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    Smart, Stubborn, Nippy puppy

    I have an english bulldog-beagle mix. I have had him for about 5 weeks, he is 3 months old on Jan 2nd. He bites like crazy, on everything. I know there are a million of these threads but I'm at a loss (probably doesn't help I am a first time dog owner). He loves food, he will sit for his treats, often without me saying sit he just knows thats what he needs to do to get it. However, if I don't have a treat and he knows I don't there is no hope getting him to sit. He also will skip me and go chew on someone else's feet if he has the option because he knows I will punish him. I have told other people to start disciplining also but this is just an example of his smarts. However, despite different methods of punishment (I have tried yelping, leaving the room, holding his muzzle, i know this isn't the best, and spraying water at him) and it just doesn't help. He knows he did something wrong when i leave the room after being bit, but if I come back after a minute he will still be sitting at the door waiting because he knows I will come back. If I wait longer he just doesn't care and goes on chewing on something else(toys, washing machine, door, gate). I know he will be an amazing dog because of how darn smart he really is, but it is getting in the way right now. Has anyone else had this stubborness issue and how did you get past it? I plan on getting some training once his shots are done, but its getting to the point where his baby teeth are in and his jaw is strong enough to actually break skin which needs to stop!

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    He bites for attention....he doesn't know any difference between good attention and bad. Punishment is still attention. You got it half right about leaving the room but, you missed the golden opportunity for training....his sitting there when you come back. That's exactly what you want to happen....him sitting politely instead of biting/chewing. The sitting is what should get all of your attention, petting and praise. Far, far better behavior and he offerred it on his own but, you have to acknowledge it and encourage more of it. Give attention for the good behaviors and you'll get more and more of it.

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    This is the time for training him about biting.My dogs are Mini Schnauzers. Their bite is probably not near as bad as your dog, BUT I let them bite me a lot when they were puppies. I would yelp and hollar if they bit me too hard, stop playing, and ignore them. It was kinda hard cause sometimes they would start playing with each other. Over time though they did learn(they are 1-1/2 now) not to bite too hard. Now I can play with them a little rough and they still will not bite very hard. They do the same with each other. I think it was a benefit to let them bite me. Try getting a cheap welders glove and practice the biting,yelping,and ignoring. It also takes time to get them to sit without a treat. You have to practice and make it random when he gets a treat. Sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn't, David

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    Re: Smart, Stubborn, Nippy puppy

    Quote Originally Posted by TooneyDogs View Post
    He bites for attention....he doesn't know any difference between good attention and bad. Punishment is still attention. You got it half right about leaving the room but, you missed the golden opportunity for training....his sitting there when you come back. That's exactly what you want to happen....him sitting politely instead of biting/chewing. The sitting is what should get all of your attention, petting and praise. Far, far better behavior and he offerred it on his own but, you have to acknowledge it and encourage more of it. Give attention for the good behaviors and you'll get more and more of it.
    Thanks for the advice. I blocked off my laundry room, I play with him in there, and if he nips, I leave. I don't come back until he has stopped whining and he is always sitting or laying there. I make him sit before coming back in the room. There is really nothing for him to chew on and after doing this for a half hour or so he stopped. He will still mouth me and I leave the room, but at least it doesn't hurt and im sure that will get better with consistency and time. For the most part he now ignores my hand and keeps his mouth shut if its by his face. The only issue im having now is as soon as im in another room he will start to bite again. I guess he is just putting his surroundings with teh punishment and if i am consistent elsewhere hopefully it will get better. Thanks for all your help. I thought I would post this just because it is working and i know its an issue for multiple people.
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