curb biting. And then some additional information/help/suggestions on biting below that.


    Use three cue words to explain to your puppy exactly what you are and aren't going to accept for biting. There's no "ouch" or "NO!". They are said kindly.

    1. A word that tells your puppy she is close to crossing the line into the biting that you don't accept. Basically, a word that means "Uh oh, keep that up and you're in trouble". My word is "Gentle". This is also the word I use when I am teaching her to take treats carefully so she knows that it means "have a softer mouth".

    2. A word or phrase that tells your dog "you crossed the line". Some people use "too bad" or "bummer!". You'd say this word as soon as you receive the kind of biting that crosses the line you've set (the amount of pressure you're NOT ok with). The timeout would come immediately after this word.

    3. A word or phrase that tells the dog she's pulled the biting back enough to save her from a time out. Most people use "thank you". I use "nice". It lets the dog know that she's back at a safe level of biting/mouthing, so it indicates to her exactly where you want the level of mouthing.


    Other tips/suggestions not related to time outs:

    -if you have a leg biter carry a long, dangling toy at times when you expect leg biting (first thing in the morning, on a walk, preparing her dinner, etc) and redirect her to that

    -if your puppy mouthes/bites strangers when she meets them, have a toy ready, let them know you're training her to not bite and give them the toy to give to her to bite instead while they pet her

    -if your puppy can't be redirected to focus on a dangling toy rather than your skin...I would recommend trying more and more and more different kinds of toys. There are some toys I would expect would be VERY enticing and my dog couldn't care less. And then toys that I don't even understand...she LOVES. Of the 30+ toys I've bought my dog, there are maybe 2 that she absolutely LOVES and will focus on instead of me. So it's trial and error. Expensive, but to me...finding those 2 that she loves is TOTALLY priceless (and will pay off in the long run because it may just help her stop biting and ripping your clothes) :D

    -when the puppy is mouthing in a polite way use your "thank you" or "nice" or whatever in a fairly subdued manner, and then "where's your toy?". Go get a toy and LAVISH attention on her as long as she has the toy in her mouth. Make her think that having a toy in her mouth is what gets her the very best attention.

    -sounds weird, BUT. When giving treats, hold it with your index finger and thumb. When she opens her mouth put the treat further into her mouth than you normally would (behind her front teeth) and push your index finger down on her tongue as you drop the treat in her mouth and pull your hand back. It sounds awkward as heck, and it is at first. My dog constantly turned her head to the side so I missed her tongue and then used her back molars to bite my finger while it was in her mouth... It doesn't have to be a hard push on the tongue at all. Just having your finger there disrupts her jaws from clenching down. I suppose this might be considered adversive for the hardcore positive reinforcement types? My dog is quite sensitive and it didn't discourage her from wanting the treats I was offering...but after about 10 of these little tongue depressions she was taking the treats from my fingers like she was trying to extract a sliver from my fingertip. And that's after wearing bandaids for a week because she had ripped up my fingers so badly when giving treats. Use your cue word for "don't bite any harder than that!" while you're doing this to let the dog connect the word with having a soft, mindful mouth.

    -My trainer also suggested some games to teach self control. "Go wild and freeze" and "tug and freeze". In "go wild", you basically run around like an idiot, cheering your dog along, clapping, hooting and hollering and getting her excited, then once she's moderately aroused you stop and become very calm. You kneel down, speak very calmly to her, give her treats very gently, pet her slowly, help her relax for a minute or so. Then back to "go wild"! "Tug and freeze" is the same. Tug, tug, tug then "drop it" (if she knows it) and some treats, gentle talking, slow petting. Then tug, tug, tug. Not sure what you'd do for that one if your dog didn't know "drop it"...


    This is what I learned today during our private session with a trainer. Hopefully someone can benefit from this. I'm sure not everyone will agree with all of it, and some people may find that none of it works on their puppy at ALL. But I know what it's like to be desperate for ANY ideas.
     
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    I wrote an article about this subject, so I'll just highlight the key points here.

    You can read my full article here: http://ezinearticles.com/?Dog-Obedience-Training-Stopping-Aggressive-Puppy-Biting&id=1609551
     
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    :yikes:

    PLEASE STOP advising people to do to puppies the things in quotes from you, highlighted above!!

