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Location: Weston-super-Mare, UK
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Hi Tanya, I truly believe that as with people, all dogs are so different in personality that what works for one won't necessarily work for the next. Your pup is in the middle the teething stage I think, so their need to bite and chew is at it's greatest.
We had a puppy just like yours, he was such a bundle of energy and was completley psyched all the time. We had holes in our clothes, although I don't think he really tried to bite us through nastiness, it was pure exuberance!!!
What worked for us was to practice ignoring the puppy especially when she is demanding attention. She must realise that attention from you isn't a god given right and always is on your terms. This doesn't mean you ignore her all the time, quite the opposite, it's just that you decide when you play the game and when it ends.
I don't know if this was right, but the only way we could get Spud to stop biting was to shout Aah, in a loud short sharp voice and then ignore. if the puppy continues, immediately put heraway from you until she calms down. Soon it might sink in that if she is demanding in this way, i.e. biting, then she will be removed from the 'pack'.
If it's any consolation, Obi is quite the most lovely dog you could imagine now he's grown up a bit. He's still a complete goon, but hasn't really got any bad habits now, I'm so lucky to have him... but he was a complete and utter nightmare in his first year. I even gave up training classes because he used to slip all over the floor just trying to get to all the other dogs to play!!!! I took him back to training earlier this year and he was a joy! Just shows the difference a year makes.
Good luck, and I hope you get loads of helpful advice here.