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7 week old puppy biting and growling...ALL THE TIME!

SaraiLovesLucy
January 10th, 2008, 01:55 PM
So im sure this has been posted b4 but i coulnt find a post similar to my problem

My beautiful 7week old puppy has taken to biting and growling ppl. She attacks my feet and pant legs and when i tell your "no!" she just bites down harder. My hands and feet look like i have just bought "the kitten from hell".. im all scratched up and i just dont know what to do to make her stop. I tried just putting her on "time out" to calm down but as soon as i let her out she is at it again! I tried grabing her snout and holding it shut while i say "no bite" but she just screams like im hurting her... ( Im not grabbing her hard at all.. i love her and would never hurt her) . I also just tried getting her to let go and saying "no bite"and giving her something else to chew on lke a toy that way she gets the idea that she needs to bite those not me. The problem seems to be getting worse. I know puppys bite and nip but she does it HARD and she growls at the same time...IF i pick her up to calm her down she just wiggles and growls and tries to bite... ( she has bitten my face and my chest.. not very fun)

Any advice?

breeze
January 10th, 2008, 02:05 PM
how much excerise does she get??

when you hold her muzzel and she starts to wiggle or crys what do you do??

why are you picking her up to calm her??

what do you do (reaction) when she bite or growls at you??

jessi76
January 10th, 2008, 02:19 PM
all typical and very normal behavior. a 7 wk old pup doesn't know bite inhibition yet. 7 wks is IMO too soon to leave the litter, so now YOU will need to teach her how to play appropriately.

when she bites - let out a loud YELP (just as another pup would do) and get up and walk away. ignore the pup. play is over when biting happens. she will learn, but it will take time, and repetition.

yelp and leave. yelp and leave.

if she is coming after you (or pant legs) gently scoop her up (do not say a word) and place her in a safe spot - i.e. a crate, or a confined area (x-pen) or a gated room. leave her for a min or 2, and let her out when she is NOT whining.

no need to hold her muzzle at all. it may have an opposite effect and make her scared of you, or scared of you touching her head which could lead to problems down the road.

try the yelp! and ignore first. try gentle and calm "time outs". praise her good behavior. give rewards for not biting and only using toys. and sign up for a puppy behavior class for socializing skills. it's worth every penny IMO.

Boky
January 10th, 2008, 02:24 PM
@SaraiLovesLucy

I have blue heeler crossed with sheppard lab and I have had a same problem until we started training himi to not bark .. i mean .. yes dog is your pet and yet it's a puppy but if you don't show him properly in the beginning what they can/can't do .. then they will use every possible chance ..

Also, you can take him out as much as possible because if they run out of energy, they will definitely not even think of barking :thumbs up

TeriM
January 10th, 2008, 09:29 PM
all typical and very normal behavior. a 7 wk old pup doesn't know bite inhibition yet. 7 wks is IMO too soon to leave the litter, so now YOU will need to teach her how to play appropriately.

when she bites - let out a loud YELP (just as another pup would do) and get up and walk away. ignore the pup. play is over when biting happens. she will learn, but it will take time, and repetition.

yelp and leave. yelp and leave.

if she is coming after you (or pant legs) gently scoop her up (do not say a word) and place her in a safe spot - i.e. a crate, or a confined area (x-pen) or a gated room. leave her for a min or 2, and let her out when she is NOT whining.

no need to hold her muzzle at all. it may have an opposite effect and make her scared of you, or scared of you touching her head which could lead to problems down the road.

try the yelp! and ignore first. try gentle and calm "time outs". praise her good behavior. give rewards for not biting and only using toys. and sign up for a puppy behavior class for socializing skills. it's worth every penny IMO.


