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What is the solution when a 2-month Doberman puppy is aggressively biting us?

Hi everyone,

I recently adopted a 2-month-old Doberman puppy and he's been showing signs of aggressive biting towards me and my family. It's becoming very concerning as he's still very young and we don't want this behavior to escalate.

We've tried redirecting his focus with toys and treats, but he still continues to bite us aggressively. We've also tried yelping or saying "no" firmly when he bites, but it doesn't seem to be making a difference.

Any advice on how to stop this aggressive biting behavior in our Doberman puppy would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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talon30

Hi,

I had a similar issue with my 2-month-old Doberman puppy when I first brought him home. He would bite aggressively and it was very concerning.

One thing that worked for me was to provide him with plenty of chew toys and bones. Every time he would try to bite me or anyone in my family, I would redirect his focus onto the chew toys. It took some time, but he eventually learned what was appropriate to bite and what wasn't.

Another thing that helped was enrolling him in puppy obedience classes. These classes were helpful in teaching him basic commands and socialization skills, which ultimately helped with his biting behavior.

Lastly, I would suggest being consistent with your responses to his biting behavior. If you say "no" one time and then allow him to continue biting, he will not learn that his behavior is unacceptable. It takes time and patience, but with consistent training and redirection, your Doberman puppy should eventually stop his aggressive biting.

Hope this helps!

upurdy

Hello everyone,

While I agree with the positive reinforcement method suggested by user 1, I also found another solution that worked well for me in dealing with my Doberman puppy's biting behavior.

I noticed that my puppy would mainly bite out of boredom or when he had excess energy, so I started increasing his exercise and playtime. I would take him on longer walks, play fetch with him or allow him to interact with other dogs.

After a good play session, he was often too tired to continue biting and would just sleep. I also ensured he had lots of toys to keep him occupied throughout the day.

In addition, I found that training and socializing him with other dogs also helped to curb his biting behavior. He would learn from the other dogs how to play nicely without biting too hard.

Overall, a combination of increased exercise, playtime and socialization helped to reduce my Doberman puppy's biting behavior over time.

Hope this helps!

alexane.terry

Hey there,

I had a similar issue with my Doberman puppy when I first brought him home. He would bite aggressively and wouldn't listen when we tried redirecting his attention or yelping. I found that the best solution was to start training him with positive reinforcement techniques.

Whenever he would bite, we would immediately stop playing with him and ignore him for a short period of time. This helped him understand that his biting behavior was not acceptable and resulted in him losing our attention. We also started rewarding him with treats and praise when he would play without biting or lick us instead of biting.

Consistency was key for us. We made sure to remain patient and consistent with the positive reinforcement training every time he started biting. After a few weeks, we noticed a significant decrease in his biting behavior.

Hope this helps, and good luck with your puppy!

tyra73

Hello everyone,

I had a similar experience with my Doberman puppy in the earlier days when he always bites us aggressively. As it was a big concern for our family, we immediately consulted a professional dog trainer who suggested a few things to help us with his biting behavior.

One of the things that worked for us was using a system of timeouts. Whenever our Doberman would bite us, we would say a firm "no" and then turn our back on him and leave him alone in a quiet room for a minute or two. This helped him learn that biting us was not acceptable and that it resulted in losing our attention.

Another thing we tried was to socialize our Doberman puppy with other puppies or dogs. This helped him learn more about bite inhibition and what is fair play. After just a couple of playtimes with other puppies, we saw an immediate reduction in his biting behavior.

Finally, we also started providing our Doberman puppy with extra stimulation, both physical and mental, through interactive games and puzzle toys. This helped him expend his energy and keep him from getting bored, which often led to biting out of frustration or boredom.

I hope these suggestions will work for you as well. Remember, it's all about being patient and persistent, and with time, your Doberman puppy can learn to stop aggressive biting behaviour.

botsford.carole

Hi everyone,

Adding to the great advice provided by user 1 and user 2, I want to suggest another solution that worked for me when dealing with my Doberman puppy's biting.

What really helped me was to understand that puppies at their age tend to explore their world with their mouths. What seems like aggressive biting behavior may just be playful mouthing.

So, instead of punishing my puppy for biting or pushing him away, I tried to redirect his behaviour by giving him appropriate chew toys to nibble on whenever he started biting my hand or clothes. It was also helpful to keep a spray bottle nearby and use a light squirt of water to discourage the biting when he got too carried away.

Additionally, I put a lot of emphasis on teaching my puppy commands like "leave it" and "drop it". These helped him learn boundaries when it comes to interacting with our hands and more delicate objects.

In conclusion, it's important to remember that biting is a normal puppy behaviour and a Doberman puppy's biting can be managed effectively by the above-mentioned techniques. It's all about consistency, redirection, and positive reinforcement.

Good luck with your puppy!

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