Hi all, this is my first question on the board so I'll probably provide a little more background than is probably necessary. Please be patient.
We got Morgan at 8 weeks old and she's a very sweet puppy but with lots and lots of biting. Luckily this forum has taught us that she's normal and that we didn't accidentally get a piranha by mistake! She turned 15 weeks old yesterday and she's definitely starting to teethe. Things that she had sort of lost interest in chewing in the backyard (wood chips and rocks) and in the house (chair legs and curtains) are now delicacies again. We can handle that, but we're less prepared for some other new behaviors.
The first thing is that when she does get something we don't want her to eat, she's VERY upset when we take it from her mouth. I know we need to work on "leave it" or "drop it" but we didn't realize how important those were so we're just starting to teach them. If she gets something she knows we don't want her to have, she tries to eat it as quickly as possible. If we grab her and force it from her mouth, then she turns and bites hard and intentionally to show her displeasure. I'm ok (not ok, but understanding) with her biting while our hand is in her mouth, but I'm definitely NOT ok with her biting because she's mad.
The other thing is that last night while playing tug in our tiled dining room, she stopped playing, trotted into the carpeted living room, and peed on the carpet. This has never happened before. She was incredibly easy to housetrain. She has accidents periodically but they're almost always due to too much excitement and owners who aren't mindful enough that excited puppy + activity = go out frequently. But she has never trotted away from the door and willfully chosen to go somewhere else instead.
Are we being tested? Or is she just not feeling well? We know she's teething because there's some blood on her gums or on toys after she plays with them and ice has become the most coveted treat ever. She always liked it, but now she can't get enough of it. Same with frozen washcloths (which she can't have for too long because she eats them), frozen kongs, frozen marrow bones, frozen anything.
She's still sweet and playful and mostly obeys our commands, but I don't want to give her a pass on bad behavior just because she doesn't feel well. I know she's still very young. She gets her final shots next week and starts puppy training the week after, so we're being as proactive as possible. We've also socialized her around people as much as we can (she's met about 100 people so far) and we plan to do a lot more once we can take her more places.
I'd love any advice from the voices of experience. Thanks!