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Old 02-02-2013, 02:00 AM
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hi! greeting from indonesia! firstly, pardon for my bad english

i'm new chi owner, it's been 1 month already since we bought Alice.
she is 15 weeks now and really likes to bite anyone.
we can't pet her without being bitten.
she doesn't like to be held unless she want to sleep.
she also toe biter! sometimes she will growl while chasing people who walk.
i don't know whether that's play growl or aggresive growl though.
i already follow some suggestions to ignore her if she bite to hard, but if we ignore her, she will play with her toys. so i don't know if she really get what the ignore's means.
yelping loudly also doesn't work, she still bite.
i'm really scared she will be aggresive dog when she become adult later.
is it normal and will she outgrow it?
We have had dogs in the past but they didn't like to bite as often as alice, that's why i'm worried.

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Old 02-02-2013, 01:52 PM
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Hello and welcome, I had a JR like that and we had to just keep on top of him, when he bit like that, and I do believe right now it is Alice's way of playing, we put him in his crate with a stern no bite. As he got a little older he got the idea and turned out to be a very sweet dog. That is how puppies play and some worse then others, but they need to know it is not acceptable. Good luck, keep us up to date. Someone else might have a better idea for you.
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Hello! My Rolo did the same, he is 10 months old now and doesn't bite at all. It's a puppy thing alot of the time!


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Since she goes to play with her toys when you ignore her, it's working. She realizes that it's no fun biting you when you ignore her, so she's doing the right thing by playing with her toys. It's her way of playing. When she tries to bite you, give her a toy or a firm no, or a firm "ouch." She doesn't realize that her biting hurts. She's still a baby & needs to learn. She is so cute! She'll learn, just be patient.
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Lots of chew toys too. When mine were babies, I had a hard toy (Kong, rubber bone, whatever) right beside me, so that when they went to bite, I'd just give them the toy, and say "no bite'. Worked
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:30 PM
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Lisa is right. It's working! She's still quite young and needs toys for teething.

The feet/toe biting when someone walks around needs to be corrected.

Welcome to the forum, she's cute!
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:53 PM
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I had the same concerns with my Chi puppy when she was younger. I think she was removed from her litter too early (6 weeks) and didn't learn the difference between real biting and playful biting. She drew blood on more than one occasion during play time, by biting our hands or fingers. I'm happy to report, my puppy outgrew the biting. I tried ALL suggestions ("yelping" when she bit me, giving a firm "NO," offering chew toys, etc.). The one thing that worked for my dog, was holding her snout (gently) and saying "No biting." We would then put her down and ignore her. You have to figure out what works for Alice. I'm sure she will outgrow it too.

I agree with advice given by others...Get items for teething to give in the place of chewing YOU! My dogs love bully sticks and biting on a thick braided rope. Kongs didn't work for my dogs. They don't like rubbery/plastic toys - but it might work for Alice. It's worth a try!

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I'm afraid that my discipline is a bit stronger & different to most ladies here. All 4 of my Chi's adore me and know I am their pack leader who will not tolerate any bad behaviour whatsoever.

With something like that I would use a very, very strong growling voice, 'Nooooo!" and a single gentle smack on the backside at the same time but you must growl "Noooo" or "Aaarrrgh" at exactly the same time. I have only ever had to do this once to any of my babies and they've never repeated again whatever it was they were doing wrong, they learnt instantly.

Alternatively, if you don't like the idea of a single light smack & growl, try a pressurised water bottle, a short spray & growl "Noooo" or "Grrrrr" simultaneously, it should only take 3-4 times of being squirted before puppy will respond just to your verbal to stop.

Please do not ever kick out at the dog to keep it away from ankles or feet, and never even gently smack anywhere other than the backside, this will only damage the dog's trust in you. A single growl and smack on the butt has never harmed any of my relationships with my dozens of dogs over the years, who've all grow up to be perfectly well mannered and behaved in the show ring, in public, at the dog park (only my Mastiffs go there), or at home.
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