You've tried shouting at him to stop, but this only makes him more excited. Likewise, you smacked his rump but in a bizarre reaction, he redoubled his efforts at attacking your T-shirt. While this isn't a serious concern right now, what does worry you is that this behavior will continue into adulthood and he might accidentally hurt someone.
You know this behavior needs nipping in the bud... but how?
Therefore it's crucial to teach a puppy not to bite or 'bite inhibition'. This makes it second nature for him to never put his teeth on human skin, and makes for a much more reliable adult dog.
Our pup won’t stop biting. She continues to bite hard to myself and two daughters. She doesn’t do it that much to my husband. We have tried everything. Please help.
Hello Cindy, Check out the article linked below. Follow the Leave It method. Once she knows the Leave It command, use the Pressure method to enforce the command when she disobeys Leave It. She needs to learn what "Leave It" means and to develop the skills through practice to have that self-control before using the pressure method or she may just think you are wrestling. Leave It and Pressure methods - Leave It method first, Pressure method after she knows "Leave It" really well. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Also, teach pup an Out command -which means leave the area. There is a section in the article I have linked below on How to Teach the Out Command. Follow that section, then once pup knows Out, use the section about "How to Use Out to Deal with Pushy Behavior" to make her walk away from the kids when she is being too rough with them and not listening to other commands. Finally, when she gets especially excitable and can't seem to calm down, put her into a crate or exercise pen with a food stuffed chew toy. Puppies can get really crazy when they are overtired and they actually need some rest time to calm back down then. If a pup is feeling really crazy it's usually because they need to rest, or if they haven't been trained or walked yet that day - they need mental or physical stimulation. Know that the biting is completely normal at this age. Your puppy isn't unusual or more problematic. Some pup's personalities are stronger so it can seem worse with those puppies but it is a normal part of puppy development. That doesn't mean they don't need to learn how to treat you like a person instead of a dog though! And it certainly can hurt and be scary for kids, but it doesn't necessarily signal deeper problems later on - all puppies tend to bite at this age as long as that biting seems like pup is trying to roughhouse and get attention, and is not vengeful or intentionally going for throats or faces. If the later is happening, hire professional help from someone who is very experienced with aggression. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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