biting Rottweiler puppy

by Aladdin

I got a rottie he's now 47 days when I got him he was 41 days old?!! he is my 1st puppy ever.. however i used to take care of my cousin's adult german! the 1st thing I did with my puppy when he came home that we played tug of war and wrestling games.... so he started to bite, later on by visiting this website I knew that was a mistake ?!!

sometimes his bites really hurts ?!! is there any way I can stop him from biting me ?!! BTW I stopped all these games right away !! now it's like 2nd day !!!!

Hi Aladdin
A puppy should never leave his momma and littermates so early, 8 weeks is a minimum age for a pup to be going into a new home. One of the problems often seen in puppies who are removed from their canine family too early is excessive biting because they haven't had a chance to learn bite inhibition or other canine social skills.

By playing tug-of-war and wrestling, you then encouraged him to bite, so it's not surprising he's a little piranha fish right now! However, at least you recognize that you made a mistake and are willing to change it, so that's a big step.

You need to realize that this puppy is a very tiny baby and he's basically acting on instinct alone right now. I strongly recommend that you read my Stop Puppy Biting page and follow the tips and advice there. Don't expect an overnight success though, it ALWAYS takes days, usually weeks, to start to see improvement and in your situation it could take longer because your pup is so young and he's already taken a cue from you to start biting.

You need to be very consistent with him, correct him firmly but lovingly every single time, and be patient. Training takes time. I think my Taking Care Of A Puppy page would be useful for you to read too. It has lots of tips and advice to help you understand puppy care better and give your little guy the best chance of growing up happy and healthy.

Hope this helps. Best of luck with you puppy.

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biting rottweiler

by Nhorie Gomez

I have 1 problem with my dog that his biting how can I control him. He is 13 months old

Hi Nhorie.
Your pup is an adolescent (teenager) right now, and it's normally around this age and stage of development that pups begin to test their limits and may exhibit dominant or unwanted behavior.

Rottweilers are big and strong, and you need to make sure that you train them properly when smaller and younger so that they respect you and will listen and obey. By this age no Rottie should be biting or nipping at people in play/fun and definitely shouldn't be inclined to bite.

I'm not sure if he's biting you when playing or training, or if he's acting in an aggressive way and biting others. However, either way, you need to correct him strongly and firmly (but not with violence or physical punishment) whenever he misbehaves. A firm verbal correction and a leash correction should be enough, as long as it's done at the right time and in the right way.

I'd also recommend that you get him enrolled in a dog obedience class or find a professional dog trainer to help you work with your pup and get this problem resolved quickly. Until you can teach him not to bite, you may need to use a soft muzzle on him in public IF he's acting in a threatening or aggressive way to strangers. This isn't a long-term solution though, training is needed.

I'm afraid that I really can't help or advise more than this but please find a local dog trainer who can help you deal with this now. Best of luck with your pup.

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Rottweiler puppy pulling on my sleeves or pant legs.

by Julie

I have a 7 month old rottie male, who recently started pulling on my clothing. He has never done this behaviour before.

We go for walks 3-4 times a day and if he gets excited he will pull on his leash or the sleeve of my jacket, how do I get him to stop?

I have tried saying no, and removing his mouth from my clothing but it only gets worse.

Hi Julie
Your pup is a teenager, an adolescent, and he's trying to exert his own opinion about things and this is just one way of expressing his excitement. It's bordering on being dominant though as he's pulling you, so it does need to be stopped.

Verbally correcting him is the first step, and I'd also recommend using a training collar when you walk him now so that you can give him a quick 'pop' on the collar as a correction - at the same time as the verbal correction.

You can find a selection of these on my and Big Dog Collars pages. Personally I prefer to use the 'prong collars' rather than the simple chain-link 'choke' collars. Many people think (quite mistakenly) that prong collars are cruel and painful, they're not. The prongs are rounded and a firm but gentle 'pop' on the collar will be noticeable to the dog, but not hurt him.

Rottweilers are very strong dogs and if your pup is excited he may barely be aware of a tug on his choke collar, if you need to use a lot of force or 'drag' at his neck to get his attention you could hurt him, or even damage his throat.

