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lynnroth
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PostSubject: Ankle biter    Ankle biter  EmptyWed Dec 14, 2016 1:27 pm

Me again. We've gotten most of Jethro's play biting under control, he responds really well to my husband and knows biting is not OK. I however cannot shake him. He bites and pulls my hair, bites my pant legs and pulls, and even latches onto my ankles and tries to pull. I have puncture wounds because my cries of pain only make him bite harder. I know not to push him away because that makes him think I am playing but sometimes the pain is too much to handle. So much so that walking hurts. He bites my foot ankle and legs. Only mine not my husband's. I've been teaching him a leave it command but it's going too slowly. I try calling his name to realign his attention, ask him to sit etc for which he get a treat if he listens. It seems crazy because I feel like it's not possible, but at the same time I feel as if he only bites because he knows he will get a treat, because I've said his name or asked him to sit. Separation doesn't work, I feel like I've tried everything. I don't understand why it's only me and not my husband. I'm not sure what I am doing wrong, but I can't take anymore of it, I have to walk around with boots on just to save my ability to walk around the house without an attack. Please of anyone has had this issue and found a solution I beg you to tell me. All the "no bite" training methods do not work for this. I'm at a loss and in pain!
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Female Join date : 2013-06-14
Location : Missouri

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PostSubject: Re: Ankle biter    Ankle biter  EmptyWed Dec 14, 2016 2:01 pm

You may try spraying bitter apple spray on your pants and boots so that when he bites he gets a nasty taste in his mouth. My cat is a bit of an ankle biter and she gets sprayed in the face with a water bottle if I'm not in the mood for her. I spray her and give one firm NO and it usually calms her right down.

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PostSubject: Re: Ankle biter    Ankle biter  EmptyWed Dec 14, 2016 5:22 pm

He is demanding time from you, whatever the need is he is asking it from you. They communicate through use of their mouths. Have you been doing most of the training with him or your husband? Do you play with him? I agree with Jenn that is half the battle, but the other half is to figure out what he is saying to you. if your husband is the one who trains and disciplines more so than you, then I would step up that on your end. If he is not being worked mind and body then he probably has pent up energy and taking it out on you and wants to play, he in no way is being aggressive nor is he trying to be dominate, he is merely talking to you. I seriously gave in, put on some old clothes, gloves if need be, and got down on all 4's and became a dog with my girl, played tugs and threw in some training. A good game to refocus biting on you to something else, is play tugs, when pup drops the tugs make pup do a command, the reward is resuming the game of tugs, pup drops tugs use different command, repeat. This type of play is reward based with the game and teaching puppy the tugs is the bite object not you, and can be done with any type of toy and game. At the beginning, if he goes for you and not the toy use eheh be nice or be gentle and resume play. The other piece of advice is to hand feed, you sit with pup talk gently take a couple of pieces of kibble and make pup sit and say wait be gentle take, if pup grabs the kibble close your hand replace in a sit say eheh be nice or be gentle take, reward when done nicely by giving the kibble and verbally praise good boy take gently yes.
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PostSubject: Re: Ankle biter    Ankle biter  EmptyWed Dec 14, 2016 6:08 pm

I am the one who trains him. I'm home while my husband is at work. He gets at a minimum a half hour walk/run every morning and lots of play. I have to set boundaries though because if he had his way he would have my attention 24/7 and that is not possible. We play tug and he loses interest and goes straight for my ankles. I correct, say a command and reengage tug. I'm doing all of these suggestions, I'll keep at it and hope this is change, but so far I'm doing all of this with no improvement
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