Originally Posted by Sookie
Hi - I think most people go through this stage with their pups. I know how hard this is, believe me, but try to curb your frustration and corrections of the pup by really puppy-proofing the house so he can't get to flowers or furniture to chew and if he can reach things then constantly redirect with something he is allowed to chew. He is only a puppy, so don't expect too much, and I don't think he is playing with you re: commands, he probably just associates commands with treats. I would avoid corrections and shouting "no" and focus on playing, wearing him out, and redirecting the chewing to kongs stuffed with peanut butter, antlers, etc. Because once you start correcting and shouting no, that becomes all you do. Work on really tiring him out when you get home. I would guess that once he goes back inside after play he is still revved up, and even though he is adapted to the crate, that is a long, long time for a puppy to be in there. Think about how much energy he has stored up! I would play tug with rope toys and think about how much time he is spending in the crate when you get frustrated just to remind yourself why he is being so energetic and chewy and looking for you to play with. It will get better - if it didn't get better no one would ever have dogs!
Yeah, I guess I'm expecting much. He is 4 months but so big already. I guess I'm looking at his size more then his age. I just wanted to make sure that this behavior is OK at this age. I just worry that it will be hard for me to correct that when he will be a 8 months twice the age and able to bite off my hands.