Writing with a quick question about Cyrus -- Cyrus is now 6 months old and over the last month or so, he sometimes gets in these moods where he's really bite-y/mouthy. He grew out of his teething/nippy phase, then was fine for a while and now seems like it's back up again but with his adult teeth...
To clarify, he doesn't really bite or snap, but it's almost more that he opens his mouth a bit and moves his head around to see where your hand is. When he does get the hand, he doesn't really bite down, but just seems "mouthy" if that makes sense. It happens mostly when he's like tired or fussy I think. He also seems to do it first thing in the morning. We have a routine where I let him out of the crate, do some cuddles to say hi, then he runs to our bedroom and jumps in bed to say hi to my SO. He wiggles around and gives lots of kisses, but then when we go in to "tickle" him almost, he opens his mouth and gets bitey.
Also, when we're sitting on the couch at night (kind of around his bedtime), he just gets mouthy and bitey at what seems like random times. I know he may be nearing teenage phase (is that what's causing this)? It doesn't seem like straight zoomies because when he zooms, it's usually after a bath and he's running up and down the halls like a maniac lol
We've always taught that good things come from our hands (treats, food, etc.) and he frequently gives kisses. It just seems like sometimes he becomes a little demon and wants to get mouthy.
Usually when this happens, we get up, step away, and say NO loudly. He stops the behavior immediately, I think because we're physically moved away from him. I just want to know if this is normal around this age, or if we should take him to a behavioral specialist?
FYI -- he has completed Puppy Kindergarten and is now in Basic Manners (almost done). We plan on continuing with his training and hopefully going for CGC eventually.
Also, for those who remember our food issues from last week, I'm happy to report that we're gradually transitioning him over to Purina Pro Plan and he's doing great. Thanks for all your advice