How do I stop my 10 mo. old puppy from biting once and for all?

asked 2020-02-12 21:38:04 -0600

Hi! I have a 10 month old rescue puppy with lots of energy who, despite being very sweet and cuddley, can tend to be bitey. We noticed this when she was younger and she has since gone through and graduated two basic training classes. They suggested a lot of positive reinforcement like distraction, learning touch and sit, and other methods of rewarding dogs for good behavior. We have even tried spraying mint in her mouth after she bites or spraying her with water. Her mouthiness has gotten much better since then but is still not at a good place, perhaps we have not been consistent enough with these methods or perhaps she is just too hard to distract with treats or toys in her bitey moments. She will sometimes playfully bite and mouth on me when I attempt to pet her, or sometimes when someone leaves the house she will try to bite us as we leave, but other times we will just be sitting down and she’ll come up to us and bite us. We are doing our best to give her lots of love and time and to be honest maybe we just need to be more consistent with the positive reinforcement or maybe there are other things we haven’t thought of. If there are any suggestions of how we can get her to stop biting once and for all or even to get her to respond better to us it would be much appreciated!

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answered 2020-02-16 14:05:06 -0600

Spray bottle with water has always worked for me in ths past. Make sure to have your spray bottle ready to spray her, everytime she bites you tell her No (firmly), if she does not listen, she gets sprayed. (If you are able to catch her before she actually bites would be best. Helping her to remember before she bites. Watch her movements and try to learn her behavior) You have to be consistent. I know you mentioned you have tried a spray bottle in the past, if she's gotten used to the water or like the water, you can add in vinegar. It will smell yucky but it will help. I have not found a dog yet to like the smell of vinegar. It is going to take a lot of patience and consistency but hang in there, it does get better. Best of luck!!

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I have also had luck with the cans of compressed air such as you use for dusting computer equipment and electronics. One quick puff (not the face!) Usually the sound of the air is a well enough deterrent but if you direct it at your dog do not spray too long or or too close. Followed w a firm EH EH!

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