We have tried so many methods to curb this behaviour, but mostly the’ve been ineffective. Not necessarily jumping on us, but jumping to get his toy that you have in your hand. His behavior could also be caused by him not feel well from the pano. Previously in this article, I recommended mimicking a littermate – or the ‘ouch' method as a way to curb German Shepherd puppy biting. Firstly, I recommend not saying ‘no’, your pup doesn’t know what that means. He was born on a farm with his litter mates and mom and they were all taken to the shelter. If … I won’t do dog parks!) You can try the build-a-bridge game as a starter. German Shepherds are smart and they will most likely understand what you want him to do and not do. Those are my go-to games for teaching bite inhibition. For your question on the bridge game here’s what it means…. For German Shepherd puppies, nipping and biting is a game they love to play. There’s a video I made to show you exactly how I teach my dogs to play puzzle games. That should give you a good foundation to build up from. Yup, German Shepherd’s are known as land sharks! I hope this helps. When I scold her for that, she becomes a bit neurotic and starts rushing even worse. Check out the best tennis ball launcher for dogs. I have a 3 month gsd. What should I have done in such a situation and how can I reduce the nipping behaviour? This will be a trying time, but trust me when I tell you that your pup is going to be your children’s best friend in a very short time. Take baby steps Then repeat 3 times or so. (I’m disabled and home all the time). Looking for safe tug toys for your German Shepherd? Please, whatever you do, don’t use any loud noises to break behavior. I took her too a trainer and they said NO TAPPING NO SAYING NO NO OUCHING…. Is that free? I have to say I’m 100% in agreement with your trainer on all fronts. You want your boy to always feel safe so avoid ‘discipline’. Since he’ll be more focused and ready to listen, even around all the other folks and their dogs. I’ve read up on biting and I’ve tried the “ouch” and that seems to get her more excited so lately I’ve been closing her mouth and telling her “NO” but that isn’t stopping it either. If his attention is drawn to your feet, gently call his attention back to you. I have one too, her name is Lexi. It’s the safest for you and the most motivating for pups. 1 1/2 year old male german shepherd seems to keep nipping people, not badly biting, he just gets so exited. So first I suggest taking a few steps back and getting her used to being petted and touched. She is 11 But bite inhibition mus be taught especially if you have young kiddies around. I’ve reviewed it extensively and use it for my own pooches to beat boredom and keep them mentally agile. One good reason why a German Shepherd bites a lot is: he most likely did not receive proper training as a youngster. We did take her to a trainer for walking only as she was just spayed so we had to give her time to heal. Ignoring or encouraging biting behavior can lead to it spinning out of control. It is for his own safety and the people around him. The bridge game will teach her that. I also had the privilege of interviewing the dog trainer who developed the program and you might get some motivation from Adrienne’s answers. Once you get started, leave any questions you have here in the comments – I’m always happy to help. Hot weather can kill dogs. We have 5 month old male GSD, Cosmo, who bites/mouths when he plays or gets excited. This is one of the most effective ways to teach your German Shepherd bite inhibition – … The crate is a great way to do something like a time out but in a positive way if she starts biting during play. 2) I’ve tried the first game you recommended with tossing the food over my legs. And the faster you try to move your hand, foot, or something else away, the faster your puppy will move to catch it. I say this because I have a GSD crossed with a Border Collie who came from a situation far worse than your boy and it took time to get her to function as a member of our family unit. But of course, it’s no fun for you and it’s something you need to address. So we felt like we would be prepared for a full blood GSD. So slow is better to begin with. Play is the best way to teach your GSD puppy that biting humans is off-limits. The nose touch training is really a great tool on the way to teaching bite inhibition. Your use of this website constitutes your agreement to our. Hang on Gabriella! Denise. she is 8wks. Is it actually helpful to teach him more so he is occupied more with thinking about commands and less about biting? It’s a force-free and science-based way to train and communicate with dogs. He was then adopted for a short time (under a month) and was then returned to the shelter as the owner said she was not ready for a puppy and he was too “mouthy”. . But I suggest using the method I detail in my comment first. Nose targeting is also a great method but if Arya is high energy, you might find the go fetch game a good step forward after the build a bridge game. I can totally relate! I hope this helps. Also, if she’s that over excited and in a frenzy when you get home from work it could be due to her not getting enough stimulation when you’re away. So when you’ve described the pulling her off her bed advice and holding her nose you answered your question by saying it makes her worse. The shepherd's intelligent, loyal and protective temperament makes it an ideal service dog, which is why the U.S. Department of Defense currently employs 2,300 German shepherds, reports the charity Kevlar for K9s. Just wondering