• "How do you teach a puppy not to bite, or grab clothes?"
Hi, [Tom]. We need more INFORMATION - things that are possible with a 7 or 9 weeks old Cocker Spaniel are NOT possible with an 11 months old German Shepherd Dog!
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💥1. Your pup's AGE and BREED and GENDER.
💥2. How LONG you've had him/her.
💥3: What tasks you want him/her to perform once you've trained him/her and he/she is an adult.
💥4: Does he/she live inside with you, or outside in an exercise pen? If you go to school or work, how long is he/she all alone from when you shut the door & leave, to when you open the door back at home - or is there always someone (mother? wife?) home who likes looking after him/her?
💥5: Have you booked yourself & pup into a weekly training group so there will be a gap for YOU to, as of when Pup reaches 18-to-22 weeks old, start getting COACHED to improve your awareness, body-language, consistency of commands, timing, use of the leash + praise&rewards + voice-tones? At the same time, Pup will learn to pay attention to YOU and not worry about what the other pooches are doing.
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My litters have learned by 5 or 6 weeks old to NOT bite me or other humans. However, if I hold 2 fingers in front of a pup's mouth, that pup will happily GENTLY grip those fingers, and I can then walk backwards so I can get a friend to observe that pup's firmness of back and how much "reach" its gait has (I'd rather the friend let the pup hold HER fingers so that *I* can see the firmness & gait for myself, but she hasn't been willing. Gait is impossible to evaluate when pups are rushing madly to meet you in order to be first to get a fuss or their nose into the food dish!). In fine weather they spend their daytime on the 4 "levels" of my steep section, and the pups' response when a litter-mate bites quickly teaches them that biting HARD is NOT welcome.
🐕🦺 If one tries to bite me, I place my hand around the pup's muzzle and hold it closed until that pup is sick of being held. The grip is not to HURT - but it does have to be firm enough that the Pup can't escape.
🐕🦺 If one DOES bite my ham-string, I push pup's head into my ankle until that pup is sick of being unable to let go.
If you've had this pup for a week, you should have LEARNED 2 of its signals:
🔸1: "Wanna go TOILET !" - so you happily carry Pup to the designated toilet area, put it down, and stand boringly still & silent until Pup remembers what it wanted to do, so does it. Whereupon you instantly excitedly praise Pup (e.g.: "Betsy went TOILET! Good girl Betsy TOILET!") and, if Pup is close enough, give it some rubs between its front legs or on its croup, or (if your pup likes it) on the base of an ear. You might even have been prepared enough to give it a tidbit and possibly a game of bouncing-ball-chase-&-retrieve.
🔹2: "Wanna BITE something !" - so you can stamp your foot & ROAR your loudest deepest imitation of a bass voice's "NOOO!!!" or, if you are well prepared, you can attempt to distract Pup from you to having a game of Tug with your waggling towel or rope, or chasing after your bouncing ball.
Kreaky Kiwi - first pup in 1950, GSD breeder & trainer since 1968