American Bulldog Pup Bites-Bites-Bites

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American Bulldog Pup Bites-Bites-Bites

Post by Alan Czerwinsk » Sun, 25 Aug 2002 08:43:43



Hi everyone--

This is my first post to this forum but not my first time reading the
various tidbits.  We have a 13 week old female american bulldog that we have
had since she was seven weeks old.  She is doing great with housebreaking
but we are having a real hard time with her biting.  She will bite shoes,
(we put Bitter End on and that seems to work until the product dries and
then she'll bite at the shoes again).  If this was the ONLY issue I'd be
hapy but my arms look like they have been thru a rosebush.  I've tried
exchanging my arms for nylabones, *** balls, a Kong toy, the string /rope
toy, a tennis ball but they do not seem to hold as much interest as my arms.
She is being crate trained and I do not want the crate to become a
punishment for her.  I'll give her a time out in her crate but maybe that's
even wrong.  Anyway, I called the breeder that we purchased her from for
some advice.  They kept one of her sisters and they told us to give her a
firm smack on the face and say NO.  They say that their grandchildren have
done this and after a week her sis stopped biting.  This too did not work.
If I continue to GENTLY smack her face I am afraid that she may one day
become a fear biter, or attempt to become the *** figure in our
household and challenge me when she gets bigger.  I do NOT want to break her
and turn her into a *** wimp.  I have also tried whining like a
littermate, this didn't work.  I tried growling like her mother would and
gently grabbed her by the scruff of the neck...no dice. Is this just a stage
until she finally finishes teething and gets her permanent teeth?  I think
that if I allow this behavior to continue, she will repeatedly bite arms and
hands and think this is acceptable behavior.  If I throw a can with stones
in it to make a sudden noise, she thinks that it is something to play with.
Plus, I can't keep running around the house to different locations to change
the direction of the noise.  I've heard that some folks use toy water
pistols and "squirt" the pup for unacceptable behavior.  Well, in my case,
I'd be living in a flood plain.  Plus we have Pergo flooring and I would
have to run around and dry up all the water, and she would certainly bite
the towel as I wqas drying the floor.  We previously owned a Rottweiler and
she never displayed this tendacy to bite arms/mouth me as much as this ABD
has.  If I tell her NO, after three or four times of moving her from the
unacceptable area/behavior, (which I'm sure is just a game to her) she will
sit and look at me and just Bark,Bark, Bark. No, I am not at my Wits End,
but I need the collective minds of this group to offer suggestions.  Thanx
in advance.

Al

 
 
 

American Bulldog Pup Bites-Bites-Bites

Post by michae » Sun, 25 Aug 2002 09:58:54


Quote:

> Hi everyone--

> This is my first post to this forum but not my first time reading the
> various tidbits.  We have a 13 week old female american bulldog that we have
> had since she was seven weeks old.  She is doing great with housebreaking
> but we are having a real hard time with her biting.  She will bite shoes,
> (we put Bitter End on and that seems to work until the product dries and
> then she'll bite at the shoes again).  If this was the ONLY issue I'd be
> hapy but my arms look like they have been thru a rosebush.  I've tried
> exchanging my arms for nylabones, *** balls, a Kong toy, the string /rope
> toy, a tennis ball but they do not seem to hold as much interest as my arms.
> She is being crate trained and I do not want the crate to become a
> punishment for her.  I'll give her a time out in her crate but maybe that's
> even wrong.  Anyway, I called the breeder that we purchased her from for
> some advice.  They kept one of her sisters and they told us to give her a
> firm smack on the face and say NO.  They say that their grandchildren have
> done this and after a week her sis stopped biting.  This too did not work.
> If I continue to GENTLY smack her face I am afraid that she may one day
> become a fear biter, or attempt to become the *** figure in our
> household and challenge me when she gets bigger.  I do NOT want to break her
> and turn her into a *** wimp.  I have also tried whining like a
> littermate, this didn't work.  I tried growling like her mother would and
> gently grabbed her by the scruff of the neck...no dice. Is this just a stage
> until she finally finishes teething and gets her permanent teeth?  I think
> that if I allow this behavior to continue, she will repeatedly bite arms and
> hands and think this is acceptable behavior.  If I throw a can with stones
> in it to make a sudden noise, she thinks that it is something to play with.
> Plus, I can't keep running around the house to different locations to change
> the direction of the noise.  I've heard that some folks use toy water
> pistols and "squirt" the pup for unacceptable behavior.  Well, in my case,
> I'd be living in a flood plain.  Plus we have Pergo flooring and I would
> have to run around and dry up all the water, and she would certainly bite
> the towel as I wqas drying the floor.  We previously owned a Rottweiler and
> she never displayed this tendacy to bite arms/mouth me as much as this ABD
> has.  If I tell her NO, after three or four times of moving her from the
> unacceptable area/behavior, (which I'm sure is just a game to her) she will
> sit and look at me and just Bark,Bark, Bark. No, I am not at my Wits End,
> but I need the collective minds of this group to offer suggestions.  Thanx
> in advance.

> Al

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American Bulldog Pup Bites-Bites-Bites

Post by Lea » Sun, 25 Aug 2002 13:04:22


Quote:

>We have a 13 week old female american bulldog that we have
>had since she was seven weeks old.  She is doing great with housebreaking
>but we are having a real hard time with her biting.

Ignore her.  When she starts biting, just get up and walk away from her.
Ignore her if she starts barking, too.  Don't give her *any* attention until
she stops doing the unwanted behavior - then hand her a chew toy and praise
her.  If she starts biting again immediately, walk away again.  

Be consistent and patient.  From the way you've described it, it sounds like
total withdrawal of your attention would motivate her to learn how to get it
back.

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