if you can help. Let your GS know this through hand signals, body language, or voice commands. What you’re experiencing is a puppy with a different personality, he might be easily excitable or more playful and even feisty, but it’s not dominance. You can read about the dog pyramid I use here. It's cute as a puppy but can hurt! In all honesty, none of the suggestions you were given by other people is the most effective in my opinion. You can use any of the games in this article, they all work. The only time you withhold treats when teaching something is if your pup got it wrong. And before you know it your pup with have her ‘soft mouth’ and only bite on appropriate things like toys. You said he hardly ever saw his previous owner and he lived outside. Well my arm does, and Bites down hard and he shakes it. They are smart and learn so quickly what i want them to do. They only have a pecking order among themselves, not between themselves and humans. I saw you had mentioned to someone on here that you had videos showing how to handle it – I would LOVE to see some of those. If you decide to follow this advice, please remember the extinction burst I mentioned. I have been told put my hands down, get up away from her and pull her off the bed. I just got a 4mo. I tell her to kiss when she grabs my hand. I lost some files on my pc – I guess I should have saved them in the cloud. He thinks our 6 year old is a chew toy. So it’s really important for you to control the environment at all costs. I do not know why. But they have 4 different beds all around the house where they like to go too. Using to force-free, kind methods is the best way develop trust. This is however the first night that she wakes me up twice biting everything. . Then work forward from there. Ugh, I dislike this so-called “training method”! I do this training with a professional through. I initiate the games. We are having a major problem with bitting. She was rescued from a drug house and I know her mom lives there, but I have no idea if she had any siblings, or what happened to them. Diesel the 9 week old American Bully. Is there any way you can ask the person she’s with during the day to spend some time playing with her? I wouldn’t mind the biting as much, although it has to stop, if he didn’t have those razor sharp puppy teeth!! Though I am hoping you can advise….he tends to take the head staggers every now and then, and rolls about the floor growling and then he goes for my hand. Remember to make the crate a fun thing for her where good things happen so start feeding her inside her crate, give her high value treats in her crate and fun toys too. He does go up and down the steps on the patio to the yard and house to the garage, but those aren’t as itimidating as those sixteen basement step. I also haven’t had time to put her on a set schedule but today she’s starting a schedule. But it’s important that we teach them a behavior to replace the one we don’t like. At 11 weeks, your girl is going to need some training for sure. If you pup bites, withhold treats. She’ll get over the chewing eventually and then she can get more freedom. I have a 3 1/2 month old all black German Shepherd puppy, names Duke. Simply move your hand far enough away from the item and ask for touch as a way to redirect while you remove the item. Not hard but enough to make her yelp so I’ve had to keep them separated. For the time being, I would avoid interacting with him using toys – just until he’s calmed down and this will also keep him from biting inadvertently. After a few sessions, your puppy should have her ‘Eureka' moment and start being a lot more gentle. Celebrate his victories – no matter how small. Snoop, the 1 year old German Shepherd. Maybe because she doesn’t play as much, LOL. they are starting to get scared. It’s not uncommon for pups to have energy bursts like you describe. I dealt with things like bullying and resource guarding. If you miss the cue and he gets the chance to think about biting, you’ll be rewarding him for biting. Informal training sessions like during play are very powerful in training. And the great thing about dog training is you can start something new right away. Your right the whole ouch thing doesn’t work along with the lip pinch thing the breeded told us to do, it just makes him go even harder. Thank You so much for the response! Could you please send me some training videos for biting and nippy GSH please? His biting is out of control. It doesn’t have to be a permanent thing. But it’s never too late to teach bite inhibition. In terms of jumping, my method is to stand dead still and ‘make like a tree’ and just wait it out. Feel free to check it out and drop any questions or comments, I’m always around to answer questions. And I totally understand your fear of her accidentally hurting one of your boys. There are loads of safe chew toys for pups. Thanks for your comment. Thank you Gabriella! And they have a powerful scissor-like bite exerting more than 1060 Newtons or 238 lbs of force. I tried the treats to coach him to the first step, but he won’t go. Most people give up on whatever it is they are trying to teach during this time because it looks like things aren’t working. Firstly, your new pup is lucky to have 2 such dedicated guardians like you and your bf! I really love my puppy and I have her first private training lesson coming up this weekend. This biting is recent behavior. We tried sevaral things in the internet including “ouch” method and nothing seems to be working. So I used that method. “leaves” him he becomes extremely upset, jumping, screaming like he is being hurt, (he