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Old 02-07-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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Default Bite, Bite, Bite, Bite, Bite!!!

GRRRRR!!!! My gosh I've NEVER seen a furbutt this hard to train NOT to bite. She's going on 12 weeks now and she was gotten WAY to young, but that couldn't be helped, it was take her then or she was going to be put to sleep along with the rest of her litter mates. I know, I know, consistancy, replace hands or feet or whatever body part she's biting with a toy, use a shaker can (actually did that with our 8 year old boxer when he was a baby and it worked.) When I try to use a shaker can with Maggy may though, she thinks it's a big game and runs around like a bat out off h*ll and runs to me to bite me and take off running again. I've tried the screaming like it hurts to and well, let me tell ya, if she was human, I'd SWEAR she was laughin at me when I scream, lol. I've simply tried turning my back to her or walking away and ignoring her and that doesn't work either, cause she romps right back on my feet and bites, bites, bites. I've even tried a spray bottle and squirted her when she's biting but then she just embraces the water ad jumps up to lick it, lol. Has anyone every used bitter apple to try and stop a furbutt from biting? If so, has it worked? Or did they get immune to it and just lick it off you? I don't want to upset her tummy with it and I also don't want her to think that she can't give kisses to our hands cause they'll always taste yucky. HELP, about to rip my hair out here. This has GOT to be the puppy stages of a skin kids terrible twos! GRRR!!
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Hopefully some others on here have experience and can help you. Luckily, Lacy never had a biting problem. I know of your story and how you rescued her at a young age. Puppies normally learn bite inhibition from their mom and littermates between 8-12 weeks of age so unfortunately, she didn't get to learn that (but like you said, it couldn't be helped in this situation). Good Luck
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Yes we put it on our hands and feet and after awhile Chachi thought it was on there even when it wasnt and he didnt bite
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Hopefully some others on here have experience and can help you. Luckily, Lacy never had a biting problem. I know of your story and how you rescued her at a young age. Puppies normally learn bite inhibition from their mom and littermates between 8-12 weeks of age so unfortunately, she didn't get to learn that (but like you said, it couldn't be helped in this situation). Good Luck
Thank you so much for understanding, I'm at my witz end here trying to get her to learn NOT to bite. After Gibbs passed away, Jess (our daughter) got an AKC registered chiuahuah and they played together some, but our daughter has her lil guy over in her her place, (it's like a cottage hooked onto our house.) I didn't wana let them spend to much time together right off the bat cause Maggy was still trying hard to recover from what she came from. I wonder now since Maggy is tons better if it'd be ok to let them play together more often and if they could still teach one another bite inhibition? One time when they were playing together they started to fight, I mean really fight, teeth showing, snarling and the whole bit. I separated them immediately, should I have done that or is that how they teach one another bite inhibition?
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Yes we put it on our hands and feet and after awhile Chachi thought it was on there even when it wasnt and he didnt bite
Did it upset your furrbabies tumy any? If not, I'm heading to the store to get some. I hate to have to do that to her but man, I just don't know what else to do. I know all puppies go through a stage of chewing and biting but good Lord, she's a spaz about it, lol.
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When I first got Ranger he HATED being groomed and would attack my hands/brushes, I spoke with a dog trainer who told me to pinch his upper lip with my thumb and forefinger, look the dog in the eye, and say "don't bite" (not getting mad or yelling). It was a little harsh for me, but after struggling with him for weeks I gave up and tried it, he looked at me like I bit him (go figure) and has been perfectly behaved (as far as biting) since. The dog trainer said this replicates what mom would do to him. Good luck!
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my daughter hand fed one of our puppies and she does the same. They have tried many things and she still is quite the little devil. I am thinking/hoping as she matures this might stop. We are going to a doggie like shrink next week and try to get a better insight on how to correct this. Sad part is she is so tiny it is way to funny watching her growl and bite when you say no and try correct her

