How to Train a Boxer Puppy to Not Bite

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1-5 Months
Behavior

Introduction

Can you imagine petting an older adult dog? You stroke his head, touch his face, brush his coat, and never once does he put his mouth on you. If you are the owner of a young Boxer puppy then this picture probably seems hard to image right now. If you have ever been bitten by your puppy, and you probably have, then you are likely very familiar with the feeling of tiny razor sharp puppy teeth on your bare skin. Although your young puppy's bites are not dangerous until your puppy develops stronger jaw muscles, the bites can definitely make you jump in surprise and can leave a series of red marks all over your arms, legs, hands, and anywhere else that your Boxer decides to give a nip.

Most puppy biting is normal before the age of six months. Some breeds such as Boxers tend to be more mouthy due to excitement or inherited traits. Most puppies learn about and interact with the world around them with their mouths. If you have ever noticed adult dogs playing together, then you probably saw the dogs gently bite one another in play. The problem is that your puppy needs to learn how to control his mouth before his jaws get strong and he can cause real injury. If you have young children, your puppy's biting can also cause fear and lead to your puppy bullying them.

When puppies play together they do a great job of teaching each other how to control their mouths. If you have ever watched your puppy play with another puppy, and your puppy bit the other puppy too hard, the other puppy probably let out a yelp and stopped playing with your puppy for a couple of minutes. This yelp communicated to your puppy that his bite was too hard, and the other puppy stopping the game was a natural consequence of your puppy's actions. In most cases, your puppy would eventually learn through this type of play to be gentle with his mouth, but most puppies are not with other puppies all the time, so your puppy will need you to teach him.

Defining Tasks

Learning how to control his mouth is something that your puppy will need to learn while he is young. It is much harder for an adult dog to learn how to control his mouth later on, and many will be tested in a moment of surprise or fear. If your puppy learns how to not only stop biting but also how to control the pressure of his bite, then he will be more likely to control the severity of his bite during an unexpected incident as an adult. Most dogs will bite when put in the wrong situation, such as when his tail is accidentally closed in a car door or when he is frightened while sleeping. If your dog has learned good control of his mouth as a puppy, then when your dog does bite in such circumstances, the bite is less likely to break the skin and require medical attention.

If your puppy is less than four months old, then you can spend time teaching him how to control the pressure of his bite by using the 'Yelping' method. This method takes time to teach and your puppy will need to stop biting completely before he has developed strong enough jaws to break the skin at around five months of age. If your puppy is older, then it is best to start with one of the other methods that will teach your puppy to simply stop biting altogether.

Play biting is normal for all young puppies, but if your puppy is showing any signs of true aggression then it is very important that you seek immediate help early on. These methods are designed for training your puppy to stop normal puppy mouthing biting. True aggression will need to be addressed at its roots. If your puppy is lunging at you or a family member's throat, this is not normal behavior and is an emergency situation. Seek immediate assistance from a qualified trainer or behaviorist in your area.

Getting Started

To get started you will need lots of small, tasty treats. If your puppy is very food motivated then you can use your puppy's normal kibble for this. Using your puppy's own kibble as a reward will help to keep your puppy healthy and will teach your puppy to work for his food, so that better treats can be saved for high-level training needs.

If you are using the 'Yelping' method then you will also need patience and at least two months to teach this, so that you can gradually increase the difficulty level as your puppy improves. If you are using the 'Leave It' method, in addition to food you will also need lots of items that your puppy finds tempting to practice with. These items can be balls and other toys, clothing articles like socks, shoes, shirts, and gloves, paper wads, sticks, leaves, stuffed animals, and anything else that your puppy likes to put in his mouth. If you are using ' the 'Pressure' method then you will need a thick glove if you do not want to use your bare hand. A leather gardening or work glove should work well for this. You will also need a no-nonsense attitude and a calm demeanor. With all of the methods, you will need consistency and the ability to remain patient, calm, and boring.

