How do we make her stop biting?

@Shar19 (8236)
United States
April 17, 2010 10:25am CST
As some of you know we have a puppy. She is a beagle and lab mix and she's about 12 weeks old. She's really a good puppy except for one thing - she likes to bite our hands and legs. The vet said to get a spray bottle with water and spray her whenever she bites. We do that which does make her stop for about a second and then she's back to the biting. We all have small holes in our pants now. Anyone have any other ideas to help with the biting?
4 people like this
21 responses
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
17 Apr 10
u & THAT PUPPY,. THE ONLY THING I WOULD DO IS SMACK HER MOUTH EVERYTime she bites. Sure i will get some comments about that, lol but that's what i would do. Happy sat. to u.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
17 Apr 10
Excuse me, calm down??? how do u know i need to calm down, try it yourself first & if it works for u i might try it.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
17 Apr 10
I'm glad it's u that have the 4 cats instead of me, lol. We each one have our way of doing things. I did not think it was your place to tell me to calm down. I just made a staement of what i'd do, that is my right.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
17 Apr 10
When I was growing up we always had a dog and we would smack them on the nose with a rolled up newspaper if they were out of hand. When we took our puppy to the vet the other week she said never hit them because it will make them afraid of you. My how things have changed through the years.
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Apr 10
I would suggest the stuff you get for kids to stop them biting their nails. It's harmless for babies, so it should be okay for the pup. Also, try "doggie no" spray on furnishings she likes to chew, test it first on a hidden area. I don't know if this can be used on clothing, but I'll bet it would work on pants legs. Smell it first to see if it irritates you. Good luck!
• United States
19 Apr 10
PS My dad called this the "gnaw-it-all" stage of puppy development. The nipping is play, but I am sure she chews on things, or will if she gets the chance. I love my lab and your lab/beagle mix sounds adorable.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
20 Apr 10
Thank you for your ideas. I know this is just a stage and it will pass. I'll see if I can find that spray.
@smacksman (6074)
18 Apr 10
It is a tough time for puppy. You have removed him from mother and siblings where discipline is dished out naturally. We doing what mum would have done as a last resort and that is to nip their ears when they are really naughty! (Ugh-spit-spit I hear you say. haha) The other thing we did to stop biting was to put their jowl or lips into the corner of their mouth as well as your hand so that as the jaws close puppy bites on his own flesh before puncturing your hand (just poke it in with your other finger). You can see their eyes open wide as they bite and feel the pain. A modification of this technique works really well with young children who bite. As said above, toys to chew on is a must. A short length of knotted rope lasts for ever even with the sharpest little teeth. Enjoy and love your puppy.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
18 Apr 10
She does love to chew on the knotted rope toy she has. Maybe we should get some more of those.
@smacksman (6074)
18 Apr 10
Hi Shar, so long as the toys stay in one piece it is better to limit the number so that it helps training. One chew + one ball + one rug and they will really become attached to them. Find the rope! Hide the ball! Retrieve the ball! Cover with the rug! Lots of fun!! Enjoy.
@baifuwa (636)
• China
18 Apr 10
If i was bited ,i must go to the hospital for getting vaccinated.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
18 Apr 10
She doesn't break open any skin.
@baifuwa (636)
• China
20 Apr 10
It is luck for her
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
17 Apr 10
HI, the water bottle is good idea but you may have to get a bit more aggressive. I'd get a fly swatter or a rolled up news paper and "swat" her just hard enough to make her understand that behavior is not good. I do not condone beating the dog.... please understand that but this puppy has to stop this biting or no one is going to want to be around her or you. She could be cutting teeth too and you might consider a doggie bone ?? maybe?? Still she needs some discipline. Take care and good luck.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
18 Apr 10
I like the rolled up paper idea too. Some people would disagree though.
