I finally got a little guy 4 weeks ago, he will be 12 weeks in a few days. My 10 year old Dylan passed away Jan 29th and my new guy is Dylan II. He is my first pup since I got my last one at 18 mo. I am really having a hard getting him not to bite and his teeth are the sharpest puppy teeth I have ever come across. Any ideas on how to get him to chew and bite on something beside me?

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Comment by Kristin on September 12, 2013 at 10:38am

It sounds like many people have success with "yelping" at a bite. The one method that has really worked for us to eliminate behavior (biting and barking at us) is total disengagement -- e.g. if we were playing and he started biting, I'd stand up, avert eye contact, turn away from him and act as if he wasn't there.  He caught on pretty quickly once we started doing that.  Good luck! 

Comment by Bev Levy on September 11, 2013 at 3:41pm

Well you got him a little young. Bite inhibition is taught when Mom and puppies play with each other. You can easily eliminate this behavior by very consistently reacting with a very strong, high pitched yelp and no attention after teeth touch the skin. Just make sure that your yelp is very dramatic. It is how he will learn that human's skin is very delicate and he has to be careful. Puppies hate having nothing to do so if he doesn't respond immediately by removing his teeth from your skin a few minutes in a puppy proof spot will also be a good training tool. Give him lots of safe things to chew on and don't allow rough play. I like using a Kong with a little spray cheese smeared inside to give the puppy something good to chew on. I use it also when I am leaving so they have a soothing activity to help the transition. Consistency  is key! Have fun with your new baby!

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