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Date Posted: 19:14:44 04/18/04 Sun
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: biting ???
In reply to: Griff Thomasson 's message, "biting ???" on 09:59:14 04/18/04 Sun

You didn't mention in your post, but I find with my students that the dogs are doing the nipping most when the students are using their hands as "toys." That is, they're playing with the dog with hands only - no toy held in a hand. This teaches the dog that your hands are toys and bitable, which, of course, they're not.

So, first off, always have toys in your hands when playing with your dog. Puppies nip and bite, which they may do to the toy. If during play or any other time, the pup bites you, your clothes or your hair, (even on accident) you act as if it really hurt. Immediately drop the toy you're playing with and quit playing. Walk away. Ignore the dog. You may resume playing in a few minutes, if you desire.

If you are consisitant, the biting will stop. I emphasis consistant. Everyone in the house must do this technique EVERY TIME.

If, over three weeks, there is no sign of improvement, then you can look at adding a water bottle and squirting the pup when he bites (timing here is important).

The best advice is to go to a good trainer. This is only one of several issues all puppy owners have to deal with. A qualified trainer can help you with this and all the other issues you will encounter as you begin life with your new puppy. Check out the DDEAF.com website for information on training and how to find a qualfied trainer.

Congratulations on your new baby!


We have a 10 week old Dal puppy that is deaf - we
>found out for sure last Friday --- we have had her
>for 3 weeks now and have made some progress--- we were
>suspious for a week or so -- and getting frustrated
>with trying to train --- Du hu ---- This is our
>second Dal. we love them -
> Until our books arive - we have started working with
>her on basic stuff with hand signs -- she has picked
>up the bad habit of biting and nipping at us --- our
>hands and arms look like pin cushions --- the bitters
>stuff doses not phase her at all -- any help would be
>appreciated !!
> We are going to concerate on watch me training first
> My wife and I sat down after we found out for sure
>she was deaf -- and talked about it --- we made the
>decision to make the commitment to her for what ever
>it takes -- for us it was that the dear lord has put
>her in our path as one of his special blessings !!!!!!

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