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Louie's around 2 months old and he's a major biter.
I've tried yelping/saying ouch to make it seem like I'm in pain but he ended up biting me again repeatedly, drawing blood.
I've tried redirecting him with a toy, but he just drops the toy and continues trying to bite me.
I've also tried walking away but he just starts playing with a toy or starts bothering my other dog and doesn't seem to notice.

Is there anything else I can do?
 

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You could try this...
Keep a leash on him (while you're supervising) and when he nips at you, yelp (high pitched like another puppy) like you're in pain, and then emotionlessly get up and tether him to something and give him a sort of 15 second time out. Make sure that wherever he is tethered he cannot reach play toys or other dogs.

All 2 month old puppies are biters - they explore with their mouth and teeth.
Plus, bite inhibition is even harder when a puppy leaves it's littermates too early.
 

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There are bitter sprays you can purchase (that won't harm the dog) that you can spray on your skin (or gloves). Because your skin will taste unpleasant to the pup, he should eventually cease biting so much. (It worked with my dog).

You can also employ a time out (as mentioned above).
 

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It seemed like nothing helped my vampire piranha puppy with his sharking around the house. Over time, however, he just bit less and less. I think some of it was maturing, and some of it was being consistent about stopping play when he bit. It was, literally, frustrating to tears at times... but at 7 months, his mouthing is gentle, and we're still working on extinguishing that (my husband lets him when they play fight -- doesn't help my cause! i'm working on both of them).
 

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I know you've tried The Bite Stops Here, but, perhaps not sticking with it long enough. Read this and note the 3 days and the apology....

Some Tweaks to Bite Inhibition (to get him to stop biting when he wants to play):
1. When the pup bites, then yelp. It should sound about like what the pup does when you step on its paw... don't step on his paw for a sample :). When you yelp, the pup should startle briefly and stop nipping. Praise and pet. He'll bite.
2. When he bites the second time, Yelp. When he stops, praise and pet. He'll nip again, although it may be a little gentler. ...
3. When he bites a third time, Yelp (see a pattern?). But this time, turn your back for 15 - 30 secs. If he comes around and play bows or barks, then that is an apology. This is important. Accept it, praise and pet... and cringe in expectation of the next nip...
4. When he bites the 4th time, Yelp, then leave the area, placing him in a 2 min. time-out. It is better if you can leave, rather than moving him. Then, return and interact. (He's still hungry...)
5. When he nips the fifth time, yelp, and leave the area, stopping interaction for now.

Pups need to sleep over night in order to learn their lessons. So, keep doing this for 3 days. By the third day, you should notice significant Bite Inhibition. He may still nip, but it will be softer and he won't draw blood. Keep up the training and make sure that everyone yelps.... Very powerful method.

If you learn the technique, then you can apply the "yelp" to other circumstances, also. I believe that "yelp" is "Please don't do that, I don't like it." in dog communication. I currently use the yelp when my dog plays tug, then runs with the toy, when he fetches and keeps it out of reach or when he takes a treat too quickly....
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I've been giving him a timeout and he's been biting less but I think I'll give Hanksimon's suggestion a try and see how it goes.
 

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BTW - When your husband ruins your training by playing too roughly and allowing your pup to mouth or bite, before Bite Inhibition is perfect... you are allowed to swat him in the nose with a newspaper.... not the pup :)
 
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