The Yelping Method

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Say "ouch!"
To begin, whenever your puppy bites you hard enough to cause pain, say "Ouch!" in a loud and high pitched voice, then turn your back to your puppy, cross your arms, and ignore your puppy for five minutes. This is to let your puppy know that biting too hard hurts, and that you will stop playing with him if he does it.
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Call him back
After it has been five minutes, if your puppy has left you alone, then call your puppy over, have him do something for you, such as 'sit', and then resume playing with him. It is important for you to be the one who initiates the playing again by calling him over and having him do something for you. If your puppy is biting your pants or trying to get your attention in some other way at the end of the five minutes, then wait until he stops for two minutes before calling him back. This may take up to thirty minutes the first time. Hold your ground and stand firm. If it gets really bad then leave the room rather than stand with your back turned to him.
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Require a softer bite
Practice yelping and ignoring your puppy every time that he bites you to the point of pain, until your puppy begins to bite more softly. When your puppy's bite hurts less, then begin to yelp and ignore him whenever he simply applies pressure. When you ignore him now, rather than simply turning your back to him, leave the room for the five minutes.
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Call him back
Like before, when you return after the five minutes, call him to yourself and have him do something for you before you resume playing with him again.
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Require no biting
When your puppy stops applying pressure when he bites you, and is only touching you gently with his mouth, then begin to yelp and ignore him whenever he even touches you with his teeth. When you leave the room now, leave the room for ten minutes. After the ten minutes are up, return and call him back to you. Have him do something for you, and then resume playing afterwards.
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Practice
Repeat yelping and ignoring your puppy for any form of biting until your puppy no longer touches you with his mouth at all.
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The Leave It Method

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Hold food
To begin, place several pieces of food in one hand and several more in a location that is out of your puppy's sight and reach. Good options are your pocket or a shelf or table nearby. Make a fist around the pieces of food in your hand and allow you puppy to sniff your closed hand.
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Add command
Tell your puppy to "leave it" while you keep your hand tightly closed. When he gives up trying to get the food for even a couple of seconds then praise him, tell him "take it", and then offer him a piece of the hidden food from the nearby location. Do not offer the food in your hand though.
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Repeat
Practice having your puppy leave food in your hand alone until he will immediately leave it alone when told to. Gradually make it harder by having your hand open when you do this, by placing the treat on the floor with your foot next to it, and by dropping pieces of food onto the floor for him to leave. Whenever you do any of this be ready to close your hand or cover the food with a foot or hand if your puppy tries to get the food. Otherwise he will not learn to 'leave it'.
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Practice with objects
When your puppy will leave food alone whenever he is told, then practice having your puppy leave other tempting items in your hand or under your foot alone. Items might include tennis Balls, socks, gloves, shirts, shoes, paper wads, stuffed animals, sticks, leaves, or anything else that your puppy finds really desirable. Practice with these items until your puppy will leave whatever you tell him to alone.
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Practice with yourself
When your puppy will leave objects and food alone very well, then whenever your puppy begins to bite you or your clothing, tell your puppy to 'leave it'. While you do this, keep very still and quiet to prevent your puppy from thinking that you are playing. When your puppy stops for even a couple of seconds, then praise him and tell him "take it" while offering him a treat. Practice this until your puppy will immediately stop biting you whenever you tell him to 'leave it'.
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Be consistent
Once your puppy will stop biting you whenever you say "leave it", remain consistent by always acting boring and commanding him to 'leave it' whenever he bites you. By always commanding him to 'leave it' and never tolerating biting, you are discouraging him from attempting to bite in the future, and you are convincing him that biting is no longer fun for him.
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The Pressure Method

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Find a glove
To begin, find a thick glove such as a leather gardening glove. If your puppy's bite is hard enough to hurt, then either choose another method, or if you feel comfortable, wear the glove while doing this.
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Block your body
When you are interacting with your puppy and he begins to bite you, place your gloved hand in front of him to block his mouth from grabbing other areas of your body.
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Apply pressure
If he bites your hand instead, which he likely will do, then with your hand flat, press your hand into the back of his mouth so that you are putting pressure onto the area where his upper and lower jaw meet. Do this until he tries to spit your hand out himself. The area where his jaws meet in the back of his mouth is a sensitive area, so pressure applied there is uncomfortable for him and will make biting you uncomfortable rather than fun for him.
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Repeat
If your puppy tries to bite you again after doing this, which many excited puppies will do, then repeat the pressure on his jaws. Do this every time that he tries to bite until he decides that biting is unpleasant and gives up. When you do this it is important to be firm and still, and not act excited, loud, or run away. If you act excited or scared then your puppy will think that you are playing and it will encourage him to bite even more.
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Be consistent
Every time that your puppy tries to bite you, block him with your hand and apply pressure if he bites your hand. Your puppy should gradually bite less and less often as you remain consistent.
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Praise his efforts at not biting
When your puppy stops himself from biting you when you show him your hand, then praise him in a calm and kind tone of voice. It is important to praise his efforts at being good so that he learns what he should be doing when he is excited, which is exhibiting self-control.
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Written by Caitlin Crittenden

