When you are bringing
up your German Shepherd Dog or puppy, one of the most essential
elements of training your dog is to stop your German
biting. This is absolutely vital and it is important that
you stop it
biting straight away, preferably at the puppy stage when it is much
easier to control and the German
has not picked up any bad habits.
Remember, a dog
does not have hands like us to pick things up and
examine them. Dogs use their mouths to explore things and
puppies are very inquisitive and curious to explore and find out things
using sight, taste and smells.
As a German Shepherd puppy they played
together with the members of the German Shepherd litter, rough and
tumble, and learn that if they bit or nip each other - it hurt!
is a natural part of the growing up puppy stage)
So while your German
is getting to know you and your family as
his new master, he may sometimes inadvertently forget and nip or bite
you. Now as a puppy, this is unlikely to be a major upset - but you
must take steps to make certain that he is reprimanded when he does
this as all puppies grow into large German Shepherd Dogs and if he were
to bite you or your children, then this would
be a major concern.
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Your puppy should
never be physically reprimanded, don't ever hit or
slap him because he will think you are playing with him as part of his
he did with his brothers and sisters in the litter when they 'rough and
tumble' with each other)
let out a loud 'ouch!'
whenever the puppy nips or bites you, let him know that it hurt (even if it
and then turn away from your puppy to remove eye contact with him.
This is how dogs
communicate with each other, by turning away and
ignoring the other dog -
this gives the message that "I didn't like that and I am not going to
play with you" so
your German Shepherd puppy will learn
that if he wants to keep your attention - then this is NOT the way
to do it - this is called negative
reinforcement and is a common method of German
Shepherd Dog training.
If a puppy should
bite down onto your hand, then place a finger inside
your puppy's mouth under his tongue and hold onto his lower jaw with
your thumb, press down gently and hold for about 10 seconds or so. Your
puppy will not be able to bite down and so will give up - this
again will be a
negative reinforcement and your puppy should know that this type of
behavior is not acceptable.
Another good idea
is to give your puppy dog chews, they do like to chew things and
this is better than biting you! Rawhide chews are great
for young German
Shepherd puppies when
they are teething, it not only helps
keep their teeth clean, but keeps them amused as well.
being curious, do chew things - so make sure you
give him some dog toys to play with and keep him amused - as I've said
- it's much better for him to chew or bite his toys than explore your
fingers and bite you!
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a dog will bite because they are
startled, fearful of a new unexpected situation and don't know how to
deal with it - so they panic which may lead to biting. A dog can't talk
to us as such, but if you cannot see that a dog is scared and you
approach the dog and get too close, then the dog being fearful of your
approach may bite.
can’t ask us to leave them alone. They
can’t tell us that something’s may be bothering them, or that they need
some space, or that they are uncomfortable and too hot - all they can
do is give out a message to us through their body-language.
easy to tell when a dog’s feeling scared or panicky once you know what
to look for. Fear-biting
never just happens ‘out of the blue’: it only
occurs when people ignore or just don't recognize the warning signs.
some cases, a history of neglect or abuse to many abandoned dogs which
have been put into shelters has led to the dogs developing anxiety
problems which if not properly treated can result in what is commonly
known as 'fear-biting.
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