You may also want to try the 'water spray bottle' correction method. Just buy a small plastic spray bottle and fill it with water, then set it to 'jet' or 'squirt' rather than a spray or mist. When your pup pulls on his leash or your pants/sleeves etc., use a verbal correction and then give him a quick 'shot' of the water right on his nose. He won't like it and it's a pretty good deterrent.

With any type of puppy behavior like this, you need to be very consistent in your training... and be patient. Use the same correction every time, in the same way, be calm and firm and never shout or get excited or angry - that will just escalate the situation. Your pup will learn what you expect if you're consistent in showing him.

During this adolescent period many pups, especially males, will try to dominate you at times, sometimes subtly - others not so subtle. They're basically testing their limits and whether or not you are strong enough to be their 'leader'. Be firm, strong and loving and he will understand that everything is okay.

Hope this helps, best of luck with your puppy.

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Rottweiler puppy that likes to bite!

We got our Rottie at 6 weeks of age. She is now 8, but has a real 'biting" issue.

Not just at EVERYthing in the house, but at us as well, how do we stop this?

All puppies have biting issues, it's an absolutely normal part of puppy behavior! Some breeds, and some individual puppies can be a bit more stubborn about it than others, and it's often more intense in puppies taken from their momma before 8 weeks of age.

Up until at least the age of 8 weeks, pups need to be around their momma and siblings so that they can learn proper social behavior and interaction skills, and bite-inhibition (how hard they can bite) is one of them.

However, although this is normal, it's important to discourage this early - while your pup is small and eager to learn. I'd strongly recommend that you read my Stop Puppy Biting page as it has all the tips and advice you need to get this under control.

Consistent, firm and loving correction will eradicate this habit but you need to be patient and not over-react. The page mentioned above will tell you everything you need to know. Best of luck with your new pup.

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over excited 5 months old female rottie jumping and nipping

by Jane
(New Brunswick, Canada)

Sunshine, 5 months old, challenges me when overexcited, listens and does sits and stays when calm. Gets frustrated when overexcited, she also chews on leash and when corrected jumps and nips. Have tried just about everything, ignoring behaviour just makes her more assertive.

I understand she is still puppy but at 60 pounds she can cause problems, can not allow her to meet new people as she jumps and gets overexcited as she loves people.

We do not have any formal obedience classes in our town.

Also have 9 years old rottie who comes to us and stands in front of us when she gets too hyper. Is he trying to protect us or does he want to have us take over the correction phase of this hyper pup?

Hi Jane
To deal with your older Rottweilers' behavior first.... I would say that he's actually doing both of the things you mention. He stands in front of you because he senses the pups' over-excited and emotional state of mind and he want to make sure that she realizes that you are 'his' to protect.

But he's probably also looking to you for leadership, right now he's doing what he thinks he needs to because you are not in control of the situation. This could lead to problems if he feels he needs to be more 'assertive' in order to set things to rights.

Your pup IS still a pup, but she's a big pup and can't be allowed to behave this way. There are some things you can do to help show her that this isn't acceptable, but I also strongly suggest that you find an obedience class for her, even if you have to travel a bit. She (and you) need the help and the socialization and hands-on approach will make this a lot easier.

For now I would suggest that you set up 'practice sessions' where you can work on this jumping. You'll need a long training leash (see my Leash Training A Puppy page) or a length of strong, but light, rope.

Practice appropriate behavior for greeting someone at the door..... attach the leash/rope to her collar, and you (or another member of your family) should hold the other end of the leash lightly and loosely. Then have someone go knock on the front door or ring the bell and another family member should open the door and invite them in. Sunshine will likely leap on them and they should say 'no jump' and hold their hand up palm forward, simultaneously the person holding the end of the leash needs to give a firm, but quick, jerk of the leash to put her off balance and return her feet to the floor.

Repeat if necessary if she tries to jump again, and she will soon stop for a moment to try to figure out what's going on. When she's not jumping, have one of the people at the door tell her to 'sit' and then greet and pet and praise her.

The point is for the leash correction to be unexpected, and for Sunshine not to think of it coming from the person she's greeting. Repeat this several times a day, and then move on to doing the same thing outdoors in other 'meet and greet' sessions. Be patient and consistent and she will eventually begin to 'connect the dots'.

Best of luck.

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My Rottweiler Pup Is Biting

by Mikee
(Brisbane, QLD, Australia)

I have a 9 week rottie X staffy and he seems to bite everything be it fingers, hands, blankets, clothes everything.

