The males grow to be approximately 24 inches at the shoulder and the females tend to be a little shorter, measuring around 22 inches at the shoulder. Use play sessions to take charge of your German Shepherd puppy biting. I am a little worried about her mental stimulation, though. My question is what to do/say when she gets things (like the pee pads or the blanket on top of her crate) and she wants to play tug with them. I have a 14 week old gsd who is biting an older dog on the legs during play or to start play time, the biting is overly hard causing the older dog to yelp and limp. His biggest down fall is getting too excited about playing and wanting to bite. We left him and my other dog outside with a door open to a rumpus room for 8 hours the ther night on the second day we had him and i was prepared to come home and find our built in couches destroyed and ripped to shreds. What do I do in these instances before we start the play training. And if you've never seen a dog suffering from learned helplessness, imagine a shutdown, traumatized dog who's too afraid to do anything, including exploring their environment or bonding with their human family. As soon as you get home, get a toy ready for play. Unless you train her to know that it’s okay and not a scary thing. We have even tried time outs with no luck she goes right back to ankle biting. he thinks its a game of catch and then he’s chasing me and biting my ankles. He isn't playing, he's bored. If you haven’t already dipped your fingers into clicker training check out this guide on how to get started, it’s the best kind of training since it’s kind and force free. Hot weather can kill dogs. Check out this article on thresholds that’ll give you an idea of how they work. Let me know if you have any other questions, I’m always around and happy to help. Read about this here when you have a moment. You might find this article on how dogs learn helpful. I mean you're basically setting your thumb up to be bitten and at the same time encouraging biting. I know the GSD Collie X so well, they’re smart as anything! I think roughhousing is totally fine once a puppy has passed the biting phase and also learned to have a soft mouth. read about my experience with the online training program here, https://germanshepherdcorner.com/training-a-german-shepherd/, https://germanshepherdcorner.com/how-to-use-a-dog-clicker-to-train-your-german-shepherd/. I really love my puppy and I have her first private training lesson coming up this weekend. I really didn’t like that because I don’t wanna hurt my puppy, but I thought if it works then I don’t have to worry about the dog biting one of the kids in the house . It’s important for your puppy to actually touch your hand with her nose. Rubbing faces is something all my dogs did intermittently during teething. Informal training sessions like during play are very powerful in training. So let’s try to break this down into smaller steps. Oh, before I forget. But the more you socialize him with other dogs and expose him to different situations the more his confidence will grow. And even taking short trips to the vet just to say “hello” so she can get used to other folks and their pets and of course the vet. He does go up and down the steps on the patio to the yard and house to the garage, but those aren’t as itimidating as those sixteen basement step. This will be a trying time, but trust me when I tell you that your pup is going to be your children’s best friend in a very short time. He frightens me. With dogs, small steps are better. A simple puzzle game with a muffin pan, plastic cups and a few treats will create a fun puzzle game. My nine year old after i spent $11k on 3 hip replacements and then at nine years old i spen $7k on a tummor rupturing in her stomach that we didnt know about. He has been on this food for almost 5 years. I also had the privilege of interviewing the dog trainer who developed the program and you might get some motivation from Adrienne’s answers. I can’t tell you how long this will take, only she can tell you. Try to play the games slowly so as not to get her too excited but still start to teach her the concepts of bite inhibition. German Shepherd Dog - Female for sale 1 year old female Sent by Gsdrayo United States ←→ Posted from United States Updated: Dec 02, 2020 11:48 PM (inserted 5 weeks ago) -> 434 My advice is that you start the same and see it through to the point where your pup is calm and not chasing hands and fingers when someone goes to touch him. She’s got to learn how to interact with you and your daughter and a very important part of that is bite inhibition. Andra. Start in your back yard put the leash on the ground. He’s still learning the rules of engagement. So to begin with take one step back and if she holds the behavior, click and reward her. Worse with my daughter. So if you’re using the bridge game and at some point during the training your pup nips, just go back one step in the training to the point where your pup is not nipping. I got a new german shepherd pup he is 2 months old and is with us for a month now. Hey! Here’s what I do with my new pups and untrained older dogs…. i love my baby girl Molly but at the same time i am scared of its biting and m worried it might injure somebody . All the best with the training! Example he was loose heading towards the road I yelled No bear and kept saying it until I approach him telling him to come here..I went to pick him up saying No and started barking at me showing me his teeth…What should I do about this..I’m scared if this continues when he gets bigger it wont be a good thing he could hurt me…. A dog that’s crate trained is also easier to help through any kind of surgery like a spay in the future since post surgery always requires limited movements for the first while. Move or walk away from your German Shepherd and stop playing. Hello. Bite less and less until they know how much pressure they are allowed to apply. If you are looking to learn more about German Shepherd behavior after neutering, then you are not alone. Your email address will not be published. This help to set your pup up for success. Now you can start raising the criteria by increasing distance or height but wait on this until your pup is reliably targeting your hand with her nose each time – and without any nipping. How often and how much exercise does he get each day? If you decide to follow the route I describe in the comments above and you have any other questions, leave them in the