How to Train a Chow Chow to Not Bite

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3-10 Weeks
Behavior

Introduction

A friend comes over to visit you. You're sitting together, having a good time, when she suddenly reaches out to pet your Chow Chow. Your normally sweet pup turns and gives your friend a warning nip. Your friend draws back, scared, and you scold your Chow Chow. But a few weeks later, it happens again. Chow Chows are big dogs. A bite from your dog could cause serious damage. All of the sudden, you're nervous. What if my dog really hurts someone?

Defining Tasks

Training your Chow Chow not to bite is very important. Chow Chows were originally bred to hunt and as guard dogs. Due to this background, Chow Chows are highly prone to aggression and can be very territorial of their home and their family. While your pup may be friendly with you, she is more likely to become aggressive with other dogs and unfamiliar visitors. Ideally, Chow Chows should be trained not to bite when they are puppies, but if you have issues with your adult dog biting, training can help.

Getting Started

Chow Chows tend to respond well to positive reinforcement. When training a Chow Chow, be sure to avoid punishment, as it can feed into the natural aggression of your dog. Instead, establish fair but consistent rules about biting and be patient with your pup as she learns the rules of the house.

The Walk Away Method

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Dogs are social creatures
Dogs, like wolves, exist in a pack. They crave social interaction and a feeling of acceptance. One method of training your dog is by taking away something she wants: your attention.
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Play
Start a game with your dog. Play with her until she starts to get riled up. She will probably try to nip or bite your hands as you play. As soon as she causes discomfort, let your hand go limp and remove it from her mouth.
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Take the fun away
Get up and leave the room immediately. Don't make eye contact with your dog either. Go into another room and close the door. Stay in there for at least 20 to 30 seconds.
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Try again
Start up the game again. Follow the same method as before. If after a few tries, your Chow Chow isn't getting the message, try saying "ouch" or yelping when she bites you to emphasize what behavior is causing you to leave the room.
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Be consistent
You should always have the same reaction to your Chow Chow biting you. Encourage others in your house or any visitors to do the same. Over time, your pup will learn that biting ends the game and isn't worth doing.
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The Alpha Method

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Figure out when your Chow Chow is biting
If your dog tends to bite when you try to make her obey, she may believe she is the alpha of the family. In these cases, establishing yourself as dominant figure in the "pack" can help put an end to biting.
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Change your demeanor
Pack leaders are confident and don't answer to anyone. When you are around your Chow Chow, stand tall with your shoulders back. Use a deep, firm voice with your dog. Make sure to use a tone of command when you tell her what to do, rather than one that implies a question. Your Chow Chow can tell the difference.
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Teach your dog that she needs to earn her place in the family
If your dog is already biting, she will probably need more than a change in attitude to stop. Use the 'sit' command to show her that she needs to follow directions get good things, such as treats and praise from you. Do not use physical punishment with your Chow Chow.
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Make her sit for everything
Make your dog sit before she gets her dinner. Make your dog sit before she goes outside. Make your dog sit before you pet her. This consistency lets her know that there is no free ride and she needs to mind your directions.
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Keep working until her behavior changes
Over the next few weeks, you should start to see an improvement in the behavior of your Chow Chow. Make sure everyone in your dog's life is consistent with her and makes her sit before giving her treats and affection. Having an aggressive Chow Chow is dangerous to everyone around her. Asserting your place as alpha can help her understand her role in the family and improve her behavior.
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The Yelping Method

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Use nature as a guide
If your Chow Chow was still with his mother and littermates, they would use signals to let each other know when play fighting goes too far. Dogs typically make a yelping nose when something hurts them. You can use a similar noise to indicate to your dog that she is playing too rough.
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Play
While you are playing with your dog, she may nip at your fingers as part of the game. As soon as she causes you discomfort, yelp loudly and let your hand go limp.
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Stop the game
Don't pull your hand away immediately, as this action may make your Chow Chow bite down harder. Instead, leave your hand limp until she lets go and then stop playing with her for thirty seconds or so.
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Return to the game
Go back to playing with your Chow Chow and repeat the same routine again. Be consistent and always react the same way when she nips you. She should start to realize that biting stops the game.
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No teeth on me
As your dog makes progress, start yelping as soon as her teeth touch you, even if it is gentle. Follow the same routine as before, stopping the game for a set length of time.
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Reward the behavior you want
Your Chow Chow may begin bringing you a toy in exchange. Reward this behavior with play, but be sure to maintain your boundaries so your dog doesn't get confused about the rules.
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Written by Christina Gunning

