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    Thumb under the tongue when the dog bites you and say nothing. Let go when the pup settles a bit, otherwise if it's attached to you scruff it.

    Mouthing and bite inhibition is not a game, it's a serious matter that needs to be dealt with swiftly and not tolerated at all. As for staffords mouthing, no it's not a breed thing you cannot train out of them you just need to make the lesson stick and from a young age. You put your thumb under the tongue and press gently, just hold on despite the kicking and screaming they put on to get one up on you. Offer your hand again if the dog licks, treat and praise. No dog in this house, big or small, will ever bite my hand because they learned early teeth on people is not acceptable. The only time I have not done it is with working dogs, they get prised off you and onto a bite toy - but then we don't want them to learn never putting teeth on a human is bad.

    And just some things on tug of war games

    1) you do not put your hands in to extract the toy from the dogs mouth, offer another toy to the dog as a swap. Keeps the grip good and down the track, if IPO/Schutzhund and protection are your thing, the dog will not let go at a hand on its muzzle which you can inadvertantly teach. This also makes the game fair to the dog and they quickly relinquish the item in their mouths because it is not a LOSS it is a SWAP = WIN. You add the command to release when the dog understands the game.

    2) you do not do a lot of tugging with teething pups, and you NEVER lift them off the ground/spin them. They can rip off teeth and injure their mouths, which in turn can ruin the whole tug of war/toy reward process, conversely they can injure necks/jaw

    I have a car load of the prey driven, arm tugging buggers trust me I talk from experience

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    hello everyone. I am new to the forum, first post.

    Just brief intro, i have 3 dogs, a mini foxie, maltese and pom puppy. My 18month female maltese has the best temperment ever. With regards to biting, she has never, not even once, bit or mouth any of our family members ever since she was a puppy. Never ever need to train her about biting. You can pry her mouth open stick your finger inside and she wouldnt do anything. I thought it was just her breed but apparently other malteses do mouth or bite.

    I do have the same problem as OP as well as my 8 week pom puppy is biting and mouthing alot. Everytime she bites, i just say 'NO' to her loudly and pull my hand away. Then i replace it with one of her chewing toys. Havent seen any results yet but I will keep you posted. Probably give that a try as I used that technique on my mini foxie when it was still a pup.

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    hi urecia and welcome to the forum!
    I'd be wary of replacing a hand with a toy, to me it sounds like getting a reward for mouthing your hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grevillea47 View Post
    hi urecia and welcome to the forum!
    I'd be wary of replacing a hand with a toy, to me it sounds like getting a reward for mouthing your hand.
    Thats where i say "NO" loudly looking at her eyes with my pointing finger up. Then i replace it with a chewing toy. Seemed to have worked on my mini foxie. Now when my foxie does something i dont want i just say NO with the finger up and he will stop. But you do have a point there. Maybe i should wait a couple minutes before giving it the chewing toy.

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    i must admit, i am guilty of play fighting with my cattle dog gypsy. I know your not supposed to, but we both enjoy it, she will stop the second i tell her to and i am the only person that does it with her and she knows that!

    i haven't seen any negative affects from it (so long as some basic rules are taught and followed), so i'm keen to know what is so bad about it ?
    Last edited by Ven; 03-13-2013 at 03:14 PM.
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    Just thought I would give an update on my pup. I'm thinking it must have been caused by his teeth because his teeth have fallen out and his new ones have come through and he doesn't really bite anymore. I did try the frozen apple and he loved it! The vet suggested giving him chicken necks when he got his needles so he's been getting them for a few months now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mik87 View Post
    Just thought I would give an update on my pup. I'm thinking it must have been caused by his teeth because his teeth have fallen out and his new ones have come through and he doesn't really bite anymore. I did try the frozen apple and he loved it! The vet suggested giving him chicken necks when he got his needles so he's been getting them for a few months now.
    'Mik87' - really pleased that you have done an update ! Teething puppies can be a pain - but there are ways around it - if you know what is happening !

    Glad the pup liked the frozen apple ! It does soothe poor sore teeth and mouths ! Also really pleased the vet suggested bones - that is really the best way to go - so many of them now a days don't suggest it !

    More updates and photos - please ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven View Post
    i must admit, i am guilty of play fighting with my cattle dog gypsy. I know your not supposed to, but we both enjoy it, she will stop the second i tell her to and i am the only person that does it with her and she knows that!

    i haven't seen any negative affects from it (so long as some basic rules are taught and followed), so i'm keen to know what is so bad about it ?
    My dad used to play fight with my cattle dog. He had a special pair of welding gloves for the occassion. My dog would only use her teeth when the gloves were on. She never in all her life would put her teeth on to bare skin on anybody. I often have a rough and tumble with all my dogs and none would dream of biting my skin, they are rough in play but very gentle with their teeth, so I am not sure what the problem is either.

    I must say though my current dogs would rather die than playfight with anyone else, they are very focussed on me. Which is how I train them as they are my trialing and working dogs.

    Tugging is a different matter, if I have a tug in my hand they go for it with the tug, but again no interest with anyone else..
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 03-24-2013 at 07:07 PM.

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