comments – I usually answer within 12 hours. Again, she is only 8 wks old. The resource is you and your family. Your pup is only 12 weeks old which is still very young and has a lot of learning ahead of her. Dog’s don’t see humans as dogs. I have been given a 7 month old GSD. It just goes to show how incredibly well dogs respond to positivity! Allow your pup to pull for a few seconds and then reveal a treat. Lately we have been facing a problem, biting. These games are fun and force-free and I’ve found that dogs of all ages respond well to this type of training. We are ready to give her up. I’ve written about my experience and opinions about the program. You can read the full thing and the interview here. He bites a lot when people are around. Depending where they bite, they could kill you. But I’m not sure if these toys are safe for her. My advice is not to carry him. And I agree that they should not be left unsupervised until your pup is more mature. But it’s possible and you’re on the right track! The siblings & Mama were adopted out to new homes 2 wks ago (in <1 hour!) It actually begins when they are just several weeks old and under the care of their mother. https://germanshepherdcorner.com/german-shepherd-puppy-biting/#comment-1369 And then, of course, there’s the trusty nose targeting that your puppy is already experienced with. We used the ‘ouch’ method, seeing it worked for other dogs before we realized that GSD’s were just egged on by that. 1 decade ago. But as you’ve already noticed it’s a behavior that should be modified as soon as possible. So we have spent alot on dogs which should show the people we are. Runs in circles and is scared of everything outside. These dogs are among the most common dogs in the United States. You said youve tried all the methods but it’s important that you pick only one method and stick to it. The videos I had were of methods I no longer recommend. If his attention is drawn to your feet, gently call his attention back to you. My hands are chewed up from stopping her, and from being bitten myself. You can easily teach him in a force-free, fun way that if certain rules are kept to he can have fun and games. , Hi, If she’s snapping at hands, don’t lift them over your head, it’ll rev her excitement levels. As she once has before. Once she is walking comfortably with you in your yard, you can venture outside onto the sidewalk. I initiate the games. I wish I saw this method before. I need advice I recently got a 16month german shepherd.iv had him for just short of 2 weeks we have taken the right steps we have a sign on the door and we warn every visitor he can be temperamental but he’s bit 5 people on the hand puncturing 3 of them.2 in the last 2 days he’s not mistreated at all he gets plenty of love and walks.I don’t want to get the dog destroyed what can I do to stop him doing it?? It might be hard to resist their charm but mind this: when you stop playing with your German Shepherd the moment he nips or bites, he will understand and associate no play with biting. You’ll see this will go quickly. This must be stressful for you! It’s also essential that a dog knows other behaviors because this encourages them to offer a behavior they know you like and one that gets them rewarded. Have you tried any of the games in this article? You won’t get duration yet, this is only the first step. Because this sets your dog (and you) up for success. They’re a handful! Just calmly let her into her crate. Please help! This pen would work well if you have a section of a room you want to cordon off. Definitely start using the bridge and targeting games on a daily basis. Is my gsd just a bully or is the older dog letting him get away with bad behavior? And keep in mind the extinction burst too. But in fact, the results will show soon enough. If your pup’s paws lift off the ground – no treats. This one is a mix and is probably the most beautiful dog i have ever seen or had and i really want to be kind to him and give him a loving home with a friendly dog to play with as my other dog loves playing and fighting to an extent. She’s growing bigger and stronger and more difficult every day. My brother and i recently just got a gs puppy about 3 weeks ago, he is 3 months old and we have literally tried everything to get him to stop biting, but nothing has worked so far we just tried the hand one where he smells/licks it and he did really well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DAzZVRYYXY. And I do feel that closing their mouths and saying no doesn’t accomplish anything. And always be involved in your pup’s training. I decided against this and went for the ouch/turn away method. I have tried playing lessons and all that but my pup is still biting really hard and is always biting our ankles. I will do whatever is told of me but i need to see some quick reults to give me hope that it will work as it would be the lowest point of my life to give any dog back to anyone. I’ve taken him to puppy training class in hopes that would help but not at all. If you're already the lucky parent of a German Shepherd puppy, you've probably noticed that your GSD puppy is particularly nippy. You could try taking her out for a toilet trip and then back to sleep. Now she does not do this to my boyfriend. Treats are also not working plz help. Here’s an article I wrote on getting started. There are many reasons a pup could mess in their crate. Those puppy teeth are razor sharp and your 2 year old has soft skin – not a good combination right now. I have rescued an 2 year old, gs he was tied up outside all the time, my son is a trainer and everything is working great, except the being mouthy, i actually put my hand in his mouth and say easy, he does pretty good with me, but my 30 year old and girlfriend is actually taking him, he is alittle more mouthy and sometimes a little to harder, do you recommend the samething as a smaller puppy, or should they do what i am doing. Any ideas on stopping this in a dog that typical approaches dont work with? One way I’ve found to do this is by showing people what potential this training has. Your web page is very informative. I’m going to direct you to the exact method with links to similar questions and my answers. lol . The puppy does not bite me, and tug of war is not allowed as to not encourage biting, I read your article about puppy biting and was wondering how your method would apply to mouthing of other dogs? The optimal threshold is somewhere between 2 and 4 or 5, that’s when most dogs