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    Hi,
    Just wanting some advice for my 18 week old Maltese x shih tzu. Lately he has really had a biting problem, but he mostly bites me and not my partner. It only happens when my partner is home and at first I thought it was an attention thing but he has been getting enough attention. We also spend each afternoon outside playing with him and take him for little walks. I've tried saying no, that didn't work, I've tried ignoring him but he continues to bite and his teeth are sharp! Can someone please give me some other suggestions! Will he grow out of it? Should I try the water spray bottle?

    Thanks!

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    Mostly puppies grow out of it. I still have the scars from Brock my 6 1/2 month old. I like playfighting with my dog so I encourage mouthing by using the command "gentle" ... whenever he's gentle after i say the word I tell him he's a good boy and keep playing, if he doesn't soften his bite then i turn away and give him at least 30 seconds before trying again. But i've never owned a maltese so I don't really understand them as a breed. Hang around, someone will be able to offer you good advice.

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    I cured a friends pup of the same mix in a day from biting me my making a squealing noise every time he latched on.
    It is what the litter mates do if they get a bit rough. It worked for my Maggie as well.

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    Thanks for the replies, I have tried making a noise like another puppy would but it only works sometimes. He just goes crazy sometimes but most of the time he is a good little puppy. Hopefully he grows out of it soon.

    Thanks again

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    Hi 'Mik87' and welcome to the forum !

    As you have said - this has happened only lately - really all that is wrong with your pup at this point in time - is that he is teething. He is gaining his adult teeth and getting rid of the baby ones. His mouth will be sore and he is trying to find a way - by chewing on stuff - including you - to help him stop the pain !

    Have a look in his mouth - the gums may be a bit red - and - you may notice new teeth coming through. He is at the right age for this to happen.

    When I had pups going through this - giving them - frozen banana/apple helped. I also found a solid rubber teething ring from the chemist - that I used to freeze - and that also helped.

    Just another thing to be aware of when getting a puppy - nothing that can't be fixed - but normal for a puppy.

    Have a look at this link from this forum - and see what pups go through at their different ages:

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-calendar.html




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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Hi '[COLOR=#3E3E3E]Mik87' and welcome to the forum !

    As you have said - this has happened only lately - really all that is wrong with your pup at this point in time - is that he is teething. He is gaining his adult teeth and getting rid of the baby ones. His mouth will be sore and he is trying to find a way - by chewing on stuff - including you - to help him stop the pain !
    Hi Riley, ya reckon ya can have a word with Brocky and tell him since he has all his adult teeth he should stop chewing hahahaha

    On a serious note, Riley is of course on the money, as always.

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    Thanks Riley, I'll give that a go to see if it helps and thanks for the info. Found it very informative as he is my first dog, couldn't imagine life without him now

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    Hi Riley, ya reckon ya can have a word with Brocky and tell him since he has all his adult teeth he should stop chewing hahahaha

    On a serious note, Riley is of course on the money, as always.
    “Aww shucks’ th_shy12.gif- 'mymatejack' - you say the best things ! Of course, I would love to have a face-to-face chat with that beautiful little Hunk Brock 3d-animated-emoticons-smileys71.jpg!

    Though I really don’t know whether it would be a great success – because I have enough trouble with dribble on the keyboard – with just seeing photos of him ! I can just imagine if I saw him in the flesh !

    So, I thank you for the kind offer anyway - I will just bow out with some pride and dignity still in place !

    'mymatejack' - You are going fine with your pup – but I wish you wouldn't play fight with him ! Pleased that you are teaching him ‘gentle’ and hopefully you are giving him other cues– so that he doesn't play fight with other people. I have seen play fighting backfire big time with other owners of pups – it was not a pretty sight.

    Maybe teach Brock the following:

    Nordenstamm Wisdom 8 Weeks Prey work - YouTube

    K9 Pro New Toy - Prey Drive on a STICK - YouTube

    Just a suggestion - and you can make the tug and other tug toy yourself !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mik87 View Post
    Thanks Riley, I'll give that a go to see if it helps and thanks for the info. Found it very informative as he is my first dog, couldn't imagine life without him now
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    'Mik87' - have a good look around the threads in this forum - you will find a lot of great stuff !

    Have to agree - pups really don't take long to wrap themselves around your heart !

    Do you feed your pup any bones ? This also helps with teething puppies ! Information regarding bones:

    Feeding Raw Bones

    Some more information regarding stopping biting – Kikopup - makes things look so easy:

    Dog Training Videos: How to train your puppy not to bite - YouTube

    Don’t worry about the clicker if you do not want to use it – just use the word ‘yes’ as the marker word when the pup does what you want.

    Another link for you :

    kikopup puppy tips - YouTube

    Good Luck !

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    “Aww shucks’ th_shy12.gif- 'mymatejack' - you say the best things ! Of course, I would love to have a face-to-face chat with that beautiful little Hunk Brock 3d-animated-emoticons-smileys71.jpg!

    Though I really don’t know whether it would be a great success – because I have enough trouble with dribble on the keyboard – with just seeing photos of him ! I can just imagine if I saw him in the flesh !

    So, I thank you for the kind offer anyway - I will just bow out with some pride and dignity still in place !

    'mymatejack' - You are going fine with your pup – but I wish you wouldn't play fight with him ! Pleased that you are teaching him ‘gentle’ and hopefully you are giving him other cues– so that he doesn't play fight with other people. I have seen play fighting backfire big time with other owners of pups – it was not a pretty sight.

    Maybe teach Brock the following:

    Nordenstamm Wisdom 8 Weeks Prey work - YouTube

    K9 Pro New Toy - Prey Drive on a STICK - YouTube

    Just a suggestion - and you can make the tug and other tug toy yourself !
    I know all the experts say you shouldn't play fight with dogs, but IMO and experience with staffords, it's a great tool to teach them to at worst mouth gently at your hands or preferably fake bite(i.e bite at your hand but deliberately miss). I did this with Jack and it had the added benefit of me being able to teach him that he was not allowed to play in such a manner with kids - it taught him that kids were fragile and must be treated as such. It's going well with Brock so far, he's learning quickly what's acceptable and what's not, although obviously at less than 7 months of age he still has plenty of learning to do.

    p.s when i say play fight, it's all very gentle from me and he is learning to respond in kind.

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