How to make one of my dogs stop biting the other?

United States
December 30, 2006 8:55pm CST
I have asked for help on another website, for this same problem. The answers were just sarcastic and rude, but the thing is, I'm hoping that someone has a suggestion. My husband and I have a 5ish year-old female shar-pei, who has been in our family (she lived with my parents) since she was a puppy. When we first got married, we got a female beagle/hound mix. She is less than one year old. The dogs are about equal in size, and they get along very well. They have been living together for about 4 months now. However, the beagle bites the shar-pei while playing, hard enough to make her bleed. She bites the face, legs, and other places on the shar-pei. If even once the shar-pei would be aggressive about the issue, it would stop. She isn't though, loves to play, and often initiates their little "game". I just can't have her walking around all bloody, and getting blood on my furniture, and risking infections. I'm worried that one day she will get severely injured. Does anyone have suggestions on this issue? We have tried to teach the beagle that the behavior is unacceptable, using several methods suggested on dog training websites, and in books. We set them in a sort of "time out" to stop the play when it becomes intense...we give them both lots of attention, etc.
2 responses
@xXmeganxX (4422)
31 Dec 06
id suggest trying to put a muzzel on your dog or a while then she should get into the routine of not biting.
@craftwave (1338)
• United States
31 Dec 06
My father had a dog that kept biting the heater tape off his moblie home. He got tired of his water pipes freezing in the winter. One day he crawled under the mobile and sprinkled some ceyanne pepper on the heating tape. The dog sometime later went under the mobile and started chewing on the tape and came out quick. He had found the ceyanne pepper. The dog never bit the tape again. It know it sounds drastic but sometimes that is what it takes. Maybe putting ceyanne on the dog's tongue right after he bites the other dog will help. I guess its trying to get him to connect the act to the punishment. Other then that the only other solution is to take him or them to a dog trainer.