is not being hurt) and trying to bite the fence if you are outside it. I’m sure you were advised to do things like yelp, say a firm ‘no’, walk away, time out or even hold onto her jaw. Your pup is only 12 weeks old which is still very young and has a lot of learning ahead of her. GSDs wear double coats so think about that… Also remember hot pavement will blister their foot pads. Not only may your german shepherd think it’s okay to go from growling to biting you, but they may also think it’s okay to bite other people as well. Your web page is very informative. Drop me any questions in the comments as you go along with the training. But just like it takes time for us to learn things, it takes time for our German Shepherds too. We will take hime to off leash parks and in summer we will take him swimming all the time. I’ve got a few videos I made with my pup Lexi, I’ll pass them on to you using the email address you used to post this comment. From personal experience I know these games do work, but like I’ve already mentioned it takes time. Are his heckles (hair on his back) raised? But even when he gets his treat he about takes my hand off. He is a BEAUTIFUL pup and going to make an incredible dog – but needs some help. So he’s still getting to play and interact but he’s not going over the threshold into a biting frenzy. I have 2 step children, and his mom and dad live with us. I suggest using a clicker for these games. If we tell him “no” he starts to get more riled up and bites harder. After you’ve checked out the rest of my reply, read my article on how to use a clicker to train your pup, to get you started on your journey. I didn’t treat her then as wasn’t sure was I rewarding the earlier frenzy or settling in. I was just wondering if you had any advice on other things we could try. And then start training him to do other things like hi-five, spinning in circles or anything else you’d like. I know he’s 2 years old but like you said he was abused and had no training so he’s a little behind on development. Keep in mind that small children tend to excite pups because they have fast movements and excitable, high pitched voices. I’ve written a full review of the program and had the privilege of interviewing the dog training who developed this method of working with dogs. Once he’s comfortable with both, you can use the luring technique I described above to get him to walk. He’s still young so you don’t need to give him hours of this. What have you tried? Just drop any other questions you have in the comments below. by Billie (Winston, Salem, NC) Sometimes she just turns on me outside. Just nearly a few minutes to help her reach her baseline of calm before starting the games again. I’m putting together something that’ll be ready by Sunday 3 July, I’ll drop you a comment here so you know it’s ready. How long did you try each method for? Especially since your wife takes blood thinners. You’ll start by teaching her an actual sit, so she has at least one behavior she can offer. If you want to go the route of training classes I’d advise you to find a private trainer. Which is not right. At 4 months your pup is still exploring the world around her and she uses her mouth to do so. It’s totally normal for pups to exhibit that behavior when they feel ‘ignored’, you’ll find them doing that with their litter mates too. She loved it. I think your choice of moving away from her when she starts nipping, biting and definitely when she is breaking skin is the best way forward. Or even calmly giving her a few moments in her crate to bring down her arousal level. She gets bored of a game very quickly, and I’m running out of things to do with her. You can read about my experiences and the program by clicking here. I keep reminding myself its only been a week. 9 stitches. Also, for jumping, it’s important to get that behavior under control while he’s still small. . If you have other questions, drop them in the comments, I’m happy to help. So for a short while, during potty training we might have broken sleep. you could try sitting on a low stool or table with your legs stretched out as described in the article. The first thing I recommend is to put a management system in place. It might help to get a playpen where your pup can hang out when you can supervise interactions. And I also did an in-depth interview with the dog trainer who developed the program. I know it’s doing everything double, but that will make sure your routine with both of them stays intact. However I’m worried about potty training. Hi, Giving our pup’s time is essential. As your pup becomes more comfortable with being touched you can raise the criteria by increasing the level and frequency of touch by moving from her neck to her sides and then her tail. Exposure to toys just before bedtime can ramp up his energy levels and that’s exactly what you want to avoid. Today as I picked him up he bit my nose hard enough to leave a mark. She’s likely to snap if you take her off, merely because it excites her. Sometimes owners can be a bit too gentle and lenient towards their puppies, leaving unwanted behaviors such as nipping and biting ignored or encouraged. She does not chew or damage anything in the house so she is no longer crated. If the method is not working let it go and try something else. Of course, the sooner you start, the better. You can read about the dog pyramid I use here. And I had the honor of interviewing the dog trainer, Adrienne who developed this program. An aggressive 70-pound dog pouncing on you can get quite ugly fast. If you’ve got other questions as you work with Arya, feel free to drop them