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    So here is another question...thanks to those who are taking the time and have the patience to indulge me with these!

    I honestly appreciate it a lot even though I know there are some members who are getting frustrated with the "inexperienced puppy owners!"

    Poppy LOVES to chew! Which I know it completely normal. She loves the chew toys we got her and we have taken away things we don't want her to chew as I don't think its fair to repremand her for chewing.

    BUT...when we play and she gets super excited she starts wanting to chew my hands (fingers) and toes! It starts out gentle but the more excited she gets the more it hurts!

    Thats usually when I get up off the floor and stop playing with her. Is that the right thing to do to show her biting is not ok?

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    Thats what I did when my two were pups. If they bite hard I would yelp then walk away, although I found I couldn't over do the yelping or they would think I was playing with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bordeaux View Post
    Thats what I did when my two were pups. If they bite hard I would yelp then walk away, although I found I couldn't over do the yelping or they would think I was playing with them.
    Yay! I'm doing something right! I found that too! But with the just moving my feet or hands away...she then thought it became a chasing game! Lol!

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    Mine STILL does that and he has his big sharp adult teeth. Its 'mouthing' and it teaches your pup (and future adult dog) that when they bite, they have to be VERY gentle.

    When mine does it I stop playing with him and ignore til he has calmed down. My trainer also suggested when he mouths/bites to 'yelp' in a high pitch as if to say 'ouch that hurts'. It works with Rocky, but then he starts again in a minute or so, so I just repeat, he's getting better though, so theyve walked for me.. he's just very stubborn so its taking longer than it should

    Good luck, I know how frustrating it can be sometimes

    Edit, sorry, it took me a while to write and by the time i posted the yelping thing was already mentioned, so i added nothing new except to let you know that all us puppy owners are going through it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bordeaux View Post
    Thats what I did when my two were pups. If they bite hard I would yelp then walk away, although I found I couldn't over do the yelping or they would think I was playing with them.
    Yup, mine thinks yelping = fun game and gets more rambunctious. It used to work a treat in the beginning though.

    Now I say UHH UHH and remove either myself or him from the situation. I also keep bitter tasting dog spray handy so that if he gets a bit too wild I can use that by rubbing it on his gums or spraying it on myself.

    As a repellent, aerogard works really well AND it keeps away the mozzies : ) He HATES aerogard.

    Hope she learns fast that biting is a Bad Thing because puppy teeth are very very painful! Good luck!

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    I watched the mother of my 4 pups. She disciplines by holding their jaws in her mouth. I do this since I have watched her, hold both jaws together and say No. Works for me. (mostly)

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    I watched the mother of my 4 pups. She disciplines by holding their jaws in her mouth. I do this since I have watched her, hold both jaws together and say No. Works for me. (mostly)
    I do this too. The yelping hyped Batty up more, he didn't think that he'd hurt me, he thought "ooh, she squeaks! Do it again!" He's obsessed with anything that squeaks/makes noises.

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    Amy, different thing work for different dogs etc, as usual.

    Clamping their mouth closed is something that has usually worked for me, although I will try saying a firm "no" or a growl at them for a while first. If that doesn't work, and often it does, then I'll clamp.

    i have found Inca to simply abandon any mouthing instantly with the tiniest little growl. She gets the message very quickly, but have had others who had to be clamped for some time before they understood it wasn't desirable behaviour.

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    Your yelp has to be blood curling the same kind of noise you make if you accidentally tread on Poppy's tail. And then you have to ignore for 10 seconds (until puppy notices and backs off).

    I found Frosty ignored yelps, but paid attention to something of a higher intensity. She also backed off if I growled fiercely at her like a grumpy old dog. And ignored...

    The side effect of a decent yelp was when we had kids running from Frosty - when they shrieked - she ran AWAY from them like her tail had been stepped on. I was so relieved and pleased. Mad at the parents and the kids but really pleased with Frosty. I guess some of my Yelps came with a proper slap - reflex reaction on my part. Ouch BANG, like Frosty was a giant mozzie. I've got holes in some of my clothes to show for it too.

    Amy86, you need to read the dog star daily digital text book. I'm sure this isn't the first time I've given you the link - it's like the manual of how to raise a puppy, it only costs you your time to read it, and then you can ask us when the techniques described in it don't work for your puppy.

    Teaching Bite Inhibition | Dog Star Daily

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Your yelp has to be blood curling the same kind of noise you make if you accidentally tread on Poppy's tail. And then you have to ignore for 10 seconds (until puppy notices and backs off).

    I found Frosty ignored yelps, but paid attention to something of a higher intensity. She also backed off if I growled fiercely at her like a grumpy old dog. And ignored...

    The side effect of a decent yelp was when we had kids running from Frosty - when they shrieked - she ran AWAY from them like her tail had been stepped on. I was so relieved and pleased. Mad at the parents and the kids but really pleased with Frosty. I guess some of my Yelps came with a proper slap - reflex reaction on my part. Ouch BANG, like Frosty was a giant mozzie. I've got holes in some of my clothes to show for it too.

    Amy86, you need to read the dog star daily digital text book. I'm sure this isn't the first time I've given you the link - it's like the manual of how to raise a puppy, it only costs you your time to read it, and then you can ask us when the techniques described in it don't work for your puppy.

    Teaching Bite Inhibition | Dog Star Daily
    Thanks for the link! I don't think you have given it to me before! Its great! Been reading up already! Everything I want to know is there!

    The only part that concerns me is introducing Poppy to 100 people in the next 4 weeks! I don't think I even know 20 different people in this area since we have just moved here!

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