Exactly what I would have said :thumbs up.

rainbow
January 11th, 2008, 03:07 AM
I also agree. A high pitched "Ouch" always worked for me. :thumbs up

Also, a border collie/beagle needs a ton of exercise and a well exercised puppy is a tired and well behaved puppy. :D

metoac
January 21st, 2008, 09:06 PM
So im sure this has been posted b4 but i coulnt find a post similar to my problem

My beautiful 7week old puppy has taken to biting and growling ppl. She attacks my feet and pant legs and when i tell your "no!" she just bites down harder. My hands and feet look like i have just bought "the kitten from hell".. im all scratched up and i just dont know what to do to make her stop. I tried just putting her on "time out" to calm down but as soon as i let her out she is at it again! I tried grabing her snout and holding it shut while i say "no bite" but she just screams like im hurting her... ( Im not grabbing her hard at all.. i love her and would never hurt her) . I also just tried getting her to let go and saying "no bite"and giving her something else to chew on lke a toy that way she gets the idea that she needs to bite those not me. The problem seems to be getting worse. I know puppys bite and nip but she does it HARD and she growls at the same time...IF i pick her up to calm her down she just wiggles and growls and tries to bite... ( she has bitten my face and my chest.. not very fun)

Any advice?

I recently had the same problem with my 7 week old lab. An artcle I read said that puppies that are removed from the litter less than 9 weeks old have a greater chance of nipping. They say that the puppies while still in the litter learn not to nip because when they do nip each other the one being nipped yelps and goes and hides. This results in the dog doing the nipping in not having anyone to play with in the litter.
They suggest that when the dog nips you that you yelp! loud! and leave the pup alone for several minutes. The pup will learn that nipping results in loss of play time. I tried this and in 2 days I had the nipping under control!

Miss Mille
January 23rd, 2008, 06:00 AM
Dear everyone,
Am new here - so pleased to meet you. I've had lot's of luck using Jan Fennels method (the book: Doglistener) who kindly uses what the wolves and leader of the pack use to calm their flock down.

You can read the book - esecialle i'd love to give you her 48 hours when you get a puppy in the house from her new book - seven ages of a dog. but if you want to try the method out quickly here's a start:

Jan fennels point is to show he puppy you are the new and gentle leader - in the most calm and quiet way, like a big leader og mother dog does (notice older dogs how they react to you puppy by putting thei nose up in the air and looking away - this is their way of saying calm down little one - no need to worry - we're bigger older and higher and we're not worried)
Take you and your puppy into a room with nothing on the floor (the hall or anywhere). No distractions i mean.

Sit down and leave you wonderful pup alone. Since your dog doesn't understand humanlanguage you can copy the signal of a mother/leader by telling it - you can go to sleep - don't worr about a thing - i'm you boss and I take care of you.
You must do this by taking you chin up and eyes away from the dog. This might take anything from 2 minutes to 3 hours. Probably around 30-40 minutes if your pup has gotten a bit worried about who's taking care of things in the house (lifting them up shows them that they DO have something to worry about - it enforces their anxiety, growling etc)

Puppy reaction:
Probably first sniffing around
Then trying to jump up at you (DONT SAY A WORD - SHOW THE PUP EVERYTHING IS COOL BY GENTLY PUSHING IT AWAY THE SECOND IT TRIES TO TOUCH YOU - NO TALK - NO EYE CONTACT - CHIN UP)
Your pup might now start to whine - what's going on (DONT SAY A WORD DONT LOOK - A MOTHER SHOWS LOVE BY REASSURING THIS WAY)
THen it might start to growl and even bark at you (OK THIS IS WHERE I CANT HELP GIGGLE - THIS MEANS YOU HAVE A STRONG WILLED PUP WHO ACTUALLY THINKS HE's THE BOSS)
You pup may lie down (THIS IS OFTEN A FIRST TRICK - IF YOU TOUCH NOW ITMIGHT JUMP UP AND START AGAIN)
Your pup might get up and down 1-9 nine times
Suddenly your pup will give up and lie down - completely flat with its whole body from tail to head. (THIS IS IT - HE/SHE HAS GIVEN UP)
Wait five minutes.
Call and have a cuddle. Your puppy is now happy and relaxed and not growling or biting.

If youwant the full benefit of this there are more steps and things you do every day - all the dogs life. But you get so used to doing them - that it just seems so easy - in my opinion.

I'm really interested to hear how it goes - i did it with my pup and its six siblings when they were 7 weeks old. Some took ten minutes. Others - the alfa maile - took 45 minutes. They all slept for hours afterwards and the house became calm and happy. The point is to repeat the process, but the first time you do it is by far the most important.

