Updated: Mar 10, 2022
The ONLY video I recommend for the most common client issue once puppy goes home, this video has always solved the problem when properly followed. No other video or instruction I've ever come across applies to German Shepherd puppies and curbs this behavior like Tab's video below does. Everything else I've seen online and heard from other trainers does not apply to German Shepherd puppies and usually always exacerbates the issue making it worse. To my puppy clients, if this is an issue with your puppy first follow these instructions and feel free to call me for an even more in depth explanation from me over the phone.
Curbing play-biting/mouthing/nipping is the top priority for new puppy parents. Consistency & a positive, gentle approach allows us to quickly & effectively teach a puppy to make the right choices. The emphasis is on teaching the puppy the appropriate behaviors, instead of correcting them for making reasonable mistakes. Remember that puppies love to interact with their human(s) in all sorts of ways, and learn from every interaction that we have with them. As an alternative to using aversive punishment, this multi-faceted approach allows us to creatively connect with our dogs by employing positive reinforcement and harnessing a relationship that is based on trust & respect.