Join Date: Nov 2012
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Hello. Your baby is very young. All puppies mouth to some degree. My tiny papillon did not mouth on us, but that tiny furball tore up almost all of the kitchen flooring in our kitchen, when we were out for a couple of hours. He chewed through electric cables ..fortunately unplugged. He tore wallpaper off the wall. And he took months to toilet train. Six years on, Jontay is the most placid adorable dog ever. He is my constant companion & I can leave him running free in the house & know nothing will be touched. My new GR puppy of sixteen weeks now, is a mouther & will nip given half a chance. I watch him closely when playing with him, & the moment I see his mouth opening & searching for my hand, I move my hand away, or I stop playing & give him a chew stick or a soft toy. On the advise of my trainer, I stopped playing little tug games with him, which can get a puppy very excited & encourage nipping. If he was trying to get at my hand when playing, i would wave his favourite soft toy puppy, & he would nip at that instead.
I very seldom get nipped, but my poor husband has actual broken skin on his arms, where either Loki's teeth or claws have come into contact with him. Having said that, Loki is sooooo much better than when he was younger, so take heart, it does improve. But it does take firmness & consistency on your part. I found that saying Ouch in a high voice only excited Loki more, so if Loki won't stop with a firm No Bite & redirection, I put him into his playpen for timeout, & when he settles down, I let him out.
Nowadays a firm No does the trick most of the time, except when he goes into what other members on this forum call the zoomies ....that happens anytime between 6.30pm & 7.30pm, & then he just goes crazy for a short time & won't listen to anything or anyone. Thankfully it happens less often now, but as a younger baby, it was virtually every night, & we have had bad bouts of it the last two nights. The only way we can manage the zoomies, is to put him into timeout in his playpen & he usually settles within a few mins. You will learn how to manage things as you go along. I thought the bad behaviour would never end, but apart from the zoomies, & some jealousy of our adult dog, Loki is becoming a real joy to be around. Your baby will grow & learn & you will look back on this time with a smile ...as you give advice to someone else going through the same thing.
Last edited by Dwyllis; 11-29-2012 at 12:03 AM.