Bites when does not get his way. Draws blood. Tried all methods used with our other dogs. This one we love. He is our sons and we have him due to move.his friend watched him a month. All training out window
Hello Vickie, At eight months of age you will want to deal with the mouthing differently than you would with a young puppy. First, work on teaching your dog a solid "Leave It" command following the "Leave It" method from the article that I have linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Once your dog is able to obey the leave it command during training sessions, then when your dog tries to mouth you in real life tell him "Leave It" and correct him if he disobeys. Check out this video link below. At 3:33 time on the video, the trainer mentions an older dog mouthing and correcting the dog. You will also see below that video the link to his YouTube channel where you can find specific videos on different ways and tools to correct with to learn how to correctly correct a dog effectively and safely. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRJJvy3IkIE Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Nips and bites my hands and feet persistently after I come home from work or sitting quietly. Less so (or not at all) during the mornings or weekends.
Hello Zorro, First, teach pup the Leave It and Out and Place commands. Once he understands those commands well from practice, use those commands to tell him to stop biting (Leave It), go away from you if the temptation is too strong (Out), or go settle down somewhere (Place). Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - meaning leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Place: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-place-command-the-good-dog-training-tips/ If pup disobeys your Out command, use the section in the Out article on "how to use Out to deal with pushy behavior" to enforce that command. If pup disobeys Leave It, use a Pet Convincer - which is a small canister of pressurized unscented air (don't use citronella) to spray a small puff of air at his side as a consequence, then make him leave the area where you are. If pup disobeys Place, keep a drag leash on him during that part of the day while you are home so you can calmly pick up the end of the leash and move him to Place, insisting he stay there. He will likely try harder to get you excited and flustered to get your attention when you first enforce the rules - stay firm, calm, and very consistent with the rules. After a lot of insisting, being firm, and being consistent every time the behavior normally improves. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My puppy gets very aggressive when I go to put his harness or seat belt on him. He barks loudly and bites at my arm. How do I discourage this behavior? I've tried using treats to distract him, but it doesn't really help. He also has started biting a lot while we play. I can't tell if it's just normal puppy mouthing/nibbling or actual biting. Please help
Hello Abby, It sounds like he is protesting the harness, which is different than puppy mouthing. If not addressed that can lead to future issues as an adult when someone goes to touch him. Find some of his favorite things like treats, food, or toys. Toss the toys onto the harness so that he ends up touching it a lot while you play. Feed him his kibble sprinkled around the harness and seat belt clip, so that he touches them a lot while eating. When he is fine touching them, then feed him his meals one piece at a time, holding a piece of food against the harness. As soon as he touches the harness, give him the piece of food. Feed him his entire meals this way. When he quickly goes to touch the harness to get the food, then hold the food through the head hole of the harness, so that he has to reach in to get it. Practice that until he is comfortable reaching into it. Don't rush this and scare him by trying to throw the harness on him when he gets close. As he improves, gradually hold the piece of food a bit further away through the harness hole so that he has to reach his head further into the harness to get the food. Practice this under he puts his head all the way into the harness himself each time. When he will do that, feed him several pieces of food in a row while you pretend to buckle the harness with your other hand. Practice gently moving the buckles around while feeding treats, then taking the harness head piece off again. Do this until he is fine with having you put the harness over his head and mess with the buckles. When he gets to that point, buckle the harness, unbuckle it, then take it off again, while feeding treats the entire time. Finally, put the harness on him, buckle it, and clip the seat belt clip onto it while feeding treats. The key is to ease into the harness and break it into small steps so that you do not overwhelming him. You want to practice each step until he is comfortable with that step before adding the next step. Expect this to take a couple of weeks of practicing this at most meals. After he is used to the harness and buckle, I suggest continuing to hand feed him his meals, one piece at a time as often as you can as rewards for letting you touch him. Gently touch an area of his body and give a treat. Touch an ear - give a treat. Touch his mouth - give a treat. Do this with every area until he is tolerant of being touched all over. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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