Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog training - dog behavior

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old May 14th, 2006, 01:23 PM
osky osky is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 8
puppy biting

We have had our 3 month old Vizsla puppy for 3 weeks and just adore her ... but ... she bites alot and with those sharp puppy teeth it can really hurt! We started by saying (sometimes yelling) ouch! to startle her. At first it worked, she stopped biting and we distracted her with a toy, but now I think the ouch! or no! just encourages her to keep biting us and she ignores the toy. So then we then tried grabbing her by the scruff of her neck when she started biting and saying no! but she still continues to try and bite. I really do not want to use "negative" training methods, but I don't know what else I can do. Is it just too early for her to have learned "bite inhibition"?

Thanks,
Proud Vizsla Mom
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old May 15th, 2006, 10:16 AM
jessi76's Avatar
jessi76 jessi76 is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: U.S.
Posts: 2,510
ahhh the 3 mth old demon teeth.... a few things to try:

redirecting your pup to a toy. If she starts to bite you, redirect her to an appropriate toy and REWARD her for chewing on it. If she voluntarily chooses the toy - REWARD!!! if she's ignoring the toy, get a better toy. there are soooo many on the market for pups.

When saying OUCH! - don't just say it, and then continue playing... say OUCH and leave the pup for a couple of minutes. leave the room (if you can) or put the pup in a "time out". I crate trained my dog, so when he got overly mouthy I calmly picked him up - and gently placed him in his crate for 2-3 minutes. DO NOT SAY A WORD. just pick up/put down calmly & gently. it's just for the pup to settle down, it's not punishment. when you let the pup out of the crate or gated-area, be happy, and forgive & forget.

3 mth old pups are really still learning, so be sure to have some good toys on hand. Puppy KONGS are great! fill them w/ treats and freeze them to keep the pup interested. (you don't have to use treats w/ the kong, you can use the pup's regular puppy food)

I found the BEST thing for bite-ihibition was enrolling in puppy playschool. I enrolled my dog after he'd had his first shots, around 12-14wks old. He got to play w/ about 5-6 other pups of the same age, and learned bite inhibition from this activity. They rolled, wrestled, and nipped each other - sometimes too hard, but they learned from each other. And we (the owners) learned some great hands-on puppy techniques for home, some of which I described above. I highly recommend puppy school if it's available in your area.

congrats on the new pup!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 10.00%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:35 AM.