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Old 04-14-2010, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a poodle that was born 2-2-10. She is a toy poodle, and was bought from a pet store. She bites like crazy. When I walk across the floor she is chasing me biting my legs, and she brings blood. I've smacked her backside and told her no, and I have to do that 4 or 5 times before she will stop. She only stops for a minute. She is vicious to be such a tiny dog. It isnt just me either, she bites my husband too. We cant even love on her without her biting.I thought it was her teething to begin with but now I dont think so. I dont know what to do anymore. My husband is talking about giving her away, I love the lil mean butt and dont want that to happen, but dont know what else to do. She has a vet appt in a week and Ill ask advice from him, but if anyone else has had this problem, please let me know what to do! Thanks for ANY advice anyone has.[/
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Your Poodle is VERY young so go easy on her!!! Please dont smack your pup for playing with you, she is play biting its not malicious! When she does this give her a toy or a rubber toy to chew on. And seriously your going to give her away? She is only like 10 weeks and is a PUPPY and PUPPIES play bite. Im sure since she came from a pet store that means she came from an "out of state breeder" which really means she is from a puppy mill and was probably ripped away from her parents too young and wasnt taught the proper lessons from her or her siblings.
You need to take her to a vet to be checked out a dewormed and to get another set of shots im sure, while your there ask about some good trainers and get into a training class! Puppies are alot of work and you need to do a lot of consistent training to have a well rounded well behaved dog. Even small dogs need training.
Sorry is it seems like im being tough on your but you bought this dog and made a commitment to her and now you need to uphold that promise and not fail her by simply giving her away.
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Puppies are often just little fluffballs with needle-like teeth. One thing that worked well for us is that as soon as she bites, yelp with a high pitch noise like a dog does when it's hurt, and turn away, so that all fun stops, and they realize they just hurt you. They normally learn bite inhibition this way from the rest of their pack, but when they're pet store puppies they don't get that chance. She doesn't realize that she's hurting you. Hitting her won't help. It will just make it harder for her to bond to you, and give her reason to want to bite you.

Also, when she chews on stuff, including you, replace it with something you want her to chew on like a chew toy or a bone or something.

If she can't settle down with a chew toy, put her in her crate for a bit until she's under control. She's just a pup, she probably didn't spend enough time with her littermates and mom to learn about all of this stuff, so now you get to teach her.
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if I remember rightly you got this lil girl at only 6 weeks old, right? This is why puppies are best to stay with their littermates until at *least* 8 weeks; they learn about bit inhibition and how to play nicely etc etc!!! I don't have much advice, and others will have better advice to help you anyway, but it's a good thing to be aware of for future reference; let the puppies stay until 8 weeks!!!

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The lady the pet shop uses for his poodles lives in the next town, he gave me all her info. She was 8 weeks old when she was brought to the pet store for me to buy. She spent only a few hours at the store. We do give her chew toys to bite on instead of us, but she will leave the toy to bite us lol. The pet store gave her the shots she was due, we took her to the vet to get her checked out the next day, and the vet redone them because he said the pet store used "cheap" shots. The vet even give her chew toys, she chews on the sometimes, but if she sees our feet or us walking, she attacks. When I smack her its more or less a lil spat, I could NEVER hurt her, but I want her to know its wrong to bite. Like just now, She just attacked my feet as I sit here, and made one bleed. Ive only had one poodle before this one, and Candi, my other poodle was amazing. She would only bite when played with, but would never bite me for any reason. I dont want to give her up, like I said I love the lil mean butt. I just wonder what kind of life she had before we got her. She has a vet appt and they are going to give her the next round of shots, and I will ask him for some trainers, and advice also. Thanks for all the advice from everyone.
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She was almost 8 weeks old when we got her
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She was almost 8 weeks old when we got her
Oops, sorry, you told us she was just under 7 weeks when you got her!
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Thats what Syed, the pet store owner told me, but then he said he called the lady that breeds them and she told him Molly was almost 8 weeks. I have never bought a pet from a pet store before Molly, and I dont think Ill be doing it again because Ive caught him in several lies. I finally got her papers and it said she was born 2 2 10. If they are right she was almost 8 weeks old when I got her.
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How much exercise is she getting? How much does she like her toys? Get her something that's BETTER than your toes to nibble on. (: A bone, a kong filled with yummy food, etc.
Run her around a lot and play fetch with her, play fight with her, etc. Tire her out! She'll be less likely to try to initiate play in such an intense manner if she's tired from playing so much, haha.
I really suggest using your hands a lot with her and touching her all over when you pet her/play with her. If/when she bites you, yelp like a puppy would and walk into the next room, leave her alone (or just turn away and ignore her if the walking away will make her bite at your feet). Do this over and over again until she makes the connection that biting = no more play time. I agree with Flufflvr that if things get out of control or she is too riled up, put her in her crate for a few minutes to calm her down. (Not as punishment!! Don't make her feel like she's in trouble when she goes in her crate, we want her to like her crate! LOL Just a few minutes to calm down)
Also be sure to play with her with toys to further enforce the fact that your hands are NOT for biting, but her toys are.

Good luck! I hope everything works out for you. As Mister mentioned, she's a baby!! Go easy on her, she'll learn. (:
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The biting is normal, not acceptable, but normal. In addition to the training tips recommended here, bones are going to be your friend for the next few months. You might try giving a raw knuckle or marrow bone once a week. It's a great way to get some of the chewing out of their system. Be sure to have a lot of toys and such that she can chew on around.
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