01-08-2013 02:03 AM - last edited on 10-15-2013 10:24 AM by Rebecca
My name is Jasmine and I have just become not only a new GSD owner, but a new pet owner as well. My baby, Duke, is a rambunctious 10wk old with a lot of energy and I love him to death. However, I am Ver curious on how to deal with his nipping. Sometimes he's playing and nips and I 'yelp' and it confuses him. Other times, however, he jumps up and snaps at me when I'm trying to teach him to sit. Is there anything that will help to stop this?
01-08-2013 10:48 AM
hi my german shepherd use to do that when he still had his baby teeth we would hit him on the nose and tell him no. he occassionally will try to put our hand in his mouth and we just tell him no. My dogs name is Ceasar and he is 6 months old and huge but he still thinks he is a puppy! he is very smart all german shepherds are very intelligent and every once in a while they like to see who is going to be boss. Is he potty trained yet? If not it wont't be long before he is German shepherds have small bladders so we always no matter what took him out every 25 minutes and said go pee pee and when we weren't home we would put him in a cage they won't go in there own little home. Let me know when ne gets older if he starts chewing and biting on himself it seems gsd do that they have real dry skin and also they grow so fast my vet recommended Glucosamine for joint care so if he starts walking funny you know why. and with gsd you have to let them know who the boss is or they will take over your house they like kids put them in timeout and let him know when he is wrong Well good luck. Rebecca
01-08-2013 11:52 AM
01-08-2013 01:02 PM - edited 01-08-2013 01:26 PM
Hi Serenity -
Do NOT hit your puppy for biting/nipping. Hitting can lead to aggressive behavior. Instead, when he mouths you, yell "ouch" loudly and turn your back on him (and ignore him). Do this EVERY time it happens, and he will learn that when he uses his mouth, he doesn't get played with.
- Never give your puppy attention for mouthing.
- Never play rough with your puppy using your hands as toys.
- Teach your puppy from the very beginning to perform an alternate behavior for attention. It isn’t fair to only correct him - he has to know what is right as well.
- If your pup continues to mouth you, stand up immediately and walk away from him. If you can leave her safely in the room that she is in, do so. Count to five as you wait on the other side of a baby gate or door. When you come back through the door or baby gate, if your pup is calm (not mouthing), praise and reward himg and then hand him a toy to play with.
- Make sure your puppy has lots of things to do. When he’s playing with an appropriate toy, engage her so he knows that when he’s playing with something appropriate, he will get your attention.
- Exercise your puppy regularly many times throughout the day for short periods. Puppies don’t have a lot of stamina, but they do have a lot of energy in short bursts.
Puppies often learn more from being ignored; they can't stand losing your attention and affection. Remember, it's not about showing him "who is boss." It's about creating a relationship where he respects and loves you. Your dog shouldn't be scared of you.
In terms of sratching, you may need to add some salmon oil to his diet so that he gets his essential fatty acids.
Hope this helps!
(Retired) Community Engagement Manager, Pet360
01-08-2013 07:50 PM - last edited on 01-09-2013 10:17 AM by Rebecca
I understand. What I've been trying to do is redirect his attention to a toy of his instead of my hands. We visited the vet today and got him some conditioner for his skin. I'm switching his food to the lamb and rice ProPlan. My biggest issue is that I really can't leave him alone cause of house breaking. He also loves to nip my ankles when I try to ignore him and get in between my legs when I try to walk away. Any help with that? I don't want to mess up with him...
01-08-2013 08:35 PM
My 13wk old male is also very nippy. It is easy to tell when he is just playing or being fresh and aggressive. He has gotten better with our family in the last week or so but still is a challenge. His bottom baby teeth r hanging by threads. His ears have also flopped two weeks ago which I read is due to teething. I notice when I tell him no on biting us he goes right to himself and starts nibbling. It seems like a frustrating habit. He airs snaps at me also when he listens to my command but would rather not listen. I also need advise with the snapping. That is a hard one to ignore. I am hoping once he is allowed out after all his shots I can really get him the exercise he needs and he will calm down. He will be neutered in a month which I have also been told can help.
01-09-2013 01:25 PM
Agree completely with Rebecca; turning our back on Bear, our GSD,when mouthng/teething, got the message to him very quickly and after only three or four times, he caught on, yet another example of the intelligence of GSDs! Also, teaching your puppy what TO DO, rather than only what not to do, just like with toddlers and young children, is critically important; otherwise, your life becomes a constant harangue of no's, which quickly become meaningless. Good luck!
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