Also this proces saved my last dogs life - a rescue dog with severe anxiety problems. It would have had to be pt down as a 1 year old if it hadn't been for Jan Fennel. It made it to three - and this was all Jan Fennels doing.
As we say in Denmark - good wind - meaning - may the luck follow your moves.
BEST Miss Mille (my wonderful new 9 month dogs name - a dog who does alle the doggy annoying things, but isn't at all a problem like my last one)

Avro Arrow
February 26th, 2009, 07:50 PM
Hello all, this is our first post and our first pup.

We’re committed to doing the right things to train this new member of our family. We’ve crate trained him already and we’re at that same biting and growling stage, with an eight week old pup. A quick Google search, led us here to this forum where we found some great advice. :thumbs up

We’ve now registered ‘cause we know we’ll be back.
Thank you all.
:ca:

lUvMyLaB<3
February 26th, 2009, 07:56 PM
i agree!!!!!!!!! 7 weeks is too young.. teach that if she uses her teeth the game is over!! play with her when she is in a calm state of mind, when she gets crazy. its over. she will learn that is she wants to play there are rules to follow, never use force, it will have the opposite effect.

DoubleRR
February 27th, 2009, 09:48 AM
Hello all, this is our first post and our first pup.

We’re committed to doing the right things to train this new member of our family. We’ve crate trained him already and we’re at that same biting and growling stage, with an eight week old pup. A quick Google search, led us here to this forum where we found some great advice. :thumbs up

We’ve now registered ‘cause we know we’ll be back.
Thank you all.
:ca:

LOVE your forum name--my guy loved the avro arrow and has always been p'od the program was stopped.

All the above advice is right--puppies have to learn bite inhibition, and OP's left the litter too soon so it is up to the new owner. Be consistent, pup will learn.

Avro Arrow
March 1st, 2009, 09:39 AM
LOVE your forum name--my guy loved the avro arrow and has always been p'od the program was stopped.

All the above advice is right--puppies have to learn bite inhibition, and OP's left the litter too soon so it is up to the new owner. Be consistent, pup will learn.

Thanks, Arrow was taken so I had to come up with something quick, even if it did date me. :D

I must say we’ve had a remarkable improvement. I know it’s only been a couple days but there are five of us and we’ve been consistent throughout. We give a yelp and the game’s over! We stand up or get up on something, facing the pup with our nose in the air. It’s great to watch him come over and lay down in front of us.


Now he gets nippy at times which reminds me he needs to go out. I’m not sure if it was just a coincidence but it’s worked out well all around.

Tiredmom
June 10th, 2009, 10:23 AM
Hi, I'm new to site and read about nipping puppy.....also read about 7 weeks too young to adopt, but I read Monk's of New Skete books and they recommend 7-10 weeks is prime for GSD puppies. Mine keeps nipping, have replaced our limbs for chew toys, and tried redirecting, holding muzzle briefly (which I guess will have the opposite effect, I hope a day and a half of that won't cause too much damage....) I read about sticking a finger into the mouth or pushing the hand into the mouth further.....obviously that doesn't work...I will try the yelping....and ignoring....yelping and ignoring. I hope this works, my 8 year old is terrified of her 'coming after him, even though she is only 14 lbs.....and I have a 2 year old, who doesn't care, but says, NO BITE really loud......Wish us luck, willing to hear if the yelping thing works from others....oh, and this morning she growled at me.....first time ever......(again, we've had her 2 days....)....she may be trying to become the alpha......
Advice please!

Lucy&Rocky
June 28th, 2009, 09:54 AM
Hi,
My daughter's bf just got an 8 week old Rottweiler and the little fella is cute as a button! However, the beggar growls when he's resting, has a toy or is eating. When I went to visit and he growled at me, I held his muzzle looking him in the eye and I firmly told him "No!" and let him yelp a bit (I wasn't hurting him at all) and then I released him. He calmed down immediately and I rewarded him. He was nice to me after that. But now after reading all everyone's unique and reasonable-sounding advice, I feel I might have been wrong in my method. Is staring in a puppy's eyes wrong? My two dogs are very well behaved and I only had to use that sort of method a few times when they were the same age. Having said all that however, my daughter's bf is new to the doggy world and I wouldn't want to misguide him. I've already suggested he enrols the puppy in training course, which he has and the pup "Ruffles" will start at 3 mths old and he has already booked a first appointment at the vet.
However answers to my questions would so much be appreciated!
Great forum btw :thumbs up :dog:
Dani

LavenderRott
June 28th, 2009, 10:38 AM
Rotties can be "chatty". What sounds like a growl can be "talking". Now, I am not saying that your puppy isn't growling - just that it could be something else.

