I have a 3 month old boxer and he likes to play hard which is ok but when he really gets to playin he bits not hard I know he is playing but I do not want it to get worse as he gets older should i stop him now or is this ok
When he bites hard "yelp" like his sibling would do if he bit too hard; also when he starts biting too much give him a toy to play with instead. There are a lot of posts about this and many good ideas how to correct the behavior.
Phoenix used to do the same thing and still does sometimes when she gets playing it starts to turn rough. When she was younger we
started using the word "easy" with her when she started to get to rough with us. When we tell her "easy" now she calms
down a notch with the roughness.
We are going through the same thing with our Stella. She is 3 months old today. It seems tough to break her of it though. I am going to keep the bitter apple close by and use it EVERY time she bites. I cannot have her biting.
I had a really bad problem with Tango. I tried yelping, which didn't work and I tried giving him other toys that didn't work. I tried two new things recently and he is like a new dog!!
One: when he bites hard, AS SOON AS HE BITES, get up and walk away from him. Don't say a word, don't say no, don't say anything. Just get up, turn your back and walk away. They HATE being ignored.
Two: If he continues and gets totally out of control, put him somewhere for a time out. You can either use his leash and tie him to the stairs, or as I did, I locked him in the bathroom for a few minutes.
I swear, it's been 3 days and he's made a complete turn around!! Now when he puts my hand or fingers in his mouth, there is no pressure whatsoever.
And I"m thanking the puppy-gods because I couldn't take the biting anymore!!