Help with biting

by Denise
(Tennessee)

Jon-Luc

Jon-Luc

I have a 4 month old male. When I got him he somewhat bonded with my husband because my mother got sick and I had to take care of her. She has since passed away. I started taking him to puppy training class. He will walk behind me and nip at my legs, or jump up on the sofa and start to bite at me. If I tell him no, he continues on even more. What should I do. I am getting frustrated,. Any help any one has would be greatly appreciated.


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Aug 05, 2015
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nipping the nipping in the bud NEW
by: Anonymous

It is very important that you get this nipping behavior in hand while your puppy is still young. When I played with my puppy at this age he could get a little mouthy. If he nipped me I would say "Ouch!" and then stop all activity and attention for about 30 seconds. That was enough to stop him in his tracks and he learned to soften his mouthing so that it wouldn't hurt me. Bite inhibition is an important skill for your puppy to learn. He typically learns this from other dogs and members of his pack (aka you). Good luck! I'm sure it will all work out for you, especially if you get good training assistance from a real expert.

Jul 19, 2015
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Thanks NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your comments will try some of them. Thanks

Jul 19, 2015
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EASY NEW
by: Anonymous

BITE HIM

Jul 19, 2015
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biting NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah

There are some very good free dog training videos that help w/training your dog or puppy which also covers puppy biting. They are done by dog trainer Zak George which you can also find on his Facebook page. Good luck.

www.YouTube.com/ZakGeorge

Jul 19, 2015
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nipping NEW
by: Iris

When Tuffy was 4 months old he was teething. He has a small blue cat toy a stuffed kite he would bite,it seemed to sooth him. He also figured out how to get the stuffing out of his stuffed dog toys. Every time a baby tooth came loose he would bring it to me and put it in my hand.
I gave him rawhide knots to chew on. He would untie them with is teeth.they have to be carefully watched never let them go off with a chew toy or treat He never chewed anything else or was in any way destructive. The Cotons do love attention and play. Tuffy is 7 years old and still want to play. He's very smart. He loves his little Kong treat toy and literally throws it at me if I don't see him sitting patiently besides it waiting for his freeze dried liver treat.i could go on and on.my dog is smarter than a child and never ever needs to be reprimanded.
Good luck with your puppy he's Adorable.

Jul 19, 2015
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Puppy biting solutions NEW
by: Reenie & CoCo

CoCo just turned one. As a puppy he loved to bite my hands and ankles (as I was walking). The word "no" meant nothing to CoCo. He wanted to love & play. I learned three tricks. One, divert his attention to something constructive (bones/toys to chew on). By showing him an example of acceptable behavior he followed through happily. Two, the biting on my ankles usually meant he wanted to go outside to pee. I diverted his attention by bunddling him up & played "ball" outside where he could pee. The thrid option worked well when he got overly playful - a sniff of pure essential Lavendar oil. The sniff calmed him. His strong sense of smell instinct resisted the lavendar scent. . . before long, just seeing the bottle he would stop his behavior. I used positive words "Sleep Sleep Time" when I reached for the lavendar bottle.

The word "No" is reserved for rare emergency situations (running onto the street, chasing shunks or racoons). For everyday behavioral items I use the word "enough" - followed by the site of a Lavendar bottle if necessary. For indoor PeePee pad training issues I praise the correct action before it occurs (Coton's love to please). For biting hands, I always have an alternative handy - a bone, a toy, a ball, a grooming brush of his coat, even an apple chunk to eat.

Coton's are smart puppies. Stimulation is required for their inqusitive nature. For aggression I take CoCo for a happy car ride and a store visit. He loves to "sniff sniff" out the window so I chose slow driving through a Park area for that pleasure. I chose a store that permits dogs. I wheel him down the isles where he can look. A pet shop with burdies & cats for sale are a great distraction, as are other dogs in the store. By the time we're home his passive side reappears!

If he brings me a roll of toilet paper I know it's him asking to be taken for a "Poo" walk. If he barks right at me it usually means "PeePee" time or "I need water". If he barks while stretching his legs backwards that means "I'm hungry".

If CoCo barks to outside sounds we go "ckeck it out" together, followed by "we're safe". Never fails to stop the barking.

To keep CoCo off the streets, at random running, I use garbage truck day. When the sound of the BIG trucks come I hold him loving.y tight to my chest telling him the "big trucks are coming & looking to take away loose doggies on the street" but "CoCo is safe when he's close to mommy". Now when he hears a vehicle he comes running to mommy!

Coton's are very smart dogs. They love to be spoken to, need lots of genuine love & attention, and keen to learn new things through words and action. Each toy has a "name" and yup CoCo will bring me "Freedy The Frog", "Rudolf" or "jump through the hoola-hoop for cheese". He knows people and other doggies by name too.


The trick to a happy and obedient Coton puppy is lots of love, fun-positive teaching ideas and very little scolding. They're the best sleeping buddies!

At four months you are admist the best years of puppy love - a rare moment in time that you will cherish forever. Take the time to love your puppy all you can!

Jul 19, 2015
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Time Out NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a puppy the same age and putting him in time out for 5 minutes seems to work. Its like hes not bothered when i say no or squeal unless it leads to time out.

Jul 19, 2015
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Biting NEW
by: Anne

You have a beautiful puppy who is teething. He's going to go after you to play. Be patient. He will eventually grow out of it but probably not before he chews a few)of your shoes or household items. Give him toys or hard bones to chew on. Also, you must puppyproof. Make sure he can't chew on wires or anything that can hurt him. Lots of info on Internet about theething and puppy training.

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