reply to post by tony9802
Puppies will bite and it is all a part of the teething process.
I wouldn't focus on the nipping and biting issues unless it becomes an act of agression about a year from now.
Usually the biting stops at around a year old.
(You prolly did the same thing, Ask your mom.)
When you discipline your dog, you should find a word and a tone to use and say that and then isolate the dog, and walk away and ignore the puppy.
Either ignore it or find an empty room and place the dog in the room or in a crate IMMEDIATELY after telling the dog the discipline word and tone.
My friends that train German Shephards use the word "phooey".
Immediacy and consistency is very important when training a dog.
NEVER hit the dog.
When you are trying to reinforce a behavior, which is very different than trying to engage in the absence of a behavior (extinguishment), ALWAYS use
rewards accompanied by a specific word and a tone of voice.
Initially you want to always reward the behavior with a treat, but after the dog gets used to hearing the word, tone of voice and treat together, you
can go to what is called variable scheduled reinforcement.
ALWAYS use the same word and tone when you praise the dog, but begin variably rewarding the dog with a treat.
The goal is to get the dog to associate the treat reward with the tone of voice and reinforcement word.
The same goes for the discipline word and tone of voice.
Initially seclude the dog as a sort of punishment, and when you do this crate it and WALK AWAY.
Let it whine until it stops and then let it out.
This type of behavior modification is called operant conditioning.
Here is a link for more detail.
I will let you know how to make a dog sit in a sec, but I want to see how you digest this first.
Oh snap,... Do not let anyone else train your dog. You have to be seen as the alpha.
edit on 15/10/2012 by kyviecaldges because: (no