are calm, relaxed and it’s easy to get their focus. Also, little kiddies can have high pitched voices when they get excited and this usually revs puppies up because to them this sound equals fun. Hi i have a 2 month old gsd he is always eating sand I would love to have access to and watch your biting training videos in hopes of getting this under control before it escalates any further. And that’s great! My husband and I recently got a GSD puppy. I really do not want to send this dog back as we have him on a weeks basis that we would keep him so long as my other lab does not get scared to walk past him. My 19wks Gsd is great in most ways but he bites my feet and ankles drawing blood, I have tried yelping giving a toy instead walking away but he is attached! And to avoid the tug and fetch games for now. Remember, you’re teaching him to inhibit something that’s totally natural for him – that takes time. Any questions – I’m here to help. I have to say I’m 100% in agreement with your trainer on all fronts. German Shepherd often have a strong defense drive - so when you get rough with her in response to her biting she probably either things you are playing rough with her or she is acting defensively and "pushing back" instead of submitting - this is normal for her but means … It not only builds confidence, but also teaches them how we want them to behave and also teaches them critical problem-solving skills. It would break everyone’s heart to re home her but my human daughter comes first. Lv 5. I’d like to explain in detail how this works and how to counter this situation. But she does this to my kids 11&12 constantly. Say “Ouch!” whenever your puppy bites you, even if it’s not hard. He is a very sweet dog with tons of energy. Celebrate his victories – no matter how small. Soon. But that does not mean that a dog cannot be taught through positive experiences and training to accept new experiences, people, objects, and situations. He is not scared but he is annoyed. But in the case of a rescue like your girl, it’s super important that you socialize her. licks at times . For the time being, I would avoid interacting with him using toys – just until he’s calmed down and this will also keep him from biting inadvertently. They are the best of friends when they are at home, but when i try and take them to the park, my shepherd gets quite aggressive to the terrier, he … Could I please get some advice on what to do. Will post here in a few days with the link to the videos. You could try to divert his attention by playing a game of fetch, but with some high drive puppies, this could rev them up even more and make nipping/biting behavior more intense. That should give you a good foundation to build up from. And for being such a superstar in helping out Mama and her babies! If they can stop playing so intense with each other that would help me. she plops down and stays in the grass. My arms are beginning to look like hamburger and now she is starting to jump and attempt to bite me in my stomach, upper arms, and back sides also. I really recommend having a look for a sturdy one with a gate for easy access. It’ll build a deep bond and boost self-confidence in both of you. Yeah, the ouch method really only gets them more excited. Check out the best tennis ball launcher for dogs. First I was afraid for the dog to travel while he was eight weeks old , so I decided to buy the puppy and then have him wait where he was until he gets four months old so he is not as scared as he could’ve if I shipped him earlier . I’m really swamped at the moment but I want to help. Please…. It’s a very versatile skill but it’s main purpose is to teach bite inhibition. Just keep directing to the toy and then start with your daily play session where ever you normally do. He was born on a farm with his litter mates and mom and they were all taken to the shelter. There’s no force or punishment involved. Got new gsd all white – his biting is getting bad. From your description, it sounds like your girl had very little or no training wherever she was before, which is not uncommon in rescue dogs. Let me know if you have any other questions, I’m always around and happy to help. Please help me out with some advice taking into account that his past year was probably lonely and that he has a great home here but help with biting and nipping and trying to tear ones clothes after such a long walk for us and him playing non stop. We are having a major problem with bitting. Took me about 30 mins to warm back up to him. Let me know if you have other questions. Appearance and Behaviour. Is there any way you can ask the person she’s with during the day to spend some time playing with her? If you have any videos on other effective methods mentioned in this article can you please share it with me. What have you tried? If she does get too excited while playing these training games, you could do a quick 2 minute time out by placing her in a sectioned off area such as a playpen or a crate. Puppy is here now and he has been in his new home for two weeks and counting. (Me, hubs, 13yo daughter) But he won’t let us cuddle or love on him! And this is what I did and still do…. Thanks for your comment. Not what you don’t want. You could also keep treats handy and drop them on the ground as soon as she wants to jump. It’s very easy for us humans to feel we’ve tried everything and nothing works. You can find local trainers in your area that use only science based reward training. You can learn more about the program and the trainer in this article. Yes, your human daughter will always come first as it should be. And one more question: is it important to teach him to stop biting fist and then teach him commands like sit etc? If not, the game ends. At this young age their bodies can’t handle too much. I know he’s 2 years old but like you said he was abused and had no training so he’s a little behind on development. You can employ redirection in a few ways. I have a 4 month old GSD and when I try to play the “build a bridge’ game he just jumps all over me and tries to bite my arms, hands and ears. But since he’s already bigger, you might need to sit on a chair or sofa and not on the floor for this game. In fact I had a reader here contact me to let me know that only after one week of chewing her 8 month old pup had perky ears. Your pup sounds like a feisty little girl! It is exhausting. . And there’s a saying that a ‘tired dog is a well-behaved dog’. 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