I am not going to say whether your method of stopping his growling at you was right or wrong. Generally speaking, staring an unfamiliar, adult dog can be dangerous. But you are dealing with a young puppy. He doesn't need to challenge you for the alpha position - you ARE the alpha.

Thank you for pointing your daughter's BF in the right direction. Classes will be invaluable.

sandsmom
May 31st, 2010, 05:26 PM
I have a new 7 week old maltipoo puppy that I have had since she was 4 weeks old....I know its too early but mom was really tired of feeding and wouldnt lay still long enough to nurse. Bella has gotten to where she is now biting and growling not to mention showing teeth...this is while being held...she will attempt to nip at you and your clothes. I realize she is playing during that time but the teeth showing and growling/biting nees to stop!!! So Im going to start the no talk and put up....my only prob there is Ive always read that you dont want to associate their crate (yes she is crate trained) with punishment but only a safe place...so whats what? I need a little help...what Ive read here makes me feel better...I have done the yelping and it seems to work some but when she starts the wiggling and turning her head to bite while showing teeth is too late by then....

LavenderRott
May 31st, 2010, 08:18 PM
Mom wasn't tired of feeding - she was weaning. By leaving the litter at such a young age, your poor puppy didn't have a chance to learn much of anything regarding bite inhibition or doggy language at all.

If you follow the advice already given, you should be able to get through this. Having said that - it is going to take quite some time and patience. I also STRONGLY suggest you find a puppy class to get your puppy in at 12 weeks old - preferably with a positive reinforcement trainer - as you are going to need plenty of help and hands on advice in the months to come.

sandsmom
June 1st, 2010, 08:15 AM
Yes I realize she was weaning.....she also seemed miserable...my friend would have to sit and pet mom just to get her to lay down long enough to nurse at all.
puppy classes? really? I wouldnt even know where to start with that around here.

LavenderRott
June 1st, 2010, 08:31 AM
Where is "around here"?

sandsmom
June 1st, 2010, 08:52 AM
Im in the Charlotte area...Im sure there are some there but nothing close by I doubt...oh who knows maybe there are...Ive just never looked :)

LavenderRott
June 1st, 2010, 09:01 AM
Check with local vets and rescue groups. Also - go online and google training clubs for your area.

luckypenny
June 1st, 2010, 09:33 AM
Are there any littermates left with mom at all? Can you have them spend some time together? Young puppies learn best from other puppies and well-balanced adult dogs. See if you can let her play with her littermates and spend some time with mom as well while you look into early socialization classes.

3265christine
June 1st, 2010, 09:46 AM
My little guiy does the same bitting growling bitting pant legs but only at me!!! not my husband. I have been trying everything! i guess the no and time outs take time..
he is 12 weeks just left his mom at 11weeks
why does he do it to me only ???

LavenderRott
June 1st, 2010, 09:53 AM
Who does he spend more time with? Who feeds him? Who takes him outside? Who plays with him?

sandsmom
June 1st, 2010, 10:23 AM
Yes Lily is still with mom and they have played together ...this weekend as a matter of fact. They start doing it to each other but now reading this just lets me know thats the only way they can learn. I just dont want poor ol Bella to look like the mean one lol

3265christine
June 1st, 2010, 01:09 PM
Who does he spend more time with? Who feeds him? Who takes him outside? Who plays with him?


me,me, me lol i work from home so i am home all the time.


but its working when he went to bite me i went ouch ouch and he stoped and started to lick me!!! (so cute) :thumbs up

2sheltiesmom
June 1st, 2010, 04:01 PM
I have a new 7 week old maltipoo puppy that I have had since she was 4 weeks old....I know its too early but mom was really tired of feeding and wouldnt lay still long enough to nurse. Bella has gotten to where she is now biting and growling not to mention showing teeth...this is while being held...she will attempt to nip at you and your clothes. I realize she is playing during that time but the teeth showing and growling/biting nees to stop!!! So Im going to start the no talk and put up....my only prob there is Ive always read that you dont want to associate their crate (yes she is crate trained) with punishment but only a safe place...so whats what? I need a little help...what Ive read here makes me feel better...I have done the yelping and it seems to work some but when she starts the wiggling and turning her head to bite while showing teeth is too late by then....

