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Bite and Never comes near us
  • RamsujRamsuj
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    Post edited by sunyata at 2018-07-02 11:50:07
  • AnjyilAnjyil
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    Well, there are a lot of posts on biting and reactivity/aggression---you might want to check there first.

    But we can't give much help with such little information, either. How old is he? Is he a rescue? What do you mean by holding him? What kind of behavior does he demonstrate when you approach? What are you trying to do---grooming, nails, brushing or just petting or what?
  • RamsujRamsuj
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    He is currently 4 months old. We got him as a puppy a month ago. He's not a rescue.

    He starts to bite when we try to pick him up to groom him or even just pet him.

    We have tried diverting his attention to the chewing toys but after a few minutes he is back to biting us again.

    I have tried bite inhibition but always after a few seconds of soft nibs he starts biting hard. Any advice to curb this?
  • AnjyilAnjyil
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  • MeghanBCGMeghanBCG
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    A couple things:

    Have you ever had a puppy before this? Puppies bite. It's what they do. Dogs use their mouths to explore, and when they're puppies they don't know when to stop themselves. They don't know any better. And Shiba puppies are generally EXTRA bitey and will be for a while. It takes a lot of dedication and consistent training to get them to understand what's appropriate behavior.

    You said he never comes near you. Another thing about Shibas is that they're very independent. Most of them are NOT lap dogs. They don't necessarily want to be held or petted because they don't care about what YOU want. They're not people pleasing dogs like a Golden Retriever, for example. If there's something in it for them, then sure, pet away. But even my one year old Shiba resists being petted unless he's very very sleepy.

    Definitely check out the existing threads. There's TONS of information, like Anjyil said in "Common Puppy Woes" and "Commonly Asked Questions".
  • sunyatasunyata
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