AdmiralGonsiorowski Posted February 8, 2009 Report Share Posted February 8, 2009 I know all puppies bite, and it's normal. I want to teach Ski bite inhibition. But Ski bites HARD. There doesn't seem to be any lead up, he'll roll around a bit and then - whamo. I've got fang holes in my arm. He hasn't drawn blood, but he's broken skin and left welts. I can't get a handle on the process of teaching him to moderate his bite. He has a few (hardly ever) times when he'll just mouth, but it quickly escalates, and then sometimes he just goes straight to trying to bite my arm/hand/leg off. How do you reward soft biting? Should you? I've had couple of people respond, after I've expressed my concerns, with some variation of "oh, puppy biting? no big deal". Well, it is a big deal to me. It's painful. It may not be aggression, but I don't expect other people to know that when he's leaving holes in them. I don't understand the distinction between "puppy biting" and just plain biting. Can anyone give me a more precise explanation? I suppose I'm worried that the apprently extreme nature of his bites is more than just the normal puppy exuberance. He doesn't even seem particularly happy when he does it. I have trouble with implementing the "walk away from him and stop play" method. My home is mostly just one big room with bedrooms attached, so I don't have anywhere specially puppy proof to practice this. So should I only work on bite inhibition in his crate, where I can just shut the door and go elsewhere, or should I take him to his crate when he bites too hard? Or should I simply get up on the couch (where he isn't allowed) and ignore him? In the last case, he does try to get up on the couch so I can't really completely ignore him. And exactly how long should the ignoring continue? And once play resumes, if he bites hard again, does he go immediately back into isolation? What if he gets frustrated with the whole situation and decides playing isn't fun anyways? Sure, he's not biting, but he's not learning not to bite hard, either. If I can get him to repond to a yelp noise (little luck so far) how does that process work. I yelp, and what? Wait for him to bite again or give him a chew toy? He seems to be pretty responsive to facial expressions, so should I seem angry or sad or just neutral? Lol, it seemed simple but there's so many little complications that come up when you actually try to implement a training method. I'm starting to think I'm raising a cat, with all the scratches on my arms and hands from his teeth. I haven't given him many opportunities for biting me, but that's exactly what I'm worried about. I don't want a dog who eats my face when I accidently step on his tail. One last thing, what if I'm outside and he bites my leg? How do you stop play when all it takes for him to play is for you to stand there and have legs? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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