Peeing everywhere and loves biting

Posted by jasminetan
Sep 28, 2011
I have a 6 months old German shepherd/retriever mix who
has been potty trained until a couple of days ago, he started
peeing in the living room, his sleeping mat and kitchen but not
at his pee pan. He will start to pee when he was asked to sit or
while waiting for his food to be served. At times he would even
stopped short and pee right outside his pan which was pretty
I was very puzzled as to what causes the change in him?
I noticed that whenever he was alone at home, he would go to
his pee pan to eliminate but not when there are people at home.

Lastly my dog has this tendency to bite our hands whenever we
wanted to stroke him, be it on the head, body or the fur in between
his 2 front legs. Even applying medicine on him will always end up
in a power struggle thingy where he will use all his strength to break
free and bite our hands. Though we haven't been really bitten by him,
but I could already feel his sharp pointed teeth scratched pass my
hand which is really undesirable.

What can I do?

Posted by KOPCaroline
Sep 28, 2011
Hey jasminetan,

This sounds a bit wierd, and I have to ask - is your pup neutered? The sudden change in bathroom behaviour, namely going inside, especially around "his" places (his bed, the kitchen where I would guess he is fed..) might be territory marking. Dogs hit puberty around 6 months, and this sort of behaviour can start up after that, so if he's not neutered, I would opt for that to be done.

Otherwise, try to do a re-train on his housebreaking. Repeat exactly what you did when he was smaller to train him not to go in inappropriate places. Keep him confined to where his pee pad is for a bit, especially after he has an accident.

As far as biting, it sounds more like puppy play to me. Dogs are rough and tumbly when they play with each other, and you are seen as a playmate most of the time. When he starts, you can try a few things to decrease it:

-immediately stand up straight, cross your arms, and turn your back to him. Ignore him until he's calm, then try again. Repeat it if he tries to bite again.

-when you approach him to pet/put medication on/etc, have a chew toy in your hand. If he goes to bite your hands, say "no", tell him to sit, then give him the chew toy instead. You're trying to replace your hands with something appropriate to chew on, so he gets the idea of what goes in his mouth, and what doesn't.

-some owners have had success with imitating another dogs surprised yelp at being bitten. This can startle your dog and make him realize its not a good thing to bite at your hands. Sometimes, though, it only gets a dog more excited and playful, so it could backfire. I would try the above two suggestions first.

-whatever you try, its a good idea to have treats nearby, so that when your dog responds well and stops biting at your hands, you can reward the behaviour. This will encourage him to not do it all (not biting hands = reward, while biting hands = verbal punishment and ignoring). If you're using the chew toy idea, this isn't totally necessary since the toy can be a "reward" of types in itself.

I hope these make sense and are easy to follow. I like the turn your back and ignore method, it seems to work really well, but I've heard plenty of success stories with using the other methods too. Just be sure to praise your pup for the right behaviour, and be stern in telling him "no" when he bites. The older he gets, this sort of chewy behaviour should decrease, but its a good idea to make him respect you as boss and stop doing it now. If you haven't done alpha training with him, I'd suggest you look into that as well - it will help him see you as a dominant figure and he might stop trying to push his limits of playing up so much

Let us know if you have any concerns, and if this doesn't sort out - we can always offer more advice!