in the comments. Kids have high pitched voices and make fast movements so just like with your foot fascinating her, the kids could actually ramp up her excitement levels beyond what she can control as a young pup. German Shepherd Uncategorized August 26, 2020 German Shepherd Biting German Shepherd biting is a very common topic for discussion and not always one that owners like to hear about. In terms of the potty training, I highly recommend the potty training guide I created. Unfortunately I lost some data and the videos were part of that. My 7 yr old male German Shepherd is in very good health all these years. Think broken bones, damaged muscles, deep lacerations, bruises, scars, and expensive medical bills. Our trainer said to not walk them together but now he isn’t getting as many walks as I would like him to. This breed is a medium-sized, short-coated dog that occurs in two main colour forms.It has either brown or black hair distributed fairly evenly through a white coat, which gives the appearance of a "red" or "blue" dog. I’ll do a whole article on leash walking. I’ve tried literally everything I can but he still bites me and my fiance. He bites her hands and feet and nips at her face when she tries to play with him. The first step is to try and prevent the behavior from being practiced. Be sure to confirm that they don’t use any corrections or punishment. For training in general so that your puppy and housemates are all happy, I highly recommend checking out an online dog training program I use for all my puppies and adult dogs. Any of the games in this article will help you teach bite inhibition. You might want to avoid playing tug until your pup is 100% reliable in not nipping or biting. But anything can be fixed. This often translates into a German Shepherd who dislikes other dogs starting around 2 to 3 years old. I totally agree with your trainer. I receive a small amount of compensation (at no cost to you) when you purchase from my links, which I’ll totally blow on stuff for my dogs, y’all! Puppies are way more excitable than we think. Speaking of dens, dogs are den animals and do need a place where they can go that’s theirs, so to speak. can you please send me the videos you sent to the others about biting? I did write a review of her program which is about using games to train our dogs how to be the kind of dogs we know they can be. The reason why your German Shepherd has been biting your arms and hands could be that it’s because it is interacting with them. You also say that the person initiates play, how does one do that when every time you are near the puppy it tries to bite you? There’s a big possibility she will start to associate the shocking sensation (which is a negative sensation) directly to you. Those puppy teeth are razor sharp and your 2 year old has soft skin – not a good combination right now. Feel free to reach out with any other questions, I’m happy to help. Also, getting mad will most likely rev him up more. And continue until he takes nicely. I ask this because it’s important to pick one that feels comfortable for you and stick to it. I think keeping options available where sleeping is concerned is important. Not what you don’t want. I recommend using the games in this article to teach bite inhibition. Someone says if the thumb under tounge does not work then try pinching the neck but all i get is puppy skin and dont know if he even feels it. Sometimes when I take him out and he doesn’t have to go he likes biting the leash. I train all my dogs too. Let me just say first off that a week is a very short time for a dog to get used to new surroundings. Hi John! I’ve had my dog Onyx since she was two months old, and now she is going on nine months. We love her so much but she is terrible with her biting. For jumping behavior, check out this article on how to stop her jumping on you, family members and guests. Runs in circles and is scared of everything outside. These are common methods advised by folks who don’t really understand how bite inhibition works. Yes it will take time and you’ll need a couple more band-aid’s but he will learn. Sometimes no matter what kind of toy I give him he still continues to come after me. But jumping, barking and nipping could also be a dog that’s way over excited about meeting new people and hasn’t learned the proper manners yet of sitting quietly until he’s told otherwise. That’s what you’re going to teach her. You must be committed and do this everyday for at least 2 sessions. Do this even before you let him out of his crate. Because Arya is mouthing your kids, I really encourage you to allow your kids to play this game with her once she’s mastered it with you. I got a little angry. Check my review out to see if it’s something you’re interested in and so that you can make an informed decision. And I had the privilege of interviewing the trainer who developed this program. I add cooked chicken in the middle sometimes. The whole idea of tapping a dog on the nose and saying the word “no” makes no sense to me. We literally get houses to rent with pools just for the dogs as our last dog needed the pool to look after her severe athritis ad hip replacement. Training him the right way will deepen the bond you’ve already made, and that bond is made up of trust. I have a 5 months old GS she likes to bite a lot Im going to try this. She’s been taking nicely since then. I’m sure you’ll agree that perseverance is the key. Some German Shepherd Dogs have the terrible habit of biting. At 3 months of age, it’s not unusually for a pup to sometimes become over-aroused and nothing else works except a minute or two in a crate, playpen, or another area just to calm them down. