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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello everyone

I am new to the forum and this will be my first post! I have a 9 week old Staffie Bitch and she bites everything and everyone, she is a sweet hearted little pup but the biteing is really starting to hurt, we tell her no and she has had a few taps on the bottom as a punishment but all we get from her is another bite reaction, she lunges at our faces and nips fingers, legs, whatever she can get her teeth into literally, she has chew toys and bones but shoes and our hands seem to do the trick the best!! :sad3: , other then this she is :angel13: any ideas for stopping this??? thanks

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All pups go through this stage.When she goes to bite yell OUCH, it normally startles them and they stop.
When she goes to bite place a toy in her mouth,this will show her that this is what she is to bite , not you.
"Taps" on the behind will not help the situation so I recommend you stop.You can go to a pet store as well and buy bitter apple spray,they hate the taste of this.What I did was say no give a quick spray into the mouth and that was it.All I would have to do after that was hold the bottle up and they knew to stop.By lots of chew toys.For that age I had and still have the teething keys by Nyla bone, Nyla bone ball which has little nubs all over it great for teething & the teething kong ball which is the blue kong made for teething puppies.Stay away from all raw hides as they are bad for them.This stage will end soon then start again when they start loosing the baby teeth and getting there regular teeth so have plenty of chew toys around :D

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Here is an article that I like. Hope it helps you.

Dealing with Normal Puppy Behavior Nipping and Rough Play

hand that feeds him…pets him…or plays with him, for that matter. When
puppies play with each other, they use their mouths, so they may also be
inclined to bite or “mouth” your hand during play or when being petted. This
is rarely aggressive behavior meant to do harm, but it is a difficult habit to break
unless you encourage your puppy to try an acceptable alternative behavior. The
goal is to redirect your puppy’s energy onto acceptable chew toys and to teach
her to be gentle when a hand is in or near her mouth. Redirect your puppy’s penchant for nipping and biting by offering her more acceptable objects (such as chew toys)
whenever you pet her. This technique can be especially
effective when children want to pet her. As you or the
child reaches out to scratch her behind the ears with
one hand, offer the chew toy with the other. This will not
only help your puppy learn that people and petting are
wonderful, but will also keep her mouth busy while she’s
being petted. Alternate which hand does the petting and
which one has the chew toy. You may need to start off
by petting or scratching your puppy for short periods
of time, since the longer she’s petted, the more likely
she is to get excited and start to nip.

Discourage Unacceptable Behavior

You must also teach your puppy to be gentle with
hands and show her that nipping results in unpleasant
consequences. Teach your puppy that nipping “turns off ”
any attention and social interaction with you. As soon as
a nip occurs, look your puppy right in the eye and yell
“OUCH” as though you’ve been mortally wounded. Then
ignore her. Leave the room if you must, but ignore her
until she’s calm, and then try the chew toy and petting
method again.

Jumping Up
When your puppy jumps up on you, she wants attention.
Even if you push her away, she is still getting attention
(even if it is a response that you might consider negative).
When Your Puppy Jumps Up:
Fold your arms in front of you, turn away from her,
and say “off.”
Continue to turn away from her until all four paws
are on the ground, then quietly praise her and give
her a treat. If she knows the “sit” command, give the
command when all four paws are on the ground, then
quietly praise her and give her a treat while she’s in
the sitting position.
If she begins to jump while you’re praising her,
simply turn away and repeat the second step,
above. Remember to keep your praise low-key.
When your puppy realizes that she gets no attention from
you while she’s jumping up, but does get attention when
she sits, she’ll stop jumping up. Remember, once you’ve
taught her to come and sit quietly for attention, you must
reward her behavior. Be careful not to ignore her when
she comes and sits politely, waiting for your attention.

What Not to Do

Attempts to tap, slap, or hit your puppy in the face for
nipping or jumping up are almost guaranteed to backfire.
Several things may happen, depending on your puppy’s
temperament and the severity of the correction:
She could become “hand-shy” and cringe or cower
whenever a hand comes toward her face.
She could become afraid of you and refuse to come
to you or approach you at all.
She could respond in a defensive manner and attempt
to bite you to defend herself.
She could interpret a mild slap as an invitation to play,
causing her to become more excited and even more
likely to nip.
Never play “tug-of-war” or wrestling games with your puppy
if you’re having a nipping problem. These types of games
encourage out-of-control behavior, grabbing, lunging, and
competition with you—behaviors you don’t want her to
Be Consistent

It’s important that all behaviors, acceptable and
unacceptable, be managed consistently by all family
members. And remember that any method you try will
probably not be effective unless you work hard to teach
your puppy an acceptable alternative behavior.
A Note about Children and Puppies
It’s very difficult for children under eight or nine years old
to practice the kind of behavior modification outlined here.
Children’s first reaction to being nipped or mouthed by
a puppy is to push the puppy away with their hands and
arms. This will be interpreted by the puppy as play and
will probably cause the puppy to nip and mouth even
more. Adults should closely monitor all interactions
between their children and dogs.

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Hi everyone :D

Just to let you know that my Puppy has started to learn that biting is not a good thing! :D and has begun to lessen at it as the days go by. We started flattening out our hands palms down and she seems to have identified that this means no play ie no biting.......yay!! So no more smacks on bottoms :D . She is doing really well and is very healthy (The Vets words). Also thanks for your posts/replies :D
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