    Please read the articles linked in RedyreRottweilers original post for proper explanations and tips for bite inhibition.

    You are contradicting yourself.
    The highlighted "training" methods you suggested in the above two quoted passages ARE indeed physical reprimands!
     
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    Reading a few books and regurgitating incorrect and potentially harmful information from other 'professionals' hardly qualifies you to give advice on dog training.

    It's clear by your posts that you'd best seek advice from professionals current and educated in the science of training before atempting to 'educate' others. Some of what I've read on your link is downright frightening!:mad:
     
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    I have to read through all those links, because this is the main problem our dog has and nothing seems to work. Since he is a Pit bull/Akita mix, he can get quite aggressive and doesn't know when to stop. If you try to pet him, he starts biting your hand. He has a lot of toys he can bite on, all nicely put together in a toy box (well no not anymore, he was biting the toy box, so we need another one). While playing he starts grabbing your arms and hands and bites them, and he's not listening to what we say.

    I hope that we can find some tips and tricks in those links that help.
     
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    Define "lesson".
     
  10. Hanama, I have raised numerous puppies over my fifty years of life so far. NEVER have I had a single issue with puppy biting.

    I have a breed that grows up to be very large and powerful with a courageous temperament. I prefer to use my brain rather than a raised hand to train dogs. I have had a fair amount of success doing it that way.

    Let's hear what you call a "lesson". Better yet, come on over. I have some dogs you can practice that on.
     
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    hahaha...I have to say, I am a fan of this response. :)
     
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    I do. He bites a ball or a tug and he remembers how much fun it is. :)
     
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    Nice articles

    Thnks for the link
     
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    I don't think you should stop your puppy from biting. They're at the stage of "teething" just like in babies. All you have to do is to provide the appropriate stuff for them to chew on. You don't actually stop it, you just make them do it on the right stuff.
     
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    Did you bother to read the first post? It's on teaching bite inhibition, not stopping all biting...
     
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    I would suggest providing him with other toys that he can chew on also one of those ropes that he can play tug with you. If he starts to bite you while u and playing with him then get up and walk away he will quickly learn that if he is aggressive during playtime then playtime is over.
     
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    I was told this trick by someone special on Chaz. Take a washcloth and run it under warm (not hot) water and wring out slightly. Wipe the puppy's face with the washcloth. It stimulate the mother licking it's face. I tried this and it worked. The puppy will get a calmness and stop biting.
     
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    puppy biting

    One of simplest ways to stop your puppy biting is to bellow "ow" in a deep gruff voice.(It took me a bit of time to get use to this I wasn't very good at bellowing in a deep gruff voice) This will surprise him and in most cases he will release his grip.

    As soon as he lets go offer him a toy, he will learn that he is allowed to bite his toys.

    Let him chew the toy for a few minutes, then take it from him using the command "give"

    Another tool that you can use is a tin filled with pebbles, the aim of this is to make a loud sudden noise, the result will be he will stop what he's doing ,and then you can praise him for stopping what he was doing.

    You must remember not to get angry with your puppy. You may feel concerned that your puppies biting is a sign of a poor temperament. Your puppies behaviour is instinctive and it will be your job to teach your puppy that biting is not acceptable if he wants to be part of your pack.

    If you want to watch a video showing this technique then visit Puppy Training Biting | Lab Puppy Training
     
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    Perfect info for me right now with a new puppy. I wish I'd found this 2 days ago!!
     
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    Please don't do things to frighten your puppy. A yelp is fine and works with some puppies, but don't be gruff. Some puppies perceive that as play so you wind up reinforcing the behavior. I agree with using suitable chew toys as replacement behavior in addition to the following.

    This is the best advice you can get on puppy biting. It teaches bite inhibition...so the dog learns to regulate his bite...exceedingly important: I recommend you read both of these.

    Bite Inhibition Article

    http://www.shirleychong.com/keepers/archives/bite.txt

    Teaching trading for valued objects is also important....trade him for something better than he has when you want him to give you something.

    Here are some more artcles that should be helpful.

    ClickerSolutions Training Articles Contents
     

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