I was wondering if this behaviour is just part of being a puppy or does he need to be seriously disciplined?

Hi Mikee
I'm not sure what you mean by seriously disciplined, but if you mean corrected in a firm, but loving way.... then yes he does, because this is something that he needs to learn isn't okay.

However, no puppy (or dog for that matter) needs harsh or physical punishment, or even shouting, it's not necessary and is counter-productive!

At 9 weeks old it's important for you to realize that he is a tiny baby, and he's just doing what comes naturally. Puppies play in this way, but he does need to learn that it's not okay to bite nip people or chew on stuff that's 'off limits'.

I strongly suggest that you read my Stop Puppy Biting page as it has all the tips and advice you need to curb this very normal, but annoying, puppy habit.

Hope this helps, best of luck with your new pup.

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Still Chewing and mouthing

by Audrey
(Cleveland, OH)

Sweet but not innocent!!

Sweet but not innocent!!

My beautiful girl Bella is now 8 1/2 months old and is a wonderful loving puppy, however, she is still chewing pretty bad and recently has started to get into things she never bothered before. She is also still mouthing quite a bit when excited.

We have TONS of toys to keep her busy and spend a lot of time training her but we can't seem to break these two problems, any advice?

Hi Audrey
Although Bella is growing fast and now looks much more 'grown up' than she did as a pup, it's important to remember that Rotties are slow to mature and develop and right now she's in a stage roughly equivalent to the 'tween and early-teen' phase in humans.

During this time it's very normal for a pup to 'up the ante' in terms of challenging authority, testing limits and acting out. Absolutely normal. However, it can definitely be challenging and exhausting for owners :o)

The only thing to do is to continue to correct her firmly but lovingly and to be absolutely consistent about rules and boundaries. She needs to feel secure in her environment and to know that 'her' humans are in charge and the rules are not made (or altered) by her!

There is also sometimes another 'fear period' at this age which can make a pup suddenly act afraid or nervous around people or places that she was previously comfortable with. It passes given time, and all you need to do is continue to socialize her consistently and in a positive way.

Add to this the fact that she's probably either just had, or will be having soon, her first 'season' or 'heat cycle' so her hormones are all 'out of whack' and you can see why she is behaving in a very teenage-type way.

Bella is a beautiful girl and it sounds as though overall she's doing just fine. If you've raised kids through the teenage years you'll already know how to handle this, if not just follow your instincts and be loving but firm with her and she'll come out the other side a well-balanced and confident adult.

Hope this helps. Best of luck with her.

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Rottweiler pup is nipping, growling and jumping

lucy at 4 months

lucy at 4 months

My 7 month pup jumps up when i tell her no and growls and nips at me, she nips at me.

I know she just wants to play but shes getting very strong.

Rottweilers mature into big, strong dogs and it's much easier to deal with behavioral issues like jumping and nipping when they are small. However, even a pup who has learned NOT to nip or jump, may 'regress' during adolescence.

Adolescent pups (as Lucy is right now) are like human teenagers and are inclined to test the limits and their parents' authority on a regular basis. It's part of growing up and finding their place in the family, and the outside world.

It's very important that you are consistent and firm in your corrections, but also that you are loving and non-combative. I'd recommend that you read my Stop Puppy Biting page as it has all the tips and advice you should need to curb this annoying (but very common) habit.

I'd also suggest that you check out my Free Puppy Training Tips page as making sure that Lucy is well-trained and respects and obeys you will help to tone down her behavior.

At this age pups are often trying to exert their authority over the people (and sometimes other dogs) in their lives. It's important not to let Lucy think that she is 'in charge'. Don't allow her to sleep on sofas, chairs or beds; block doorways by lying in them; obstruct you when you walk (ie by getting 'under your feet'); prevent you from touching her food, or her, while she's eating and so on. She needs to be totally clear about who's 'boss'.

If you follow these tips this stage will pass and Lucy will grow out of it, and into a well-behaved, confident and obedient adult. I wish you the very best of luck with her, she's a pretty girl.

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Rottweiler puppy biting problem

by Georgina

Hi, I'm Georgina

My puppy was now 8 weeks old. She has been biting me harder on my hand and feet. And I tried to correct her by closing her mouth to say NO and push her away but when am trying to close her mouth, she bites me aggressively.