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions. https://germanshepherdcorner.com/german-shepherd-puppy-biting/#comment-1369, Next. Also, trying too many different techniques will only confuse the situation. But loves to bite and chew on everything too. However, this might spark the idea that you are initiating play with another toy. And in terms of the biting, it’s normal behavior for puppies and I recommend using the games in this article to teach your puppy that biting human limbs is off-limits. When he has another flare of pano, which is likely, I am also concerned about how to burn energy in a stir crazy puppy. Why Do Dogs Eat Their Poop? I really recommend using the games described in this article to teach your boy that biting humans is not cool. Send me an email and I’ll be more than happy to send you a few videos I made where I show different ways to teach a puppy not to bite. Use this time to interact with your pup through appropriate toys and play. Thanks & Regards. I’ve never met a GSD that did not eventually learn that a human body is not for biting. I involve him in other activities with me such as talking walks, working on my tractor while he plays outside, and taking him with me in my truck. He doesn’t bite out of nowhere – it’s usually enticed by boredom. Recently he has been barking and trying to bite other dogs and people and when he is on leash he pulls ALOT. And as you’ve experienced that doesn’t work. They bite and nip their brother and sisters and this is usually harmless. So use a clicker and treats to teach her ‘off’. He was a steroid for 6 weeks due to flea allergy which is gone now. He is great around me, sits, lays down, follows me, etc. I used this method with my dogs when they were pups to teach a soft mouth and it’s become part of our afternoon routine. if u know what i mean . Our puppy was really bad at first with biting so anytime he bit us unprovoked I would pick him up and place him in his crate for 30 seconds (no yelling or hitting). what can i do. Read this comment first and the answer below it. This is called extinction. It sounds to me like a classic case of your pup hitting his threshold of excitement in a play situation. Usually she gets three walks a day: Two twenty minute ones and one longer, but aside from that, she’s not really interested in anything, and seems very bored. When teaching bite inhibition it can feel like 2 steps forward, 1 step back but it’s still progress. I have an around 8 year old gsd and because we got him near the start of lockdown he isn’t sociolised well and barks and attacks other dogs and people we pass on walks. Start with one pair and work with your pup using this method until he’s not interested in that particular pair. Should I enroll her into a behavioral class, if so would a petco be a good place to train her. Also, I recommend following a training program. . Training is part of this but there are other great ways to build his mental agility. The more scenarios and the more people your pup practices in/with the more reliable he/she will become at not jumping. But you don’t need to buy mentally stimulating games, there are so many you can set up with things you have around the house. I hope this helps. Or is it potentially that he becomes startled? No, he's going to bite. In terms of the biting, I can just picture your hands covered in band-aid’s and I agree it’s no fun! If your pup is going after your feet when you move away from the game the best option is to work with your pup in a sectioned off area or a play pen. A German shepherd is the dog that has outstanding skills for guarding. Not even eye contact. We always have to show our dogs what we do want, not what we don’t want. Our GSD is almost 2yrs old has never had no biteing training I put on treat on my dogs nose. He even has his ears back and down lol. You can learn about the focus command here, and also about why dogs don’t listen sometimes. Is my gsd just a bully or is the older dog letting him get away with bad behavior? full review of the program which you might want to check out. It’s unique because it uses games as a way to tap into our dog’s natural intelligence and so teach them the behaviors we want more of. More importantly though is your pup is only 3 months old. I think the issue is your neighbor is applying all of the techniques. Before we get to the how, we need to look at the why! Then ask for a sit again and raise the bowl if he lifts his bottom. And when we go out to walk her and try to put her leash on her color she will tear me up then too. Our puppy is 10 weeks and we’ve had him since 3 days old. I actually tried emailing them to another reader who left a comment here but the file is too big. You want your puppy to walk across your legs to retrieve the treat. Haesel. She wakes my daughter up with kisses and protects her like a mother hen but when she is excited she will chase and bite her. The previous GS and the cat got along very well. Results like the owner saying ‘no’, saying his name, waving arms and grabbing his mouth. I would really like any help on teaching our 4 month old GSP not to bite. It’s natural for him to get excited, but you can work with him to help him control his impulses and level out his excitement. He also whines non stop when I leave him, even when in still in sight. If you have any questions about the program, please drop them in the comments section, I’m always happy to help. Remedies like redirecting toward toys and being a longer leash collar as as... 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