Published: 02/05/2018, edited: 01/08/2021

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Rocky
Boxer
2 Months
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Rocky
Boxer
2 Months

Bites a lot (hands, feet and legs) and sometimes even growls

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Hello Nicole, At his age that is completely normal and how puppies naturally interact with other puppies and learn - they have to be taught not to bite people. I suggest following the Yelping method right now while also working on the Leave It method. When she gets good at the Leave It command, then you can switch to that and can enforce your Leave It command by using the Pressure method as a gentle way to discipline I she disobeys Leave It. It's important to teach her self-control with the Yelping method Leave It command before disciplining for the biting though or she won't understand why she is being disciplined or what to do instead of biting. She is young, doing what comes naturally, and needs your help to learn something new. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-boxer-puppy-to-not-bite Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Jeffrey
Boxer
14 Weeks
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Jeffrey
Boxer
14 Weeks

Our boxer puppy is biting a lot, my 8 year old son was playing with him in the garden earlier when I heard him screaming, he has bitten him all over breaking the skin in a few places, he even clawed his pyjama pants down and bit his bum, bit wife’s ear leaving a gash and broke skin many other times with different people, he is wagging tail when doing it so it looks like play, any suggestions with the children?

Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Daniel, Work on teaching your pup the "Out" command, which means leave the area. Check out the article linked below for how to do that. You can enforce the command for your kids too once you have taught him what the command means. When they tell him "Out" if he does not obey, get between him and the child and firmly but calmly walk toward him and herd him out of the area near your child until he is several feet away. Stand in front of him, blocking him from getting back to the child until he stops trying to return to that area or walks away from the area entirely. Be firm and calm when you do this. If you get flustered he will likely think you are playing. By using Out, you are teaching him to leave the area completely (removing the temptation to bite) and you are conveying with body language that what you are blocking him from belongs to you and he needs to respect that space or thing. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Also, work on teaching the "Leave It" command. Check out the article linked below and the "Leave It" method. He needs to develop impulse control and Leave It around moving objects is one way to help with that. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Also, enroll him in a puppy class that has time for puppy play and socialization in a structured way, where the trainer separates puppies to give them a break if things get to rough. This is moderated play and playing with other puppies can help pups learn how to control how hard they bite when they bite. Ideally the class would also have time where everyone practices passing each other's puppies around and handling them while they give treats to teach tolerance too. Many classes also include teaching Leave It. If you can find a Sirius Pup brand class in your city, they may teach all of those things. Look for a similar type of class though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Klitschko
Boxer
1 Year
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Klitschko
Boxer
1 Year

My boxer dog is already a year old.. We have tried different things with him when he was younger (more of a puppy) but he just can't seem to stop biting. Whenever we try to play with him and give him attention, he will bite and attack us.. We tried the yelp method, but it just doesn't seem to work for him. I feel like he thinks he is the alfa of the family, and I just want to know if there's anyway we could change that. Thank you so much for taking your time to help!!

Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Lana, First, I suggest teaching him the Leave It command. Check out the article linked below and follow the Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Second, work on building his respect by practicing the following commands and protocols to build his impulse control, respect, calmness, and listening: Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Dog Training Do’s https://www.solidk9training.com/sk9-blog/2016/09/08/the-ten-commandments-of-dog-training-and-ownership-do-2 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Twitch
Boxer
9 Weeks
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Boxer
9 Weeks

Hi there. Just got my buddy on Dec 26th. I know puppies bite things alot and play. Twitch loves to bite my hands and arms and is biting anything in site sometimes like the end of the coffee table corner of the cement block to our fireplace,coats,shoes,etc. I've had dogs in the past and this is my 2nd boxer. I know their attention span is like 10 secs. I've tried to yell in a high pitch to stop him. It does for a couple seconds. He evens bites at my shirt and towards my neck. What should I use to stop him or calm it down a little? I Even yell stern and slap his nose or butt and doesnt gaze him.

