When she was with her mom and littermates, they all taught her what was acceptable. If she played too hard with her brothers and sisters, they would yelp and stop playing with her. If she bit her mom for attention, her mom would push her away and pay attention to another puppy. Now that you're the leader, it's your job to show her that biting is not very fun and doesn't get her what she wants.
When you're training your Great Pyrenees to not bite, you need to be firm and you need to show her that biting means the fun ends and she doesn't get attention. Never yell, scream at, or hit your puppy for biting. Though she will grow into a big dog, she'll always be sensitive and yelling at her could harm your relationship. The best thing you can do is spend time with her, be consistent with training, and strengthen your bond.
With practice and patience, you will soon break her of the biting habit and you can get back to having fun together. Below are three methods you can try. Read through them and pick the best one for you and your puppy.
She has a biting problem. She bites when playing. She bites my grandchildren when they are around her just playing I'm sure and she bites my dachsund which is driving my other dog crazy. I've tried everything from telling her no bite to squeezing her lips to her own teeth as to biting herself. Nothing works so HELP ! What should I do to stop her from biting ? Thank you !!
Hello Lori, Check out the link to the article that I am including bellow. I recommend using both the "Leave It" method and the "Ouch!" method together from that article to address Luna's biting. The article is written for Australian Shepherd puppies but should work just as well for Great Pyrenees puppies too. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-an-australian-shepherd-puppy-not-bite It is extremely normal for a three month old puppy to mouth things. It is part of the teething process, one way that they learn about the world, and one way that they communicate. Because she lives with people she needs to learn not to bite, but if you consistently use both the "Leave It" method and the "Ouch!" method, then the mouthing will usually improve with age also. Set up a calm area for her with chew toys stuffed with dog food in either an exercise pen, crate, or gated off. Whenever she gets too excited to calm back down let her have some time in that calm location to calm down while chewing on her own toys before you bring her back into the family's activities. You might also want to consider hiring a professional trainer to help you teach her better all around self-control and respect and social skills at this age, or join a puppy class that includes puppy topics such as mouthing and teaching self-control to the puppies. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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She always bites my daughter because she is the smallest, so how do I get her to stop?
Hello Shannon, Check out the article that I have linked below and work on teaching Betty the "Leave It" command from the "Leave It" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Also, when she gets too excited and mouthy around your daughter, get between your daughter and her, tell her to "Out", point to where you want her to go to, and firmly walk toward her (don't be afraid to bump into her a little if she doesn't move) - until she backs a few feet away from your daughter. Stand between your daughter and her until he stops trying to get around you and go back to your daughter. When she gives up, praise her, and walk a few feet away. If she tries to go back to your daughter to mouth her, repeat the "Out" command, point to where she should go, and walking toward her. Repeat this every time she tries to return until she stops trying to bother your daughter. When it is okay for her to go back over to your daughter, tell her "Okay!" and encourage her to go back while she is being calm. If she leaves when you tell her "Out" without you having to walk her out of the area or repeat the command, then you can also give her a treat or favorite chew toy when she is away from your daughter, as a reward for her obedience. By using the "Out" command and your body language walking toward her, you are telling her that your daughter is yours and she needs to respect her space. Her respect for your daughter is then an extension of her respect for you and not as dependent on your daughter being able to gain her respect on her own. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Ravioli gets in these moods where he likes follow us through the house biting our legs and ankles. We have tried all methods and can’t get him to stop. No matter what we do, he thinks we are playing. If I stop walking and ignore him he, will just bite my legs. And draw blood! Please help. He is very smart, potty training was easy. Sit, down, stay, no problem. Help. Thank you.
Hello Jessica, Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Bite Inhibition" method, while also working on teaching him the "Leave It" command. Once he knows the Leave It command and you have practiced with clothing articles, you can start using Leave It, and if he disobeys, you can use the "Pressure" method to enforce your Leave It command. The order of what you teach first, second and third is import because if you go straight to the Pressure method without helping him understand self-control and what Leave It means, he will probably think you are wrestling when you discipline, and will fight back instead of listen. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite When he gets in the feisty moods, have a crate or an exercise pen with a couple of wonderful chew toys inside, like dog food stuffed Kong's. Put him in the crate or exercise pen with the durable chew toys to calm down when he is overly excited. At this age puppies typically bite like that because they are overtired and need time to rest (sort of like a toddler getting wound up if you keep them up too late), or because they are trying to get your attention (so you want to end the game and remove attention by giving them something calm to do instead). Young puppies need calm times to do something relaxing like chew. This will take time and that is normal, but if you are consistent about the training and rules he should gradually improve as he matures and stops teething. Also, make sure that you are mentally stimulating him during other times of the day by teaching him new things or giving him toys that challenge him, like food stuffed Kong's, puzzle toys, or Kong wobble toys. Training sessions that challenge your pup a bit mentally and physically are great for puppies. Expect a puppy to only be able to focus for 10-30 minutes at a time (depending on the puppy), so shorter and more frequent sessions are best, or sessions fit into your daily routine as you go along. Best of luck, Caitlin Crittenden
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I’ve tried ALL these methods. Ravioli then bites my legs, ankels pants, anything he can get his mouth on. I give him his toys and he still would rather chew me. His tail wagging the whole time. So I put him in his crate. After he calms down a will let him out. But he still does not get it. This dog seems to just love to use me as s chew toy and I’m feeling very defeated. I’m starting to use a loud firm no, and that still does t discourage him from biting . I tried a can with change in it to shake at him, but his tail still wags and he thinks I’m playing. . Help. Thank you in advance.
