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.
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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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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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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