Thanks so much

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Thomas, First, know that what you described is normal but you also probably just got a pup with a bit stronger personality this time - not bad just more excitable and bold so the biting seems worse. If you can find a good puppy kindergarten class with time for off-leash play or a free puppy play date class attend one of those with him so that he can learn how to control the pressure of his bite by playing with other puppies. Petco and some other pet stores with training offer free puppy play classes if you call and ask for the schedule. A paid kindergarten class would have the benefits of training too. If you have any friends with puppies under 6 months of age, set up play dates with those puppies too. Moderate the puppies' play and whenever one pup seems overwhelmed or they are all getting too excited, interrupt their play, let everyone calm down, then let the most timid pup go first to see if they still want to play - if they do, then you can let the other puppies go too when they are waiting for permission. Second, check out the article linked below. Starting today, use the "Yelp" method. At the same time however, begin teaching "Leave It" from the "Leave It" method. As soon as pup is good as the Leave It game, start telling pup to "Leave It" when he attempts to bite or is tempted to bite. Reward pup if he makes a good choice. If he disobeys your leave it command, use the Pressure method to gently discipline pup for biting when you told him not to. The order or all of this is very important - the yelp method can be used for the next couple of weeks while pup is learning leave it, but leave it will teach pup to stop the biting entirely. The pressure method teaches pup that you mean what you say without being overly harsh - but because you have taught pup to leave it first, pup clearly understands that you are not just roughhousing (which is what pup probably thinks most of the time right now), so it is more effective. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite When pup gets especially wound up, he probably needs a nap too. At this age puppies will sometimes get really hyper when they are overtired or haven't had any mental stimulation through something like training. When you spot that and think pup could be tired, place pup in their crate or an exercise pen with a food stuffed Kong for a bit to help him calm down and rest. Also, know that mouthiness at this age is completely normal. It's not fun but it is normal for it to take some time for a puppy to learn self-control well enough to stop. Try not to get discouraged if you don't see instant progress, any progress and moving in the right direction in this area is good, so keep at it. Most puppies take about 3 months to really do well with mouthing even with consistent training - my goal for puppies is to have them stop completely by 5 months of age - when their jaws get stronger. Commands that increase self-control in general and teach pup calmness are also good things to teach. These commands will take time to teach of course, but if your pup is a bolder pup, these commands would be especially good to work on over the next year. If you have other friends' with puppies, why not invite them over, sending them the following videos and articles too, and practice it all together - allowing puppies to learn and be socialized. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ As far as biting objects, I suggest teaching Leave It, Out, Crate Training, tethering pup to you with a leash as needed, and using a spray deterrent on the areas pup tends to chew the most - such as bitter apple or bitter melon spray. A strong leave it and Out command are super important here but that will take some time to teach so spraying a deterrent spray can help manage. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Chloe
Boxer
5 Months
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Chloe
Boxer
5 Months

Hi my son got a boxer puppy and I'm grandma and I babysit her during the day while he works and since I'm with her all day she comes to me when she gets scared or pretty much whenever she wants anything. When he first got her I took her everywhere I went, errands in the car and she pretty much just slept the whole time. When it was time for her first vet visit we put her harness on and drove to the vet's office, when we arrived I put the leash on her to take her into the vet. Let me explain that first of all we have a huge back yard and I would go out 3 or 4 times a day and throw toys for her and let her run a play, my son insisted that I not take her for walks around the neighborhood or anywhere for that matter until she got her second shots so she had never been on a leash. So when we got there and I attached the leash to her harness she wouldn't move we had to pick her up the vet was very gentle gave her her physical and shots and gave her a treat and we left she was really timid in the car on the way home now she relates the harness, collar and leash and even the car to that experience and when I put her in the car she just shakes and acts terrified the whole time and if I'm able to get the harness on her when I attach the leash she will not move or walk. I'm not worried about exercise because of our huge fenced in yard but I really feel like she's missing out not going on walks around the neighborhood and it breaks my heart to see how scared she is in the car. I don't want to leave her at home all the time. If you have any recommendations they would be greatly appreciated.

Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Janell, I would definitely work on desensitizing her to walking, the harness, the leash and car again. At this age, this fear can very likely be overcome, but if you quit working on it, pup may stay afraid into adulthood, and she will need to be able to travel and walk on a leash later in life, in addition to needing the socialization now to develop a great temperament as an adult. Harness reintroduction video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn5b8u1YS_g&feature=emb_title Getting pup used to wearing the leash again - I would start with having pup just drag the leash around the house again, then progressing to the training where she walks with you: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-your-puppy-to-accept-leash For the car riding, start practicing Down-Stay and Sit- Stay in the car without going anywhere. Play treat hiding - where treats are placed on the floor of the stationary vehicle, until pup likes being in the car again. Do this without the car moving until pup is visibly relaxed in the car again. When pup can handle being in the car, start taking pup to fun but calm locations close by - such as a local field or calm park in or near your neighborhood. You want pup to associate the car with fun things but also things that are calm and not overwhelming, until pup is able to relax in the car again and not expect a visit to the vet as the norm. Pay attention to pup's body language and the environment. Some pups don't want to walk because they are afraid of a neighborhood dog in a fence barking, construction workers, funny objects (like Christmas decorations), and things we would never think twice about. If pup isn't familiar with something (no matter how normal it may seem to us) it can feel scary to pup and be a reason why they don't want to leave the safety of the yard. If pup seems nervous or something might be bothering them in the environment, work on helping pup overcome that fear first by using play and treats to distract pup and then reward pup for any confidence, calmness, or tolerance they shows around the fearful thing. Practice this further away from the scary thing first and very gradually work up to pup being able to pass that thing as her confidence grows with your help. If she is nervous being simply out of your yard, like on walks also, spend time with her outside in your front yard, a close by cul-de-sac and other areas of your neighborhood, with pup on a long leash. Simply sit and relax there to let her get used to sights and sounds in the area, and play fun games on the long leash, like short range fetch, tug, easy treat finding games - where treats are sprinkled in grass or dirt without pesticides or car spills, and Round Robin - a come game on a long leash that involved pup going back and forth between two people to earn treats. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Tyson
Great Dane
7 Months
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Tyson
Great Dane
7 Months

He is a rescue pup and he has started to play rough. His play is had gotten better but once we moved he got much worse and no longer listens to the word stop. He is a great dane and boxer mix.

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Koda
Boxer
10 Weeks
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Koda
Boxer
10 Weeks

How do I get my boxer to stop nipping at me and my family? She seems to growl and bark at us to.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Renee, First, if you can find a free puppy play date class attend one of those with him so that she can learn how to control the pressure of his bite by playing with other puppies. Petco and some other pet stores with training offer free puppy play classes if you call and ask for the schedule. If you have any friends with puppies under 6 months of age, set up play dates with those puppies too. Moderate the puppies' play and whenever one pup seems overwhelmed or they are all getting too excited, interrupt their play, let everyone calm down, then let the most timid pup go first to see if they still want to play - if they do, then you can let the other puppies go too when they are waiting for permission. Second, check out the article linked below. Starting today, use the "Yelp" method. At the same time however, begin teaching "Leave It" from the "Leave It" method. As soon as pup is good as the Leave It game, start telling pup to "Leave It" when she attempts to bite or is tempted to bite. Reward pup if she makes a good choice. If she disobeys your leave it command, use the Pressure method to gently discipline pup for biting when you told her not to. The order or all of this is very important - the yelp method can be used for the next couple of weeks while pup is learning leave it, but leave it will teach pup to stop the biting entirely. The pressure method teaches pup that you mean what you say without being overly harsh - but because you have taught pup to leave it first, pup clearly understands that you are not just roughhousing (which is what pup probably thinks most of the time right now), so it is more effective. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite When pup gets especially wound up, she probably needs a nap too. At this age puppies will sometimes get really hyper when they are overtired or haven't had any mental stimulation through something like training. When you spot that and think pup could be tired, place pup in their crate or an exercise pen with a food stuffed Kong for a bit to help her calm down and rest. Also, know that mouthiness at this age is completely normal. It's not fun but it is normal for it to take some time for a puppy to learn self-control well enough to stop. Try not to get discouraged if you don't see instant progress, any progress and moving in the right direction in this area is good, so keep at it. Commands that increase self-control in general and teach pup calmness are also good things to teach. These commands will take time to teach of course, but they can also be a great way to create your own puppy class with pup. If you have other friends' with puppies, why not invite them over, sending them the following videos and articles too, and practice it all together - allowing puppies to learn and be socialized. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the room: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Nína
Pitbull Boxer
4 Months
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Nína
Pitbull Boxer
4 Months

