How to Train a Great Pyrenees Puppy to Not Bite

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1-5 Weeks
Behavior

Introduction

Great Pyrenees puppies are incredibly cute and fluffy, and they love to play. When that play and roughhousing turns into biting, it can be hard to discipline them. If your puppy has started to develop a habit of biting during play or for attention, it's important to put a stop to it as soon as possible. Teaching your Great Pyrenees puppy to not bite is easy with some patience and consistency. 

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.

Defining Tasks

Training your Great Pyrenees puppy not to bite may look a little different than with other dogs. This breed is known for being smart, stubborn, and on their own schedules sometimes. Patience and firmness will be your biggest allies. When you give her a command, she may take 10 or 20 seconds to perform the activity, so make sure you wait it out and refocus her if she gets distracted.

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.

Getting Started

Training your Great Pyrenees puppy to not bite needs to start immediately, Take note of the times she does it--during play, trying to get attention, meal times, etc.--and be ready to prevent it. In addition, you can gather these items to help your training.

  • A favorite toy
  • Dog-safe bitter spray
  • Special treats
  • Lots of patience

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.

The Favorite Toy Method

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Find her favorite toy
Pick up a toy your puppy really likes and keep it with you.
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Start to play
Start to play and roughhouse with her, until right before she starts to bite
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Give her the toy
The minute she moves from wrestling to biting, say "no" and then give her the toy instead.
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Practice
Continue to practice with her favorite toy. If she continues to try and bite instead of taking the toy, you can end play time and try again later.
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Toys are more fun than biting
Eventually she should learn that toys are more fun than biting people and she'll keep her teeth to herself.
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The Ignore Method

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Observe her behavior
Spend some time observing her behavior, taking note of when she starts to bite.
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Say "no"
Be aware of when she starts to bite you and tell her a firm "no." There is no need to shout.
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Turn your back
Turn your back with your hands folded over your chest so she can't reach them. Don't give her any attention until she settles down.
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Give her attention
When she settles and stops trying to get your attention, give her attention and positive praise for not biting.
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Repeat
When she bites again, immediately stop what you are doing and ignore her.
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Good behavior is more fun
Soon she'll realize that respectful behavior gets her the attention and fun she's looking for, and biting is no fun at all.
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The Bad Taste Method

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Learn when she bites
Watch her for a few days and take note of when she starts to bite.
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Purchase dog-safe bitter spray
You can find bitter tasting dog spray in many pet stores. This is a deterrent for chewing furniture, but you're going to use it to stop her from chewing you.
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Spray on your hands
When you are going to play with her or engage in another activity where she is likely to bite, spray your hands with the bitter tasting spray.
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Say "no"
When she bites you, say a firm "no."
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Go back to playing
The bitter taste of your hand and the firm no might have her reeling, so be sure to go back to playing. It won't take too many bites before she learns that nibbling on you is not fun.
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Written by Katie Smith

