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Old 10-31-2015, 12:39 PM
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What should I do get my pup to stop play biting??

When we are laying in bed at night she likes to play bite for a little bit and sometimes it just gets anooying. I want to keep it from getting worse as she gets older.

What should I do?

So far when she starts the biting, I tell her no and but her in the crate, but I want the most successful tip.

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Old 10-31-2015, 03:05 PM
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My duchess does this a lot too, it's natural behaviour as they start teething they need things to chew on and I agree can become annoying and can hurt from my past experience with Millie I found that the best thing to do would be to say a sharp 'no' or you could imitate a yelp and give her something else to chew on such as a chew toy.
By focusing on redirection it's a positive way to learn her that her mouth on human skin isn't okay.
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Old 10-31-2015, 04:30 PM
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Thanks for the tips!!

I try to redirect but she wants to keep coming back to my hand, I suppose consistence is key.

LOL im about to rub some chew no more all over my hands!
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Firstly, don't ever use her kennel as a punishment. it should be a safe haven, a place she enjoys spending time.
Biting is fun, so self-rewarding. The key is to never allow any contact with human skin at all. Remove your hands from her reach, stand up, turn your back or leave the room, but it is imperative that as soon as she bites you playtime is over.
I don't believe is saying 'no' to puppies, they don't understand and soon learn to ignore it.
A yelp can be distracting, but the most important part is removing the fun thing she wants to bite (your flesh lol) and the consequence being no play. As long as you are consistent, she will learn very quickly not to chew on you.
Make sure she has plenty of things she is allowed to chew, it is much easier to train a pup to do something than to not do something.
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I agree with what the others suggested and that it's not a good idea to put her in a crate as a punishment. My Lilo was a nightmare with play biting as a puppy and I did all of the above, but what worked the most for me was ignoring her. I got up and turned my back on her. If she bit my feet, I walked away or calmly put her out of the room briefly. When they realise they lose our attention each time, they learn quickly.

I also gave Lilo healthy chew treats every day (like dehydrated rabbit ears, tripe sticks, raw carrots, etc.).
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I would have a favorite chew toy in my bedside table and bring it out when I go to bed. ONLY use this for bedtime. She'll learn that she gets this chew toy instead of your hands at bedtime. Hopefully you will have several other chew toys around for the rest of the day.
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Okay thanks guys, will note to self to no longer put Ms. Autumn in crate for punishment.

I'll just keep working on it, and hopefully it will come to an end. Today has actually been a good with minimum biting. But we were really busy today LOL. She usually always wants to play bite at bed time. So I was a little lazy of getting up, but I will start doing that more.
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We all know that dogs "see" the world through their noses, but dogs "feel" the world through their mouths. Can you blame them? They don't have hands like we do, and they investigate almost all new "problems" with their mouths.

When a puppy is born, and up until 8 weeks of age, their mother and littermates should teach them "bite inhibition." In that, if you use your mouth too hard, it hurts and is a poor social communication (pain, threat, ect.) Mother dog teaches hard lessons, sometimes. If you happen to have a pup that has poor "bite inhibition," then it's my opinion you should help them to understand. I know I'll catch a lot of flack for saying this, but if your puppy is biting with too much pressure or excitement, I think a few physical communications are in order. Redirection can be effective, but sometimes it leads the more intelligent dogs to perform the "negative" behavior for the sake of receiving the distraction (bone, toys, ect.)

If your puppy begins to become too "excited," "overzealous" or "violent" with their play bites, I would suggest you put your finger in the back parts of their gums (where there are no teeth) to defeat their purpose and cause them discomfort. After all, it would certainly be VERY discomforting if your puppy accidentally injured another dog or a child with their poor "bite inhibition" skills. Redirecting or ignoring of certain behaviors is awesome and helps positive development existentially (I learned this from owning a chi) but when it comes to biting, there should be no grey area. Biting is a serious communication, and can be a serious offense.

Redirection is wonderful. Sometimes all your pup is looking for is something to "mouth" because they "feel" the world that way. They are very curious and wonderful. But if your pup is outwardly exhibiting violent "biting" behavior regardless of distractions or redirection, it's important you teach the "bite inhibition" that he/she obviously didn't receive in the developmental stages of life... by making "violent biting" (too much pressure, ignorance of "yelps" or "withdrawls") not comfortable or fun.

It's important you assess why your pup is biting in this way.
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