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My guy's going through the same thing - it's mainly teething.
I give him alternative things to chew on. Sometimes you have to hold the item for them while they chew. Rawhide is a huge no-no for a lot of people, but the rawhide sticks, even the ground up ones, work the best for Bertie. Same thing with cheese sticks (himalayan cheese sticks, you can buy in specialty petstores).
Mouthing, I do a very simple correction. Tongue presses work, but unless they are done correctly the dogs just turn that into a game. I use a different method which basically involves gently pressing the dog's lip and telling him "no bite" at the same time and immediately releasing. And I praise if he goes to bite but pulls away when I say "no bite". Bertie's a very stubborn and persistent puppy in a lot of ways, but he quickly got the idea that "no bite" means teeth off.
The only problem with recommending that people on an online forum use either method, is they would be guessing as far as timing and pressure. If either is off in either direction (too much or too little or haphazard or inconsistent), then it will not work and may exasperate the mouthing.
ETA - I forgot to say but that method above absolutely will not work on a truly oral dog who bites when excited. In the case of that dog, the best thing to do is anticipate their mouth going on automatic and putting something in their mouth to carry around. I still get bruises now and then from my Jacks who literally can't control his mouth when he's hyped up.
Last edited by Megora; 01-07-2013 at 02:35 PM.