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Question by jala
Submitted on 8/10/2003
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i have a 4 month old rotti. he chews constantly on me. i have read several different articles and feel like i have tried everything. i have tried redirecting him. i have tried teaching him drop. (he knows drop when he wants to) i love him to death when he's not trying to chew my arm off. i have had to resort to putting him outside when we are home. i have two small children, he doesn't chew on them. he licks my youngest and tries to play with my oldest. he just chews on my arms and my shoes, while i am wearing them. the other day he was in the house being quiet. all of a sudden he got up went straight to my shoe and urinated on it.  
   i am just wondering if he is thinking that he doesn't have to listen to me, or that he is dominant over me. he growled and barks at me sometimes when i am trying to get my arm or foot out of his mouth. sometimes he listens to me but most of the time not. i know that's part being a puppy and part being rotti. he doesn't growl at my husband. but he prefers being around me.

Answer by Lost Feather
Submitted on 9/10/2003
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I'm not an expert, but it sounds like it very well could be a dominance problem developing. Seeking professional help now will ensure that you don't end up with a really big problem later.


Answer by angela
Submitted on 12/21/2003
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i have a 4mo old female rott and she bites and chews on my arms feet she also like to bite onto my pants as i walk and tear them i am  very firm with her when she does this she knows my tones of voice and will stop  yet she does do it again and again but they are puppies they like to chew. my rott does well if i push her away and give her a toy, be sure to have many as the tend to get bored. as for the growling it's most likely a dominance problem you need to enroll in obedience trianing now. my rott does very well with my 5 yr old the seem to tolerate children well and make great playmates, my son and dog are becoming the best of friend's she follows him from room to room as the tend to do the are very loyal and great dogs don't give and good luck. takes time and love


Answer by mikejson
Submitted on 5/2/2004
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I'm having the exact same problem with my puppy.  She is 7 weeks old, and very very smart.  With being smart she is also very very hmm how shall I put it... "free-minded".  She does whatever she wants.  I've tried to teach her the dominant figure is me.  Controlling her feeding, and the eye contact thing was 2 I learnt when I was a kid raising another puppy I had(not a Rotti).  She doesn't seem to respond to this.  It could be the whole puppy thing, but I'm searching for more answers


Answer by nancy a
Submitted on 6/18/2004
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I have learned that bitter apple spray will help the puppy stop chewing on you.  For the dominance issue, roll the puppy on it's back and hold it there for a few seconds, this worked with my female rottie.  I strongly agree that you need to establish the dominant figure now.  Good luck.  


Answer by Robby
Submitted on 11/7/2004
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Most rottis will test your postion as a puppy to try to find their way in the pack.
I normally take a strong stand with this behavoir and nip it in the bud at first showing.

First thing stare eye to eye .. but make sure you dont turn your eyes away first.
I a very low tone voice state NO... Then stand up over your rotti and stand lay down.
once the rotti is on his back.. kindly and firmli place your hand over his muzzle. with your face in his you are allowing him to see your posistion as the alpha dog. Repeat no do not bite, then allow the rotti to bow his head and summite even more and slowly back away.
with the last command of stay. I have a boy 125 lb rotti he went thur the same stage.. when he was 13 weeks. He is now an outstanding family member.


Answer by Lil
Submitted on 11/10/2005
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I have a 2 year old Rottie, she is perfect in every way, house trained, sits when i tell her, very friendly, great with kids, gets a bit excited at times but she is still only young and i am working on that bit.  One thing i can not stop her from doing - is chewing my walls!!!  It can happen when i am at home, at work she doesn't care!  She knows it is wrong, i can see in her face when she realises she has been spotted!  How can i stop her doing this - what am i doing wrong?  Last night she lay right next me - had a fuss and cuddle etc then went over to the wall and started chewing my wall paper off right next to me!!!!  She does it whilst i am at work but i put that down to bordom being alone all day, but then she did this in front of me!  

Please help me - any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!


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Submitted on 2/19/2006
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Answer by pearl
Submitted on 4/4/2006
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puppies relate a yelping sound to pain from those they are playing with, wether this be a human or another dog . i find the best way to stop puppies chewing on you is to yelp. i know this might sound crazy but trust me it worked with my rotties when i got them . you have to be persistant though

ps... good luck xxx


Answer by ash_hal
Submitted on 3/30/2007
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I really enjoyed reading ALL the answers as my rotti is just over 7 weeks and im having the same problem, my boyfriend has had rotti'sin the past and he said the same thing as nacy a, to place the dog on its back for a few seconds, this also lets the dog know who is in control! and for now you are bigger than her/him and can control  her! A firm "no" is always the best way, as well as a neck shake!


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