Published: 03/05/2018, edited: 01/08/2021

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Mocha
Chow Chow
1 Year
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Mocha
Chow Chow
1 Year

My sister 's chow had bitten my niece and newphew . The wound was quite bad all have to undergo stitches. Mocha is only 1 yr. He is friendly towards the family. Just don understand why he suddenly attack the kids. He is fine with my sister and brother in law. They just sat beside him and mocha just bitten them

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Jane, It was likely a respect, tolerance issue...put simply he doesn't have any respect for he kids (opposed to adults), he felt uncomfortable next to them, so he decided to respond with aggression to make them move. Chows are unfortunately known to not always give a warning before a bite - that could be behavioral or it might be that the signs they do give are just harder to see with their fur. Either way pup probably lacks respect, impulse control, and tolerance. I wouldn't trust him around kids in the future and would hire professional help to deal with his lack of tolerance, impulse control, and respect around people. It's also possible that there was a toy, object, or person he was guarding at the time that no body saw, and this is a case of resource guarding. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Chow Chow
1 Year

Hi Caitlin Crittenden,May I ask How
To bring mocha awareness that bitting is not right ? And also will neutered helps to reduce aggressions. Also say mocha usually slept with me at night and in the day he slept in children’s room at times. Is it best to let him Sleep in living hall ? Will beating worsen for his aggression

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Jane, First, I highly suggest hiring a professional trainer to help you. Check out Jeff Gellman from SolidK9Training, Sean O Shea from the Good Dog, and Thomas from the Canine Educator on YouTube. Aggression is a complex topic that takes a lot of experience and a comprehensive approach. The trainers I have listed have hundreds of videos on the topic if you want to learn more about aggression yourself. Second, whether neutering will help or not depends on the type of aggression. Neutering can decrease testosterone - which can add to aggression, it can decrease competitiveness with other dogs, and generally make training easier, but it will not eliminate the aggression - behavior modification training is what's really needed - neutering might make that training easier though. Third, I don't recommend letting Mocha sleep in the bed with people with aggression going on. My general rule of thumb is that it's only okay to let a dog sleep in your bed if there are no aggression or respect issues and the dog will get off the bed at soon as you say off at all times - since pup has a history of people aggression - no bed. The hallway or in a crate are both fine as long as he won't get into anything out there. Fourth, beating will worsen the aggression. It's important to let pup know that aggression is not acceptable and to have a fair consequence for it, but doing it via beating typically causes human fear aggression and will almost always result in an aggressive dog redirecting their aggression toward you - resulting in a severe bite. Check out Jeff Gellman from SolidK9Training on YouTube to see examples of how he (an aggression expert) very calmly corrects dogs in a clear, calm, and safe way without using his hands on the dog. Also, note that Jeff and other experts use positive reinforcement too to teach pup to respond correctly to situations. The corrections are only to stop the unwanted behavior long enough to have the opportunity to teach something better instead, positive reinforcement makes up 50%-90% of the training typically. Good dog training should be proactive and not just reactive - with situations set up to practice the dog's reactions around people in a controlled setting, with safety measures and the ability to correct the dog from a safe place - using things like e-collars or muzzles, then rewarding the dog for all the good reactions - which should out number the bad reactions if the training is done correction. Before you do any of this, typically a foundation of respect is laid out through obedience exercises and strict household rules. The best way to earn a dog's respect is through structure, boundaries, consistency, and training that challenges their minds to think and choose to listen - not physical coercion. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Loki
Chow Chow
4 Months
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Loki
Chow Chow
4 Months

Only had him for 4 days and he wants to bite and be aggressive when u get to put it on help!!

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Yvonne, First, I suggest desensitizing him to being touched and handled. Use his daily meal kibble at least once per day to reward him for tolerating being touched. Measure his food out into a Sandwich baggie instead of grabbing it out of his bowl. Gently touch an area of his body that he tolerates best, like his shoulder and while you are touching him, feed him a treat with your other hand. As soon as he finishes the treat, stop touching him. For example: Touch his shoulder and feed a treat. Touch his paw and feed a treat. Touch his ear and feed a treat. Touch his tail and feed a treat. Touch his belly and feed a treat. Repeat touching him all of his body gently, one area at a time while you feed the treats. Be gentle and go slow with this to that he isn't overwhelmed. If he seems nervous about an area, make that area more fun and focus on that area carefully for longer with more treats until he is comfortable with it after several training sessions. Continue to practice this even into adulthood. Practice often until he tolerates touch well, and periodically after that to maintain his tolerance. Also, work on the Leave It command for general biting. If after reading the article linked below, you feel like the biting is not normal puppy biting, but something more severe, hire a professional trainer who is very experienced with different types of aggression to help you. Puppy biting is very normal, but true aggression at this age needs to be addressed as soon as possible because the potential outcome is far better if it is addressed early, and a lot less dangerous to work on before 6 months of age - since dogs' jaws get stronger starting at 5-8 months of age generally. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