You just need patience, LOTS of it.
Crates ARE their safe place; according to our vets it goes back to before dogs were domesticated and stayed in caves, so you are right to not use for punishment.
Each and every time she does something you don't like, just turn your back to her and ignore her, don't talk, just ignore. Eventually she will make the connection that you don't like it. It is normal for her to want your attention - all the time, so you need to be the pack leader and establish rules.
The biting is "teething" for puppies, I used tiny ice chips for mine as it soothes and numbs the gums - it does work and make sure she has some toys like "Kongs" to chew on.
Hang in there!

sandsmom
June 1st, 2010, 06:27 PM
I get the ignoring part....some say immed put them in their cage without speaking....if I just turn and walk away she will follow...while jumping at the back of my legs sort of wrapping around them...so there you have nails and teeth lol

luckypenny
June 1st, 2010, 08:31 PM
Personally, I wouldn't use the crate for a time out. Not only because you want to teach the pup it's the safest place in the world, but because you have to physically interact with her after your yelp. You can't ignore if you have to handle her.

Can you place baby gates up to prevent the pup from following you? The best method that's worked here with pups is a yelp, look immediately away (head up and in opposite direction of puppy), and instantly remove yourself from the room for 2-3 minutes maximum, leaving the pup behind (walk over the gate, close the door behind you, etc). We've had quite a few ankle chewers here but with time and patience, the problem was nipped in the butt :D.

They start doing it to each other but now reading this just lets me know thats the only way they can learn.

If one of them gets too rough and doesn't back away from the other pup when a yelp is heard, distract the puppies and give them a break. It's not the "only" way they can learn but having another pup to play with will help. More importantly, the puppies need other puppies/dogs outside of their litters to socialize with. Early socialization classes are the safest way to accomplish this.

I keep dropping this link everywhere but it's because it's truly invaluable for all new puppy guardians. Take your time to read through it carefully.

http://www.dogstardaily.com/files/AFTER%20You%20Get%20Your%20Puppy.pdf

dsmolik
May 5th, 2012, 06:39 PM
Hi,
I'm new to this forum - just registered. I need help! We live on an acreage in the Kootenay Region of southern BC. We have a 11 week old Gold Retriever, Jeanie.
Jeanie is everything we expected ....plus a bit more. No other problems except the biting and nipping legs. I've got to the point where I don't want to take her for a walk. :shrug: We've tried so many methods as we know we have to stop this behaviour asap!
I've tried a whistle, a sharp yelp, ignoring, a distraction toy (on a hand held loop), etc. I've tried turning on her sharply, pushing her into a sit position and telling her "Bad" etc. You name it - I think we've tried it.
We know she needs a lot of exercise. She gets 3 walks a day plus lots of fetch and retrieve games. (I've lost 3 lbs!!!).
We hope for soe improvement. My question - should I stick to one method in hopes that consistency will help? I teach discipline classes for school teachers (positive reinforcement techniques... - you'd think I'd know what to do wih this little pup.)
Any help is much appreciated.
:):ca:

Longblades
May 5th, 2012, 08:31 PM
You say you don't want to take her for a walk so does that mean this behaviour only happens on walks? In that case, easy answer. 11 week old puppies don't really need walks. Play they need but that can be off leash in a safe place. However, I'm going to go ahead and assume that's not what you meant and she bites anytime, not just on walks.

Some rules of thumb for walks. Not out in public till safely vaccinated is one many of us follow. You can find other ways to socialize and habituate to loud noises etc.

Another rule of thumb. Forced exercise of 5 minutes per month of age allowed twice a day. Forced is anything on leash, compelled to keep up to you, in a straight line, on a hard surface. Consider any or all to be something to be wary of for fear of straining young joints.

