when i correct him for biting he only gets aressive and bites more i tried to use three technics on him one was to rap my hands around his mouth 2 was to put my thumb under his tung and put pressure three was to pinch his neck everey time he bites. all made him more agressive if it is a gentle way he wont even listen.
Hello David, Some German Shepherd's have a strong defense drive, meaning that when they feel threatened or pressured their natural response is to push back even more, rather than back off. Some puppies also just think it's a rough-housing game when you correct them at first. For flash I suggest using the "Bite Inhibition" method combined with the "Leave It" method from the article that I have linked below. These two methods will be more intellectual based, which might be a better fit for his temperament. They will also help him understand what you expect him to do, so that he can comply rather than push back when he just feels threatened. Start teaching both methods, using the "Bite Inhibition" method now, while you work on teaching him the "Leave It" command from the "Leave it" method, since it will take a little while for him to get good at "Leave It", to where you can use just that to eradicate the biting completely. Before he reaches five months of age you want him to stop biting completely using "Leave It" because at five months puppies develop stronger jaws. Reward him for self-control and stopping when you tell him to when you use "Leave It" in real life after he knows it. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Also, be aware that mouthing is still normal at this age. Most puppies cannot learn to stop mouthing right away. It is a gradual skill that they learn. The most important thing to teach a young puppy before five months of age is how to control how much pressure he uses when he does use his mouth. That skill can determine how severe a bite is one day if he ever bites as an adult. All dogs are capable of biting. If your dog ever gets scared, injured, or surprised when he is asleep, then he may bite even though he is extremely well behaved and friendly in general. How well a puppy learned to control the pressure of his mouth while young will effect whether that bite barely leaves a red mark and sends someone to the hospital. Learning pressure control during the mouthing period is extremely important. The "Bite Inhibition method" and playing with other young puppies under the supervision of someone who knows how to moderate their play to keep one of the puppies from being bullied, is how puppies learn this normally. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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JoJo bites everything. My family's furniture, my feet, hands, carpets, doors, pillows, blankets, my other dog (who is a jack russell and does not like him, she is 9 years old), and everything else he sees. We have toys for him to play with and chew, but he gets easily distracted and then starts biting. He has bruised my foot, and we have yelled, said no, ouch, and swatted his behind. I even began grabbing his snout (not aggressively), and said no. It does not seem to be getting through to him. We have had him for about 5-6 days and I know these things take time, but my parents are tired of it, and quite frankly so am I. Are there any suggestions you may have as to training him not to bite, and to stop biting? Any tools or anything that can help us with him?
Hello Hannah, For the people biting if there is no history of aggression, then I suggest working on the Leave It and Out commands. Out means Leave the area. I also suggest teaching him a Place command and working up to him being able to stay on Place for 1 hour at a time with a dog food stuffed chew toy to work on to help him learn self-control and calmness - which it sounds like he needs to learn in general. Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out command: 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/ For the household chewing on objects check out the article linked below: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ To help him settle in, learn calmness, learn respect, self-control, and trust I also suggest teaching the commands and info below: 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 If you see any signs of true aggression - opposed to just excited play mouthing, then I suggest hiring a trainer to help you with the training and tailor it more to her. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Our puppy bites. EVERYTHING. I know it's normal at this age but for our small children, it's not enjoyable. They are terrified of the dog. We are training him now with a trainer, but at home he bites. We play with him, take him out etc, but he bites. If we are sitting calmly on the floor he'll come up and bite our feet. I've done the "yelp" approach, as have my kids and it doesn't work. I've spoken, "no" in a tough voice. The more I try to correct him, the more he bites. He'll go after feet, calves, clothes, legs, arms and hands. We have toys for him to play with that we switch out. I understand these things take time, but my young children don't understand. They are afraid to walk down the hall for fear he'll come up and bite at their clothes and get their skin. Our trainer told us of the dominating trick where we gently put him on his side and wait for him to stop moving. He's doing well with that for me, but my kids don't understand how to do that. Any advice that will work for us? Tonight he was biting my legs and I told him "no" sternly and he jumped up and went after my 7 month olds' foot. I know he's not doing it menacingly, however, it's an issue we need help with. Any advice is welcome. Thank you!!