Published: 02/21/2018, edited: 01/08/2021

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Biting and potty training

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Hello! I am sending you quite a bit of information on potty and crate training just in case you want to use the crate to help with potty training. Potty training: Know Your Pup. As you spend time with your puppy, learn your puppy’s love language. Just as some people prefer gifts, touch, or time spent together, puppies can be the same way. Some puppies love praise or pets, while others prefer treats. As you get to know your puppy, consider what reward your puppy loves the most. Create a Daily Schedule. It is best to have a routine for your puppy. A schedule helps them understand when to eat, play, and “go to the bathroom.” Your puppy should go out frequently and the routine should be the same every time. When? Start the day by taking your puppy outside, and repeating based on age and ability. They should also go out after napping, chewing, playing, and within 10 to 15 minutes of eating. Although some puppies can sleep for seven hours, it is important to set an alarm and take your pup out during the night. When you do, don’t make a fuss about it. Quietly take them outside with minimal stimulation and light. Praise them if they go to the bathroom and gently return them to their bed or crate. You don’t want them to get stimulated and ready to play in the middle of the night! As you get to know your puppy, you will become aware of their individual habits. Click here to learn more about house training schedules for puppies. Where? Take your puppy to a specific area to urinate or defecate. Be consistent. You can create an area by using urine-soaked paper or bowel movements to help create an aroma to stimulate your puppy. How? Take your puppy out on a leash so they can focus on the desired activity. This will help prevent them from wandering off to play. Once your puppy is in the selected area, use your verbal cue, such as “Hurry Up,” “Poopies,” “Go tinkle,” or any phrase your puppy responds to. What? Know the signs that your puppy has to go to the bathroom. Every animal may have a different “I gotta go” gesture, which often include restlessness, sniffing around, circling, scratching at the door, barking, and, eventually, squatting. At the first sign that your pup has to go, calmly and quickly take them outside to their bathroom spot. Deal with Accidents. Accidents are a normal part of house training a puppy. What to Do If you see your puppy in the process of urinating or defecating inappropriately, calmly and quickly interrupt them in the act. Tell them to stop (either by a jarring sound or command), and immediately take them to an appropriate location for elimination. After your puppy goes to the bathroom, lavishly praise them and offer a treat. Thoroughly clean up accidents, so your puppy is not attracted to this area again. Create a consistent feeding and watering schedule. Depending on the age of your puppy, they will eat three to four times a day. A consistent feeding routine can create a regular bathroom schedule. Take away water about 2 hours before bedtime. Learn more about ideal dog schedules here. What NOT to Do Don’t punish your puppy when they have an accident. At that point, it is too late. When a puppy has an accident in the house and they walk away, within seconds they have already forgotten about what they did. Taking them to the scene of the crime and yelling and/or rubbing their nose in it does not help and, in fact, can harm your puppy! Supervise. The best thing you can do is to prevent accidents and the best way to do this is to supervise your puppy at all times. You can tether your puppy to your waist with a five or six-foot leash and carefully observe them for signs that they need to go to the bathroom. If you can’t supervise, then crate or confine your puppy. The more accidents your puppy has in the house, the more confusing it will be for them and this can delay house training. Reward, Reward, Reward. It is important to give your puppy a reward for their good behavior. This can be for commands such as sitting and coming to you, or for appropriately eliminating outside. In a puppy, a reward can be a couple kibbles of puppy food or a treat, such as a small piece of meat. The treat should be exciting for them and only available as a result of good behavior. Crate training can take days or weeks, depending on your dog's age, temperament and past experiences. It's important to keep two things in mind while crate training: The crate should always be associated with something pleasant and training should take place in a series of small steps. Don't go too fast. Step 1: Introduce your dog to the crate Place the crate in an area of your house where the family spends a lot of time, such as the family room. Put a soft blanket or towel in the crate. Take the door off and let the dog explore the crate at their leisure. Some dogs will be naturally curious and start sleeping in the crate right away. If yours isn't one of them: Bring them over to the crate and talk to them in a happy tone of voice. Make sure the crate door is open and secured so that it won't hit your dog and frighten them. Encourage your dog to enter the crate by dropping some small food treats nearby, then just inside the door, and finally, all the way inside the crate. If they refuse to go all the way in at first, that's OK; don't force them to enter. Continue tossing treats into the crate until your dog will walk calmly all the way into the crate to get the food. If they aren’t interested in treats, try tossing a favorite toy in the crate. This step may take a few minutes or as long as