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I have a half Rottweiler puppy who is super cute and friendly with strangers, but at home she is tearing me apart. Her play biting is out of control. I’ve tried all the basic things: yelping, attempting to redirect her to a toy, spraying water in her face etc. No luck. She’s not actually being aggressive, just playing, but when she gets into that state it’s hard to get her out of it. She gets crazy eyes and sinks her teeth deep into my legs— I have dark bruises and cuts all over me from this. I’d like to be able to give her timeouts, but the problem is getting away from her to do so. When she bites me I say “NO” in a firm voice and freeze. She continues to knaw at me even when I’m ignoring her (which is hard to do since she always bites hard enough to draw blood) but she will eventually stop to see why I’ve quit “playing.” As soon as I move to praise her for letting me go, she tears into me again. How do I get away from her to give her a timeout when any movement/attempt to get her to stop biting me is seen as part of her game? I can barely ever pet the poor puppy without her little alligator mouth nipping my flesh off. Please help! I have a high pain tolerance and I’m not afraid of being bitten, but I have to prepare for the day when she’s not a little 25 pound fur ball anymore.
 

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Thanks for the response. The withdraw attention method is what I’d like to use, but I’m still confused about how to get her to release my leg so that I’m able to step away. I don’t want to jerk away or push her off because that does more damage to me and riles her up even more. And yeah, I used the water as a last resort, but it turns out that she enjoys it lol
 

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Just an update in case anyone was curious. After I made this post I started spraying down my pants with vinegar whenever I played with her, and I think it got the message across. She is still quite mouthy, but not nearly as obsessive with it as before. I can scold her and she will move on to something else without struggle. I don’t even need to spray myself anymore.

Another dog would put her in her place, so you can do that. When my puppy decided to grab MY leg, I scruffed him briefly and said, "ENOUGH!!" He yelped and I ignored that. I simply tossed a toy and he went for that and I said "GOOD PUPPY!" in a high and happy voice. Twice was all it took.
I did try scruffing her once before, but it had the opposite of the intended results. It made her come back at me even crazier than before. She has pretty thick skin so it wasn’t really a punishment for her so much as a signal that we could play even rougher. She doesn’t even notice when the vet gives her shots; she’s pretty tough!
 
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