Boston Terrier Puppy Biting

I have a 4 month old Boston and she won't stop biting. I know it's normal puppy behavior and she's teething but it hurts so badly. She breaks skin, causes me to bleed and bruise. I have tried so much... Yelling/firm "no", yelpling, ignoring, walking away, time outs, replacing with a toy, giving her teething toys.. even frozen ones, I've tried coins in a can, holding her scuff, tapping her on the nose.... I don't know what else to do. I can't play with her I can't teach her tricks or anything because she won't stop biting me!!! She bites when she plays.... She'll even growl ( only a few times), when I yell "No" she keeps biting.... She never stops and it's hard to get her to let go when age bites. I know it's normal for puppies to bite but this seems out of hand. I love her but I just end up in tears in fustration. Please help!!!

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Apr 06, 2013
puppy biting
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem with my dog. I just say "no" firmly and tell him to sit.

Oct 14, 2010
puppy biting
by: Anonymous

also...make sure she has lots of toys that she can chew on. When she does bite you correct her with a loud "yelp" as her littermates would do and ignore her.

Oct 14, 2010
puppy biting
by: Anonymous

How old was she when you got her? Sometimes puppies who were taken too early from the litter can exhibit behaviors like that. Don't play any type of game with her that consists of her displaying any alpha behavior like tug of war. I would definitely take her to some puppy training for some socialization and manners. She is not a bad puppy just needs to work on her behavior. Don't give up on her.

Oct 14, 2010
a biting puppy
by: Linda Galway/TurnerME

Sounds like you have tried all of the methods commonly suggested, and since none of them are working, it appears you have an "alpha" puppy who does not yet believe YOU are the leader of the pack. The monks of New Skete have written books and I believe there are videos available explaining the Alpha-Wolf method.

I have used it, or a tenderized version of it because these dogs are so small, on occasion and every time one of our Bostons refuses to listen or won't stop inappropriate activity like biting when in what I call a "frenzy" moment.

Essentially, you turn the dog over on his/her back, straddle the dog, pin back the front paws and keep your hands on his paws and up close to immobilize his head so he can't continue to bite you, because he will try.

You tell him very firmly "NO BITE!" kind of gritting your teeth when you say it, making your voice low, like a growl. You may also growl and show your teeth. The key is, you do not let the dog up out of this position until the dog has relaxed his body and turned his eyes away from yours. At that point, he has given up. YOU MUST keep staring into your puppy's eyes and you MUST NOT look away first. Whoever looks away first is the winner. Your puppy cannot win this or any future battles.

The good thing is you're not dealing with an out of control Great Dane puppy!

Be firm and consistent with this; do it whenever your dog gets out of control. Just keep in mind you're dealing with a small puppy and apply an appropriate amount of force.

Hopefully, others may have different suggestions that we can all use in these moments, but this is the only one I have found that will actually stop the behavior in the moment. Good luck.



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