several days. Step 2: Feed your dog meals in the crate After introducing your dog to the crate, begin feeding them their regular meals near the crate. This will create a pleasant association with the crate. If your dog is readily entering the crate when you begin Step 2, place the food dish all the way at the back of the crate. If they remain reluctant to enter, put the dish only as far inside as they will readily go without becoming fearful or anxious. Each time you feed them, place the dish a little further back in the crate. Once your dog is standing comfortably in the crate to eat their meal, you can close the door while they’re eating. The first time you do this, open the door as soon as they finish their meal. With each successive feeding, leave the door closed a few minutes longer, until they’re staying in the crate for 10 minutes or so after eating. If they begin to whine to be let out, you may have increased the length of time too quickly. Next time, try leaving them in the crate for a shorter time period. If they do whine or cry in the crate, don’t let them out until they stop. Otherwise, they'll learn that the way to get out of the crate is to whine, so they'll keep doing it. Step 3: Practice with longer crating periods After your dog is eating their regular meals in the crate with no sign of fear or anxiety, you can confine them there for short time periods while you're home. Call them over to the crate and give them a treat. Give them a command to enter, such as "crate." Encourage them by pointing to the inside of the crate with a treat in your hand. After your dog enters the crate, praise them, give them the treat and close the door. Sit quietly near the crate for five to 10 minutes and then go into another room for a few minutes. Return, sit quietly again for a short time and then let them out. Repeat this process several times a day, gradually increasing the length of time you leave them in the crate and the length of time you're out of sight. Once your dog will stay quietly in the crate for about 30 minutes with you mostly out of sight, you can begin leaving them crated when you're gone for short time periods and/or letting them sleep there at night. This may take several days or weeks. Step 4, Part A: Crate your dog when you leave After your dog can spend about 30 minutes in the crate without becoming anxious or afraid, you can begin leaving them crated for short periods when you leave the house. Put them in the crate using your regular command and a treat. You might also want to leave them with a few safe toys in the crate. Vary the moment during your "getting ready to leave" routine that you put your dog in the crate. Although they shouldn't be crated for a long time before you leave, you can crate them anywhere from five to 20 minutes prior to leaving. Don't make your departures emotional and prolonged—they should be matter-of-fact. Praise your dog briefly, give them a treat for entering the crate and then leave quietly. When you return home, don't reward your dog for excited behavior by responding to them in an enthusiastic way. Keep arrivals low-key to avoid increasing their anxiety over when you will return. Continue to crate your dog for short periods from time to time when you're home so they don't associate crating with being left alone. Step 4, Part B: Crate your dog at night Put your dog in the crate using your regular command and a treat. Initially, it may be a good idea to put the crate in your bedroom or nearby in a hallway, especially if you have a puppy. Puppies often need to go outside to eliminate during the night and you'll want to be able to hear your puppy when they whine to be let outside. Older dogs should also initially be kept nearby so they don't associate the crate with social isolation. Once your dog is sleeping comfortably through the night with the crate near you, you can begin to gradually move it to the location you prefer, although time spent with your dog—even sleep time—is a chance to strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Potential problems Whining: If your dog whines or cries while in the crate at night, it may be difficult to decide whether they’re whining to be let out of the crate, or whether they need to be let outside to eliminate. If you've followed the training procedures outlined above, then your dog hasn't been rewarded for whining in the past by being released from their crate. If that is the case, try to ignore the whining. If your dog is just testing you, they'll probably stop whining soon. Yelling at them or pounding on the crate will only make things worse. If the whining continues after you've ignored them for several minutes, use the phrase they associate with going outside to eliminate. If they respond and become excited, take them outside. This should be a trip with a purpose, not play time. If you're convinced that your dog doesn't need to eliminate, the best response is to ignore them until they stop whining. Don't give in; if you do, you'll teach your dog to whine loud and long to get what they want. If you've progressed gradually through the training steps and haven't done too much too fast, you'll be less likely to encounter this problem. If the problem becomes unmanageable, you may need to start the crate training process over again. Separation anxiety: Attempting to use the crate as a remedy for separation anxiety won't solve the problem. A crate may prevent your dog from being destructive, but they may get injured in an attempt to escape. Separation anxiety problems can only be resolved with counterconditioning and desensitization procedures. Here is information on nipping/biting. 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.