Thank you very much Caitlin I will try all that and let you know how he gets on

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Sim
Chow Pei
3 Years
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Chow Pei
3 Years

My dog has currently bitten 4 people one , when he was a pup. And two within the last month. I have treated my dog like a king, and maybe that’s where I screwed up. I took him to training when he was little, and kept doing other training things at home as in sit, stay and come. Etc.. me and my husband are currently thinking of putting him down.. but I feel like I failure if I do so. I know he will continue to bite, after everything I have read. He also is not neutered . My goal was eventually to find him a girl friend and sell the pups since he is AKC registered. Anyways. I need major help. I don’t know who to go to .. I don’t Know what I should do... simply HELP! He’s a great chow!! One of the best chows you’d ever meet! Guaranteed!!! But lately he’s just been very aggressive not to me and my husband but to everyone else around.. I don’t know what to do!!

Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Valerie, I suggest checking out solidk9training.com. See if there is a weekend workshop within any nearby states happening that you could attend with your dog. The trainer, Jeff Gellman does board and train, Skype sessions, and weekend workshops in a few states that he travels to. I would find a trainer like that who specializes in aggression. He may not be beyond help but it will be a lot of work and you need the right person to work with him and you - most trainers are not experienced with multiple types of aggression. You will also need to continue a lot of structure in his life once the aggression is addressed. He probably can't be given as much freedom to do whatever he wants - he needs to be told how to respond in situations, but with the right management it might be something you could address. Without evaluating him in person I can't really say one way or the other though. Even if the aggression improves with help, I do NOT suggest breeding him - temperament is inherited and he may produce aggressive puppies who tend to be suspicious of strangers also. Sean O Shea from the Good Dog may also be closer to you, or Thomas from America's Canine Educator www.SolidK9training.com - Jeff Gellman https://thegooddog.net/ - Sean O'Shea https://www.americascanineeducator.com/ - Thomas All three of these trainers have Youtube channels showing their work also. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

Hi Caitlin,
I’ve recently got a chow pup who’s very loving, loyal and affectionate already. He follows me wherever he goes and always looks to me for reassurance. If I stop walling when my partner has him on the lead he will refuse to move until I’m by him. However, over the last couple of days he’s began biting. It’s only soft play biting at the moment but it’s becoming more frequent. I’ve started yelping when he does so and moving myself onto the sofa out of his reach and ignoring him. Is there anything else we can do? Thanks

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Oso
Chow Chow
2 Years
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Chow Chow
2 Years

My baby is has bitten 4 people already my husband wants to get rid of him hes very protective over me and my daughter what do i do about the biting

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Monica, You need to hire a professional trainer who specializes in behavior issues and aggression to help you in person right away. Look for someone who comes well recommended by their previous clients whose dogs struggled with aggression. Ask a lot of questions about their experience and how they train prior to hiring to ensure they fit your needs - not all trainers are experienced with aggression. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Nala
Chow Chow
1 Year
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Nala
Chow Chow
1 Year

