Hello everyone, this is my first forum post here.
After two years of wanting a corgi and thoroughly preparing ourselves for it, we finally got one recently.
She seemed to be shy around her siblings, hiding in a corner when we went to take her with us.
She's 10 weeks old today, the shy behavior seems long gone. She's wild which is lovely and seems to enjoy her puppy life to the fullest, made friends with dogs in the neighborhood and attends puppy play group. However, she's consequently biting.
I've read through the forums and tried a lot, but nothing helps. She doesn't seem to understand the meaning of "no" even though we tried ti teach her carefully. Stopping play or cuddling won't help, as well as time outs. Redirecting her attention to toys isn't working either, she just goes at us again.
We can hardly walk a step without her biting our feet.
Around strangers, she can be the sweetest thing, so it just seems to be her closest human family that she behaves aggressively towards. I already thought, could it be the pressure of growing adult teeth? It would be too early for that, right?
I know that puppies nip a lot, but usually you should be able to stop them to a certain degree at least...
Any advices would be welcome!
If you've read through the forum discussions about this, I will skip the repetitions. What I will point out is that a 10 wk old puppy is easily overstimulated and this will lead to uncontrollable behavior. It is important to have some sort of schedule and allow for quiet time. Make sure there is no roughhousing, that all play is low key, all handling gentle and tone of voice calm. At 10 wks the pup does not have permanent shots, so play with neighborhood dogs may be risky, as well as too much stimulation. Also avoid much handling of the head, which will trigger the bite reflex, but rather pet the pup on the body, with gentle, open hand, slow strokes when the pup is not over excited. Teach it that this kind of interaction is pleasant....
Also could be from teething. I would try loudly saying "ouch" turn away and ignore...no matter what, I also folded my arms in front of me and gave NO attention. This has always worked for me. Corgi pups are notorious for nipping and when she stops give her a couple minutes and give her attention for being "good" maybe playing or pets.
Thing is, I had the same problem. You will get bombarded with advice but I think you have to find your way, I found mine through a trainer. I highly recommend finding one with experience of this breed/or similar. Because the gentle way and the roughhouse did not work. I tried EVERYTHING everyone in every corner advised me to. The biting is NOT ok. But you need to find your way to communicate that with your dog.
I tried everything between "standing like a tree/ignoring", time-outs, nip back in the neck, growl, pretend to be a dog, add bass to my voice and I just cried out of frustration with bruises and bitmarks all over.
With my corgi, he missed playing tugowar, and his antimethod is water, but I hardly need to use it, do not get frustrated, the tension makes it worse because the puppy can probably sense that. Do not give up and be a pushover. Find your way. And pref a trainer. Do not give up. She is playing with you like a toy, it is prob the same I had. I was a HUGE FUNNY BITING TOY! :D He literally wanted to shake me like a toy.
Solution, water in squirt bottle in one pocket, treats and toy in other, play and train a lot. You will get through this! But do not let this continue. You are not a toy!
This pup is only 10 weeks old? It may be normal puppy behavior: they do nip. I'm with Anna, BTW... I wouldn't let her around other dogs until she's had all her shots, and it might be good to avoid rough-house type doggy play until she's better integrated into human society, where we don't bite each other in fun. Try to avoid over-excitement. Keep your voice calm and low when discouraging the nipping behavior. If necessary, abruptly cease whatever you're doing so as to change the direction of the activity -- you may need to gently put the pup in her crate or in an X-pen to bring a stop to the nipping frolic.
Puppy teeth are very sharp. She may not be biting as hard as it seems (or she may: she's a dog, after all). Even a light nip with a mouthful of needles can get the attention of a creature whose hide isn't armored in thick hair...
Thank you all for the replies!!
I agree with you that playing with the neighborhood dogs might not be the best idea, but she got separated from her mother at 7 weeks which is way too early (rescue action), so we figured that she needed to be socialized with other dogs asap.
I have to add, she is our first dog so we're trying hard to make all the right decisions for her and are reading a lot. However, all of the books can't make up to the opinion of fellow corgi owners I guess.
For the slow, pleasant strokes on the back, we do that. She enjoys it, but the next time she get's exited she bites our hands bloody once more.
Water in general is a good idea, however our puppy enjoys waters as far as jumping into the shower with us (we got an open shower).
Do you really think it could be from teething at only 10 weeks of age? Wouldn't it be a bit too early for that?
When we're ignoring her with folded arms after a rough bite she usually quite early stops, but as soon as we want to reward her for being good and focusing her attention on a toy in the meantime, she is sure to turn around and bite hard again...
Put in crate is a good idea, I usually do that after walking because my dog goes nuts with excitment when coming home, let him relax there a while and he forgets all the biting and chasing of cats and is calmer afterwards. And shots, I agree, do not let the pup around other dogs before.
With my pup, before 9week approx., he did it like a normal puppy at first, then he peeked around 10w and totally walked all over me and bit as hard as he wanted, as a toy, literally. Wanting t o shake me! The tips I got about having him on a leash is useful and put in crate. For me, ignoring didn't work, he was just too excited to care. It was the peak at 10weeks for me with him, then he got more and more nippy and sharp.
Do you have those chew toys that are hard in textile (sometimes leather) with a cord? Borrowed image: That helped me A LOT. No other toy helped me with him, he loves chewing on it, rubbing the teeth with it, fetching it and mine is sort of broken after two weeks.... :)
I think corgis need, like we humans also do, routines and boundaries. If a puppy runs wild it will probably keep doing so. But will feel more stressed probably with no guide...Like planting a human in the north pole without telling and then leaving. I would get very stressed....
Everything for me improved with routines, playtime, relaxtime, water (don't really need it though), letting him run wild to get that energy out on a long leash...He still bites both me and my husband but he pauses when we say no now, and now the cats are toys and not me. And seriously those toys were a godsend. . .
Even though 10w is young and normal with biting and so on, i am a perfect example of how things can progress if not stopped with some rules. I had bruises and marks, it looked like I had been abused. He bit through my skin. So it is important to work on it, I gave up before I met a trainer, I got him inside by him literally biting my calf and me dragging him in behind me. I was so used to it, I would not recommend getting used to it and think of it as just puppy biting, maybe he needs a new toy? Some comfy space, more stimulation or less. But don't get all, oh it is a puppy it is normal. It is partially, but also in their genes to nip at ankles etc. They do bite a lot. Don't let your puppy bite you so hard that you bleed. You get so many comments on what to do, but what you should do is find a way that works for you and not obsess about dos and donts and don't google it too much/youtube etc. Find your way and peace and all will be well. I was obsessed and spent HOURS finding tips but nothing worked, until everything just clicked with a dog trainer. I think I was so stressed about the biting that it sort of worsened it? Anyway you are not alone....!