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Old 12-06-2012, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 3 1/2 month old male boxer named Murphy. He is crate trained and house trained ...well for the most part. He answers to his name most of the time. It took him a few days to learn sit and I swear it took all of about 20 mins to learn shake with both paws and lay down. He was pretty well behaved the first 3 weeks. The past week it seems like it happened overnight but when you pet him he wants to start biting. If your wearing shorts he's grabbing on to the bottom of your shorts. He always bites feet and when we try correcting this he thinks were playing with him. I take him outside first thing in the morning and as soon as I open the crate he follows me to the door. Now when I go to take him outside he leaves the crate and walks around. I call his name to come to me he stops and looks then continues on to what he's doing until I start walking towards him. Any suggestions.


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Old 12-07-2012, 02:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wish I could offer advice, but all I can do is tell you that mine is the same age and we are going through the exact same thing! The first few weeks were too good to be true lol


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Old 12-07-2012, 03:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ahhh, can't Stand this phase!!! I recommend for the biting, get u some chews and toys, with Rosco, when he would bite I would give him a toy or chew to play with instead, if it continued I would do a high pitched yelp, and immediately walk away for a while and come back in a couple mins. As for the crate thing, if he's still not heavy i would carry him. Or run away from him really fast and usually they'll chase u it's fun to chase!


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Old 12-07-2012, 05:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The only thing I can suggest on the biting thing is try clapping your hands together to get his attention and give a firm "no" or "aaaat" or some similar sound. We had the same problem with Bruno around 9 weeks and tried all the normal stuff we'd read like yelp like a puppy or walk out of the room and none of it worked. Here we are 2 1/2 weeks later and he is much more behaved. The clapping always gives the needed interruption in our case especially couple with the vocal component. We also made sure to do it as SOON as he started acting up because if it escalates he may stop responding even to the clapping. He'll still try it once in a while but we can quickly shut the behavior down now. It seemed like it took forever and then one day I realized that he hadn't hardly been doing it anymore.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You have entered the adolescent zone!!!! Man, they can be stubborn and bitey at that age. I look back at my posts when Rocco was that age and I thought I had gotten a complete psycho dog!

Be very consistent with your training and give corrections and commands before he gets into his "psycho" stage.

I used a leash to get Rocco out of his crate and brought him right outside. No room for goofing off. As for the biting, while it is a natural puppy thing, it is not acceptable. Use the command "off" or "no biting" substitute a toy or if you can leave the room. They figure it out pretty quickly. I also used to give a time out in the crate. Many time my pup became rowdy right before he needed a nap.

Just know that what you are going through is part of normal Boxer/pup behavior. You did not purchase/adopt a bullheaded shark!

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When he starts biting we say no no biting loudly. It seems like it gets him more excited and wants to do it even more. I've also tried that and putting a toy in his mouth when he starts. He plays with it for a few seconds then he comes right back to biting


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Just know that what you are going through is part of normal Boxer/pup behavior. You did not purchase/adopt a bullheaded shark!
This bit made me laugh!!

We're going through exactly the same stuff with Boris (10 weeks old). He's a gorgeous loving pup who is very bright but has a horrible habit of attacking our feet or play biting far too hard... nothing we do is working to get him out of it so although I'm sorry to hear that others are going/have gone through this, I'm also relieved and happy as it means Boris will grow out of it - phew!!
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I was lucky with Maggie. She went through the phase of biting my hands when we played but luckily never went for the feet or pants legs.

My parents, however, recently went through this with the most insane jack Russell puppy. They tried everything that has been mentioned in previous posts and none of them worked. They finally resorted to spraying their feet with bitter apple. Lol


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Old 01-08-2013, 05:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Murphy's about 4 1/2 months old now and looks like he's lost all his baby teeth and doesn't bite nearly as much as he use to. He still bites when he's playing but it's not hard enough to hurt he just kind of puts his mouth on my hand. We also got him this everlasting treat ball that he just can't get enough of. We got it at a pet supplies plus store for about $24. It's a little expensive but totally worth it. Puppy biting and loss of interest..-imageuploadedbypg-free1357680822.068022.jpg


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Murphy's about 4 1/2 months old now and looks like he's lost all his baby teeth and doesn't bite nearly as much as he use to. He still bites when he's playing but it's not hard enough to hurt he just kind of puts his mouth on my hand. We also got him this everlasting treat ball that he just can't get enough of. We got it at a pet supplies plus store for about $24. It's a little expensive but totally worth it. Attachment 23121


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Cool, Bruno has gotten a lot better as well. He only has some of his adult teeth, but his nippiness has gone wayyyy down. Guess the work is paying off . I nearly bought one of those treat things but changed my mind after reading the ingredients when I realized you could only use their treats with it.
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