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Old 12-06-2014, 12:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Exclamation 2+ yr old Pit rescue. Mouthing/Nipping/Snapping. Would love some advice

I've owned a pitbull before so I'm pretty cool with the breed. The problem is that he will snap or nip or even nibble my ear kind of hard when play gets a little too exciting or even when I rub him somewhat hard...he will always open his mouth kind of give a light 'bite'. It doesnt bother me so much but my wife doesnt like it all and I'm a bit nervous for when we have visitors etc etc. He will also jump at us when he's excited(time for a walk or just greeting him) and he tends to snap at the air...again he hasn't bitten anybody yet and I don't think its meant with malicious intent but I want to be sure.
In general, he's so great....like a docile lamb who just wants to snuggle and get rubs. I've had him for a couple of weeks and he's been lightly attacked twice, once by a chihuaha which he couldve eaten in one bite, but he just kind of took it and walked away.
So, I'm pretty sure he's not aggressive by nature(as much as a pitbull can be) but I'm wondering what gives for all the mouthiness and snapping? Are pitbulls just 'mouthy' by nature? My last one wasn't so I assume thats not the case. Is this something to worry about? What exactly should I do?

Thanks for all your help on my first post!
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Hello MisterJohnson and welcome to the forum.
First, way to go on the rescue and giving him a good home.
If you go to the top banner in blue you will find the SEARCH feature. Do a search for biting/mouthing and you will be flooded with threads dealing with this. A good start can be found by clicking HERE. Many good suggestions there.

When you get time give us a few lines in the INTRODUCTION section of the forum and we would love to some pictures of your new boy.

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Mouthing is the only bad habit I have not been able to break my boy of. He loves hands... Only hands... It is never hard, and if I say Owww he backs off.

With mine I am certain it is just play. Nothing more than the act of putting his mouth on my hand, never with any pressure, and never with the bite and shake. One day I will win this battle with him on this, but until that day I just continue to redirect him and stick a toy in his mouth.

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They are generally mouthy, at least in my experience.
That said, consistent redirection has worked with my bunch. When I feel teeth on my skin I yelp and fold inward, shove a toy in their mouth, and then play with them and the toy. Over time, this does work. Eventually, you just need to say "NO!", fold inward, and the dog will find a toy to chew on by itself.

While this breed is mouthy. It is also extremely focused on people. Your own reactions to things will play a huge part in shaping your dog's behavior..
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Old 12-10-2014, 01:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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it will take a lot of work, but I am sure you can correct it. great ideas above. But basically when he gets mouthy, all play must stop. He needs to calm back down before it can resume. Hopefully he will figure out that when he uses his mouth on you the fun ends. I went the toy route, and now my boy chews chuckit balls like gum and runs to find one before greeting anyone.
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