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"he still is very mouthy. I know its excitement and i tell him either no bite or if it's really bad which is most times i lightly close his mouth and say no bite"
You are right when they get over excited they don't hear you. He is getting into his teen time also. He needs lots of consistency with his training. The training has to be before he gets to the point of being over excited. Lots of rewards for good behavior.
If he is over excited I would immediately just give him a gentle time out. They don't learn when they are in the excited zone.
What behaviors do you want Chester to do when he is trying to get you to play and give attention? Train for those over and over and then after you know he knows these behaviors ask for them before he gets worked up.
One of the alternatives could be to teach him a hand target. He needs to touch his nose to your palm. You can make it a game. Can you touch my hand if it is over here. Can you touch my other hand. Can you touch my hand with your nose and stay in that position for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds etc. Can you touch my hand through my legs. Rewarding for each touch. This is giving him something positive to do with you that isn't biting. You can involve the crate with the hand touch. Ask Chester to go into the crate. Reward. Give Chester the release from the crate and ask for the hand target. Reward. Ask for Chester to go to the crate. reward. Have him stay in the crate 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 2 seconds 6 seconds etc. Rewarding for each behavior.
Don't lump all of this together. Get Chester to learn each one before moving on to the next game.
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