Plz correct me and do advise me. TQ

Hi Georgina
Biting and nipping is a very, very common puppy habit and it is annoying and can be painful too. However, you need to be very consistent and patient in your corrections, getting angry or frustrated or being to reactive in your attitude will only make things worse.

I strongly advise that you read my Stop Puppy Biting page as it has lots of tips and advice to help you. If the verbal corrections and withdrawal of attention don't help, try the water-spray bottle method, it's usually the most effective in that situation. Don't use the 'holding muzzle closed' if it only escalates the situation, this does happen with some pups and it's then counter-productive.

Do bear in mind that your pup is just a tiny baby and is doing what comes naturally to her. You need to be very patient and consistent (and loving but firm) with your corrections as she won't learn overnight - or even within a week or two, it takes lots of time and effort to train a puppy.Don't resort to smacking or shouting as that will most definitely make things worse, cause her to lose faith and trust in you and get your relationship way off track.

Hope this helps, best of luck with your puppy.

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Nine week old Rottie nipping at my sons and my feet, legs and hands.

by Ryan

Hi there, I am trying to get my 9 wk old puppy to stop biting at mine and my seven year old son's feet, legs, chin, ears, hands, name it, and he's nipping at it.

I can't seem to scold him enough, I'm beginning to fear the word 'NO!!' is really going to mean nothing to him very soon. I've only had him for five days but there has been no improvement. Also, he seems to be fixated on only me, ignoring my son almost all together.

I know he see's me as the big dog in our pack, but he won't respond to him at all if it means having to be more than two feet away from me. I would really appreciate some advice. Thanks.

Hi Ryan
What you're describing is absolutely normal puppy behavior for a 9 week old in a new home. Your little guy is trying to find his place in this new 'pack' and so far he sees you as the 'alpha' or pack leader (which is the way it should be), and sees your son a sibling, basically another puppy (which is something you will need to deal with, but take it slowly).

The first few weeks with a new pup are a time of adjustment for everyone, and it's important to remember that your Rottie is just a tiny baby right now, so don't expect too much from him too soon.

I'd strongly recommend that you read my Stop Puppy Biting page as it has all the tips and advice you need to deal with this annoying, but totally normal, puppy behavior. You need to be very consistent in your corrections, firm but loving, and very patient, you won't see results overnight! But with consistent training this nipping will diminish.

The reason he's nipping at your son the most is because that's the way puppies play together and he is treating your son the same way. In order to help him learn that he's the ONLY puppy in the house, you will need to involve your son in taking care of him on a daily basis. Have him fill his food bowl, brush him, play with him, help teach him basic obedience commands (see my Free Puppy Training Tips page for all the help you need). Even if you have to stand 2 feet away at the time that's not a problem, your pup will learn and understand, plus in a few weeks he'll be a lot less 'tied to your apron strings' because he'll have increased in self-confidence.

Raising a puppy is a long-term project and patience and consistency are key. Just take it slowly and give him lots of love, attention and loving discipline. It's really just like raising a child, just a shorter time-frame! Hope this helps, best of luck with your puppy.

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rottie puppy biting fingers

by Mary
(sibley,la usa)

My little 8 week old rottie is biting my fingers and pulling on my pants legs constantly.

What can i do?

Hi Mary
This is perfectly normal behavior and all pups do it - but of course it's irritating and sometimes painful too!

I'd recommend that you read my Stop Puppy Biting page as it has all the tips and information you need to break him of this habit.

Pulling on your pant legs etc. is just part of the same thing, and the same corrections apply. Firm verbal correction, redirecting his attention and so on.

This is a 'stage' that pups go through, and if you're consistent but loving in your discipline it will soon decrease, and eventually he'll stop altogether.

Best of luck with your puppy.

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4 month old Rott keeps biting us!

by Donna

I am wondering why my my 4 month old Rott can be so sweet one second and the next he is a wild man jumping and biting us and no it's not teething like others have said to us.

We are stern with him telling him no but he doesn't seem to care he just keeps doing it and more so to my 6 year old little girl.

We need to stop this before he gets to big and really hurt her. Any info/tips would help.


Hi Donna,
Although your puppy is teething at this age, and although biting and nipping is a very normal part of puppy behavior - you're right to realize that this is definitely something you need to stop as soon as possible.

