Breaking the biting habit

United States
April 9, 2009 10:29am CST
I know that it is normal for puppies to bite and chew as they lose their puppy teeth, but I have tried everything to get my shih tzu to stop chewing on people. so far nothing is working. Does anyone else have any suggestions. I mean, she is not even bothered by the crying like a hurt puppy when she does it. She just looks at you like you are nuts then continues to bite. Thanks in advance.
1 response
• Canada
9 Apr 09
i have a 4 month old puppy who i am teaching -DO NOT BITE ME- to! a good way is to scruff the back of their neck, pin them down to the floor (do not have to hurt them!), and give a slight shake, while your immitate a doggy's growl lol or just sternly, in a low voice say 'NO'. you are supose to do what their mother would do, to train them. and that is one of the things she'd do. you must be the mother wolf!!!!!!!!! :) i'd say if that doesn't work *scruffing/growling/pinning work for me* carry some sort of disgusting tasting spray around with you. if she tends to bite your feet a lot, spray it on your feet, hands? do the same thing. she'll start associating biting with awful tastes. there's a lot of little things you can do. and make sure you yell NO in a stern voice every single time. she needs to learn that word. oh, if she's bitin you, throw a chew toy at her instead...that could work too..good luck!
• United States
9 Apr 09
thank you for the helpful advice...:)