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How do I get my English Mastiff puppy to stop biting me?

I have an English Mastiff puppy, 10 weeks old. And when I play with her, or just even pet her she will play bite me. But its really hard, and it hurts. Shes is playing because she doesn't bark, or growl. I know puppy's will bite, but how can I train her not to bite so hard?


  • Give her positive attention when she is nice and calm. reward her. use the clicking device. When she starts getting too mouthy for you, simply walk away. Do not pay her any attention until she calms down again. good luck, this is what worked for me and my puppy. and squeaking, yelping like it hurt would help too. Your dog thinks she is playing.
  • I say bite back. No, just give it time. When she starts maturing you can say "no" every time. She'll eventually get it.
  • squeak, i know it might sound weird but dogs have instincts, your puppy is just being playing and probably teething causing to bit harder. when two puppies play he lets the biting puppy know when the bite is too hard by squealing. hope it works
  • She's probably teething. I have an English Mastiff puppy right now too, named Katie, she'll be turning a year old next month. Your puppy could just be biting because she is teething and needs things to chew on, as long as she isn't drawing blood she'll be fine, give her plastic water bottles for her to chew on and she'll soon stop biting unless you are rough housing. Stuffed toys also work, but they sometimes, if not very often confuse their stuffed toys with actual stuffed animal. But plastic water bottles work, I'd advise you to keep anything out of reach, even if things are on a counter because Katie can get on a counter and will chew my books or very important papers apart. They are also very lazy dogs and are sometimes difficult to train on a leash. If you have any more questions about caring for a Mastiff puppy feel free to e-mail me at: vampire7454@yahoo.com I'd love to help you deal with the puppy. Also another tip, try and give the puppy a spanking when she bites too hard and clearly tell her "No."Or grab her by the scruff, its what their mothers would do to show them not to do something.
  • yelp, if you yelp loud enough to get the pup's attention, she is less likely to bite, yes you may feel silly, but i have seen it work, there is also a technique called the alpha rollover, but it is kind of hard to explain in text, you basically take the puppy and hold it like a baby cradled in your arms and you gently hold your hand, just with very very slight pressure, on the neck of the puppy, and say in a low voice "no" repeatedly until the pup quits resisting in looks away
  • When she bites, whine like a dog does. Act like it REALLY hurts.
  • When she is bad don't give her attention or any treats or if she bites say no and give her a little pat (hit) on the head. but if she is good then reward her with a treat or pet her.
  • The very moment that her teeth touch, you need to let out a sharp, high-pitched squeal, yelp or shriek of "OUCH!" Instantly stand up, cross your arms, and remove yourself from her. If you can leave her alone safely, then you should stalk right out of the room so that she can't follow you. If you can't leave her safely, just leave the immediate area and completely ignore her. Return to her after a few minutes, gently greet her, and then go about business as usual. Repeat as necessary -- and yes, you will probably need to repeat this quite a bit! Ruthless consistency and patience are key. You should expect this to potentially take a couple months to fully work; that's normal. Now, the reason for reacting like that is because it mimics how another dog would react. Picture two dogs playing: Fido and Rover are having a great time wrestling, chasing each other, mouth-wrestling, nipping, barking, so on and so forth. But then, Fido bites Rover a little too hard, and it actually hurts. Rover yelps in pain and immediately ends the game to go nurse his "wound." This leaves Fido lonely and bored, and over time, he learns to inhibit the force of his bite in order to keep the fun going. This is how dogs naturally learn bite inhibition. By the way, just so you know, barking and growling doesn't necessarily indicate aggression. A deep bark can usually be interpreted as an offense rather than play, and growling with the lips drawn back in a snarl or pushed forward in a pucker can be seen as aggression, but barking and growling in and of themselves are not aggression. My Mastiffs regularly bark and growl in play, and if they're doing so while they're playing with me, I usually bark and growl back. (I'm not necessarily saying you should do this, but just giving an example!) The bark is of a higher pitch than when they're, say, in guardian mode, and the growling is just a noise, it's not snarling or anything. If you'd like a somewhat longer explanation of teaching a puppy bite inhibition, here are some helpful pages: http://dogstardaily.com/training/puppy-biting http://dogstardaily.com/training/teaching-bite-inhibition http://www.mastiffonlinecommunity.net/viewtopic.php?t=6789 (The latter is mostly in case you can't leave her alone safely and have to remain in the room, in which case you should learn how to be a tree in order to ignore her.)