A few weeks ago, I brought home Bella. She is an 8 week old Boston Terrier.
She's a jolly pup and very intelligent. Couldn't be happier with her so far.
However, I have a bit of a biting problem.
I know puppies are going to bite and I'm probably over-reacting/not giving her enough time to grow out of it, but she will not stop biting me!
Unless Bella is tired and ready for a nap, knows its time for feeding, or to go outside, she generally thinks/assumes that it is play time anytime I pick her up.
This usually consists of her biting her favorite toy while I play along for a few minutes, until she realizes that the toy is moving around because of my hand - then she goes straight for the source and starts to bite my hand.
If I do not play with her and watch, she becomes bored when the toy doesn't start to move, and will quickly try to find my hand/arm/shirt/shoe/foot/ear/lips/nose/etc!
Again, I know biting is normal, but I seem to be having a hard time getting Bella to understand that it is not OK to bite me! Her teeth are like razor blades and have tore me up a few times.
I've tried everything that I have read.
Giving a firm NO; yelping like a pup; forcing a toy instead; standing up and ignoring her for a minute; placing her in her kennel for a minute - nothing seems to be successful.
I've even tried something that I had read about online that worked for someone who had tried everything else with their pup.
The instructions for that were give firm NO when they bite, and leave the room completely for 15 seconds. The dog will usually start to whimper, then return to the room and greet the dog with lots of excitement (like you haven't seen the dog for a month).
This seems to be the most effective out of everything I've tried. She usually won't bite me for a few minutes and just plays with her toy. But then, once bored with that, right back to biting.
I've read about mental exercise by trying to hide her favorite toy and have her search for it. She's still only a couple of pounds, so I tried to hide it under a blanket with the end of it sticking out. She bites at it for a few moments, then turns and quickly looks for my hands/other body parts.
I try my best to not use my hands as toys if that makes sense. Unfortunately, this has also lead to some difficult with training as she is a bit stubborn to sit. When I try to use my hand to force a sit, she immediately goes for a bite.
I'm sure someone hear has an answer or some suggestions - and I'm sure I may find something if I'd search more, but it's tough to do whenever almost everything I've tried hasn't worked.
She's a great pup and I think she'll grow out of it, but I'd rather stop this now rather than allowing it to get worse later on!