Your cute little Great Dane puppy is going to be a really large goofy Great Dane dog very soon. Teaching him not to bite now will set him up for good behavior in the years to come when he is a large dog. Great Danes can be intimidating to a lot of people, but they are incredible dogs. Your Great Dane is kind, gentle, sweet, and incredibly strong. Teach him now not to bite so he knows what is expected of him around friends and family when he becomes a giant dog.
Your Great Dane will protect your family in your home. It's built into his nature. He is a powerful, courageous dog. But he is also easy to train, loves to meet new people, will spend his time trying to please you, and he is incredibly patient. He will need to know, however, biting is not okay.
Training your Great Dane puppy not to bite will start with teaching him your expectations of being gentle. There will be appropriate times for your puppy to bite or chew. He needs to understand the difference between biting a person and chewing on a toy to ease any pressure on his teeth or to naturally release energy through puppy playtime.
When puppies play together, they typically end up biting one another. This is completely natural for them in group play together. You will need to show your Great Dane puppy alternatives to biting during playtime and how he should be spending his time playing with you and other family members or friends. Doing this kind of training will take some repetition, some toys he is allowed to chew on, and beginning basic obedience training so you can set the role of leader of his pack. Redirecting your Great Dane when he's biting will be key in reminding him of positive behaviors when he is making poor choices and biting.
Plan on having treats readily available to give to your puppy as you are training him when it's appropriate to bite and when it is not. Your puppy will need lots of chew toys, ropes, or tendons. Items he can tear into as he grows such as towels or blankets you can play tug-of-war with will help release this natural urge to chew and bite. Schedule some training sessions with your Great Dane pup and set him up to bite so you can redirect him and give him alternative behaviors.
I’m having a lot of trouble with Samson’s biting. Everything I try doesn’t seem to work. If I distract him or replace my hand with a toy he still try’s to go for my arm or hand. I’ve tried yelping but he just barks or lunges at me trying to bite me. It’s quite scary for me because he’s getting so big and it can be hard for me to control him when he’s biting.
Hello Emma, 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. I don't expect the Yelp method to do too much, the goal is the Leave It command, but since that will take some practice, just use Yelp until you can transition to Leave It as soon as possible. Practice the Leave It method as often as you can give breaks between sessions. (You can practice several times a day, just break them up into different parts of the day with at least an hour between sessions). The goal is to transition to Leave It as soon as possible. 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. Commands that increase self-control in general and teach pup calmness are also good things to teach too - especially with his size. 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 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/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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dog was quick to learn sit, and is good with potty , but does not respond to his name at all, and tries to chew finger and hands , we have tried a few methods seen here but still persists
Hello Nikolai, Know that puppy biting at this age is completely normal and actually a healthy part of puppy development - they learn social skills and how to control their mouths by practicing this. As people we don't want sharp puppy teeth on us so we have to teach them differently, but the average puppy takes 2-3 months to train not to bite even with consistent training, so this is a long game and not a short game with training. Here are some things that can help speed up the process - know that it will be a process though and that doesn't mean it is not working, it takes time for a puppy to gain impulse control through. Check out the article linked below. Follow the Leave It method. Once he knows the Leave It command, use the Pressure method to enforce the command when he disobeys Leave It. He 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 he may just think you are wrestling. Leave It and Pressure methods - Leave It method first, Pressure method after he 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 him walk away from the people when he is being too rough with them and not listening to other commands - this is especially helpful when you have kids being bitten. Finally, when he gets especially excitable and can't seem to calm down, put him 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. It can be uncomfortable, and 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. Finally, enrolling puppy in a puppy kindergarten or puppy play class can help pup learn how to control the pressure of his mouth by playing with other puppies and being given feedback from them. Puppy class info: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/puppy-classes-when-to-start/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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