Off leash play on a soft surface allows puppy to stop or change direction when she feels like it. This kind of play unlimited. This is what is better for tiring them out.

It sounds as if you might unintentionally be giving her too much exercise. She's just a baby. Know how small children get antsy, nasty and unpleasant when over tired? Puppies do too. :)

The above I got from a U.K. dog site and I followed it loosely.

Distracting with a toy is good but it must come BEFORE the bad behaviour. You want to prevent it, not redirect it, at best. At worst re-directing, if poorly timed, can seem like a reward or participation on your part. Try to throw a toy when you see her getting worked up and thinking about a bite, before she actually bites. This takes a bit of observation but I found a sense of self preservation developed my observation skills in reading puppy body language improved pretty quickly. LOL

Ome method I've seen endorsed but never tried myself is to remove puppy from your leg :) and fold a bit of her lip over one of her own sharp little teeth and saying No. No is probably pretty meaningless for her right now unless you have associated it with something negative.

This is an old thread but if you read through some of the answers above you may find some good ideas.

dsmolik
May 7th, 2012, 11:33 PM
Thanks so much for your reply. Yes. I believe you are right regarding walk vs play time. For the last couple of days my husband and I have been playing fetch with her in the yard - she is tireless when it comes to play - however, when she slows down a bit we resort to less active play. At these times she is no problem.

The reason for the" walk" is the actual walk to the beach across the road. We have a long driveway and then there is a short trail to the lake - her favourite destination. Once there she is pre-occupied and is fine. However, sometimes on the way down she gets excited and starts nipping at my ankle and pulling at my pant leg. I REALLY like your idea about observing the behaviour and catching it before it happens .. not always easy to do, but certainly more effective.

My dog's Vet suggested the "yelp & ignore" and then if it doesn't work to isolate her for a few minutes, letting her associate the behaviour with the consequence.

Well keep trying :) :dog:

Annbo
July 7th, 2012, 05:11 AM
Hi All,

I am new to this website and new to the world of dogs also. I am having a similar problem with my 11 week old labrador. I have only had her for a week. Two days ago she started biting my trousers and growling angrily. I have tried all that you guys mentioned. I started with the yelps and moving away immediately but these only but seem to excite her and encourage her to bite me even more. Maybe my yelp/s is not producing the right sound???

The 'mother dog technique' sounds good but I find it hard to agree to sit down and get bitten and attacked until she stops.

Exercising does work though she also growls and bits me whilst exercising. I have kept my clicker and some food to encourage her to sit down when she starts attacking me. Is this wrong? I don't want to make her think that by biting me I will play with her but whilst in the garden I have little choice and as soon as i start running she will attack!

I have placed her in her room and ignored her for a while. At the moment it is ok to pick her up and close the door but she is getting heavier by the day!

Am I doing the right things? When will it stop?

Please help! I don't want my dog to be vicious towards me coz she is my pride and joy




Dear everyone,
Am new here - so pleased to meet you. I've had lot's of luck using Jan Fennels method (the book: Doglistener) who kindly uses what the wolves and leader of the pack use to calm their flock down.

You can read the book - esecialle i'd love to give you her 48 hours when you get a puppy in the house from her new book - seven ages of a dog. but if you want to try the method out quickly here's a start:

Jan fennels point is to show he puppy you are the new and gentle leader - in the most calm and quiet way, like a big leader og mother dog does (notice older dogs how they react to you puppy by putting thei nose up in the air and looking away - this is their way of saying calm down little one - no need to worry - we're bigger older and higher and we're not worried)
Take you and your puppy into a room with nothing on the floor (the hall or anywhere). No distractions i mean.

