>Subject: Mini Dachschund chewing on fingers
>Date: Mon, 27 Jun 94 22:33:42 EDT
>Fergus, our ten week old mini dachschund, seems to have developed a really
>*** biting problem. He won't bite strangers, but he nips very hard at
>us, not while he's playing or anything. We have scolded him by yelling,
>growling, and everything else short of slapping him... Any one have any
>suggestions as to how we can get him to stop biting???
>Oh, and thanks Dena for all of the info..... Jason
You're welcome. Sorry to hear about this biting problem. This is normal puppy
behavior at this age. These are what I have done to stop a dachsie puppy
from getting too mouthy (biting):
1) The Ouch Method - when the puppy puts his teeth on you anywhere, yell
"OUCH!!" really loud and remove the body part from his reach. Give him an
acceptable substitute such as rawhide chew, cow hoof, squeeky toy, stuffed
toy (Vermont Chewman). And praise him like crazy for accepting the toy.
2) The Timeout Method - If he persists in going after your body parts,
even after substitutes are offered, then confine him to his crate or x-pen
for 10-15 minutes, and ignore him. A puppy's biting can be a bid for
attention. You do not want to encourage him to ask for attention this
way, so a "timeout" is his reward for bad behavior. Ignore whines and
cries and only let him out when he is quiet. And praise him for being
3) The Scruff Shake - This is how his mother would correct him for biting or
annoying her to teach him to stop. You grab him by the scruff of the
neck, behind the ears, lift his front feet slightly off the floor, and
shake him gently for 2-3 seconds and yell "NO! NO BITE!!". Repeat if
necessary, then confine him for a 10 minute "timeout" in his crate.
Do not hit your puppy. A scruff shake should be the harshest correction you
give, together with a timeout. Believe it or not, the "timeout" will bother
him the most. A puppy does not like to be isolated from his pack. It will
not take too long for him to associate biting with getting him confined alone
as a reward.
In my house, all I have to say to any dog who is doing inappropriate behavior
is "Go to your room! Now!". They know this means "timeout" and the offender
goes to his/her crate and stays there until I say it is OK to come out. I
don't need to shut the crate door anymore. I talk to my dachsies like they
are children. Clear, simple sentences and commands.
I hope I was of some assistance.
Dena Delgado (a.k.a. the dachshund lady) :-)