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
18 Apr 10
If you consider the damage the dog will do if she is not disciplined then the rolled up newpaper is a better choice. Just this morning I had a stray black lab pup come to this house. She was here yesterday and I just didn't think she had been dumped but apparently she has been. I have fed her and taken some time to know her and she needs discipline and I too will be using the rolled up newspaper as well as verbal commands. I've had two labs the one I have now, Galeena who was abused when I got her at the humane society several years ago and she has always been well behaved. The other one was pup I bought but she was too much dog for me. She got run over and killed and I blame myself cuz I didn't take the precautions of making her mind me otherwise she would still be with me. Now, if this dog does belong to somebody they will come looking for her and she'll be gone, but if not, then she stays but I will have to be very strict with her and make her mind. The rolled up newpaper is a far cry from a cow whip or a stick---just a slight swat in the face and a hard NO! should stop the biting. If not, repeat with the same NO! It might take more time but if you truly want the dog, it's worth the effort and in the long run she will be a great dog that people won't mind being around. Take the time to do the dog a favor and make her understand the rules. Let me hear from you. quita
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
17 Apr 10
I think thats just a puppy thing. Try the water bottle and get her something to chew on. When we had dogs they loved the dryed pig ears and snouts. With my cats when ever they get ruff i just say ouch really loud and they stop. Be it tooth or claws. Maybe you can also try that with your pup. They really dont want to hurt us they just need to chew.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
17 Apr 10
I do have some treats for her and bought some small puppy chew stix. That kept her busy for about ten minutes. I'm not sure if she's too little for the dried pig ears.
1 person likes this
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
19 Apr 10
I dont think the treats would help in this chewing problem. Thats mmore for like rewarding for good behaviour. When we had our pomerians the pups were pretty young when they started chewing on the pig ears. The mama dog loved them so much she would go around and collect the ones left forgotten by the other dogs. There are also chew toys you can get. Pups have such a high need for chewing and playing and have very short attention spans. You just have to keep on her till she understands. Let her know it hurts you when she bites you. And that its not a game. When friends come over they start playing with my cats. They try to get the cats to attack their hands. They think its odd that my cats will not play with their hands. I have to explain to them that my cats wont do that because i trained them not to. I instead give them interactive toys to play with my cats.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
22 Apr 10
get her a healthy and tasty chew toy that will keep her busy for hours like a pacifier. i recently bought my cat a tall cat tree because he used to climb the blinds. now, he is too happy with the cat tree to care about the blinds. so, when u want to stop a bad habit, find a better alternative rather than getting rid of the pet. there is always something better for them anyway, rather than doing their bad habit.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
22 Apr 10
I think you are right. She needs some more toys to chew on that will keep her busy for a longer time. The ones she has now aren't doing the trick.
• United States
19 Apr 10
Have you tried scolding her? I think the tone of your voice could have an affect on your puppy. So when she bites tell her, "No, bad girl!" You might also try holding her mouth together when she starts to bite and tell her, "Don't you bite me!" This is a puppy thing, so she'll probably stop in time anyway.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
20 Apr 10
Yes, we do scold her too. We give her a stern solid "NO!". She could care less. We're working on another technique now.
• United States
19 Apr 10
I stern but higher pitched "Ouch" will usually stop this behavior. Spraying with water will help deter the behavior but be careful not to over use this method becuase some dogs become immune to it or think it is a game and try to bite at the water stream. If she consistantly does it even after you give the "ouch" put her in a puppy time out. Place her in a kennel/crate and remove her from the family. She will quickly learn that if you give the "ouch" command and she does not stop her behavior then she will be seperated.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
20 Apr 10
We do place her in her crate when she is just too out of hand. After all, we need a break too. I'm trying the high pitched noise like you said, we're acting like a siren. It's pretty funny to see us all sounding like police cars and ambulances just to get the puppy to stop biting. It does seem to work though.
@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
19 Apr 10
Our dog also loved to bite our hands when he was a puppy and we tried several things in order to stop him. Someone told us a get a spray bottle and spray him when he started biting our hands. It didn't help at all, on the contrary he seemed to enjoy it and I think he thought that it was a kind of game that we were playing. Then we tried to give him one of things that he was allowed to bite like a robe or a toy, and that didn't work that well either. After a whle he started biting our hands again. We thought a lot about it and wondered how we were going to make him stop, but the truth we didn't do anything at all. He simply stopped when he got a bit older, and he never does it anymore.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
20 Apr 10
Our dog seems to like the spray bottle too. She tries to catch the water in her mouth. Eventually it will stop I'm sure.
