It's pretty common for Akitas to nip and bite, especially when they are puppies and still teething. While Bowser might not think much more of biting than as a normal part of play, his sharp teeth can, in fact, be quite painful. If you don't break this habit while he is a puppy, by the time he gets to be an adult, his bites can cause serious injury. Bear in mind, while teething puppies will chew on just about anything they can get their teeth on. The chewing helps to relieve his pain in much the same way it helps a teething baby.
Your first job is to discover why Bowser is biting. In young pups, it is usually because they are teething or playing. In the wild, they cut their teeth biting and chewing on anything they can find and will learn to control play biting with the help of their litter mates. But in your home, this is just not acceptable behavior. In an older dog, biting is part of the hunt and survival, but again this is not necessary in a domesticated situation. Bear in mind, you are trying to train your dog to do something that is completely against his nature. Be patient, stay calm and keep working with him until he finally stops this unpleasant behavior.
While you will need a few supplies to use during training, the most important of them you cannot buy. These are time and patience. You need to make sure you set aside time every day for at least one training session until Bowser finally learns not to bite. It will help to have a few supplies handy as well:
Keep working with Bowser, don't give up if he seems like he isn't getting the idea. This is the time to try a little harder--he will figure out, it just might take a little extra time.
Whenever I try and stroke my pup he starts to nip. I've tried yelping saying no and removing him from the room but he still does it constantly as he's getting older the nips are starting to hurt more and more we have had him since 9 weeks old and have been doing the same routine with the nipping but it isn't getting much better
Hello Ann, First, check out the article that I have linked below. Use the "Leave It" method. Once he learns "Leave It", when he starts to bite, tell him to "Leave It", if he disobeys, then use the "Pressure" method" - also found in the article below, to gently discipline him. Practice petting him with a thick glove on so that you can follow through without pulling away. When you pull away and stop petting him when he bites he might be learning that he can get you to do what he wants by using his mouth - stop touching or brushing him in this case. Using a glove and the "Please" method AFTER he understands "Leave It" if he disobeys "Leave It" will let you continue to pet him and gently discipline him until he stops biting. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Also, it sounds like he needs to practice being handled. Get his breakfast or dinner kibble food, call him over, gently touch him somewhere with one hand and at the same time feed him a piece of kibble from your other hand. Practice touching his ear, touching his paw, touching his belly, opening his mouth (carefully), touching his tail, touching his collar, and touching everywhere else. As he improves, then touch him first, then give him a treat right after as a reward. Praise him softly when he lets you touch him. Practice this as often as you can. You can feed him his entire meal this way. Continue practicing this as he grows into an adult during the first year or two of his life. As a puppy you can do this every day when you are home with him. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He has bitten 2 children in the last month. He has never done that before and we don’t know what caused this behavior to start. We put him in obedience school when he was young, unfortunately we stopped the training. We got busy and just dropped the ball. We can not tolerate biting, but desperately want to keep the dog. Please advise.
Hello Robin, You need to hire a professional trainer to help you in person. How severe were the bites? If the bites did not leave a mark, the case is less serious. The temperament issue still needs to be addressed and taken seriously but it will be safer to address. If he drew blood both times, that is definitely more serious and training needs to be done carefully. If there were multiple punctures or rips in the flesh, that shows a definite lack of control and makes him a very dangerous dog. Kids are more likely to be bitten because of their unpredictable body language and movement, sometimes lack of respecting a dog's personal space, and generally less well respected size and voices. If he ran up to the kids and attacked without being provoked or frightened, kids are less likely to defuse a threat by standing still or avoiding eye contact like an adult would in the same situation. If they panic, run or stare at the dog, the dog is more likely to attack. When that is the case, the dog is probably a threat to adults too but simply hasn't yet because adults usually respond differently to a dog's threat - that would make it a general aggression issue and not only specific to kids (being specific to kids might be a socialization issue or dominance issue). When training be aware that the aggression might be exhibited with adults too in the wrong situation if it was unprovoked with kids and he rushed them first. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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