Your pup is just coming out of the 'baby puppy' stage, and is an adolescent, a 'tween' really, and his behavior is an attempt at domination and part of his efforts to establish his 'place' in his 'pack'.

His pack is your family, and dogs have a very strong pack instinct, it's something that is 'hard-wired' into them and he's purely going on instinct. From what you describe, he's about willing to accept that you and your husband are above him in the 'pecking order', but he is trying to place himself above your daughter. This is normal. Puppies often see human kids as their siblings and the interaction between them is similar to what you would see in a litter of pups.

Of course, if you think of human tweens and teens, you will be able to see the correlation between your pups' behavior and a human teenagers'. There's the constant challenging of rules, the 'miscommunication' between kids (the human and fur variety) and parents, the acting out and flaring emotions... it's all there. Raising puppies is very much like raising children, just a much shorter time-scale

It's very important during this stage that you are firm and consistent in your action and corrections, the pup needs to know the rules never change! But, don't shout, and never use physical or harsh punishments, these cause much more harm than good. Firm, but loving, discipline is the key.

Rotties are big, strong dogs, and you're again correct to be concerned that your daughter could get hurt - not due to aggressiveness, but simply due to your pups' superior strength and dentition! It's important that you help your pup recognize your daughter as higher up in the 'pecking order' than he is himself.

Dogs respect those who control the daily necessities of life, and tend to see them as 'alpha'. This means first and foremost that you daughter needs to be involved in your pups' daily care, particularly feeding and training him. As she is only 6, she will need to be supervised, but try to let her do it by herself as much as possible so that the pup sees her as taking care of him.

Have her practice the 'sit' command with him, and then get him to 'sit' before she pours his food into his bowl and gives it to him. Let her practice other basic obedience with him, and give him the rewards or correction (again with as little help from you as possible).

I'd recommend that you read my Stop Puppy Biting page as it has tons of tips and advice on how to deal with a nippy pup. Then choose the way that you, as a family, are going to correct your pup and make sure that your daughter does the same thing as you do. Try to help her to keep her voice low and her actions slow, this will reduce your pups' instinct to 'chase' her or to 'worry' her. High voices and quick movements tend to trigger the 'prey drive' in dogs and that's why kids are often chased or are the target for a dogs' excited behavior.

Rottweilers are very loving, loyal and protective and make great family pets, but they are also very intelligent and intuitive and they need to feel secure in the fact that their 'pack' can take care of them. Otherwise they will take it on themselves to be protector and provider etc., which isn't what you want. Your pup needs to trust you to take care of him.

I'd also recommend enrolling him in a puppy class at a dog obedience school. It will help you all to learn to communicate better with each other, plus you'll be able to get some 'hands-on' training from a professional which will help you overcome any issues such as jumping, inattention and so on. It really should be a priority to make sure all Rottweiler pups get at least the basic obedience training they need. Also, socialization is important as your pup needs to learn to feel comfortable around strange people and new places or environments. This builds self-confidence and helps to prevent their natural 'guarding' instincts from getting too pronounced.

The adolescent stage can be a bit challenging in any breed, but with the right approach, you'll all get through it!

I hope this helps some, if you're loving, but firm and consistent, with your training your pup will grow up to be a well-behaved dog. Best of luck with your pup.

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My Rottweiler Biting

by Travis Howard

My Rottweiler he is 3 years old. He is a very lovable dog. He sleeps with me and my fiance, and he loves my mother. He acts as if he wouldn't hurt anyone. But when a car rides by he jumps at the window growling and jumping really bad. Also if we are outside in the fenced in back yard if someone comes up to the fence he growls and snarls really bad.

I've done everything i can do to prevent him from being mean. I do nothing but baby him and i do not train him to protect. But today a guy came up to the fence and tyson(dog) was growling like usual but i walked down and started petting tyson and he calmed down. He actually sat down and the guy went to reach over and pet him and he bit into the guys arm.

I am scared to death that he will bite more often now. And i have a baby due in July and i just don't want my dog being a risk. I love my dog and do not want to give him away. What do you suggest?

Hi Travis
You're right to be concerned about your dogs behavior, and although I can give you some suggestions and advice, I really recommend that you have your dog evaluated by a professional dog trainer or dog behavioral specialist and follow their advice and recommendations. Some one-on-one training with a professional trainer would probably be very valuable here.

