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    The other think Chelsea is teaching the kids simple tricks like not lifting their arms up in the air when the puppy runs up to them - this can encourage jumping up. It can all be fun and you can do it all together with the kids and pup.

    Watch them together and see if there's anything that the kids play or do that sets the pup off. Then you might see ways that you can easily wind that situation down a little. Most jumping and mouthing happens when things are getting a little over excited.

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    Raising A Puppy | Dog Star Daily

    There's a couple of pages in there on how to teach puppy not to bite (hard).

    Another thing you could try, works well for my dog, is teach puppy to drop for greetings. Start with an ordinary lie down/drop and work up to a remote drop. Loads of treats for getting it right. So then you can use the drop command to get the puppy to behave nicely for greeting.

    Any biting with small children, I'd be putting puppy in the crate for a bit, if distracton / substitution of suitable thing to bite doesn't work first.

    You're not going to be able to let kids and dog play together unsupervised at all. Perhaps your OH can assist with the distraction / subsitution and supervision roles. Pump up water pistol is good so long as that doesn't become one more thing for puppy to try to bite.

    Also if you can teach dog to fetch, that gives a bit of respite for the biting while puppy is off fetching and chewing the ball.

    For a lab - I'd recommend an everlast fun ball size large.
    Everlasting Fun Ball interactive treat dispensing toy for dogs

    RSPCA sell these (and other places sell them too). They seem to be indestructable - and my dog can destroy a marrow bone.

    You can put treats in the ball too, to encourage fetch.

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    With my two blue heeler pups (now 7 months old) I watched their mother discipline them by holding their muzzle with her mouth and a growl. As I am not a dog I do this with my hand and a stern NO.
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    I growl. I'm good at it.
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    LOL @ the image of Di holding a pup's muzzle closed with her mouth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meegsndogs View Post
    LOL @ the image of Di holding a pup's muzzle closed with her mouth!
    Hmmmm, are you calling me a big mouth...are ya...are ya??? LOL.

    Sorry Chelsea, as usual we go off topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    As I am not a dog I do this with my hand and a stern NO.
    Does the 'no' work for you Di? I started out with 'no' but then everybody tells me I should growl - end result is a sore throat and a disobedient dog

    And hey, if the shoe fits....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    As I am not a dog
    That could be taken the wrong way ( added to mittes funny quotes )


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    Default Toddlers and puppies

    Young children do not know how to play with puppies and puppies do not know how to play with small kids. Play biting is a stage of development - it will pass. But for now, you are a zookeeper.

    Kindly prevent the puppy from mugging the kids - prevent the kids from getting onto the floor and interacting with their hands. Wrestling and touching young puppies teaches the to play rough - like puppies do with each other. If your puppy views the kids as litter mates, the puppy will continue to mouth and jump and bite. That's how puppies play with each other.

    Forget about stopping the behavior with squirt bottles in the hands of toddlers- focus on prevention, and teaching the kids how to interact without hands on puppy.

    Here's a short article from my web site, dogand.com:
    Play biting is a stage of development. Most pups naturally grow out of the stage at about 6 months of age unless people do things that prolong the period.

    I’ve met some older dogs, 1-2 years old, who still nip and mouth, which poses a true problem. This is an indication that their humans did not understand play biting and unknowingly created a play biting habit.
    Here are three steps you can use to deal with play biting by a puppy 8 to 16 weeks old.

    STEP ONE: Stop asking your puppy to bite during playtime.
    Avoid games that involve pushing, poking, tumbling, hugging, especially game that involve getting on the floor with your puppy. Hands off during play! Rough play gives puppies the wrong ideas! Play games like sit for a treat, hide-n-seek, chase the toy on a rope, or fetch.

    STEP TWO: Tell your puppy that play biting makes you go away.
    Tether your puppy. Engage him or her to play with a toy. When the puppy bites you, say ouch and then walk away. The puppy cannot follow you because he or she is tethered.

    STEP THREE: Teach your puppy how to bite and play with toys.
    Immediately return to your puppy and offer a suitable toy. Praise your puppy for chewing the toy!

    Happy Training, and enjoy your puppy!

    Alan J Turner – How’s Bentley – Memphis TN
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    Last edited by Dogand; 06-18-2010 at 10:58 PM.

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