Hello Dani, First, check out the Leave It method from the article I linked below. Once he understands what Leave It means, use that command whenever he is biting someone. Once he has learned what Leave It actually means, THEN use the pressure method from the same article linked below to gently discipline his disobedience if he continues biting after you say Leave It. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Be aware that a lot of German Shepherds have a defense drive - which partially means that when you apply physical pressure their response will be to fight the pressure instead of give into it, run away, or calm down. Earning his respect through training his mind and being consistent may go further than a lot of restraint if he is a pup with a strong defense drive - just pay attention to how he is responding and adjust if needed. Also, teach the Out command - which means leave the area. Once he has learned what that command means by following the section on how to teach out from the article linked below, then follow the section on how to use Out to deal with pushy behavior when he goes after the kids and won't listen. You can get between him and one of the kids and walk toward him until he leaves the area. By doing this you are 'claiming' the kids as your own and communicating that he needs to respect their space. When he obeys it's because of his respect for you and someone who belongs to you, and not because the kids have to be able to earn his respect also - many dogs don't respect small kids, so the dog needs to view the child as an extension of you and your rules, and to honor that. Your kids can also be the one to tell him Leave It and Out, then you enforce the commands for them if he doesn't listen to them - that way they feel like they have some control and he will learn to listen to them because of your follow through. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Finally, crate train and/or set up an exercise pen. Many pups this age will get super wound up when they are actually overtired. When he has a really hard time calming down, put him into a sturdy exercise pen or crate with a dog-food stuffed Kong with a little peanut butter, cheese, or liver mixed in, so that he can have some down time and take a nap if needed. Puppies need a good balance of mental stimulation through training and games, physical exercise in shorter bursts, and lots of rest times between activities. Check out www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads for a free pdf e-book download on raising puppies. Over the next year, work on teaching a 1-2 hour long Place command so that he can learn to simply be on Place as needed around the kids - this will also help build his calmness, self-control, and focus. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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so he’s my first german shepherd and i want to train him but i’m not a pro i’m just a normal person how can i achieve this by max listening and being obedient and smart ?
Hello Jackie, Start with good socialization and house manners. Check out the PDF E-book AFTER You Get Your Puppy from the link below. Much of this will not apply age wise, but you will certainly find good tips about socialization, bite inhibition, chewing, potty training, manners, and other foundational things pup needs to begin with. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Next, work on taking pup through Basic through Advanced obedience courses. Basic obedience helps pup learn the meaning of commands, Intermediate practices those commands around lots of distractions, and advanced transitions pup to obeying those same commands while off leash and around distractions. Each level of obedience builds on the other. Enrolling in those three classes at a high quality training group is one of the easiest ways to learn how to teach pup all of that and be able to practice around the distractions of other people and dogs, but you can mimic the same scenarios yourself if you are willing to learn a lot about training - without enrolling in classes. If you train yourself, finding good trainers online to learn from can certainly help. Ian Dunbar has several online video or website courses where you can teach yourself how to train. There are many other good trainers on Youtube but it can be hard to know which training advice is good vs. not without a background in training. Know that good training is often common sense though. It should sound practical, fair, consistent and make sense that it would work. Some great commands to teach include: Down https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Sit https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-sit Stand Stay https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Wait Place https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Heel - Turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Come - Reel In method or Round Robin, then Reel In during intermediate: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Watch Me Quiet - Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Out - which means leave the area https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It - leave it method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Okay - release word meaning a command is finished and pup can relax or stop waiting Drop It Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Nips and bites hands, feet, jumps on the kids, bites the kids , sharp teeth slices them causes them to bleed.
Hello! I am going to send you information on the nipping/biting, as well as jumping. Both of these behaviors are attention seeking/play engaging behaviors. The best you can do for both is to completely ignore. But I am sending information with much more detail than that! 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. Jumping: Teach your dog that they receive no attention for jumping on you or anyone else. Teach your dog to do something that is incompatible with jumping up, such as sitting. They can't sit and jump up at the same time. If they are not sitting, they get no attention. It is important to be consistent. Everyone in your family must follow the training program all the time. You can't let your dog jump on people in some circumstances, but not others. Training techniques: When your dog… Jumps on other people: Ask a family member or friend to assist with training. Your assistant must be someone your dog likes and wants to greet. Your dog should never be forced to greet someone who scares them. Give your dog the "sit" command. (This exercise assumes your dog already knows how to "sit.") The greeter approaches you and your dog. If your dog stands up, the greeter immediately turns and walks away. Ask your dog to "sit," and have the greeter approach again. Keep repeating until your dog remains seated as the greeter approaches. If your dog does remain seated, the greeter can give your dog a treat as a reward. When you encounter someone while out walking your dog, you must manage the situation and train your dog at the same time. Stop the person from approaching by telling them you don't want your dog to jump. Hand the person a treat. Ask your dog to "sit." Tell the person they can pet your dog and give them the treat as long as your dog remains seated. Some people will tell you they don't mind if your dog jumps on them, especially if your dog is small and fluffy or a puppy. But you should mind. Remember you need to be consistent in training. If you don't want your dog to jump on people, stick to your training and don't make exceptions. Jumps on you when you come in the door: Keep greetings quiet and low-key. If your dog jumps on you, ignore them. Turn and go out the door. Try again. You may have to come in and go out dozens of times before your dog learns they only gets your attention when they keep all four feet on the floor. Jumps on you when you're sitting: If you are sitting and your dog jumps up on you, stand up. Don't talk to your dog or push them away. Just ignore them until all four feet are on the ground. Please let me know if you have additional questions. Thank you for writing in!
