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Help with biting please!!

Monty will be 11 weeks old and is a wonderful pup except for his biting! We cannot play with him or pet him without him attacking our hands! I give him toys and bones to chew while we pet him but he won't stop biting us. I know that he's teething but it's getting a bit difficult. I have two little boys and the youngest is 4 and tonight Monty got him pretty good on the shoulder. I have tried squirting with a water bottle, giving bones and sternly saying no. Is this just a stage or should I worry that he's just a biter and will have problems when he's older? How can I get him to stop???

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This is totally normal puppy behavior, it's the way they play with their littermates and all their toys. This is NOT a sign of any behavior problems. Keep toys handy and literally put the toy in his mouth when he starts to put teeth on skin. Be consistent he will learn, and grow out of the biting stage. If he is really persistent and too wound up, pick him up and remove him from the area just for a few minutes.

Do a search through the puppy section of the board for "puppy biting" and you will find hundreds of threads on the subject, with really good advice for how to deal with it.

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There is no need for concern we all remember this stage well. Thankfully it does not last.

For those times when you have really had enough put a tiny bit of Euchalyptus oil on one of his least favourite toys and block him with it while using a command eg "OFF". The smell will make him think twice. Make sure that you keep the Euchalyptus bottle and safely away from your kids and pup.

The noise of a dust buster may also make him think twice.

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He's not teething at 11 weeks. He's just being a puppy. Kids and puppies - especially really young puppies - are NOT the best mix. He's a baby, he doesn't know any better. Baby - 77 days old. Just a baby
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I'm glade you posted this, as I am having the same issues with my 8 week old. I know its normal, but it is non stop. She has already put holes in 2 of DS's shirts from grabbing onto them while he is playing with her.
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I had some problems with Riley doing that at first as well. He constantly wanted our hands in his mouth. I would say NO and immediately put one of his toys in his mouth. He still trys to bite every once in a while but he has gotten WAY better about it. I think he knows now that his toys are a much better option because he wont make Dad mad .
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