How to get her to stop barking? And how to train her well and good so that she can behave better

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Julysa, Check out the article linked below and follow both the Quiet method and the Desensitization method. Also, pay attention to whether pup's barking is getting her what she wants. Is she barking to get out of the crate, eat, be petted, ect...Then someone is giving her that thing. Be sure that she isn't being some how rewarded for barking, and look for times of quiet to reward instead. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Kobe
Boxer Basset
8 Weeks
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Boxer Basset
8 Weeks

We been having Kobe for about a week now. He is still a puppy about 8 weeks or so. And our biggest concern has been his biting and barking. We have a 10 year old and a 16 year old in the house during the day my 16 year is with him and these past few day we notice that Kobe has been biting on our feet’s and trying to launch at us has he barks. We play with him and he likes to chew on his toy. He is friendly at first when we play with him but he then quickly changes. It begins when he starts to bite our toes. Socks or legs or when we tell him to not to bite the carpet or our clothing. We try to distract him when he launched at us and barks with a toy and he stops. But if we keep playing with him he starts again with the biting and barks every so often. But not always. When he is alone and no is playing with him I try to keep him busy with a toy but I constantly have to be after him so he doesn’t bite the carpet or a furniture. When we take him outside the kids will play with him. He then bites on grass and rocks. Pretty much everything he sees. He may sometimes be running and will start to look at our feet’s and try to bite our shoes or legs. We say “ouch” but he continues to bite until he gets distracted with something else. There’s been time when he have to push him away because he doesn’t stop. We have started him walking him outside with a leash on. He first was very stubborn about it and be grabbing and biting the leash but after a few attempts he will walk ok without trying to bite the leash off. after trying to give him a command to “leave it” or “No” he will stop. At this point I know is very crucial to start him training. Should I consult a professional. If so where can I start?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
104 Dog owners recommended

Hello, I think consulting a trainer for help with Kobe is a great idea. It is a worthwhile investment that will enable everyone in the family to know how to handle a rambunctious puppy who seems to have extra energy and a love of biting. It is good that he is walking well on the leash. You can start some training there, by working on his heeling skills. Try the Turns Method here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel. This will get Kobe to focus and work with a little direction as opposed to being all over the place. Start obedience training: https://wagwalking.com/training/obedience-train-a-great-dane. Kobe will learn that respect is part of his membership in the family. You've got to have everyone on board with the training and practice. So yes, consult a trainer in your area (you can ask the vet for recommendations or make calls and ask the philosophy of the trainer to see if you agree). Good luck!

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Jax
Boxer
8 Weeks
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Jax
Boxer
8 Weeks

Jax is from an oops litter, and therefore has questionable genetics and unknown temperament. My parents did not meet with him for more than one visit before bringing him home at 6 weeks old. Initially he was well behaved. In the last week, he has started snarling and biting harder than puppy teething. He has been lunging at faces with a yelp/snarl when you try to kiss the top of his head.

My dad is old school and relies on corporal punishment like smacking his muzzle or rump, hard enough to illicit a strong and Loud yelp. I believe this will only cause issues down the line with Jax communicating with us when something is wrong or upsetting him, or may reinforce the bad behavior.

