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Hi everyone!
I have a 9 wk old female named Cider and I am feeling bad about the time I put her in her crate.I have tried many suggestions on how to stop her constant biting( no bite;distractions;standing up and ending play). But she is so mouthy that I find that I can't leave her out of her crate for long,maybe a 1/2 hour max at a time because she is just so non-relenting with her bites. My DH is literally shredded on his hands.
I feel guilty for the amount of time during the day she spends in the crate in total,not at any one time.
How many crate times during the day is ok?
She is confined to the kitchen with me and her crate is in the kitchen also.
Does this sound like normal management?

TIA
 

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I'm sure you will get lots of good advice here and from people more knowledgable then I but here's what we did. When Riley bit, and she bit a lot, we would say, "No biting!" and either redirect with a toy or get up and walk away. When ever we sat down to play with her we made sure we had a toy in our hands so she would chew on that instead of our hands. The entire family was consistent, every time she bit. I would say by week 11 or so she was markedly better. This biting phase can be brutal. You will get through it and I think consistency is the key.

As a side note, we never used her crate for her biting. There have been times where she was out of control: running all over the house, jumping on people and furniture and just being plain crazy that we did put her in her crate and almost every time she fell asleep. So I think those times she was just too tired to make herself lay down and sleep. We always tried to make the crate a positive place for her.

As I said, I'm sure you will will receive lots of good advice about this here. You can also do a search. This subject has been talked about a here.
 

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My puppy's trainer thought me to spray bitter apple spray in one hand and pet him with the other hand and when ever he got mouthy I would give him the hand with the bitter apple and tell him no or no biting... It worked for me. In my situation my puppy behaved better when I had him in a smaller area as opposed to the whole kitchen. So I closed off a section of the kitched with baby gates and placed his crate inside, I felt bad putting him in the crate because he would just go to sleep and I felt like I was depraving him of play time, so I left the crate open.
 

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Hank isn't a big biter or jumper. When he gets the "zoomies" he usually takes it out on his toys...running around "killing" them. Maybe the zillion toys he has strewn throughout the house helps keep his mouth off of us. He likes the stuffed ones with squeakers. Not sure that this is the answer.

P.S. I was going to name Hank, Cider. Love the name!
 

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They don't call golden puppies "Land Sharks" for nothing. It is a phase and it will pass. You are doing the right things and with some time your puppy will start to understand. You might try some different toys to find ones that will ease her teething pain. Hang in there.
 
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