January 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm #14573a1angelroseParticipant
Help just relized something. Captain morgan (morg morg) is 11 weeks old. He once and awhile forgets and nips at me or the kids yes I know puppy time just keep reniforcing the no bite rule. My problem is that he is biting to be donminate with my signifgint other the kids grandfather we have been together 11 years so being new boyfriend is not it. Nothing we have tried to stop this has worked. We have tried removal, biting back, sharp no or yelp, shaking the muzzel. We are at a lost on what to do to stop this he is drawing blood we need to get a grip on this so any ideas would be appericated. Thank You Rene morg morg’s familyJanuary 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm #16490KaylasMomParticipant
At 11 weeks of age, he isn’t “dominating” anyone. He is a puppy and he hasn’t been taught bite inhibition yet. If he was pulled away from his mom and siblings too soon, he has very little bite inhibition, as you are experiencing. The mom and siblings begin teaching pups all about bite inhibition at an early age.
A lot of the things you are doing are actually reinforcing his biting. Touching him in any way shape or form is basically giving him the attention that he is trying to get from you by biting. There are ways to help teach him right from wrong, and by being rough (grabbing the muzzle and biting back) are just making the situation worse. We are not dogs, and he knows that. You need to teach him how to behave in a new language.
I replied on another similar post a few days ago, so I will cut and paste and put below. Most of it can apply to your situation. More than likely your puppy isn’t really biting, it is just really hard play. Puppies touch and learn about their environment through their mouths, noses, ears, and eyes.
First thing is first…you need to be patient, gentle, yet stern. Nothing will change overnight. You have some damage control to take ahold of, and that can take time. Everyone in the house has to do the SAME thing, or he will get confused and never learn. He is at a very impresonable age right now, and what you do now can affect him seriously down the road.
Here is the posting (keep in mind it is geared towards a 15 week old puppy):
I have never had a puppy (not a big fan of that stage in a dog’s life), but I research dog behavior in all stages.
Puppies chew and nip everything, as it is how they learn about their world. It is completely normal. But it is important to direct the puppy to chewing appropriate items, and that doesn’t include any human body parts! At 15 weeks old, she should have already learned some bite inhibition from her siblings and mother, unless she was pulled away from them too soon. That is a chronic issue with many dogs these days.
You need to teach the puppy appropriate play behavior. It sounds like you are on the right track with what you are doing. To teach the puppy appropriate play behavior, hard biting should elicit a painful shriek or a loud noise from the human, like a rapt “eh eh”. Just like it does with the pup’s siblings or mom, this sends the message to the pup that this behavior is unacceptable. Stop interacting with the puppy. Get up, cross your arms, and walk away, ignoring the puppy for a few. Puppies and older dogs hate to be ignored. Sometimes the worse thing that you can do to a dog (in his mind) is to ignore him when he is just trying to get your attention or play. By walking away or even just crossing your arms and turning your back to him, you have removed the “rewards” (you and the playing), and you are teaching bite inhibition. Gradually decrease the pressure of the bite you permit and add a cue before yelping to teach a signal to the dog. Ignoring the dog is kind of like a time out for humans.
Another way is once there is biting, keep your hands very quiet and still and then redirect the puppy to other appropriate objects. Sometimes shrieking, then ignoring, and then handing the dog something appropriate to chew on is the way to go. Always have something available to transfer to her mouth. It may seem like you are rewarding, but if you do it correctly and with good timing, you are not rewarding.
Other biting, such as on pants leg or a shoelace, can be handled by distractions such as throwing a toy or a simple clap. Remember to NOT engage the dog verbally. Just talking to the dog by saying “no” reinforces the negative behavior. You just paid attention to the dog by opening your mouth to yell at it, so you are reinforcing the behavior. Reinforce only the positive behavior.
I know, it all seems to complicated, but it will work. I have seen it happen and I have trained it. Just take your time and be patient. Dogs are experts at reading our emotions and body language. Reinforcing unwanted behaviors is one of many mistakes we as humans make when raising dogs.
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