my staffy won't stop biting me
My bitch staffy is 7 months old and as soon as i get home from work she starts biting me and attacking me, this is not mouthing. All my trousers have holes in she tries to drag me across the room.
I can see the anger in her eyes but she is fine with my partner who spends more time at home with her, i have tried turning my back to her and it makes her more angry and have also tried leaving the room for 5 mins but when i return to the room she carriess on biting me....
At 7 months old, this behavior should have been under control by now. Staffys' are very strong dogs (with strong jaws), and they can definitely inflict pain at this stage!
It sounds as though this pup doesn't recognize your position of authority and is challenging you, she's treating you like another pup and is trying to exert her own authority. To stop this you are going to need to be more firm in your corrections and I suggest that you read my Puppy Biting page very carefully as it has lots of tips and advice to help you.
Although you're not home as much as your partner, you need to take a more active role in the care of this pup. Dogs respect those who are in charge of the 'necessary resources of life', particularly food, and I would suggest that you start feeding her on a regular basis and also take part in grooming, training and so on. She should know how to 'sit', so have her start to earn her meals, toys etc. by asking her to 'sit' (and making sure she obeys) before YOU give her her meal, favorite toy, a game of 'fetch' etc. etc.
If you can build a stronger relationship with this pup, and show her that you are 'higher up in the pecking order' than she is, then this dominant behavior will diminish. I'd also strongly recommend enrolling her in a basic obedience class that YOU take her to, so that you can strengthen the bond and you can learn to work together and help her see you as an authority figure in her life.
Staffys are very intelligent, but can be a bit stubborn, so positive training methods are the only way to go. She's an adolescent right now and 'acting out' and resisting authority is part of the natural behavior at this age. Being 'authoritative' doesn't mean being loud, pushy or domineering - be calm, firm and patient and you'll see results.
Best of luck, hope it improves for you all soon.