My dog nala keeps biting my small children. The first time we let go because she was so young and it was dark in the house, the second left a bruise on my daughters cheek. Then today she bit her neck, I would hate to get rid of her but I don’t know how to get her to stop. Any ideas?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Jordan, It's definitely time to hire a professional trainer who specializes in behavior issues and is very experienced with aggression. Check out their reviews and referrals from their previous clients to ensure they can help with this particular issue - not all trainers have experience with aggression. This isn't something to wait on and this isn't something I suggest tackling on your own. If you can't hire someone to come to your home due to the virus, many trainers are offering skype and remote training, and that type of training would at least allow the trainer to ask more detailed questions about what's going on and pup's history and temperament, come up with a feasible plan and demonstrate things remotely for you to implement. Check out trainers like Jeff Gellman from solidK9Training, who specialize in aggression and offer Skype training. For now, desensitize pup to wearing a basket muzzle, and have pup wear that during the day. Pup's life needs to become extremely structured right now. He needs to work for everything he gets in life - by doing a command before you give him something he wants, such as Sit before eating, Down before going on a walk, Come before petting, ect... Pup needs to learn a Place command and work up to being able to stay on place for 1-2 hours to build impulse control and respect calmly. Crate training is a must - pup should be crated anytime you aren't directly supervising him right now. Imagine that pup is in doggie bootcamp to gain their respect in a calm way. Feed pup their meals in a locked crate as well to avoid food guarding and stress around mealtimes. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Working and Consistency methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you To introduce the muzzle, first place it on the ground and sprinkle his meal kibble around it. Do this until he is comfortable eating around it. Next, when he is comfortable with it being on the floor with food, hold it up and reward him with a piece of kibble every time he touches or sniffs it in your hand. Feed him his whole meal this way. Practice this until he is comfortable touching it. Next, hold a treat inside of it through the muzzle's holes, so that he has to poke his face into it to get the treat. As he gets comfortable doing that, gradually hold the treat further down into the muzzle, so that he has to poke his face all the way into the muzzle to get the treat. Practice until he is comfortable having his face in it. Next, feed several treats in a row through the muzzle's holes while he holds his face in the muzzle for longer. Practice this until he can hold his face in it for at least ten seconds while being fed treats. Next, when he can hold his face in the muzzle for ten seconds while remaining calm, while his face is in the muzzle move the muzzle's buckles together briefly, then feed him a treat through the muzzle. Practice this until he is not bothered by the buckles moving back and forth. Next, while he is wearing the muzzle buckle it and unbuckle it briefly, then feed a treat. As he gets comfortable with this step, gradually keep the muzzle buckled for longer and longer while feeding treats through the muzzle occasionally. Next, gradually increase how long he wears the muzzle for and decrease how often you give him a treat, until he can calmly wear the muzzle for at least an hour without receiving treats more than two treats during that hour. I suspect pup is either resource guarding certain things around the kids, simply lacks patience and impulse control around the kids, or is fear biting...Knowing how the kids are acting around the dog too is important...Talking more with a trainer should help shed light on exactly what's going on to see what additional training is needed. Pup likely needs to be desensitized to certain things that the kids do and their general behavior - to teach pup to leave the area when he is uncomfortable instead of act aggressively. Jeff Gellman from solidK9Training also has a YouTube channel with a number of aggression videos - including videos about desensitizing dogs to kids or dealing with resource guarding. Depending on what the trainer assesses is going on, you might be able to learn from those videos as well, but I would implement under the guidance of a qualified trainer. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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lucy
Chow Chow
1 Year
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lucy
Chow Chow
1 Year

I want to know how I can train my dog thank you

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Saeed, Are you wanting to train Lucy not to bite, or for something else? Assuming you are referring to biting, I recommend hiring a professional trainer who specializes in aggression and fear to work with you in person, and to evaluate pup. This may be fear related - which would involve desensitizing pup to their fears through counter conditioning. This might be related to a lack of respect for you, and more structure and boundaries and less confrontational ways to increase trust and respect, like obedience and having pup work for everything they get in life and new rules around the home, being started to build respect. This could also be a genetic or neurological issue. Or likely a combination of a couple of things. The best way to figure out what's going on and address it correctly is for someone highly experienced with aggression to be able to observe pup and ask you a lot of questions about their history, then make a training plan and adjust it as you go based on how pup responds. You can also check out a couple of trainers who specialize in aggression online, such as Thomas from the canine Educator to learn more about aggression, but I would recommend an in person evaluation. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Sam
Aussie-chow
3 Years
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Sam
Aussie-chow
3 Years

My boyfriends dog Sam is really starting to worry me. I have stayed over with him 4 or 5 times. I’ll come in and Sam will want my attention and for me to pet him. All of a sudden and out of nowhere will become very aggressive toward me. I thought maybe she was angry with me because I am posing a threat to her claim on my boyfriend, but I’m not sure. He’s bit me once already. I’m afraid to even walk past him, and I LOVE dogs. I don’t know what to do.

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

Hello, I can understand your nervousness, especially when the behavior comes out of nowhere without warning. I hope your boyfriend is willing to work with Sam to fix the problem. How are Sam's obedience commands? That is a good place to start: https://wagwalking.com/training/obedience-train-a-whippet As well, work on the Alpha Method as described in the guide where you submitted your question, which is here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-chow-chow-to-not-bite. Let Sam know that the behavior is not acceptable and be firm. Use a commanding tone to tell him "No!" when he acts aggressively. Work on the command "sit" and have him sit before doing anything - before he eats, before he gets his leash on, etc to try and assert dominance over him. If the obedience classes and the firmness on your part do not work, I would call in a trainer for at-home lessons so that Sam learns how he should behave on his own turf. Good luck!