Sit down and leave you wonderful pup alone. Since your dog doesn't understand humanlanguage you can copy the signal of a mother/leader by telling it - you can go to sleep - don't worr about a thing - i'm you boss and I take care of you.
You must do this by taking you chin up and eyes away from the dog. This might take anything from 2 minutes to 3 hours. Probably around 30-40 minutes if your pup has gotten a bit worried about who's taking care of things in the house (lifting them up shows them that they DO have something to worry about - it enforces their anxiety, growling etc)

Puppy reaction:
Probably first sniffing around
Then trying to jump up at you (DONT SAY A WORD - SHOW THE PUP EVERYTHING IS COOL BY GENTLY PUSHING IT AWAY THE SECOND IT TRIES TO TOUCH YOU - NO TALK - NO EYE CONTACT - CHIN UP)
Your pup might now start to whine - what's going on (DONT SAY A WORD DONT LOOK - A MOTHER SHOWS LOVE BY REASSURING THIS WAY)
THen it might start to growl and even bark at you (OK THIS IS WHERE I CANT HELP GIGGLE - THIS MEANS YOU HAVE A STRONG WILLED PUP WHO ACTUALLY THINKS HE's THE BOSS)
You pup may lie down (THIS IS OFTEN A FIRST TRICK - IF YOU TOUCH NOW ITMIGHT JUMP UP AND START AGAIN)
Your pup might get up and down 1-9 nine times
Suddenly your pup will give up and lie down - completely flat with its whole body from tail to head. (THIS IS IT - HE/SHE HAS GIVEN UP)
Wait five minutes.
Call and have a cuddle. Your puppy is now happy and relaxed and not growling or biting.

If youwant the full benefit of this there are more steps and things you do every day - all the dogs life. But you get so used to doing them - that it just seems so easy - in my opinion.

I'm really interested to hear how it goes - i did it with my pup and its six siblings when they were 7 weeks old. Some took ten minutes. Others - the alfa maile - took 45 minutes. They all slept for hours afterwards and the house became calm and happy. The point is to repeat the process, but the first time you do it is by far the most important.

Also this proces saved my last dogs life - a rescue dog with severe anxiety problems. It would have had to be pt down as a 1 year old if it hadn't been for Jan Fennel. It made it to three - and this was all Jan Fennels doing.
As we say in Denmark - good wind - meaning - may the luck follow your moves.
BEST Miss Mille (my wonderful new 9 month dogs name - a dog who does alle the doggy annoying things, but isn't at all a problem like my last one)

Longblades
July 7th, 2012, 06:04 AM
WElcome Annbo. Please read all the answers all ready given. Your puppy is not being vicious or abnormal. She is playing inappropiately. The best way to prevent her biting and growling and grabbing your pants is to anticipate this behaviour BEFORE it happens and direct her to a toy. You should be able to see this when it is about to happen.

I am heartened to see she was only 10 weeks old when you got her. Hopefully she was with her Mom and littermates till then where she should have learned good bite inhibition. If taken from them sooner than 8 weeks, the usual age for placing Labs, she may have a harder time learning to control the strength of her bite but she can learn.

How long will it take? Could be months. My Lab puppy did. I only got to cuddle him when he was asleep. Little devil. Adorable little devil. :)

Isla'sMudder
July 18th, 2012, 05:35 PM
I'm so glad to have found this forum as well. At least I see that I am not the only one. Everyone says when the puppy is biting that you should get up and leave the room, but she follows me or is hanging off my pants. :mad: Often this behavior is on walks. She bites on her leash and growls and that and me. She's 10.5 weeks now. She was 6 weeks when she left her mother, definitely too young, but they were unwanted and dumped off at the SPCA. I'm hoping that all my patience will pay off eventually. That she will grow out of it. She ripped a new pair of pants the other day with those sharp teeth. I love her so much and feel like I'm not doing things right. :cry:

hazelrunpack
July 18th, 2012, 07:48 PM
Patience and consistency will pay off, Isla'sMudder. Our pups had tricks like jumping up and grabbing the sleeve of our shirts--can't tell you how many times my arms were pinched and how many shirts had sleeves ripped (sometimes completely off :frustrated:). But eventually they got over that high-jinx stage and settled into a more sane adulthood. :D

tenderfoot
July 18th, 2012, 08:53 PM
Attention getting behavior can be fixed in a few ways.

1. Ignore it and the pup will learn that its efforts are fruitless and will stop. But this can take way too long to fix with patience, especially when you are being pinched and clothes are being torn. Walking away can actually empower the pup because he just moved you out of his space. In the animal world its all about who moves whose feet.

