Matthew asked in PetsDogs · 2 weeks ago

Puppy Keeps Biting...Help?

I have a 3 1/2 month old Australian Shepard, he always bites no matter what. He has a prong collar (vibrates, doesn’t shock), he’s about 20-25lbs and the collar is set to 30 out of 80 I believe. When he has the collar on, he listens, when it’s off he doesn’t listen. The collar needs to charge every night so it’s become a routine that the collar comes off at night time and goes back on during his breakfast. What can I do to get him to stop biting me, I think it’s more play aggression than actual aggression. Any idea on how to get him to stop biting?  Also he has chew toys but would rather me than the toys. Anything will help, Thanks!!

11 Answers

  • 2 weeks ago

    He's probably biting because he was either taken away from his littermates too early, or had none. One thing I would try, (this might sound weird at first) is to yelp really loud when he does bite, and turn around so you aren't facing him, and cross your arms. They learn from their siblings, (when the others yelp) that biting hurts, and it's not something to do hard when playing. 

    Edit: Also, one other thing I forgot to say, is chuck the collar. Using positive rewards is infinitely better than punishing. 

    • P
      Lv 7
      2 weeks agoReport

      Yes Rachel. I saw this technique of "yelping" and "turning away" from a biting puppy on the tv show "It's me or the dog!" and it really does work!

  • 2 weeks ago

    Just bite it back.

  • 2 weeks ago

    He is biting because he is a puppy. He is untrained and teething which means he is doing a lot of gumming. First, chuck the collar. You will get the best results through rewarding good behavior rather then punshing the bad. Don't free-feed or give out unnecessary treats. This is a crucial time for developing the skills he needs to be a well behaved dog. He needs to associate performing good behavior with treats and you as the holy food bringer. Free feeding will make him defensive and territorial. Also you will appear unnecessary to the process. Get a book on dog training for more information on how to develop his skills. One thing you can do when he starts biting something he shouldn't divert his attention to things he can chew. Deer antlers and bully sticks work well and last a while. 

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    He needs love... ...and his scalp jiggled

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  • 2 weeks ago

    Your puppy doesn't "listen" because you haven't trained him.  I guarantee his "listening" when he has that collar on is fear and nothing else.  you've taught him to be afraid.   

    stop torturing your puppy and do some training.  both of you.  together. 


    In regards to biting, if you're serious about actual training I could give you honest practical advice, but it will never work if your puppy is afraid of you via that collar.

    Source(s): vet 21 years, behavioural specialist
    • Shelob2 weeks agoReport

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    Get that collar off the pup and throw it away! What you are doing is cruel and totally useless with regards to 'training' and in fact will make this dog even more anxious than it is now and anxiety means it will chew more ( to relieve its anxiety) and also be a reactive dog rather than a thinking YOU are making this dog aggressive,

    Just like human babies puppies put everything in their mouths to learn about the world around them, to socialise themselves about 'new things' this is NORMAL and you should NEVER tell them off or disapline them for this... toys don't 'play back' hands/feet do, so of course it prefers to mouth humans...all you do is 'freeze' and no sound and exchange your fingers for a raw carrot from the fridge, it is positive chewing and cools their teething gums.

    Book some dog training classes and go and learn how to train this pup... a soft collar with a lead trailing at some points during the day will get it used to a collar and the weight of the lead and you can pick it up and walk inside so the pup gets used to walking on a lead and/or you can step on the lead and gain control so you can manage the pup very easy and without it 'ignoring'

  • 2 weeks ago

    You must NOT have done any breed RESEARCH before getting this puppy.  Aussies are a heeler/driver type of herding dog.  And I QUOTE from the very first googled article on how they herd..."a dog who barks and DOES NOT BITE is of little use".

    All puppies come to new homes - from playing with litter mates BITING; but you specifically CHOSE a breed with a greater likelihood of having a huge "learning curve" about what to bite and what NOT to bite.  You have to WORK at TEACHING "bite inhibition" and you have not been told (by your breeder) how to do this or googled any good resources on this, OBVIOUSLY.

    You absolutely do NOT USE a SHOCK COLLAR or a prong collar (which is NOT CHARGEABLE - since it is a large linked chain collar) on a puppy!!!!!!!!  Both are considered EXTREMELY ABUSIVE methods and are never (REPEAT= *NEVER*) used on puppies.

    YOU need to ask BREEDER FOR ADVICE (if reputable & helpful) or you need to get a trainer or get into a puppy class, ASAP - since you are CLUELESS.  But stop using ABUSIVE METHODS to "train" the puppy  Or... you need to decide -that you got the wrong breed and return or re-home the puppy.

  • Jojo
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    Obviously from reading your post, you have no idea about the behaviors that most puppies display.

    Also for heavens sake get rid of that dreadful (prong/ shock) collar that you are using on a 14 week old puppy. THAT is just disgusting.

    It sounds like you are using a shock collar if it`s needing to be charged up each night!!

    I do hope  you realise that Australian Shepherd dogs are a high energy working type breed of dog and that this pup will mature into an adult dog that if not trained in obedience or tracking or some other form of sport or work that involves using its brain a lot, the dog `may` become bored and develop behaviour problems. Also it will need lots of physical exercise.

    As for the biting and mouthing at the moment there is loads of information on how to curb and deal with this puppy problem, online.