How can we get Jax to stop the behavior listed above??? Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
227 Dog owners recommended

Hello! I am going to send you information on nipping/biting and some suggestions on how to curb that behavior. Nipping: Puppies may nip for a number of reasons. Nipping can be a means of energy release, getting attention, interacting and exploring their environment or it could be a habit that helps with teething. Whatever the cause, nipping can still be painful for the receiver, and it’s an action that pet parents want to curb. Some ways to stop biting before it becomes a real problem include: Using teething toys. Distracting with and redirecting your dog’s biting to safe and durable chew toys is one way to keep them from focusing their mouthy energies to an approved location and teach them what biting habits are acceptable. Making sure your dog is getting the proper amount of exercise. Exercise is huge. Different dogs have different exercise needs based on their breed and size, so check with your veterinarian to make sure that yours is getting the exercise they need. Dogs—and especially puppies—use their playtime to get out extra energy. With too much pent-up energy, your pup may resort to play biting. Having them expel their energy in positive ways - including both physical and mental exercise - will help mitigate extra nips. Being consistent. Training your dog takes patience, practice and consistency. With the right training techniques and commitment, your dog will learn what is preferred behavior. While sometimes it may be easier to let a little nipping activity go, be sure to remain consistent in your cues and redirection. That way, boundaries are clear to your dog. Using positive reinforcement. To establish preferred behaviors, use positive reinforcement when your dog exhibits the correct behavior. For instance, praise and treat your puppy when they listen to your cue to stop unwanted biting as well as when they choose an appropriate teething toy on their own. Saying “Ouch!” The next time your puppy becomes too exuberant and nips you, say “OUCH!” in a very shocked tone and immediately stop playing with them. Your puppy should learn - just as they did with their littermates - that their form of play has become unwanted. When they stop, ensure that you follow up with positive reinforcement by offering praise, treat and/or resuming play. Letting every interaction with your puppy be a learning opportunity. While there are moments of dedicated training time, every interaction with your dog can be used as a potential teaching moment.

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Freya
German boxer
6 Weeks
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Freya
German boxer
6 Weeks

The puppy dont want to sleep in the crate... barks and cries all night and gills the crate with potty

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Natasha, At this age pup has a very limited bladder capacity - only 1.1.5 hours likely. I would set up an exercise pen and a disposable real grass pad for pup to go potty on at night. Place a non-absorbent bed on one end and a couple of grass pads on the opposite end of the exercise pen. Check out www.primopads.com or https://k9ballistics.com/ for some non-absorbent bed options. Go ahead and practice the Surprise method from the article linked below to get pup used to the crate for short periods during the day so that pup will make the transition to crate training more easily at 8 weeks. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate At 8 weeks, begin to crate pup at night too. Know that an 8 week old puppy will still need to go potty a couple of times at night. When pup wakes after it's been at least 2 hours since their last potty trip, take pup potty on a leash, keep the trip boring, then return pup to the crate after they go potty, and ignore any crying until they go back to sleep, each time they wake after 2 hours needing to go. If you are consistent pup should gradually begin sleeping longer stretches as their bladder capacity increases. As a rule an awake puppy can hold their bladder for the number of months they are in age plus one. Once pup is used to the crate and stays asleep more at night, that number can as much as double, but that still means that a 2 month old puppy will need to go potty every 4 hours at night even until ideal circumstances, or else pup will not be able to help having an accident. Check out the free PDF e-book AFTER You Get Your Puppy as well. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Jade
Boxer
4 Months
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Jade
Boxer
4 Months

She will not leave my 8 yr old Lab alone. No matter what we try this pup will not stop barking at her & challenging her. When we are outside my lab will play with her but in the house she will not.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
836 Dog owners recommended

