x2Can you give me some guidance as to how to stop this behavior? My previous puppy was past the teething phase and never did this. I'd appreciate input as well as opinions.
I'd say if you don't want mouthing when you are playing and it starts, get up and walk away and playing is done. They learn pretty quickly. Another thing that works is to cry out like a puppy would and get up and walk away or turn your back on them. In dog body language you are saying "that was too hard, I'm not playing with you anymore."Can you give me some guidance as to how to stop this behavior? My previous puppy was past the teething phase and never did this. I'd appreciate input as well as opinions.
People are welcome to train anyway they want. I get good results with my method and my puppies learn VERY early on to keep their mouths to themselves.Cbrand, not a lot of people like to train puppies in a more physical way. I agree with you, grabbing the muzzle and being firm with the puppy is a good way to get attention but a lot of people won't do that. It's like saying that you spank your kids. These days it's taboo to say that word to someone. It's more about the time out. I've heard people say they do time outs with their dog. I'm not sure how effective it is but I know that it's difficult to do a correct time out with a small child much less a puppy.
I agree and I do thank you for your input. I've actually been doing the muzzle grab thing a bit and as I said he IS understanding what I'm asking it's just that when I'm holding him sometimes he'll gnaw on me, usually very gently. Many thanks for your suggestions!People are welcome to train anyway they want. I get good results with my method and my puppies learn VERY early on to keep their mouths to themselves.
The worst of the biting occurs when he gets VERY excited at playtime. We have all KINDS of toys now (a virtual jungle!) and so we immediately tell him NO and offer up a random toy as a substitute. He's doing vastly better about this behavior now as he's realizing we're not other pups and our skin is weak in comparison, LOL. My little guy is actually a Miniature Poodle, can you give me a timeline for his teething stage?I found that the more you play with your puppy with your hands, the more you are likely to get "mouthed". Toys are a good buffer. Also, aggressive play on our part, winds the pups up and you get inappropriate behaviour. As to teething, it stops for a while and as the jaw bone (on a toy poodle) is the last to stop growing, you get another phase of it when the pup is about 12 months old. Some dogs use their mouths like babies do - to explore the world, others use their feet. I have a five year old and a 2 year old here and one can open doors, push them shut, take off your socks, open drawers, all with her mouth, the other uses her paws for some activities, but never her mouth. Enjoy your pup's baby days - suddenly they are very grown up.
Indeed though my little guy won't get NEARLY that big since he's a Miniature! I do have a Border Collie that I raised from six months of age but she didn't have this harder biting at playtime issue at all. She did have other issues but being so smart she was very easy to train and is now a beautiful and flawlessly behaved dog.Which is a good thing since they become 50+ pounds full grown.
For education purposes (not trying to flame you) this is yet another reason not to get a dog from a pet store. As a breeder, I handle my puppies and play with them multiple times a day. I work with every one of them on mouthing issues so that when they go home at 8 weeks they already have good habits instilled in them.I didn't purchase from a breeder directly but from a pet store actually.
Oh no, I know. All of my previous dogs have been rescue dogs actually. We had been looking into a poodle and honestly this one just stole my heart completely. He's had free vet coverage and they have a good health warranty as well. I don't have any complaints. I also don't mind training him either.For education purposes (not trying to flame you) this is yet another reason not to get a dog from a pet store. As a breeder, I handle my puppies and play with them multiple times a day. I work with every one of them on mouthing issues so that when they go home at 8 weeks they already have good habits instilled in them.