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3 Months
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She always bites my daughter because she is the smallest, so how do I get her to stop?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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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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Ravt
Great Pyrenees
11 Weeks
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Great Pyrenees
11 Weeks

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.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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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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Ravioli
Great Pyrenees
4 Months
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Great Pyrenees
4 Months

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.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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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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Cal
Great Pyrenees
6 Months
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6 Months

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.

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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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Pyrenees Anatolian
10 Weeks
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Pyrenees Anatolian
10 Weeks

I got Link about a week ago and when I first got him he was very timid when it came to play time. Now that he's warmed up to me, I've noticed that whenever we are playing he bites me. I assume it's not done with malicious intent but his little dagger teeth have drawn blood several times. I have tried to yelp similar to a dog and he stops but then he resumes. I then ignore him and he stops, but right whenever I resume playing he goes back to biting. I've also noticed that he only bites this hard with me and none of my roommates or my friends. Why might this be and how can I get him to stop? Thank you!!

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Hello Alexis, He is probably getting more aroused while playing with you and thus has less self-control at those times. Regardless of why, it is very normal at this age. That certainly doesn't make it fun for you however! Check out the article linked below. Starting today, use the "Yelp" method (which you are already essentially doing). 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 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. 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 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. 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, 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. 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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Aviva
Great Pyrenees
12 Weeks
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Great Pyrenees
12 Weeks

She is a very stubborn puppy. We've been working on house breaking since 8 weeks and she was doing well but she had now taken to going potty in the house and eating her poop within 30 minutes of us brining her in from being outside and eliminating her bowels and bladder. When we catch her in the act we tell her no and take her back outside, but it's not stopping her. Any suggestions?
She is also a nipper and is going after my 4 and 2 year old sons. We've tried to substitute toys and ignore her, but she is very persistent in nipping them

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
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Hello, potty training is a challenge, I agree! I wonder why the regression? You may have to crate train her. This guide has excellent instructions on crate training, or if you prefer not to, the Timing Method is good: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside. Take Aviva on long walks and when she does have success at peeing and pooping outside, give her verbal praise and 4 treats, one after the other. Make sure you always take her on a walk 20-30 minutes after meals. Clean up accidents inside with an enzymatic cleaner to completely remove the smell. You may not realize the smell is there, but Aviva can smell it and repeat the behavior. If you are taking Aviva in the yard to pee and poop, before you go out, use a potty encouraging spray. Then, take her directly to the area where you sprayed. It may help. As for the nipping, it is never to soon to start obedience commands. Especially with this breed of dog. They come from working lineage and will need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. A kong filled with softened kibble and then frozen is a good distraction to bring out before she starts to get rambunctious (you don't want her thinking it is a reward.) Please read these two guides: https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-nipping and https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-nip. Like the Australian Shepherd, Aviva is from herding lineage so the nipping is second nature. Try the Intervene Method. Also, start working on obedience commands and get her enrolled in training as soon as her vaccines are up to date. Good luck!

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Snowball
Great Pyrenees Siberian husky
2 Months
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Great Pyrenees Siberian husky
2 Months

She won’t stop biting my daughters & myself. My boys play with her differently than the rest of us. I repeat no bite & stop giving her attention.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! As she ages, this issues will slowly start to disappear. But in the mean time, here is some information to help you so it doesn't become a habit that follows her into adulthood. 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. Thank you for writing in!

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Sophia
Great Pyrenees
3 Months
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Great Pyrenees
3 Months

She always barks at my 3 year old English bulldog and harasses her and starts fights. and is constantly biting my hands feet legs and ankles.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hi there! I will address both concerns. So this will be a long response. I will do my best to keep it organized! 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. Now onto barking/attention seeking behavior. This advice is generalized barking, but barking is barking and she is doing it to express herself one way or the other. Puppy barking serves many purposes. Puppies bark when they play, to greet you (or another animal), or defend against scary or intimidating interlopers. Consider your puppy’s bark as a doggy alarm: it serves as a warning about anything unusual, interesting, or exciting, like a friend or stranger’s arrival, a sudden sound, or an unexpected sight. Rather than trying to fully eliminate the barks, figure out why the pup barks and teach him the difference between appropriate barks and problem barks. How to Stop Your Puppy From Barking Once you've determined why your puppy is barking, you can start to train it appropriately to stop your dog from barking. Bear in mind that some puppy mental development is similar to a young child's, so many of the same reinforcement rules apply as you teach your puppy appropriate behavior. Provide consistent rules and responses. If your response to excited barking is sometimes positive and sometimes negative, your dog will get confused. Stick with the same response to the same behavior, and make sure other family members do the same. Be sure there are no physical or psychological issues causing the behavior. If your puppy is frightened, in pain, or feeling ill, it may well whine or bark. Be sure you've taken care of any environmental or health issues that could stand between your puppy and good behavior. Use appropriate techniques to train your puppy. Remember that your puppy is just a baby, and it only knows what you teach it. Avoid harsh discipline; praise and kindness and other types of positive reinforcement can help your puppy grow up to be a well-adjusted, well-behaved dog. Don't let your emotions get in the way of training. If your puppy whines when it's left alone, you may feel you need to comfort it. When you do that, you are rewarding the behavior and therefore teaching the puppy that whining or barking is the best way to get attention. Relieve the boredom. Many pups bark because they’re lonely or bored. Even if the dog has nothing to bark about, the barking may be better than silence. Chew toys that reward the puppy’s attention with tasty treats also fill up the mouth—it can’t bark and chew at the same time. Puzzles and toys like the Kong Wobbler can be stuffed with peanut butter or kibble treats and must be manipulated to reach the edible prize. Your puppy is still young and exploring the world and the reactions she receives from her behaviors. This will take some time. But it will get better!

