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Old August 13th, 2004, 10:24 AM
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Teaching a puppy NOT to bite

When we first got Loki, one of the first things we wanted to teach her was not to bite.

I can't recall who gave me this tip, but I can say that so far 8 years later it has yielded results. She has never bitten anyone, or anything, during play or otherwise, including 2 times that she was actually bitten by another dog.

This is best taught when the dog is a puppy.

1) Sit with your puppy, and gently place your hand inside it's mouth. When your hand is inside it's mouth, cry out "YIPE" (like a dog).

2) The puppy will immediately dislodge your hand from it's mouth, look surprised, and a little bit startled.

3) Follow this with positive treat training, like "sit" or "shake a paw". Don't just leave the "Yipe" training as it is. We didn't give our puppy a treat when it let go, in case it associated having a hand in the mouth with a treat. But we didn't want to turn our puppy off of training either.

3) Repeat this exercise often. Eventually the puppy will not even let you put your hand in it's mouth.

The reason for "YIPE", rather than "No", is because this is a sound dogs will recognize as a negative cry out. "No", is foreign to a puppy. The only thing they understand is the volume of your voice, which could be easily mistaken as aggression towards it.


I do not recommend using this method on an mature dog who has already developed a tendancy for biting. The problem is, most dogs who bite do so out of fear or discomfort with a situation. This scenario could inspire the dog to do some serious damage. If your dog is already a biter, seek out a professional trainer for advice.
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Old August 14th, 2004, 03:49 AM
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OMG... LOL gotta share this!

My aunt got a new little 11 week Jack Russell. Tonight I got to see it for the first time and O..M..G.... IT'S SOOOO ADORABLE!!!

The little thing is so hyper! It won't sit still for a second, and on his leash is jumping in all sorts of different directions.

I was just dying to pick the little cutie up, and when she said it was ok, if the darned thing didn't lick everywhere on my head... it even stuck it's tongue up my nose!!!! Lick Lick Lick!!!

Anyway, as puppies tend to do, during his frisky play he would "nip" once and a while. So, I told my aunt about this trick to teach the puppy not to bite. She said it was ok, but looked at me real strange.

So I wait for the puppy to give me a little nip and cried out, "YIPE!"

If the puppy didn't stop frozen and stare at me... for 10 seconds!! It was the first time I saw it sit still!

My aunt is laughing now, she finds this amusing.

So, the puppy starts playing again, and sure enough, he nipped. "YIPE!!!" I cried out, and again!! He Stopped and stared at me!!!

This went on a few times, each time he stopped and looked at me, as if he was understanding what I had to say.

I'm telling you, this trick is the best one a puppy can ever learn... and it's so much fun to teach!

It's not an instant thing, basically you have to work with puppy every time he nips give out a "YIPE!". Eventually they do get it
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Old August 16th, 2004, 03:05 PM
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Wow! I'm going to try that
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