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Old 02-09-2016, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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9 Week Old Mouthing/Biting. What is too much?

9 Week old Red, about 6 pounds. We have had her since 7.5 weeks.

Training is going well. Already learning "Come", wears collar and is ok with leash (But can't follow yet).

There is SO MUCH information out there on biting.

However, I can't determine how much to let her mouth on my hands or if its biting or what. It all feels like bites. She wants to put her mouth on me all the time.

When she is super hyper, she won't respond to yelping (She will if she is calmer). If I do attempt it when she is super hyper, and turn my back, she will start barking at me.


She has a hard time responding to verbal correction, but can some times (Snap fingers, loud shuusssh)

I REALLY wish I could run her to wear her out.

I am concerned that there is a line of aggression in her of too much dominance.

Update: We did get her a raw hide, and that seemed to help a lot with keeping her occupied chewing. She pretty much ate it up. Is teething the main drive for her biting or play or both?

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Old 02-09-2016, 03:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I like to use redirection to teach bite inhibition. When she mouths you, say no, give her something appropriate to chew on, then praise when she does. She will learn what is okay to chew on.

Please throw the word dominance out of your training vocabulary. You have a puppy, essentially a baby. They are not vying for top dog, they are just playing and don't know any better.

Rawhide is not a safe chew for your dog, especially if she's actually swallowing it. They do not pass well through the body and can often cause blockages, which are dangerous, not to mention expensive to surgically remove.

Try some harder chews like a Nylabones or antler. That should keep her occupied.
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I like to use redirection to teach bite inhibition. When she mouths you, say no, give her something appropriate to chew on, then praise when she does. She will learn what is okay to chew on.

Please throw the word dominance out of your training vocabulary. You have a puppy, essentially a baby. They are not vying for top dog, they are just playing and don't know any better.

Rawhide is not a safe chew for your dog, especially if she's actually swallowing it. They do not pass well through the body and can often cause blockages, which are dangerous, not to mention expensive to surgically remove.

Try some harder chews like a Nylabones or antler. That should keep her occupied.
Thanks. I do the redirection method, and it does work most of the time (Except when she is in super hyper mode). I just have to do it constantly (especially since I work from home, and she is in the same room with me all day). It may not be raw hide that I gave her see below:

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What you mentioned about dominance is some info I was looking for.
At what age, do I really need to be concerned that she might be vying to be the boss?
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Old 02-09-2016, 03:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Yes, it's all about consistency with puppies. As long as you're sticking to one method, she will understand eventually, it just takes time.

Oh, those aren't rawhide, you're right. Bully sticks are a good option.
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Yes, it's all about consistency with puppies. As long as you're sticking to one method, she will understand eventually, it just takes time.

Oh, those aren't rawhide, you're right. Bully sticks are a good option.
Thanks. I was scared there for a minute.

So should I let her be tugging on my clothes at all at this age?
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I tend to think that anything you wouldn't allow them to do as an adult, you should teach them not to do while they're young. So if that's something you would not enjoy a larger, stronger dog doing, it's probably best to nip it in the bud now.
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I tend to think that anything you wouldn't allow them to do as an adult, you should teach them not to do while they're young. So if that's something you would not enjoy a larger, stronger dog doing, it's probably best to nip it in the bud now.
I agree. But that is what makes me nervous, when she is in the hyper pants grabbing and pulling mode, redirection doesn't work, correction doesn't work.

I have to remove her and put her in her crate.
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That's okay. A little break isn't a bad thing if she's getting too wound up. Just make sure you're always praising for good behaviour in the crate so it isn't seen as a punishment. You want her to like being in there.
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Alternately, rather than putting her in her crate, you could remove yourself when she's too hyper to listen (either closing the door to the room she's in, or, if you have a baby gate, step over it.) Stay away for 30 sec, come back in and see if calmly offering her a toy will redirect her. If she's still wound up, leave again. Puppies have the attention span of a gnat so there will be a lot of rinse/repeat (no matter what method you use) before it sinks in that humans are oh-so-sensitive and can't tolerate teeth on skin/clothes.
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