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How to stop "play biting", 7 week old Golden

This is my husband and I's first Golden puppy, actually our first puppy at all as a married couple, and we are having a hard time trying to get him to stop "play biting." We have only had him for a week but are already annoyed by this habit. He is a very loving dog and I know he's just playing, but we don't want this habit to continue as he gets older. His particular favorite thing to chew is our hair. When he does it, I have been loudly saying "No!" but it doesn't seem to phase him at all. Luckily, he hasn't had much of an interest in chewing/destroying household items (yet) because he stays pretty occupied with his toys and us lol. I was wondering if anyone had any tips or suggestions on how you got yours to stop.

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7 weeks is pretty young even for a pup. They are called "Land Sharks" because most of their exploration is occurs with their yap. This is a difficult stage but there are a few things that people have used to some success.

- The thing that has worked best for me is always redirecting to something else much more fun to chew than me. I used to keep a kong on me for the better part of 3-4 weeks when we got Harley because hew as exceptionally "mouthy"

- I'm not above learning from my dog, and recently I was fostering a very undersocialized puppy (removed too young from parents likely at 3-4 weeks). I wondered why she was constantly irritating my female but leaving my male alone until I saw her go to "bother" Harley. She was hanging off his face but he did the most remarkable thing, he never made eye-contact, sat there completely still and pretended she didn't exist..... surprisngly it worked. She wandered off to find Mirabelle after 5 seconds.

GOOD LUCK! Its a hard phase!

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This is totally normal behaviour for a puppy, they explore and play with everything with their mouth. It won't continue into adulthoood, especially if you correct it the right way now.

Do not punish the puppy for play biting! When he puts teeth on skin shove a toy in his mouth instead, or say "ouch" in a high pitch voice and move away. This is going to take a while to stop, he is just a tiny baby doing the most natural thing for him to do, and he will learn not to, just be patient.

I just have to repeat, do not punish him for biting.

Take a look through the Puppy forum on the board, you will find hundreds of threads about correcting puppy biting, and lots of advise and good methods for dealing with it.

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This is totally normal behaviour for a puppy, they explore and play with everything with their mouth. It won't continue into adulthoood, especially if you correct it the right way now.

Do not punish the puppy for play biting! When he puts teeth on skin shove a toy in his mouth instead, or say "ouch" in a high pitch voice and move away. This is going to take a while to stop, he is just a tiny baby doing the most natural thing for him to do, and he will learn not to, just be patient.

I just have to repeat, do not punish him for biting.

Take a look through the Puppy forum on the board, you will find hundreds of threads about correcting puppy biting, and lots of advise and good methods for dealing with it.

Thanks so much for the advice! My husband and I are completely new at this puppy thing. We had someone tell us the other day that if we didn't "stop this biting thing, he would turn into an aggressive, dominant, mean adult dog" so we got a little worried. Chances are, this person had no idea what they were talking about! But we would certainly never punish him for doing this.
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7 weeks is pretty young even for a pup. They are called "Land Sharks" because most of their exploration is occurs with their yap. This is a difficult stage but there are a few things that people have used to some success.

- The thing that has worked best for me is always redirecting to something else much more fun to chew than me. I used to keep a kong on me for the better part of 3-4 weeks when we got Harley because hew as exceptionally "mouthy"

- I'm not above learning from my dog, and recently I was fostering a very undersocialized puppy (removed too young from parents likely at 3-4 weeks). I wondered why she was constantly irritating my female but leaving my male alone until I saw her go to "bother" Harley. She was hanging off his face but he did the most remarkable thing, he never made eye-contact, sat there completely still and pretended she didn't exist..... surprisngly it worked. She wandered off to find Mirabelle after 5 seconds.

GOOD LUCK! Its a hard phase!
Thanks for the advice! We've been trying to do that when he bites us, we'll show him his rope toy or his squeaky. Maybe as he gets a little older, he'll grow out of it!
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Thanks so much for the advice! My husband and I are completely new at this puppy thing. We had someone tell us the other day that if we didn't "stop this biting thing, he would turn into an aggressive, dominant, mean adult dog" so we got a little worried. Chances are, this person had no idea what they were talking about! But we would certainly never punish him for doing this.
I would agree this person did not know what they are talking about! Puppies use their mouth to play and explore everything in their world, just like human babies stick everything in their mouth. Puppies just do it with teeth.

I know it can get very frustrating if they are persistent, but if you keep redirecting to a toy, and also being totally boring if he play bites on you he will learn. Just be patient, it will get better if you keep reinforcing the right thing to do with his little sharky teeth.

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I would agree this person did not know what they are talking about! Puppies use their mouth to play and explore everything in their world, just like human babies stick everything in their mouth. Puppies just do it with teeth.

I know it can get very frustrating if they are persistent, but if you keep redirecting to a toy, and also being totally boring if he play bites on you he will learn. Just be patient, it will get better if you keep reinforcing the right thing to do with his little sharky teeth.
Okay good! I feel better. She made is sound as if my pup was going to be a demon dog haha! And per your request, here are some pics of my sweet man, Jake!!







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I frim 'NO' along with redirection is all you need oh yea patience too. He is very young in a few weeks you will discoved he has moved on from chewing yu that you can stop right away to chewing something important that you are unware he is chewing until it is too late...haha Ahh the joys of puppyhood.
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I frim 'NO' along with redirection is all you need oh yea patience too. He is very young in a few weeks you will discoved he has moved on from chewing yu that you can stop right away to chewing something important that you are unware he is chewing until it is too late...haha Ahh the joys of puppyhood.
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