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05/18/2013 11:05 AM Biting  

9 week old Millie is getting really bad about biting! I know shes playing but its getting hard, and shes chewing on everything, I keep trying to replace it with a toy or a chewy bone, but that only lasts for 5 seconds. I keep telling her no bite and to be nice but theres no change, should I keep doing it and she will eventually get better? help!


05/18/2013 1:24 PM Biting  
That's normal puppy behavior. She has to learn where her boundaries are. When you're playing with her and she starts biting, yelp like she's hurt you, and stop playing. If you're holding her, put her down. Turn away from her and ignore her (but not for any longer than it takes for her to settle down).That's what another dog would do, and they understand that reaction. Jubal was really hard-headed about playing rough. Sometimes walking away from him wasn't enough and I'd have to put him in another room for a few minutes until he got the point. He hates being ignored.

If she doesn't have food allergies or sensitivities, bully sticks would probably work for distracting her from chewing on stuff she shouldn't. I get the thicker ones for Jubal, who is the gold standard for "hard chewer". And I get the odor-free ones. I buy on line from bestbullysticks.com, but their flat-rate shipping is about $8, which drives the price up significantly if you're not buying a lot. (I have three dogs of my own and a grand-Lab to buy for.) If there's a pet supply near you, that might be a better option. If it weren't for bully sticks, Jubal would have gnawed the house down long ago.

Grit your teeth and hang on. They eventually get through all this puppy nonsense, and there are seasoned trainers in this group who can help you with the skills you need to keep her on the path to being a good girl. I don't know what I'd have done if I hadn't found this site, because I was new to Ratties, too.

"If you don't own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” (Roger Caras)

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05/19/2013 12:39 PM Biting  
It takes time and a lot of consistency and patience. It fades off and gradually improves, but it takes months of consistent work. My 'good' puppy stopped mouthing about 4 months old. The GSD mix? 6 months old and while he's (FINALLY) stopped drawing blood, he still mouths people when he's excited. Settle in for the long haul, don't play with her with your hands and stop playing EVERY time she bites you. Expect it to take quite a while to see an improvement - faster if you do it absolutely every time, but still slow - and months before it completely stops.
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08/22/2013 12:08 PM Biting  
with the chewing I have a 12 week old little girl and she chews everything. especially wooden objects. what i found really helped was Bitter Apple spray. She hates it and we haven't had much of a chewing problem since. There are some dogs who actually love the taste of the bitter apple but it all depends on the puppy.
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08/28/2013 3:50 AM Biting  

Ours at 15 months is still very good chewer and occasionally bite but he gradually decreases the habit. Among the toys we've given, this sturdy fire plug is the best that last and very interactive since we can put treats inside to challenge him, see here http://www.petstreetmall.com/StarMark-Everlasting-Fire-Plug/9870/4795/details.html

He also loves raw meaty bones now that actually help also on his digestive system and making his poop more firm and chalky. We give him those things to chew after the play every morning morning, good exercise greatly drain some of his energy. We have to yelp and stop the play every time he tries to bite. You need consistency and soon your dog will outgrow the habit.

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