Rottweilers are naturally protective and can be very territorial, although you've never encouraged him to be aggressive I'm inclined to think that he's also not had enough socialization and interaction with other people and places. Many owners don't realize that it's VERY IMPORTANT to socialize a pup and continue to these experiences throughout his/her lifetime. This is the only way to help them understand that strangers aren't a threat, and to learn how to behave around other people, dogs and in new situations. It increases their self-confidence, and decreases any fear or anxiety (which is often at the root of 'aggressive' behavior).

I also wonder how Tyson reacts when you take him out, to the park for example, or to the vets' office? Many dogs are much more inclined to be friendly when they're not on their 'home turf' which they feel a desire to protect. If your dog is generally well-behaved and approachable when he's out and about, then the situation is a bit less worrying (although obviously still a concern which needs addressing quickly).

Also, although I know you're doing it out of love for him, 'babying' Tyson or petting him when he's being protective, isn't actually helping him. He needs to be corrected firmly (verbally) if he barks or growls at someone, and if you tell him 'it's okay' he should most definitely back down and allow himself to be approached. Rottweilers aren't Golden Retrievers and they don't love everyone on sight, but they should tolerate them without any sign of aggression. This doesn't happen overnight, or without a lot of work, and I most definitely think that you need some professional hands-on help here so I'd again recommend getting in touch with local dog obedience schools, trainers and even your vet as he may be able to recommend a behavioral specialist who could work with Tyson and you to overcome this behavior.

Rottweilers also need to know who's in charge, and if you are not firm enough with him and instill in him the feeling that you can take care of every situation and will protect HIM, then he may take it on himself to become the 'alpha male' and it sounds as though this may be what is happening.

Because he's already bitten someone, and your family situation is about to change with a new baby being added (although I don't think for a minute he will hurt the baby as it will be part of his 'pack' - don't every leave him alone with your baby/small child unsupervised.. EVER), you need more help and advice than I can give you here so please, get in touch with the professionals in your area and enlist their help.

This isn't Tysons 'fault' and he's not necessarily a mean or vicious dog, he's simply trying to protect his family in the only way he knows how. You need to show, and teach, him that this isn't acceptable so that he learns the correct way to behave. For everyones's sake please get him some professional help asap. I wish you all the very best of luck and hope that you can get this behavior under control soon.

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tried to nip me

by Jane

My rottie 2 years and nine months. Generally well behaved and well socialised. Loves playing with other dogs. While massaging his head which I was thinking he enjoyed, I moved my hands to his sides and front legs and started to do the same and he turned round as if he was going to give me a nip. I stopped doing this immediately.

Is it he did not want me to stop doing this to his head, which he was clearly enjoying. He had snapped at me a while back but I put him back to nilif training and he has been great since then.

Am I needing to go back to this again?

Hi Jane
It sounds as though your dog was trying to tell you something, but what it was I can't be sure. He may have wanted you to keep stroking his head, or didn't want his legs/body touched. Either way he was trying to control your behavior by his, and that's not acceptable. The fact that you 'obeyed' immediately will have reinforced this type of reaction in his head as it worked for him that time.

It's important not to stop doing something if your dog objects to it, rather you need to correct him for trying to stop you with a firm "No", and continue - even if only for a few seconds. You obviously don't want to get nipped, but you need to pretend that you're stopping because YOU want to, not because he said so!

I'm not sure what nilif training is, but basically you need to become a stronger and more authoritative figure in your dogs eyes as he's now an adult and is trying to figure out his place in the family. You don't need to be harsh or punitive about this though, Rotties are actually very sensitive dogs.

Make sure that you always make him 'earn' everything, from food to toys and treats by asking him to 'sit' before he receives them. Also, keep him down off beds, sofas etc. and don't let him block doorways, obstruct you when walking etc. etc. With a little extra time and work I'm sure you can overcome his tendency to dominate.

Best of luck with your dog.

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Puppy Biting and Nipping?

by Natasha
(Sydney, Australia)

Hi there,

I have had my puppy Indy since he was 2 weeks old and he has been hand reared as his mother rejected all 12 puppies and they were all subsequently fostered out or sadly passed away.

He has been growing perfectly to date, eating well, and knows a few simple commands like sit and down. At his age now though of 9 weeks unfortunately we can not seem to get him to stop biting/nipping. I have read your page on puppy biting and have followed the steps that you have suggested to no avail though.

