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Old 01-24-2018, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Puppy biting and barking....

Hi, first time here in this forum for me. I got my 2nd pitbull 3 days ago. She is a 7 week old brindle girl. She is very sweet and very friendly, greets everyone she meets with kisses and tail wags. She is definitely teething. She is very mouthy, which I am sure is part of being a puppy. A couple of times she got a little aggressive, and barked at me and bit hard. For example one time she was trying to bite my couch, and I stopped her and she seemed to get angry and bark at me and bite at my hands. A loud "NO", and giving a toy usually helps. She was during a "hyper" time. She was awake for about 4.5 hours, and very energetic. She has plenty of toys, which she plays with a lot.
I am looking for advice on how to manage this behavior. Does this seem like normal behavior for a pup her age? My first one was a pup 8 years ago, I do recall a little of this, but I can't remember if he was as aggressive. He passed in June, due to lymphoma. He was the most laid back dog ever.
I am planning on socializing her, bringing her to the park often, and taking her to puppy training, like i did with my last dog.
I have not had her to the doctor yet, but the previous owner had her seen for some shots (not sure which ones, I do have the paperwork). She has an appointment, but I am going to cancel that one and take her to my regular Doctor.

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Old 01-24-2018, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Yeah probably just doesn't understand what your trying to achieve and is trying to make you go away, you need to show that's not gonna work, keep doing what your doing distracting, but don't let the couch chewing turn to a way to get your attention, time outs or be able to catch it right before it starts or just as it starts other wise you'll probably just amp the excitement trying to correct so just time out, a few times and it will sink in

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Old 01-24-2018, 03:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This isn’t teething, she’s too young and was taken from her mother and siblings too young. Because of that she never learned bite inhibition. Puppies learn by using their mouths and learn when they’re being too rough from their moms and siblings. Because she was taken too young she never fully learned this so it’s going to be up to you to teach her. What you’re doing is fine but anytime she puts her mouth on you instead of no yelp loudly, give her a toy and ignore her. Turn your back and walk away. Do not give her any attention or you’re reinforcing the biting behavior. Once she’s happily chewing on a toy praise her but gently so you don’t rile her up again.

Fortunately for you she’s not super young but the longer a pup stays with mom and siblings the better. A pup should never leave their “family” before 8 weeks and it’s illegal in a lot of places to place or sell a pup prior to 8 weeks. Get to the vet for a check up and keep up with the shot schedule. Make sure you don’t take her anywhere until she’s had her shots and her first rabies shot usually around 16 weeks.

Patience and persistence will pay off it’s just going to take a while. Good luck!
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Old 01-24-2018, 05:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
 

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Thank you. I will follow the advice given here. Now that I think of it, the first dog we had did something similar, at the time my daughter was living with me and she did most of the taking care of the puppy and she said that he was also taken from his mother too early.
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I have been thinking about it and trying to figure out just when she was taken from her mother. Mine is probably her 3rd home since leaving her mother, although she only spent one weekend living with my daughter.
Should I be disciplining ALL biting, or just the hard biting? Is the light nibbling ok?
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Old 01-29-2018, 02:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Do u want the dog to lightly nip u as an adult? Then u should be correcting every time it puts it's teeth on you. I know any adult dog who put it's teeth on me here would get fire knocked out their ass
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Old 01-29-2018, 02:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Same here. If they put their mouth on me they'll get open hand popped. It's rare they ever try it a second time.
Pups I'll usually grab and squeeze their muzzle while shouting NO!. They've always usually got that it is unacceptable to bite me pretty fast.
Im sure people who actually train dogs would look down on these methods but they work well for me and my dogs so why fix what ain't broken.
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While I’ve done the training thing and am all for positive training methods and reinforcement, there’s also a time and place for punishment and a firm hand. It’s all about what works between dog and handler. Kaos I just have to look at sideways and he falls in line. Nala - she responds best to positive methods but there are also times she needs a much firmer hand. I see not a thing wrong with either method but I’m not a dog mom who’s afraid to put my dogs in their place for fear they won’t love me anymore or that I’ll hurt then.
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i will try a little of everything and see what works for her.
my last pitbull was deathly afraid of me once he grew up. all i had to do was say "did you do that?" and his head would go down whether he did something or not.
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Don’t try different methods - that will only confuse the poor pup who won’t understand. Pick one way and stay consistent. With a young pup it’s going to take time. You have to be consistent and do the same thing every time. The more consistent you are the faster the pup will learn and the more trust will grow between the two of you. It’s going to take more time teaching bite inhibition because the natural learning process has been broken but you can do it just be patient.

I am NOT a fan of Caesar Milan but the ONLY thing he shows that I agree with is showing handlers how it’s their behavior and reactions that cause the bulk of behavior problems. Most all training failures or problems are the fault of the handler not the dog. Inconsistency, giving up too soon, emotional reactions, etc all play a role. Make sense?
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Old 01-29-2018, 05:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Also you don’t want your dog to fear you. A fearful dog is an unpredictable dog. You want your dog to trust and respect you. These dogs are smart, fast learners and desperately want to please. A dog that fears you doesn’t trust you and can lash out. I don’t think your dog feared you though. He just knew you were unhappy with him and he didn’t like that. They want to be “good dogs” and don’t like it when their handlers are upset with them. Kaos is that way. Just a glance and he will fall into line and “hang his head” - Nala, well she WANTS to be a good girl and make me happy she’s just got an independent streak in her that sometimes gets in the way.
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Altho I agree you don't want a dog nipping you even lightly as an adult, if the dog learns no bite inhibition, you better be the best trainer ever because if it even trys to take a nip it will take off a finger haha, also if they don't play with other dogs alot growing up and are going to in future, they may hurt the other dog while playing or snap the other if they ever feel the need to correct it, best bet is if you do bite inhibition, make sure you phase it out completely early but not before they are basically acting like a baby sucking a thunb

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Best bet is to not treat dogs like ppl and arrange unneeded "playdates". The breed is prone to dog aggression. nyone who would recommend that or even consider ot or a dog park shouldn't own these dogs.
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When dealing with these dogs you should NEVER be planning to allow your adult dog to "play" with adults dogs. You should never even consider a dog park (with any bred but especially not this one), puppy daycare, or any of that other nonsense "pet parents" do. Very quick way to pick up unwanted habits, sicknesses, or end up being the next moron on the news with the "pit bull"(I'll never under stand the fascination with telling everyone you have one when you've never touched one) that attacked a person or dog.
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Ok, so last night she started nipping again, so this time I let out a loud high pitched YIPE! then I turned my back on her. It definitely sunk in, I could see it in her face. I waited about 20 seconds and put my hand out. She wagged her tail and licked my hand. Same thing happened about an hour later, I tried it again and got the same results.
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