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Harlo
Great Pyrenees
3 Months
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3 Months

When we adopted Harlo two weeks ago she took to my 17 year old daughter right away but would growl at the rest of the family. We have taken her for car rides to meet people every day and she has gotten way better. Last night my husband laid down next to Harlo and her bed and she growled and put her whole mouth over his face but didn't bite down hard. I said "no" and put her in the laundry room for a time out. We are nervous that she is an aggressive dog and need her to be social and nice as we plan on taking her on family outings and trips. Any tips will help. She goes to puppy training on 9/2/2020 but I feel like she needs more training now.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! Yes you have a bit of a wait before puppy training starts, and these early weeks are critical for socialization. The best thing you can do for her is to keep doing what you are doing and having her out in a variety of settings each day. If the biting/mouthing continues, you either remove her, or yourself completely from the scenario. No eye contact, no pushing her down or wrestling. Just a quick no like you did and a time out. Also use lots of positive reinforcement when she is being good, or doing what you ask. Treats or time with interactive food puzzle games will help a lot also. She is a working breed and needs an outlet. Once she starts obedience training, you can spend time with her on basic commands. Everyone in the household should take turns working with her.

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Great Pyrenees
10 Weeks
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Great Pyrenees
10 Weeks

She always goes after my cat and she dosent stop she goes back over and over and just wont stop

Alisha Smith
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Your best bet in this situation is to go with a method to desensitize her to the cat. She needs to learn that the cats are just a normal part of his environment. So we need to teach her to become less excited by the cat. If you are up for this, it is going to take about a month of consistent practice before you see results. You will want to start out by teaching him "leave it". Leave is great for anything you want your dog to leave alone. Instructions on leave it will be at the end of this response. After about a week or so of working on the command, you can start taking him around the cats while on leash. Any time he even looks at a cat, you give the command leave it. Once he breaks his attention away from the cats, you reward him with a treat. Ideally, you want to him to be sitting and looking at you. But in the beginning stages, as long as he isn't focused on the cat, you can reward him. You will literally practice this over and over, while moving closer to the cats until he is no longer interested in the cats. While this method takes a while, it is the best in relaying the messages across to your dog. The cats need to be left alone! Here are the steps for "leave it" Teaching a dog 'leave it' Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Keep it fun Even though you’re practicing “leave it” as a way to keep your dog safe, you want him to see it as a fun game you play. When your dog is proficient at the game in your home, start practicing in a variety of locations with more distractions.

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Zeus
Great Pyrenees
3 Months
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Great Pyrenees
3 Months

My puppy bites me hard super hard , and charges kind of and bites me with his nose scrunch up .

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! Here is some information on nipping/biting. 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.

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Stormie
Great Pyrenees
2 Years
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Stormie
Great Pyrenees
2 Years

She takes a while to answer and respond and now she’s starting to bite and be really aggressive

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! Here is some information on nipping/biting. 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.

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Kody
Great Pyrenees
4 Months
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Great Pyrenees
4 Months