@dragon54u (31557)
• United States
18 Apr 10
First of all, this is normal behavior for a puppy. It's how they play with each other and she just needs to learn alternate behavior. With one of my dogs I "yelped" and rolled into a ball. He got the idea very quickly and the biting stopped within a day. He was a very smart dog! She doesn't understand why you are punishing her for playing normally. Stop it. Each time she bites you, try my trick or tell her no and give her a chew toy. Picture yourself kissing someone you love and each time you do, they spray you with water. You'd be hurt and confused, wouldn't you? You'd also stop kissing them but you'd never trust them again and would always be uncertain how to behave. That's how your dog feels when you "correct" her natural behavior. Give her alternatives when she bites to redirect her behavior. Don't punish her!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
20 Apr 10
We tried the toy technique to. She stops biting for a second, chews on the toy, puts that down and then is back to chasing and biting us. Plus our vet told us not to give her the toy when she bites us because she'll think she is being rewarded for biting. She said to spray her with the bottle first, make her sit, then give her the toy. The toy is the reward for stopping and sitting. So far, it hasn't worked for us.
• United States
17 Apr 10
The biggest thing is breaking puppies of habits you don't want them to have. Water works for some when others just love to play with the water(yes I had a Rotweiler that loved water). We needed something because she wasn't responding to anything for us. We found the answer though. Noise.. yep .. roll up a newspaper loosely, when the pup goes to try and bit, hit the end of their nose with the newspaper(make sure it makes a loud noise) each time. That is what worked for us. I used the newspaper training with other things like chewing on shoes and furniture. It worked for us.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
18 Apr 10
I think I'll try the newspaper idea.
• United States
17 Apr 10
Do you have any chew toys? I do not have a dog now, but I have had a few puppies. I do remember stepping over and on the rawhide that he would leave all over. After all she is a baby teething. Good luck to you
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
18 Apr 10
She does have some chew toys and we got her a pack of small chew sticks but she wound up getting sick from them.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
17 Apr 10
I think puppies are like kids "eventually they grow up and quit biting"
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
18 Apr 10
I know you are right. Everyone keeps telling me the same thing.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
13 Jun 10
Well i had the same problem with my 4 months old pup. I was very confused. But later i found out its because of his teeth coming up. Doctor said, as result of his new teeth comming up, it likes to bite something to soothe the teeth. So i got all chewable stuffs and always say a loud voice of STOP and a small beat wenever it bites, so by the pain, it will remember that it will realise soon thats wrong. Now my pet is better than it was before.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
12 May 10
I guess lab pups are good at this might try vinagar in the water ya spray took our pup ages to learn not to bite then she tore up the couch.
@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
20 Apr 10
Well for one thing she's a puppy, that's what they do, they like to bite and chew on anything they find. I don't know what all you have tried, but I don't think there's much you can do about it, she'll grow out of it, and especially right now she's probably teething, so you may need to get her some rubber toys or chew toys for her to chew on. We've had a few puppies before and we've all had holes in our pants legs too, that's just their way of playing, and my husband says they use their mouths as their hands. Now if you play rough with her, she'll get rough too and that will just make it worse on her biting. I hope something I said helps you, like I said she'll grow out of it as she gets older, just be patient, and love her.
@dragon54u (31557)
• United States
18 Apr 10
I see that you have tried some chew treats but if you want something really good and healthy and long lasting, buy bully sticks. You can get one at Petsmart but you'll have to saw it into pieces. I get my 6" from Best Bully Sticks dot com at $1.09 each, while the ones at Petsmart are 32" long and cost $12.99, big price difference. If you do go to that site get the lightly smoked ones. These are healthy, natural and won't upset digestion. They last a long time, she'll probably work on a single stick most of the day! Try them, they are great!
@smileonstar (4013)
• United States
18 Apr 10
hi, 12 weeks is really a little and cute. Well, I think she will stop when she is a little older. Just like a new baby just have their first tooth. Keep doing what the Vet told you and she will stop sometime soon. how cute
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
Hmm. I think you should give her bones so that she could bite at it instead. It will divert her attention.