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No-biting training?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behavior' started by SheepDog, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. SheepDog

    SheepDog New Member

    Most pups munch on anything when they are teething, but some of them take up a habit of biting people's legs and/or tugging their pants. I hear it's also called "herding" because that's how a dog herds the sheep and it's very common in breeds that have an ancestry from sheep dogs.

    My dogs don't do that, mainly because I eye or grumble at them menacingly if they bite at me on purpose, to make them realise that it's not a game. It's primeval of me, but it works well to break the habit, as they stop permanently after two or three times.

    I've seen dogs that persist though. How do you deal with this?
  2. maryannballeras

    maryannballeras New Member

    You're right, we should never tolerate that attitude. I think I am also lucky enough that my dog right now doesn't play-bite anymore. However, my previous dog used to do that a lot of times and she wouldn't stop even after numerous corrections. I would just usually divert her attention to a toy so that she can bite it instead.
  3. IcyFirefly

    IcyFirefly Member

    My dog outgrew his biting time but he was never a biter though. He stopped as soon as we said OUCH, loudly! I think we are very lucky since he also stopped chewing on my chair legs after I rubbed hot sauce on the legs.
  4. rz3300

    rz3300 Member

    Well I have to be honest this is the first that I have heard of "herding", but I guess that makes sense. I know our little guy went through a phase like this, but I am pretty sure that all dogs do at some point. I would think that enough of the glares like you use and getting the message across that it is not okay should be enough to alter their behavior, with some time and love of course.
  5. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    Our youngest dog is Barbie, she's a 4-year old pekingese. Admittedly, she is my favorite and she probably knows it that's why her puppy habit of biting (but often it is nibbling only) the hand. She would only be restrained when she sees the threat of a slipper although we never hit her. I don't know how we could stop that bad habit of her biting our hand mostly for fun, I guess. But sometimes she bites my foot when she wants to go outside and I would ignore her.

    With strangers, I still don't know if Barbie would bite a real injurious bite. But one of our dogs, Pipoy the hyperactive pug had bitten several already so we don't bring him outside anymore.
  6. Joel7050

    Joel7050 New Member

    A way to get them to stop would be to express that you do not like it, or that you are in pain. Tell everyone in your family to shout out loud whenever they get bitten or tugged at. Do not shout directly at the dog, but out loud, at the ceiling. The dog should get a little sort of shock, but not a fright. He will learnt hat such behaviour isn't "play" and will stop pretty soon.

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