A Boston Terrier puppy is a bundle of playful energy, and puppies often play by using their mouths to grab things--toys, rawhide bones... your hand!
These people-motivated dogs like to play and bite at your hand or ankle to get your attention and let you know they want to play some more. Most puppies tend to be “mouthy” as their teeth come in, and because your Boston Terrier does not have opposable thumbs, his mouth is his best option for grabbing onto something, or someone!
Boston Terriers tend to be a particularly “mouthy” breed. In a puppy this behavior is not generally meant to show aggression as much as it is a means of interacting with you, however, what is cute in a puppy will not be cute as your Boston Terrier gets older and biting becomes harder and more difficult to stop. Even a small dog like a Boston Terrier can cause injury if they bite, especially on delicate skin or on extremities like the hand or ankle. Teaching your Boston Terrier good manners, which include not biting or nipping even in play will serve you and your dog well in the future. It is a lot easier to guide a puppy not to nip and bite during play than an older dog that has established this behavior as a way of getting what he wants.
Make sure everyone in your household, as well as visitors, are aware of your “no tolerance for biting” policy, to maintain consistency and avoid inadvertently reinforcing biting. You will need chew toys to redirect your Boston Terrier's biting behavior to a more appropriate target. You can use a deterrent like bitter spray as well to discourage biting in your Boston Terrier puppy. Always make sure you use something pet appreciate that will not make your dog sick. Appropriate products are available from pet supply stores. Remember to be patient and firm to direct your young dog.
When I tell my pup no, he barks and growls while pouncing and then will nip my hand. I'm hoping this is a puppy stage but I know an adult Boston who nips and I don't want mine to do that.
Hello Cindy, Check out the article that I have linked below. Follow the "Bite Inhibition" method while you also work on teaching Murphy the "Leave It" command from the " Leave It" method. Once he has mastered Leave It, you can switch to using leave when he bites or thinks about biting. If he disobeys the leave it command after he knows it well, you can then use the "Pressure" method to discipline the biting. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite There is an order to what you teach. Right now he is young and needs to learn how to control pressure, which the "Bite Inhibition" method and a good puppy class that has some moderated off-leash puppy play will help. Soon, he needs to stop biting complete, which is the point of Leave It. Before you discipline him he also needs to understand what you want him to do (leave it in this case). If you discipline him for biting when you told him to Leave It, then the discipline is for disobedience and he can understand. If you simply discipline without teaching him first, he likely thinks you are rough housing and doesn't know what no even means - so it is less effective. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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my dog keeps peeing/ pooping inside, is there any fast learning techniques to use so that she will know not to do her business inside?
Hello Jayda, I suggest using th crate training method from the article that I have linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside All potty training takes time but the crate training method is typically the fastest method and if you follow it closely there will be fewer accidents to clean up during the process. The more accidents you can prevent and the more times you are able to reward him for going potty outside, the quicker the training will go. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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