Hello Kim, First, I suggest crate training the puppy. Use the Surprise method from the article linked below to gradually help him learn to be calm in the crate and to relax by using rewards for being Quiet. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Crate pup at night and when you leave, and you can use an exercise pen with some toys in it also. When you cannot directly supervise the dogs together, puppy should be crated or in the pen. If you want pup to be free but don't want to chase after her while you are home, you can also clip her to yourself using a six-foot leash, so that she has to stay near you and not wander near your other dog. When you are supervising, teach both dogs the Out command (which means leave the area) and make whoever is causing issues leave the area as needed (like pup pestering your older dog). Pay attention to the section on How to Use Out to Deal With Pushy Behavior, and you be the one to calmly make pup move away from your older dog when they aren't responding to them wanting to be left alone or your Out command. Out command: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ I also recommend teaching puppy a Leave It command. Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Decide what your house rules are for both dogs and you be the one to enforce the rules instead of the dogs. No aggression, no pushiness, no stealing toys, no stealing food, no being possessive of people or things, no bothering another dog when they want to be left alone, or any other unwanted behavior - if one dog is causing a problem you be the one to enforce the rules so that the dogs are NOT working it out themselves. For example, if pup comes over to your older dog when she is trying to sleep, tell pup Out. If puppy obeys, praise and reward her. If she disobeys, stand in front of your older dog, blocking the pup from getting to her, and walk toward pup calmly but firmly until pup leaves the area and stops trying to go back to your older dog. If your older dog growls at your pup, make your older dog leave the room while also disciplining pup by making them leave for antagonizing if they did. Be vigilant and take the pressure off of your older dog - you want her to learn to look to you when there is a problem, and for puppy to learn respect for your older dog because you have taught it to her and not because your older dog has had to resort to aggression or she has to hide all the time. I also recommend finding a way for pup to play with other puppies who are 6 months or younger. Puppies tend to learn social skills and control of their mouths best from playing with other puppies and the feedback they get from pup's during play. A free puppy playgroup, outside puppy class with off-leash play time, or hosting a couple friends with puppies in your own backyard if fenced are a few ways to accomplish that. Moderate the play and whenever one pup is tired or getting overwhelmed, call the pups apart, give them treats for doing a few tricks, then release the more timid/tired pup first to see if they still want to play. If they come over to the other puppies and initiate play, you can let the other puppies resume playing until one is worn out and needs to end it for the day - most puppies will play on and off for 45 minutes to an hour, then are exhausted. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Shadow
Boxer
1 Month
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Shadow
Boxer
1 Month

My puppy bites me and others very hard sometimes.
He even growls at us. I have tried the yelping method but no success.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
227 Dog owners recommended

Hello! Here is information on nipping/biting. Nipping: Puppies may nip for a number of reasons. Nipping can be a means of energy release, getting attention, interacting and exploring their environment or it could be a habit that helps with teething. Whatever the cause, nipping can still be painful for the receiver, and it’s an action that pet parents want to curb. Some ways to stop biting before it becomes a real problem include: Using teething toys. Distracting with and redirecting your dog’s biting to safe and durable chew toys is one way to keep them from focusing their mouthy energies to an approved location and teach them what biting habits are acceptable. Making sure your dog is getting the proper amount of exercise. Exercise is huge. Different dogs have different exercise needs based on their breed and size, so check with your veterinarian to make sure that yours is getting the exercise they need. Dogs—and especially puppies—use their playtime to get out extra energy. With too much pent-up energy, your pup may resort to play biting. Having them expel their energy in positive ways - including both physical and mental exercise - will help mitigate extra nips. Being consistent. Training your dog takes patience, practice and consistency. With the right training techniques and commitment, your dog will learn what is preferred behavior. While sometimes it may be easier to let a little nipping activity go, be sure to remain consistent in your cues and redirection. That way, boundaries are clear to your dog. Using positive reinforcement. To establish preferred behaviors, use positive reinforcement when your dog exhibits the correct behavior. For instance, praise and treat your puppy when they listen to your cue to stop unwanted biting as well as when they choose an appropriate teething toy on their own. Saying “Ouch!” The next time your puppy becomes too exuberant and nips you, say “OUCH!” in a very shocked tone and immediately stop playing with them. Your puppy should learn - just as they did with their littermates - that their form of play has become unwanted. When they stop, ensure that you follow up with positive reinforcement by offering praise, treat and/or resuming play. Letting every interaction with your puppy be a learning opportunity. While there are moments of dedicated training time, every interaction with your dog can be used as a potential teaching moment.

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Milo
Boxer
5 Months
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Milo
Boxer
5 Months

Hello,

this is our first time getting a dog and we have chosen to get a boxer, but every time we walk him he get's aggressive with the leash, he also pulls on the walks.

Any help would be kindly appreciated.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
836 Dog owners recommended

Hello, Check out the two articles IO have linked below. Start with getting pup used to the leash and leash pressure with the first article. Once pup is okay with the leash, the use the turns method from the second article for pulling, to teach Heel. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-your-puppy-to-accept-leash Turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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