He bites after a walk and exercise, when about to go home. AT the beginning he is well behaved but when he realize we are about to go home, that's when he start biting.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Russell, First, I recommend incorporating training into your walk and exercise so that pup's mind is also being stimulated. Having pup heel during the walk, periodically practice sit, down, watch me, stay, ect... The mental work can help tire pup out sooner and also help pup to end the walk calmer instead of even more energized and aroused from the work - some dogs get a bit hyper after exercising due to chemicals released in their brain while exercising, but having to concentrate can change that experience somewhat. Second, check out the article linked below and practice the Leave It command. Once pup knows Leave It really well, if pup is biting you, you can use the Pressure method found in the same article to enforce your command if pup doesn't stop when told to leave it - all of this needs to be done with a lot of calmness and consistency - getting angry, loud, or excited will likely make pup even more excited and reactive. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite When pup starts protesting, calmly continue your route home also, giving short, brief tug-and-releases on the leash over and over until pup is walking with you again. - instead of continuously pulling on pup's leash - which can cause pup to pull the opposite way. Once pup is taking steps in the direction you are headed again, reward their following with a treat. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Zorro
Pyrenean Shepherd
3 Months
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Pyrenean Shepherd
3 Months

Zorro gets very excited when I play with him and he starts biting my shoes and my leg and when I reach out to pet him he bites my hand. He also raises his paw and when I give him a treat, he tries to bite. I have tried ignoring him but he still does it.
He also doesn’t want to go in the crate at night. My 13 yr old and I have to pick him up and put him in. If I don’t put him inside, he pees in his area we have made for him. My son got a big scratch on his hand. He also bites his leash and flips over when I try to get it from him. I am a first time dog owner and would like to have a good experience. I love Zorro and want him to be disciplined. We are considering 2 week obedience training but that will start on Jan 7th.
I would appreciate your help. Thanks

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello. Here is information on puppy nipping/biting. 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.

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Jack
Great Pyrenees
3 Months
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Great Pyrenees
3 Months

Hello,i am molly and my dog,jack
he is only 3 months old and he is biting
me nonstop,he was very smart and very easy to
potty train,but the other problem was that
he humps me whenever i try to cuddle him,he is three months old,he was raised in the mud,he ate mud,he drank from mud,he ate from mud but whenever i wanna cuddle him he humps me in a sexual way,he bites me nonstop and his little dagger teeth have drawn blood many times,i yelp and it works but then he tries to chew the couch,he bites my ankles and i do not not know how to get him to stop,any advice? i give him his sock and some food,some water as well and he stills chews me,but i understand that he doesn't really know how sharp his dagger teeth are yet,can somebody try to help me with
this issue?

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello. Here is information on nipping/biting. 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.

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Maddie
Great pyr. mix
11 Weeks
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Great pyr. mix
11 Weeks

She is approx.11 wk.s old. As the late afternoon arrives, she will begin to bite in play and when I walk. She jumps and bites mbehind my knee and around my ankles. she bites my wrists and upper arm. If I'm on the floor gathering toys, she bires my head. ouch!In frustration and pain I yell out.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! Here is information on puppy nipping/biting. 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.

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Luna
Great Pyrenees
13 Weeks
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Luna
Great Pyrenees
13 Weeks

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 !!

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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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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Max
Great Pyrenees
3 Months
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Max
Great Pyrenees
3 Months

my puppy nips my little sister that is 2 years old

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Rudy, 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 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. 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 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 Since pup is biting your sister and not only you, I would teach pup the Out command and then use the section on How to Use Out to Deal with Pushy Behavior, to enforce the training on behalf of your little sister. Out: 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. 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, 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. 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. Use Out to protect your sister while working on the rest of pup's self-control also. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Juno
Great Pyrenees
3 Months
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Juno
Great Pyrenees
3 Months

I live in an apartment with Juno and we have turf on our balcony. She seems to only want to pee on the turf or a pee pad. Ive taken her on grass many times but she won’t go. She’ll hold it until she’s able to get to a familiar spot. I’m just scared she won’t ever want to pee in public places. Right now she doesn’t have all her shots so I can’t just take her anywhere... please help

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Caroline, Check out the crate training method from the article I have linked below. I recommend following that consistently to get pup in the habit of going outside on the grass. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside I also recommend spending some time with pup outside on a leash simply hanging out or playing games. An hour at a time ideally. Right now the outside world is probably very exciting and she is a bit nervous and distracted while out there, so desensitizing her to that area when you aren't as rushed for her to go potty there can help her get used to it, and the novelty of it wear off more, so she can focus better about going potty there later. The crate training method will ensure that she only has the option of going potty while outside, until she gets desperate enough to go when you take her out, and after a few times of going potty outside and being rewarded, she should gradually start to understand why she is out there with you when she has a full bladder. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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