2. You have a right and obligation to teach this puppy some manners and let him know it has to stop. If he is permitted to abuse you like this then what will stop him from doing it to children or your grandmother? You need to claim your space - just as you would teach an obnoxious child not to jump on your lap repeatedly. Then you have to take the time to teach him how to play with people, and how to get the good attention he wants.

3. He is bored and trying to engage you. So get his brain busy and work on his drills and skills. A busy brain doesn't have time to be creating mischief.

erykah1310
July 18th, 2012, 11:51 PM
I have no advice at all for any one who has posted to this but I couldn't help but chuckle over the fact I encourage bites then redirect them and look at achieving full mouth solid grips.
Just found it neat how different people in different venues or sports see various "problems"
Best of luck with your pup.

Isla'sMudder
July 22nd, 2012, 04:56 AM
[QUOTE=tenderfoot;1043294]Attention getting behavior can be fixed in a few ways.

1. Ignore it and the pup will learn that its efforts are fruitless and will stop. But this can take way too long to fix with patience, especially when you are being pinched and <a class="inlineAdmedialink" href="#">clothes</a> are being torn. Walking away can actually empower the pup because he just moved you out of his space. In the animal world its all about who moves whose feet.

I totally agree and try ignoring, until I feel those sharp teeth. I'm going to try puppy classes. She is such a smart dog. At 8 weeks she knew sit, down, paw, and speak. She comes, but only when she wants to. I would love to teach her more, as I think she's very eager and quick to pick up on things. She also brings the ball back to me when I throw it for her. Must be the lab in her.

BenMax
July 22nd, 2012, 06:43 AM
Attention getting behavior can be fixed in a few ways.

1. Ignore it and the pup will learn that its efforts are fruitless and will stop. But this can take way too long to fix with patience, especially when you are being pinched and clothes are being torn. Walking away can actually empower the pup because he just moved you out of his space. In the animal world its all about who moves whose feet.

2. You have a right and obligation to teach this puppy some manners and let him know it has to stop. If he is permitted to abuse you like this then what will stop him from doing it to children or your grandmother? You need to claim your space - just as you would teach an obnoxious child not to jump on your lap repeatedly. Then you have to take the time to teach him how to play with people, and how to get the good attention he wants.

3. He is bored and trying to engage you. So get his brain busy and work on his drills and skills. A busy brain doesn't have time to be creating mischief.

As always - excellent advice. :thumbs up

Dopeycrackers
July 25th, 2012, 12:26 AM
I had the same problem with my aussiedoodle. I had tried everything possible. I was in tears thinking that I had an aggressive puppy. Long story short ....... I put some pennies in an empties pop can and the next time he did it I shook the can and sad no. To my amazment it worked. This truly was an instant fix. I still carry the can around with me but I rarely have to use it. Good luck to everyone having this problem. Keep trying different things and if something doesn't work then try something else.

Niall
July 27th, 2012, 01:25 PM
all typical and very normal behavior. a 7 wk old pup doesn't know bite inhibition yet. 7 wks is IMO too soon to leave the litter, so now YOU will need to teach her how to play appropriately.

when she bites - let out a loud YELP (just as another pup would do) and get up and walk away. ignore the pup. play is over when biting happens. she will learn, but it will take time, and repetition.

yelp and leave. yelp and leave.

if she is coming after you (or pant legs) gently scoop her up (do not say a word) and place her in a safe spot - i.e. a crate, or a confined area (x-pen) or a gated room. leave her for a min or 2, and let her out when she is NOT whining.

no need to hold her muzzle at all. it may have an opposite effect and make her scared of you, or scared of you touching her head which could lead to problems down the road.

try the yelp! and ignore first. try gentle and calm "time outs". praise her good behavior. give rewards for not biting and only using toys. and sign up for a puppy behavior class for socializing skills. it's worth every penny IMO.

Perfect advice!

cajohoffman
March 9th, 2013, 08:32 AM
Go to the search feature for growling puppy and read what miss millie had to say in jan 2008 . I tried it with my 7 wk old and it worked the first time for about 5 hrs, then he reverted back to it, i did it again and it worked for awhile so i will keep doing it until he stops.......the first time i did it he was like a completely different puppy...calm & relaxed...good luck