He specifically nips at me and my youngest child who is 5 (he particularly likes her clothing). I understand that he did not get a chance to develop his bit inhibition but we have to put a stop to this ASAP as his claws are getting sharper as are his teeth by the day.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, Natasha!!!

Hi Natasha
Indy is only 9 weeks old, so even with the best and most consistent of corrections it would be unrealistic to expect him to have stopped this behavior.

The tips and advice on my Stop Puppy Biting page will work, but you need to be patient and give it time. I know this is difficult when there's a small child involved because they're getting scared, but your puppy is just a baby and it takes time to learn things.

It's also likely to be more of a resistant behavior because (as you are obviously aware) he hasn't had siblings to play with and learn from. Really you just need to be patient and consistent with your corrections and give it time. Indy will learn as long as you correct him every single time. Remember that 'firm but loving' are key, if you are too harsh, or raise your voice or emotional level it will only make the biting worse.

Best of luck with your puppy.

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Biting behaviour in Rottweiler puppy

by Ahmet tok

Hello SBIer! I realised that you have an sbi website like me it's wonderful! Firstly you have a great website about rottweilers, i loved all content

I have a rotweiler for a week and it's 7 weeks now. I am trying to teach to poop only on a newspaper in the apartment. My problem is, she lovesss to bite. I don't let her to bite me but she is dying to bite with an incredible passion!

I let her to bite an old pair of socks when we are playing but she is still craving to bite my hand , fingers. What should i do?

It's my first pet. Your advise is appreciated.

Hi Ahmet
Thanks for the compliments on my website, I'm glad you're enjoying it and hope you find it helpful. SBI rocks!!

As for your question about puppy biting.... this is totally normal as ALL puppies do it, but some breeds (and even individual dogs within a breed) are more stubborn about it than others.

I'd really recommend that you read my Stop Puppy Biting page as it has all the tips and advice you need to discourage this behavior. It's something that takes time though and you need to be very consistent and patient in your corrections.

Puppies are creatures of habit and they learn through association so it's important that they always see the same 'cause-and-effect' in action. They're also tiny babies and don't learn things overnight, it's a gradual learning curve.

Check out my Housebreaking A Puppy page for any more tips and advice on potty training issues.

Hope this helps, best of luck with your new puppy.

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Puppy is continually mouthing during play

by Barry

This is nice.But next

This is nice.But next

Larson is 8 1/2 weeks old.He came from his mother and litter mates.

During play Larson tends to become overexcited and bites too hard.

I know how to control this and am acceptable of this puppy play, other people take it the wrong way.
The easiest way to stop it easily,painlessly and happily.

Hi Barry
What Larson is doing is 100% normal puppy behavior, and you obviously understand this.

Sometimes people who aren't familiar with puppies don't recognize it in the same way, and unfortunately there are also people who have certain preconceived ideas about a breed such as the Rottweiler, and they misinterpret many behaviors because of that.

However, just because it's normal behavior, that doesn't mean you need to accept it. Larson needs to understand that his teeth shouldn't come in contact with your skin (or the skin of any other human!) and to do this you'll need to correct him firmly, but gently.

I strongly recommend that you check out my Stop Puppy Biting page as it has all the tips and advice you need.

The trick is to be very (VERY) consistent with your corrections, because puppies are creatures of habit and they learn through repetition. Never be overly 'authoritarian' with Larson, you need to be firm, but loving. Use a low firm voice, no shouting, and if you need a muzzle correction (see the page I linked to in paragraph above) do it gently but firmly.

Also, make sure he has plenty of really strong, sturdy chew toys to play with. He'll be teething until he's about 6 months old, and Rottie jaws are very strong! Take a look at my Tough Dog Toys page for some examples of suitable toys.

Rotties respond very well to positive, reward-based training, but they can get stubborn if you are too harsh or 'come on too strong'. This is especially important when they reach adolescence, because at that point they will often resist training or corrections that are too heavy-handed and it makes the whole process a lot less fun for all involved.

Biting and nipping is a stage puppies go through, and if you follow the tips I've given you, Larson will grow out of this just fine. He's a really good looking boy (the bits of him I can see anyway!), and I know he's going to be a wonderful companion. Best of luck with him.

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