Thursday, June 07, 2007

My six month old Labrador Retriever Bites - part I

This is part one of a two part e-mail that was sent in by Karen (USA). Karen wrote, asking for help with her six month old Labrador Retriever/ Terrier mix who has a problem biting.

To read part II of this e-mail, click: My six month old Labrador Retriever Bites - part II

Readers E-mail - Writes:

My 6 month old lab bites! At first we thought it was just from teething and we always try to offer lots of toys and raw hides. Now at 6 months his jaw is much stronger and he goes to grab at your hands....mostly with us girls in the house......he almost seems fierce when he does this. I am very upset with it, and he really hurts! what can i do to help him STOP that?

All About Labradors Answer:

Hi Karen,

Thanks for writing.

There's an article on the All About Labradors blog titled "Labrador Retriever - Training your puppy to stop biting and nipping," that should be able to help you correct your Lab puppy's (what is his name) biting problem.

Do you own a dog crate. I firmly believe in crate training and would advise you to purchase one (if you don't have it already) as it will aid you in all forms of training for your Labrador.

You stated " he almost seems fierce when he does this." What exactly does he do to make him seem fierce?

Read the listed article and start applying some of the training procedures. Be consistent with your training every time he bites. Keep me advised on the situation and email me with anything you don't understand.

Talk to you soon.

Fay

Karen's Response:

Hi thank you for responding! His name is Ace. He is a six month old lab/terrier mix.

What I meant as fierce is that he will grab for your hands or grab onto your shoe and be persistent about biting it...if you scold him, he seems to get worse...and bark back at you and then continue. We do crate train him...but it seems that whenever someone tries to pet him he pulls this behavior........it feels as though he would always be in the crate for correction.

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3 comments:

Anonymous,  February 22, 2011 11:52 PM  

We have the same exact problem. How do you correct this?

Anonymous,  April 20, 2011 2:11 AM  

IM HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY 9 WEEK OLD LAB.WHAT SHOULD I DO?

ACB,  March 09, 2012 1:36 PM  

My 7 month old black lab still bites and jumps at me while playing. He is very boisterous and kids are scared. He even pushed my 3 year old straight into the wall and she ended up with sutures. I tried another approach to shouting at him today and treated him as if he just wanted to play and tried playing an energetic game with him throwing balls and this seemed to calm him down for a bit. However I would like him to stop this jumping at us and biting, especially with the kids, who are 10, 5 and 3. I tried substituting with a chewy toy, yelled Ouch, turned by back, whatever but nothing seems to help. Any ideas?

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