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My 6 Month old American Bulldog just contantly wants to naw at people that sit on the couch...any tricks to get him to stop. We've tried no, and down and trying to give him something else to bite on. But he just won't stop. He listens to all commands except that one...STOP BITING!! It is definitely more when he is cranky, (and I know he is still teething) so we put him in the cage to lay down. But I am just trying to get him to respect people's space. My other problem is walking him...I haven't gotten any good feedback on how to keep him from pulling, besides the choker chain which he hates having around his neck. We've been practing all behavioral commands...and I must say I'm quite proud! But any suggestions on walking him (as a 120 lb girl to a 6 month 77lb dog) and keeping him from nawwing on people and pawing at tehm to get their attention?
 

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as for the walking do not use a choker chain but use a pinch collar also with the couch do not let him on the couch if he is doing this, maybe try putting on his leash while people are sitting on the couch and make him lay on the floor and stay with his leash on that way you can make quick correction and not allow him to go in for a nibble??? There are other people on the board that will probably have better advice...
 

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wizworx said:
as for the walking do not use a choker chain but use a pinch collar also with the couch do not let him on the couch if he is doing this, maybe try putting on his leash while people are sitting on the couch and make him lay on the floor and stay with his leash on that way you can make quick correction and not allow him to go in for a nibble??? There are other people on the board that will probably have better advice...

Yep that is the way to go. Go get you a pinch collar. You want it kind of tight around his neck. Not so tight that it is always pinching. When you are walking him to correct him all you need to do is give the leash a couple quick pops (dont pull the leash pop it). The dog should correct itself. Also I like to give the verbal command of heal.

As far as the chewing thing. Try some bitter apple. It worked on my bully and is working with my new pup. Like what was already said use the pinch in the house, give a firm no command if the dog does not correct use the no command again count to three in your head and give the leash a firm pop. This should correct him. Just dont come dependt on the prong, it works wonders but the dog is smart enough to figure out that he only has to listen while it is on. So change up your patterns on when the collar is on and when its not.
 

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He is teething and just like a baby chewing on your fingers to relieve the pressure the pup is playing and chewing on the rubbery hand to do the same. Have lots of chew toys around for him by the couch when people are there. When he starts chewing, tell him no and give him a chew toy and tell him to go lay down. If he insists, then put him in his crate with the chew toy - nothing that will choke him as when you are visiting it is easy to get side tracked. Red's advice with the leash is good too. Good luck. :D
 
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