Hello Jessica, Check out the "Leave It" method from the article that I have linked below. It sounds like he does think you are playing, teaching "Leave It" will help him understand what to do instead. AFTER he has learned what the Leave It command means, you can use the Pressure method from the article linked below to gently discipline him for disobeying your leave it command. You need to teach a good Leave It first though or else when you use the Pressure method he will just think that you are wrestling instead or understanding it as a consequence. Expect the training to take several weeks. Puppies learn control of their mouths gradually as they practice control with you over time. Very few puppies can control their mouths right away. As long as you are seeing gradual progress that is a good sign, so keep at it and be consistent. The "Leave It" method and then "Pressure" method of he disobeys: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
Ugh I have the same problem with my puppy. Almost to the point of regretting getting her. I have never had this much trouble with a puppy before.
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Help! My pup Cal just bit my boyfriend and he has never bitten anyone before. He is six month old now. I’m at a lost for what I need to do now. My boyfriend says they were play fighting and all of a sudden Cal bit him.
Hello Chanel, First of all it sounds like the bite wasn't all of the sudden, since it happened during roughhousing it was likely related to arousal, fear, or defense drive. When a dog gets really aroused, as the arousal escalates, things like adrenaline can increase too and if a dog doesn't know how to disengage or isn't allowed to take a break when they indicate they need one, then play can turn into fighting. This often happens at dog parks - play gets rougher and rougher, adrenaline and arousal goes up, then play turns into fighting. It also could have been a fear bite. Your pup may have been giving signals that he wanted to stop or get away and your boyfriend kept playing roughly and he bite in an attempt to stop your boyfriend. Finally, some dogs have a strong defense drive - when you apply pressure - such as tackling them, instead of the dog giving into the pressure and submitting or enjoying the game, the dog feels frustrated and pushes back - i.e. fights back. This is the drive encouraged in police dog and protection dog training. When an attacker threatens the dog, instead of the dog cowering, darting in and out aggressively, running away, or become illogical, the dog gives pressure back by rushing the attacker and holding them in place with a controlled bite. Defense drive is more complicated than just that, but it's genetic and if your dog has a strong defense drive he simply can't handle being tackled to the ground, but he shouldn't show signs of aggression when not being "attacked" if he is balanced. Maybe have your boyfriend read this and see if he can pinpoint what he thinks may have been going on. If it's fear, then I suggest working on handling exercises to help with the fearfulness - use meal kibble, one piece at a time at, daily for a while to reward him every time you and your boyfriend touch him. Feed him most of his meals this way when you can for a while. For example, touch his paw - give a treat. Touch his mouth - give a treat. Hold his collar - give a treat. gently wiggle his tail while giving a treat. Practice just touches first and pay attention to pup's body language - is he relaxed? When he is enjoying all of the touch and completely relaxed, then you can move onto more physical contact too, like gentle restraint, pets, very carefully opening mouth - always rewarding him for tolerance and not overwhelming him, to help desensitizing him to touch. Because of the bite, you may want to have a trainer help you with this until he is more accepting of touch. If it was related to arousal, then you need to be aware that he may lack a bit of impulse control. I would work on things to increase impulse control. Such as getting him a bit excited, then freezing and giving a command, then waiting until he obeys. Once he obeys and is calm, reward him, then tell him "Okay" and resume the game - this is a bit like red light, green light. The more you practice this, the quicker he should get at calming down and obeying the command so he can get his treat and resume playing. Also, work on commands that build impulse control like Place, crate manners and a structured heel. Be aware that he probably is a dog who shouldn't rough house and dog parks are probably not a good idea, but impulse control does still need to be built because he will need that for other situations too. 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/ Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo If the issue is defense drive, then that is genetic. You will need to work on a higher level of obedience and structure with him while he is still young so that he will listen well when older if he turns out to be protective or territorial as an adult - which is related to defense drive but not guaranteed to happen. Also, he needs to be trained with methods that avoid too much physical pressure - no alphas rolls! And he is a dog who shouldn't wrestle with you - play fetch, hide and seek come, agility, search games, and other less physical games instead. Defense drive isn't necessarily a bad thing, but dogs with strong defense drives just needs to be handled and trained a certain way to keep things in check. When in doubt its also always best to hire a trainer to help with aggression too. Not all trainers handle aggression, so look for someone who has a lot of experience with it, good reviews and a great track record of working with aggressive dogs. How severe the bite was is also telling...If the bite didn't break the skin, that was probably intention on your dog's part - he controlled it. If there were multiple bites or tearing that is more serious and shows less control. Of all the dogs I have had only one of them had the temperament to handle wrestling. Most would have felt defensive, fearful, or gotten too aroused - many dogs can't handle that type of play. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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