what does it mean when a year old large breed chews on your hands and arms? is also very destructive
he is a very loving dog, just has no manners. how can i help him?
on Mar 25th 2012
in Behavior & Training
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Well, it probably means when he was a cute little puppy, people thought it was fun to use their hands to play with him, so learned that it was fun to bite hands. Now that he's big, it's not cute anymore.
First thing to do, get a tough chew toy (like a rope, or a firehose toy) and play with that when you play with him. He should bite the toy, not your arms. If he bites you, redirect to the toy.
If he insists on biting you arms and won't go to the toy, turn your back on him and wait until he's calm to start again. Do this also if he tries to get you to play (by biting) at times when you're not interested. Just refuse to interact. Jumping, yelling, etc usually only gets dogs more excited.
If he's destructive in the house, he has too much freedom. Look into crate training, or barricade him into a dog-proof area when you can't supervise him. Don't leave enticing items at his level anymore. Make sure he has appropriate chew toys for himself too, like Kongs or Nylabones.
Bruno CGC answered on 3/25/12. Helpful? / 0