why does my puppy bite me but not my husband

I have a Samoyed female who will be 15 weeks on Wednesday. She is getting to that age where she wants to challenge boundaries. At first she was not very bitey, but now I find that she is progressively more so--and, like your Samoyed, likes to chew on sheets. First, I would not recommend using the crate as a punishment tool. You want your puppy to like his crate (I'm still working on this with mine). If he doesn't like his crate, he definitely, as a Samoyed, will let you know! However, this doesn't mean that you can't use the crate for a time out. The distinction is that the crate is used merely to encourage your puppy to calm down. This might involve putting puppy in crate and treating him, praising him when he is calm and quiet. However, it might be difficult to make it a positive place when he is biting you like a rabid wolf and it is all you can do to even get him in the crate! I have not used this method with my puppy, largely because I still am training her to like the crate, to see it as a place of rest and relaxation.


What I have been doing is more clearly asserting the pecking order. This means that my puppy works for everything. When she gets excited and wants attention, I make her sit (she know sit and down) before I will pet her. Before I give her food or fresh water, I make her sit. Etc, etc. When my puppy does bite me, I first say "eh, eh" in a firm but not yelling voice. Then I turn my back on her if she persists. If she continues (as it sounds like yours does), I leave. You might also try--if he just doesn't take the hint at all--to put him on his back and firmly say, "no bite. " Also, try getting up on a higher plane than your puppy on a more regular basis, as the more you are on the floor playing with him, the more likely he is to get excited and see you as a playmate chew toy.


In terms of chewing on sheets, etc. , again say, "eh, eh" (or a similar noise that conveys displeasure) and remove the object. Always give your puppy an acceptable toy to play with so that you are redirecting his energy to a more positive object. Finally, your puppy will calm down in a few months. Although you certainly have to train him out of the biting, he won't be as tempted to go on biting rampages when he reaches adulthood. My in-laws have a Samoyed female who, as a puppy, was very bitey. Now, at 2 and with very little training on their part, she is still playful and active, but doesn't want to attack everything in sight. Hang in there!
Labs are very mouthy. You have a young puppy and this is just a very natural canine behavior. There are many ways to handle the nippiness. The method that worked for us was YELPING really loudly when Sami would nip us. It would startle her.


We would then say "no bite" and immediately turn our backs and walk away from her. Also, anytime that Sami would get too wound up and bitey we would just stop playing with her -- going so far as to turn our backs to her. If we were on the floor, we'd get up and walk off. She learned pretty quickly that we just wouldn't play with her when she was like that. A couple of things -- make sure if you stand up to ignore her that you stand up completely straight. Dogs interpret leaning forward as a sign of play. Whatever method you try, please understand that your puppy will probably continue to nip until around 5+ months of age, or when their adult teeth come in. However, that doesn't let you off the hook now -- you still need to be consistent or you will end up with a older dog that still nips. Don't worry -- it WILL go away. although when you're going thru it, it sure doesn't seem like it.

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