13 weeks all or nothing puppy

Kdyb

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My male pup is 13 weeks and 1 day old. We are seriously struggling with him because he is either asleep or biting us. It’s all or nothing. From the minute he wakes up he is trying to bite us. We have tried redirecting him to toys for 4 weeks now and it’s just not working and he’s constantly nipping and biting us. He is well exercised, socialised and fed. I feel exhausted and upset as if I’m doing something wrong when I give him everything he could possibly want and more. He just doesn’t listen to us - can anyone please help us as we feel like we are doing something wrong and are at our wits end with it
 

JanS

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I give him everything he could possibly want and more. He just doesn’t listen to us
I have a feeling you said a lot right there. He needs to learn some NILIF (nothing in life is free) so he starts respecting you and has to work a little for a reward.

Granted he's still young and the nipping is just something they want to do at that age.
Here's a thread on it. How to correct a nippy bitey puppy and establish a pack heiarchy in your home.
 

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What she said ^^^^

It can be hard, but some of these puppies just need some serious - but fair - structure. You make all the rules and don't cave in. NILIF includes toys & food. At this age you can measure out his food and begin using it for training rewards. If he has 5 or 10 toys put them all in a box and offer him one to play interactively with you. Use food puzzles to make him work for it. Brain puzzles will wear him out better than exercise. You'll find lots of puppy stories here on this forum - so many with this very same theme. Welcome to the club!
 

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I agree with all of the above. I would add training, training, training. If you can get him in a good training class that would help. He must earn everything he gets. You can make him sit or down (if he knows how) before he gets his food, treats, going in and out of doors or anything else he gets or does to make him understand you are in control. Using a crate is also a really good idea if you aren't doing that. Then he has a safe place to sleep and a safe place to be when you are not home. You are going through the "shark" stage with his nipping and biting, we have all been through it. Please read everything you can on this forum, there are many different things you can try until you find a method that works for you. Everyone here is friendly, and will happily answer questions and share their knowledge and experience!

Oh and :welcome: from Wisconsin! :ntmy:
 

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Agree with everything said especially that you have to find the method that works for you and your pup. There is no one size fits all. I will emphasize that finding games and puzzles that get that brain working hard will take a lot of that zing out. Just physical exercise seems to leave them frustrated! That took me a while to figure out! :)
 

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If you do a site search on “puppy biting” you will find ALOT of posts on this.

Didn't mean to sound rude back there about “Welcome to the Doberman” but you are describing a Doberman puppy to a T. Either on or off and when they are “on”, they are full bore ripping and tearing.

They have very sharp teeth and we call them “DoberSharks” because they will rip and bleed your arms and hands. Yes, the thing to do is to redirect with toys/rope/games both physical and mental stimulation but I have found this will not completely quell the fire. They start teething around 4months and mine actually got worse. Daily training, discipline and obedience work help tremendously and give the structure for them to know right from wrong.

Then, from around 6-12months they become Doberteens and know what they are suppose to do but they like to push the boundaries and structure you have previously taught them.

My male was just Mach12 hair on fire from puppy to around 14months, then he matured and slowed down. My female is not as hard headed and easier to train and calm down.

I don’t mean to scare or worry you….I am glad somebody explained this to me when I first came to this site. It helped me better understand what was going on and what to expect.

IMHO, you really need to train, train, train and weather the storm until he moves out of the younger stages and matures.

Contrary to the worry above- if you train and discipline and get through to when they mature 12-15months…..you will have the best companion ever that will always be at your side. You must put the work in though.
 

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I agree with all said above. The puppy period is a bit of a trial by fire and with your puppy being so young it is likely to get worse for some time. Biting is seemingly all they know to do. Daily exhaustion is rule rather than exception, as well as in my case, considerable self doubt. Try to stay calm, getting upset seems to fire them up even more. I know that in Europe crating dogs is not common, (I moved from there) but it is an excellent training tool, if you can train the puppy to feel comfortable in there like in a den, having meals, rest and sleep inside the crate, but - never ever put there as punishment.
I wish I had crated mine more when he was a puppy, I still was under others' influence who had the opinion that putting a dog in a 'cage' is a sort of abuse, but it would have given me some well needed breaks too.
 

KCraig

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we have a landshark right now too. everything said above is correct. training and exercise seems to be best for ours. you have to give them plenty of mental and physical stimulation. our pup really chills out during training. he really enjoys the mental side of it. hope this helps. 🙂
 

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Kdyb

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Thank you so much everyone.

He has a short walk of around 20-30 minutes every day around lunch time and potentially another short walk of 10 minutes if he is too hyper at dusk so he is definitely well exercised! But sometimes when I take him on a short walk he comes home and he has more energy!! He’s darting around the house and doesn’t settle for ages

I do make him sit or give me his paw before I give him anything and also he’s really good at waiting for my ‘ok’ to go to his food when it’s on the floor so he does well at the obedience. After reading everyone’s posts though I do think I need a set time say 15 minutes a day where we can do the training to stimulate him mentally - maybe it would be ideal to do this when he has his hyper stage at dusk.

Generally he is a good dog it’s just the nipping / biting we struggle with and I know like everyone said he is just a puppy!! 😬😂
 

Kdyb

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Here he is 🐶💕
 

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^^What a handsome boy!

I too would suggest that you look up NILIF (Nothing In Life Is Free) make him work for EVERYTHING! Set boundaries and teach him what is acceptable and what is not.
 

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Cute puppy - I can see his enthusiasm for life! You probably don't want to hear this, but another huge step in control is putting furniture off limits. You really have to establish that you are an authoritative figure (all the humans in the household are). If he gets the message of being an equal (on the furniture with you) he will keep pushing & testing you (biting). MUCH easier to do now than in a few months when he's 50, 60, 70 pounds. I didn't allow my dog up on anything until she was a year & a half, and even then I emphasized that it was a privilege, not a right. Tough love, you won't regret it.
 

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Ya, I remember that time :rofl:

His face in the pic with the blue tug, OMG, that brings back memories too :pullhair:
Funny AND agree lol. Still true a couple of years later some of the time😆
@Kdyb it definitely gets easier though. Training, patience and perseverance truly pays off and you'll have the best friend you could ever wish for.
 

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