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Does anyone have any tips for training a stubborn puppy to stop biting. I know hes still teething but aside from that, anytime we try to pet him he snaps at us, and if he misses you can here his teeth snap together so we know hes really trying to bite. Sometimes its playful but after a while he gets aggressive and bites harder, snarls his snout, and when he makes contact with his bite he'll flail his head back and forth like you see when dogs attack. We've tried the more aggressive route by standing over him to show dominance, all the way to treat motivation where we'll give him a treat if he let's us pet him or let's us give him love. Hes 8 weeks old. Any tips are welcome. Thank you in advance!
 

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He's playing, but he doesn't know how to play with humans correctly. He's 8 weeks old and only a tiny baby, a complete infant. He knows nothing. He doesn't know that biting hurts humans. That's how he played with his litter mates!

You should scrap the dominance crap. Dominance between dogs and humans isn't a thing and is based on a study of a pack of unrelated wolves in captivity decades ago. Naturally, wolf packs are related and, well, they're not dogs, soo... It has since proven to be a defective study. Mostly, trying to assert dominance over your pup will result in a broken relationship and a dog that is scared of you because he doesn't understand what you want.

Some puppies don't really understand the whole petting thing, and when they see your hand coming at them they think you're going to play. It's easier to pet the pup when they're a little tired and calm. Sometimes you can't really pet them at all until they're older, which is fine.

Teach puppy appropriate play behavior by shoving a toy in their mouth when they try to go for your hand, and then praise him for using the toy. If he continues to want to use your skin, withdraw attention by stepping behind a baby gate, closing a door, or whatever for like ten minutes or so. Whenever puppy teeth meet human flesh, attention should be withdrawn. Eventually, puppy will learn that he shouldn't bite humans for play or the game ends.

This isn't an overnight solution. Most puppies are pretty mouthy for the first 6-9 months of their life, depending on the breed. It is a constant training effort to teach your pup the proper way to behave, so it is important to remain consistent. The mouthiness will slowly decrease, you'll notice improved bite inhibition, as well his impulse control, because they tend to bite more when they get excited!
 

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I have read that when the puppy tries to bite you should give him a toy so he bites that instead. So you should carry a toy around. It takes a lot of patience. I've been lucky that my dogs have not been mouthy. However, my sister has an American Doberman who loves to bite and I have tried the toy thing. It's a challenge but it worked when he was smaller, you need to be constant. He doesn't live with me so every time he comes he wants to bite again. He is HUGE and well the bites are not easy to handle now (he is about 9 months now). He doesn't bite to attack but due to his size he can easily hurt you. At this point he needs professional training. Don't let that happen, shove a rubber toy on that puppy's mouth as soon as he tries to bite human meat.
 

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Lillith gave you very good advice. In addition, I would also begin some "counter-conditioning" exercises so that your puppy will learn to respond neutrally (without fear, or excitement) whenever human hands come near. All pups should be taught to calmly accept handling / examination and petting as being a normal everyday occurrence.

 
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