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Rhoedy
Chow Chow
3 Months
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Chow Chow
3 Months

Our puppy is showing aggression with food with other dogs and males in the house. And when we tell him no naughty he tries to bite ur hand. I have never had any issues training my puppies and Rhoedy is definitely giving me a run for my money! Please help

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! 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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Nala
Chow Chow
6 Weeks
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Nala
Chow Chow
6 Weeks

Hi! My baby chow was released at 6 weeks old. Can i train her "bite inhibitions" and be potty trained?

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

Hello! Yes now is a great time to get started. I am going to send you information on nipping/biting. If you need help with potty training, feel free to message again. 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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Simba
Chow Chow
3 Years
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Simba
Chow Chow
3 Years

He is aggressive and has a slight food aggression and bites a lot

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Lowlah, I recommend hiring a professional trainer who specializes in behavior issues like aggression, comes well recommended by their previous clients, and can involve you in a decent amount of the training. Likely, your relationship and interactions with pup need to be observed, more boundaries set at home and with you, and calmly implemented. I would probably recommend following the methods from the article linked below. You might need to desensitize pup to wearing a basket muzzle while you are home, to prevent potential bites while you are working through this with them and pup might protest any changes to rules and consistency from you. You will want to desensitize pup to you being near their food or objects by pairing your approach with treats whenever pup stays calm, starting from further away - only rewarding good responses with treat tosses, then gradually decreasing distance as pup relaxes more with your around the food bowl. When you can get as close to pup as 1-2 feet, a fake arm can be used to touch pup or the bowl and reward with a treat toss whenever pup tolerates the touch - this shouldn't be done with your actual hand though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Mia
Chow Chow
2 Years
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Mia
Chow Chow
2 Years

Bit a 6 year old child very badly.this has happened for the 1st time.the kid was new in apartment but was introduced to Mia for 3- 4 days where the kid was feeding mia treats and at times food.
This attack was so sudden.the kid was caressing her and all of a sudden te dog nip her no of times on her face.

Also mia doesn't allow any stranger to touch or caress her.she shoes them away.
How do imake her approachable dog.she is becoming very unpredictable.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Tanya, For this type of aggression I highly recommend hiring a professional trainer who specializes in behavior issues like aggression to help in person with this issue. Look for someone who comes well recommended by their previous clients and will work one-on-one with you to evaluate pup and see exactly what's going on. In the meantime, I would not trust pup with people pup had a known history of aggression toward, especially children, since it is likely to happen again right now, even if pup seems fine right beforehand. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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toby
Chow Chow
2 Months
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toby
Chow Chow
2 Months

he always wants to bite me whenever he is playing and leave a scratch from his teeth

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Hello Cristel, Check out the article linked below. Starting today, use the "Bite Inhibition" 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 bite inhibition 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. 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=omg5 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/ 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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Leo
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Leo
Chow Chow
14 Weeks

He bites only at around 7 am and 8 pm. Not aggressive , just very playful, but we have lot of injuries. Is it possible still teaching him at this age ?

Alisha Smith
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Hello! I am going to send you information on the nipping/biting. Nipping: Puppies or older dogs 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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Laurent
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Laurent
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1 Year

Hi there!!

I would like to ask for any suggestions in how to cope with my dog being so reactive when friends/strangers come to our house. He is very friendly to people when we are out walking. Children even hugs him and he is fine with them (of course the ones he met before). And when strangers pet him at outside, he is fine as well. But when it comes to people coming to our house, he can barks a lot! Even growls sometimes. But until today, there were no biting occurs. If the person comes near at him in our house, he would jumps at them, combined with lots and lots of bark. But I am sure that it’s not a welcome sign. Can you give me any tips on how to train him becoming more calm when people come? I don’t need him to be okay when people pet him at our house. I just need him to be okay and less reactive when strangers or any of my friends came.

I started training him ‘place’ and ‘down-stay’ but he is very stubborn that when people come, he acts like I never taught him anything.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Jocelyn, I recommend hiring a professional trainer who works with a team of trainer and will come to your home, to help you with this in person. You want them to have a team so that there are others who can practice being strangers. I suspect that there is territorial behavior or resource guarding of areas or objects happening, and that's part of why pup seems fine when out of the home with others but not there. You likely want to start with building pup's respect for you, because that will help with pup responding to you when others around and pup being less possessive of the home in general. You would then want to desensitize pup to having others come over, with the help of those who can safely do that part, like a team of trainers who can pretend to be guests during training scenarios you set up. Check out Jeff Gellman from solidk9training and Thomas Davis from the Canine Educator, and any of their videos that specifically talk about resource guarding, possessiveness, and similar behavior issues to learn more. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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