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Puppy is biting me constantly. I always try to redirect her with toys but she’s more interested in biting me. I’ve done a lot of research online but nothing helps. I can’t even walk around her without her biting my ankles and legs. I also have a 3 year old child, she’s good with my child but I am a little concerned that she might nip him while playing one day.
Hello Lacota, Check out the article linked below. Starting today, use the "Bite Inhibition" method. BUT at the same time, 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 Out command from the second article linked below to make her leave the area as a consequence. 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 Out 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 playing (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 Out - which means leave the area, is also a good command for you to use if pup bites the kids. Check out the section on Using Out to Deal with Pushy Behavior for how to calmly enforce that command once it's taught. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Another important part of this is puppy learning bite inhibition. Puppies have to learn while young how to control the pressure of their mouths - this is typically done through play with other puppies. See if there is a puppy class in your area that comes well recommended and has time for moderated off-leash puppy play. If you can't join a class, look for a free puppy play group, or recruit some friends with puppies to come over if you can and create your own group. You are looking for puppies under 6 months of age - since young puppies play differently than adult dogs. Right now, an outside class may be best in a fenced area, or letting friends' pups play in someone's fence outside. 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. Finding a good puppy class - no class will be ideal but here's what to shoot for: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/puppy-classes-when-to-start/ 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. Practicing regular obedience commands or having pup earn what they get by performing commands like Sit and Down before feeding, petting, tossing a toy, opening the door for a walk, ect... can also help stimulate pup mentally to increase calmness and wear them out. Commands that practice focus, self-control, and learning something a bit new or harder than before can all tire out puppies. Finally, check out the PDF e-book downloads found on this website, written by one of the founders of the association of professional dog trainers, and a pioneer in starting puppy kindergarten classes in the USA. Click on the pictures of the puppies to download the PDF books: https://www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads/ 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 working at it. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Despite professional advice, boop nose training, puzzle boxes, distraction/swapping for toys, crate calming, etc., etc., etc....This dog bites. She also jumps up on the counters, and harasses people for food. Not too concerned about the latter two behaviours at the moment, as she has learned many other things, and we’ll probably get these under control in time. Worried about the biting, though. She does her best to inhibit sometimes, but not nearly consistently enough. We’re intrigued by the Mama neck bite correction method, but have some concerns/questions. We are operating on a positive reinforcement/relationship building/communication model. It has been successful for many things, but not that. We wouldn’t want to undo the good work we’ve done with an unexpected result. Is she too old to benefit from the mama neck bite method? Last, but not least, this dog has given unexpected reactions to us when we have gotten authoritative with her about a month ago, when she was still a little puppy. When we have roared “No!” At her she has replied, “No! YOU no!”When we appear aggressive, she ramps up. Smart, sweet, loving, but the biting will become a very big problem if not nipped in the bud - pardon the pun.
Hi there! Since everything you have tried has failed, I have a suggestion for you and I am hoping you haven't already tried it. If so, please feel free to write back in. It's sometimes hard to answer these without me being able to ask follow up questions to get a clearer picture. Sometimes the reactive approach to biting is giving dogs exactly what they want, your attention. And they don't care if it's negative or positive attention. I have learned that some of the feistier dogs seem to enjoy our negative reactions! If you haven't tried doing "no contact" yet, that is the route I would go. When she jumps or bites, you fold your arms, avert eye contact, and leave the area, to the point where she can't follow you. Go into your room, and close the door behind you. And wait a good 5 minutes or so. The reason this method fails for some is because they will ignore the dog for a few seconds and then come back. So in a sense, this becomes ANOTHER fun little game that your dog gets to play! Give this a try and give it a good week, and you should see some results.
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We recently adopted a 5 year old male GSD so we can breed him with our female GSD. I have 4 kids, 9,7,3 years old and 9 month old. Our adopted dog nipped at our youngest child and seemed to be stressed when he's crawling towards him. What can I do?
Hello, to give you peace of mind (and to keep everyone safe) I suggest a dog trainer come to the home and give you a hand right away. This is the safest bet for the kids and also, you do not want to stress Rascal out and cause a behavior that may not even be characteristic of him. I would separate the little children from Rascal by a gate - you will be allowing him to get to know them, but under safer circumstances. But I do think rather than try and fix the issue on your own, a trainer who is used to dogs that nip and bite is the best idea. Work on Rascal's obedience commands in the meantime: https://wagwalking.com/training/obedience-train-a-whippet. Good luck and all the best!
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