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How can we teach my new pit bull puppy to stop biting now while he's still young?

I just got a pit bull-staffy mix, he's about 7 months old. He's really smart and a generally good dog but he has a problem with biting. He never bites us inside, but in our backyard or on walks (he is always leashed) it is not uncommon for him to try to bite whoever is holding his leash. He just randomly turns around and grabbs on, usually to my arm. This is the second time he drew blood, once with me and once with a relative. Please help! He's so smart and loving we don't want to get rid of him but unless he stops biting we might have to! :( Please help!!!

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Lots of puppies bite when they're young, so this isn't unusual behavior. Think of human babies who put everything in their mouths. That said, you're wise to teach your puppy now that this is not acceptable behavior. A pit bull has an extremely strong jaw and he could probably do a lot of damage even at his young age. He needs to learn that he's not allowed to do this ever.
You can do with your hand what mama dog would do with her mouth and a growl: firmly grasp around your dog's mouth and say "no" with a firm and deep voice. Do this immediately and consistently; you don't need to use much force or shake the dog's snout at all to get his attention. Also, it might be good to have only the alpha person in your dog's life do the walking for a while until he learns that biting is off-limits.
If you're unable to bring this behavior under control, get with a professional dog trainer or talk to your vet for his/her advice.

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ask Ceaser Milan the dog whisperer or a local dog expert/whisperer

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i went on his website and I really couldn't find anything
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oh, just ask a local dog trainer or expert

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I would start with a muzzle when you take him on walks. Make sure he knows this behavior isn't ok. Focus him on the walk, don't play with him during the walk.

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My dad has a pit and if he bits my dad grabs a news paper hits him and says no

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This is going to sound weird, but this is what I was told; If he is young, he might not realize that it hurts you when he bites. I was told by a vet to make a high pitched yelp sound when my dog nips or bites. It signals to him that he is hurting and helps him understand that it is bad behavior. I don't know if you'd want to do that in public, but maybe it's worth a try.

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This does work. Also, yell "ouch". It will let him know it's unacceptable. They don't want to hurt you and probably don't even realize he is.
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Spray or I saw on a show if he bites something next time put non toxic perfume or cologne on it it tastes terrible even to dogs

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Water works fine too, no need to use perfume on this
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Not on the dog the product it's biting
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It costly but at the end worth it, training sessions

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All dogs have a need to chew. Puppies are growing teeth. Purchase good quality chew bones. When you catch your puppy wanting to chew, show him/her that it is okay to chew on the chew bones that you gave him/her. This should satisfy your dog's need for chewing.

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The trick is to hold their leash so they can't see it. I'll try to explain. Hold the loop part of the leash in your right hand and with your left hand grab about halfway down the leash. Keep the leash without and slack to it. A choke chain helps. Make sure you set it high on the neck with the loop part at the back of the head between the ears. If this doesn't work I would suggest getting your dog into some training classes ASAP before it escalates and you are left with one option. Also, the Caesar Milan puppy training book is very helpful.

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