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So we have had our new puppy for two weeks now as she is 9 weeks old. I know that puppies nip and bite but when does it stop??? She won't let me pet her and if I lay on the floor she attacks my arms,face,hands etc.

We have bought her about 10 different chew toys, bones and treats but she would rather bite me instead. I always have something to give her to bite or chew but sometimes I just want to pet her. I suppose I have to wait until she gets a little older. Any advice for a new puppy owner.
 

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This is how Lucky was. Couldn't touch him. Keep redirecting your puppy to a toy and try to communicate what hurts (and what doesn't). Believe it or not..playbiting is a good thing. It is an opportunity for them to learn a sensitive mouth. A painful training opportunity.

I found that Lucky's brain matured enough to have more control at about 13 or 14 weeks. Then all the past training clicked.

The only way I could pet Lucky was to have treats in my hand and treat him as I cuddled. He forgot to bite when I had something yummy in hand:)

Lucky turned into a loving, cuddly adult with a sensitive trustworthy mouth. Try not to get discouraged...
 

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So we have had our new puppy for two weeks now as she is 9 weeks old. I know that puppies nip and bite but when does it stop??? She won't let me pet her and if I lay on the floor she attacks my arms,face,hands etc.

We have bought her about 10 different chew toys, bones and treats but she would rather bite me instead. I always have something to give her to bite or chew but sometimes I just want to pet her. I suppose I have to wait until she gets a little older. Any advice for a new puppy owner.
Riley is only 15 weeks so I remember that biting phase vividly...it can be brutal! I have scars on my hands from her! We were very consistent with "No biting!" and redirecting with a toy. After about 2 weeks it was probably 90% better. I still keep lots of things around for her to chew on. And whenever I wanted to pet her I made sure she had a toy in her mouth. I still have to give her one to brush her as she wants to attack the brush....even though she loves to be brushed. It WILL get better!
 

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So we have had our new puppy for two weeks now as she is 9 weeks old. I know that puppies nip and bite but when does it stop??? She won't let me pet her and if I lay on the floor she attacks my arms,face,hands etc.

We have bought her about 10 different chew toys, bones and treats but she would rather bite me instead. I always have something to give her to bite or chew but sometimes I just want to pet her. I suppose I have to wait until she gets a little older. Any advice for a new puppy owner.
You got your puppy at a very young age seven weeks. Now you are the Puppys entire world. And she is loving you the only way she knows how with her mouth. Crate her when you have had enough but this phase will pass. I have the scars to prove it.
 

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I yelped very loudly every time Baileys mouth would land on my hands. She then learned to have a soft bite. Once she learned to bite softly, I taught her no bite. I was very consistant and it paid off. She learned in two weeks not to bite human flesh. Also when we do play with her, we always make sure we have one of her stuffed toys in our hands, so she doesn't bite at our clothes. You have to teach them not to bite. Good luck. :)
 

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Thanks everyone!!!! I will be sure to take in all he advice. This is our first puppy and we have two young boys so biting is surely something we want to get a handle on.

We knew this was going to be a challenge and I appreciate the responses. I am glad I found this forum.
 

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We have a 12 week old golden puppy so I feel your pain! He's slowly getting better but will still try and bite when he gets very playful (the evenings seem to be the worst). I did get a great tip for a toy that Scout loves. Freeze wet washclothes (I tie a knot in them). I think it feels good on their teeth and it usually entertains him for a while.

Everyone seems to say things get a lot better around 5-6 months...I've already started my countdown...
 

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Rosie is 16 weeks old and has gotten WAY better with the biting/nipping. She still does it from time-to-time, but I can usually predict when she's going to get into one of her feisty moods. It's usually when she's been playing too long and needs to get back in her crate for a rest. A few weeks ago, I was worried that the biting phase would never end! While I can't say that it's ended entirely for us, I can say that it is very manageable at this point. HOpefully it will continue to improve as she gets older. I'm sure your pup will get the hang of things soon!
 

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I just found this site tonight, and already, I'm so glad! Like you, I am also a new member and I got my Sandy girl at 7 weeks. I got her from an ad in the newspaper, so I didn't have much history to go on. I live with my mother and we both agreed to invest in our dog from the start, but we have both been losing patience with Sandy's biting. My arms are all scratched up right now. I keep trying to remind myself that she's not biting me on purpose, that she's still just a baby. After reading some of these other posts, I've gotten some very helpful ideas. Thank you!!
 

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It's a tough phase to get through. Golden puppies are called 'land sharks' for a reason. :doh:

Stay patient, redirect, crate, exercise...it all comes together eventually. And always remember : a tired puppy is a GOOD puppy. And a good puppy makes a happy mom!
 
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