    Info on the ASD:

    Australian Shepherds are easy-going, remaining puppy-like even in their adult years. This courageous dog makes a good watchdog for the home. Aussies are excellent with children, even with an active child, as they love to play. They are devoted, loyal friends and guardians, for they are naturally protective. Affectionate, very lively, agile and attentive—they are eager to please, with a sixth sense about what the owner wants. Australian Shepherds are highly intelligent and easy to train. Though aggressive when at work with livestock, the Aussie is gentle with human friends. Australian Shepherds are not the kind of dog to lie around the living room all day or live happily in the backyard with only a 15-minute walk. They need much more exercise than that and something to occupy their mind daily or they will become bored, leading to serious behavior problems. Without enough mental and physical exercise and/or a lack of a true pack leader, they can become nervous and destructive if left alone. Socialize well to prevent them from becoming suspicious of strangers. Working lines may be too energetic for people who only have a moderately active lifestyle. Some like to nip people's heels in an attempt to herd them, and this behavior needs to be corrected, teaching the dog that humans are not to be herded. The Aussie is a quiet worker. This breed is not usually dog aggressive.

    Source(s): GSD owner for 56 years. (UK)
  • 2 weeks ago

    A prong collar is not a vibrate / electric collar anyway,  but however... NO WAY should a 3 1/2 month old puppy be wearing any sort of collar like this and especially not all day.   This is ridiculous.

    You are failing to understand the whole meaning of 'mouthing' and in using punishment as you are this is not going to lead to a healthy relationship with the dog at all.   I don't believe the '30' is vibrate only and you are doing one hell of a lot damage both mentally and physically.   You say it yourself....

    "When he has the collar on, he listens, when it's off he doesn't listen"

    That says immediately that the dog is learning nothing but acting out of fear only.  You are not teaching him to stop mouthing at all.

    Ok..let's look at what 'mouthing' is.  If you look at a litter of pups they play by 'play biting' each other and yes they get heavy with it and it does lead to some sort of order between the pack.  But the main point is play and interaction.   Instead of shocking this poor little pup and turning him away from you,  you need to teach him to play on your terms and tbh..the more 'mouthy' they are then the higher metabolism and in need of mental stimulation they are.

    Start OBEDIENCE exercises like sit / down / stand / fetch / heel work / and especially the leave exercise.   This is what the pup needs.  He is trying to play / work with YOU ...and you will destroy the relationship in punishing him.  This is why he prefers to bite you and not the toys. 

    It is a positive rather than a negative and please don't forget you have a working breed here and if you weren't prepared to put in hours of obedience training and mental stimulation then you shouldn't have got the breed. 

    DECIDE NOW before the pup gets any older whether you are prepared for the work an ASD brings with it. 

  • 2 weeks ago

    What to Do About Puppy Mouthing

    It’s important to help your puppy learn to curb his mouthy behavior. There are various ways, some better than others, to teach this lesson. The ultimate goal is to train your puppy to stop mouthing and biting people altogether. However, the first and most important objective is to teach him that people have very sensitive skin, so he must be very gentle when using his mouth.Bite Inhibition: Teach Your Puppy to Be GentleBite inhibition refers to a dog’s ability to control the force of his mouthing. A puppy or dog who hasn’t learned bite inhibition with people doesn’t recognize the sensitivity of human skin, and so he bites too hard, even in play. Some behaviorists and trainers believe that a dog who has learned to use his mouth gently when interacting with people will be less likely to bite hard and break skin if he ever bites someone in a situation apart from play—like when he’s afraid or in pain.Puppies usually learn bite inhibition during play with other puppies. If you watch a group of puppies playing, you’ll see plenty of chasing, pouncing and wrestling. Puppies also bite each other all over. Every now and then, a pup will bite his playmate too hard. The victim of the painful bite yelps and usually stops playing. The offender is often taken aback by the yelp and also stops playing for a moment. However, pretty soon, both playmates are back in the game. Through this kind of interaction, puppies learn to control the intensity of their bites so that no one gets hurt and the play can continue without interruption. If puppies can learn how to be gentle from each other, they can also learn the same lesson from people.When you play with your puppy, let him mouth on your hands. Continue play until he bites especially hard. When he does, immediately give a high-pitched yelp, as if you’re hurt, and let your hand go limp. This should startle your puppy and cause him to stop mouthing you, at least momentarily. (If yelping seems to have no effect, you can say “Too bad!” or “You blew it!” in a stern voice instead.) Praise your puppy for stopping or for licking you. Resume whatever you were doing before. If your puppy bites you hard again, yelp again. Repeat these steps no more than three times within a 15-minute period. If you find that yelping alone doesn’t work, you can switch to a time-out procedure. Time-outs are often very effective for curbing mouthing in puppies. When your puppy delivers a hard bite, yelp loudly. Then, when he startles and turns to look at you or looks around, remove your hand. Either ignore him for 10 to 20 seconds or, if he starts mouthing on you again, get up and move away for 10 to 20 seconds. After the short time-out, return to your puppy and encourage him to play with you again. It’s important to teach him that gentle play continues, but painful play stops. Play with your puppy until he bites hard again. When he does, repeat the sequence above. When your puppy isn’t delivering really hard bites anymore, you can tighten up your rules a little. Require your puppy to be even gentler. Yelp and stop play in response to moderately hard bites. Persist with this process of yelping and then ignoring your puppy or giving him a time-out for his hardest bites. As those disappear, do the same for his next-hardest bites, and so on, until your puppy can play with your hands very gently, controlling the force of his mouthing so that you feel little or no pressure at all.

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