Lexi was only with her mom for 24 hrs so we are mom and we did a bad job so far.
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When I first got Ranger he HATED being groomed and would attack my hands/brushes, I spoke with a dog trainer who told me to pinch his upper lip with my thumb and forefinger, look the dog in the eye, and say "don't bite" (not getting mad or yelling). It was a little harsh for me, but after struggling with him for weeks I gave up and tried it, he looked at me like I bit him (go figure) and has been perfectly behaved (as far as biting) since. The dog trainer said this replicates what mom would do to him. Good luck!
Well I just went out and bought a whistle, was gonna get bitter apple to but they didn't have it at Walmart. So, I'm gona try this first and see how she does. So far I've blown it twice and she immediately let go and looked at me like WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?! Crossing my fingers and hoping this works. With it not being a shaker can and thinkin it's something to play with, maybe this will work. if not, I'm gonna pinch her, lol.
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Well I just went out and bought a whistle, was gonna get bitter apple to but they didn't have it at Walmart. So, I'm gona try this first and see how she does. So far I've blown it twice and she immediately let go and looked at me like WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?! Crossing my fingers and hoping this works. With it not being a shaker can and thinkin it's something to play with, maybe this will work. if not, I'm gonna pinch her, lol.
Now you will have to let me know if this works so I can let my daughter know. I was just on the phone with her and you could hear Lexi growling and being told no then a squeal from my daughter because Lexi bit her. To be honest I think her squealing when Lexi bites that Lex is thinking this is a pretty cool game to play.
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maybe you should try more of a yelp sound like a dog would make than a scream. And if she bites you, stop playing with her and ignore her for a few minutes. then try to play again...as soon as she bites, playtime stops and she gets ignored. She should learn that biting makes playtime stop and gets ignored.
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Now you will have to let me know if this works so I can let my daughter know. I was just on the phone with her and you could hear Lexi growling and being told no then a squeal from my daughter because Lexi bit her. To be honest I think her squealing when Lexi bites that Lex is thinking this is a pretty cool game to play.
I was thinkin the same thing when I'd squeel cause it hurt, but then it turned into not so much of a squeel anymore cause it really does hurt. Funny how a 2 pound 6 ounce furbutt can bring you to your knees, lol. So I started being very stern about it and telling her no bite and wasn't squeeling or laughing, the darn lil stinker STILL wouldn't let lose of me. My youngest son started to blow in her face and I told him don't do that, she'll start biting your face next. I've used the wistle three times now tonight and boy let me tell ya, she just doesn't know WHAT the heck is going on! I used it twice, once when she got my feet and once when she got our sons feet and she IMMEDIATELY let go and looked at me like Then she went to go under my desk where all the wires are and I have been tryin like crazy to keep her out of there. Soon as I blew it, she took off in the other direction, lol. Hu, imagine this, who'd have thought this lil wistle would work? So far so good, but I'll be sure and keep ya updated on how it's going.
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maybe you should try more of a yelp sound like a dog would make than a scream. And if she bites you, stop playing with her and ignore her for a few minutes. then try to play again...as soon as she bites, playtime stops and she gets ignored. She should learn that biting makes playtime stop and gets ignored.
Lol, been there done that, I yelped, I screamed, I I growled, done it all, none worked. I have immediately stopped play time when she bites, that didn't work either. I've turned my back, walked away and ignored her and when I walk away, she bites my feet, hangs on for dear life and bites my feet. Then when I got to get her off my foot and give her a toy, she bites my feet. Believe me, I've tried it all to no avail, she is one strong willed lil girlie that's for sure. I went out and got a whistle tonight, so far that is working great!
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I just groomed Guinness and towards them end he got VICIOUS with his biting.

I have tried the sprays, the little fart LIKES it! We are working on it. He'll be four months tomorrow and it's gotten better than a month ago!
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I just groomed Guinness and towards them end he got VICIOUS with his biting.

I have tried the sprays, the little fart LIKES it! We are working on it. He'll be four months tomorrow and it's gotten better than a month ago!
Lol, that's what I was wondering, if Maggy would end up just liking the spray to. I thought about getting lemon juice and using that, but I don't know if it'll hurt her tummy or not. I wonder just hour bitter that bitter apple spray is, has anyone here ever tasted it before? Lol. I'm a weird one, I taste a lot of things I give to my furbabies before I give it to them. Just the other night I went to give Elijah an Old Mother Hubbard peanut butter bone treat and I took a bite before I gave it to him. I could only taste a hint of peanut butter but hey, it was better than any other of their treats I've ever tasted, lol.
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I have had Romeo for 4 months now and he still bites. There isn't one thing on this board I haven't tried. At least now it's only fingers. You can't even hold him and he bites your fingers. You even try to discipline him and he starts barking at you and comes at you. Poor thing spends so much time in his playpen. Besides that he still eats his poop, whines,whines,whines, and whines some more.God forbid you should try to eat something, he thinks you are suppose to share it. More whining. I am home all day and all we do is work on his behavior. I really do love him to death and he has his moments. But it is my husband who gets really upset at him. We looked a long time for him, we researched, but I think they left out the parts where they do all these things. LOL. I just want him to be a good boy and love me as much as I love him.
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