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    hi all, my partner and I have just adopted a 12 week old kelpie x lab. Being a puppy he is biting alot but it only seems to be me and not my partner. The only reasoning I have for this is that Dozer may see him as the pack leader? Or it may be because Dozer spends most of his time with me? It would help alot to understand this behaviour so we can stop it!
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    Hi Lauren .

    Puppies use their mouths in play, even with their pack leaders. It's similar to how a human child uses their hands to interact with their world. Maybe you spend more time playing with him and he's more comfortable around you? He might not be interacting on such a familiar level with your OH yet.

    He will grow out of it. You need to gradually help him understand that it is unwanted behaviour. Do this by ignoring him when he gets too rough, so that he gets no attention for biting (again like a child they shouldn't get attention for bad behaviour).

    He is still very young, so it can take a while for it to sink in. Labs can be cheeky pups but Kelpies are quick learners so you should be ok. Give him time, encourage him lots when he does good, and ignore him if he bites too much or too hard so that he knows what behaviour you don't like.

    I have some baby Kelpies staying with me at the moment (check out their pictures in the Rescue section - they're super cute) and they bite stacks - little pointy teeth!!

    Good luck, let us know how you get on.

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    thanks! yes his teeth are very sharp. I am having trouble ignoring him when his bite is quite painful. He bites my legs when i walk so its hard to walk away. He is starting to learn though.
    i am being patient but this stage couldnt pass quick enough!

    Thanks

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    Hi Lauren,

    Have you tried a very firm low toned arg,arg,arg or a loud clap with your hands at the same time you stop, stand still and ignore him....

    Reward good behaviour/play and dismiss the bad with no reaction at all or a firm unacceptable.

    Having said that i know how you feel. A water bottle set om "mist" also comes in handy!

    Nattylou is right, time and training/good direction is the healer with yougsters!

    Nic

    "There is enough love and concern for animals in every community to overcome the irresposibility of the few"
    Nathan Winograd.

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    Although it seems to last forever at the time - he'll grow out of it!

    You can also try some diversion tactics. If he starts the biting give a command to stop or sit, even if you guide his bottom into it, and then give a reward. Something chewy like a little rawhide treat, pigs ear etc that takes a bit of work to get through could help as he will be then thinking about something other than grabbing at you.

    The important thing here is to distract him first, get his attention and get him to do one little thing like a sit so you are rewarding the good stuff and not the bitey stuff.

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    Thanks for all your ideas! Much appriciated.

    I have tried to do low growl as well as yip's and clapping hands however, he thinks this is a game and starts barking back at me!

    yet I will keep trying.....

    Thanks!

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