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Old 05-27-2014, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Very mouthy two year old female

I would like some advice on how to stop the behavior .
She isn't mouthy in the sense that she destroys property but more in the sense that she grabs our hands with her mouth.
If she's playing with us she'll run by and grab a hand ( gently ) as she walks by or she'll nibble the kids hands when they
Pet her and she's excited.
I discouraged this when she was a pup but clearly I'm doing something wrong or she wouldn't be doing it anymore.
The last time we took her to the vet to have a lump drained she did the same thing and brushing her is a huge challenge for the same reasons .
Scolding her does nothing so I do put emphasis on her good behavior ( no mouthing while being brushed )
Having her chew a toy while playing vs a hand .
Anyone able to advise me ? Thanks in advance .
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had the same problem with my Sting. He took him a long time to grow out of it. I know what you mean it seems to be triggered by nerves and excitement. I finally had to tell people after they petted him to put their hands in their pockets or he would keep mouthing their hands. That did help. Also he loves squeaky soft bear toys and when I brush him and still do, I have his bear right there and give it to him to mouth. At the vet's, I give him treats so he is focused on that instead of what the vet is doing. When I play with him, it does involve him using his mouth properly like tug and fetch.
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would like to hear more. I have the exact same problem. My kids say it's ok we're just playing. I still don't want it, I heard their is something you can rub on your hands. I would like to know what it is, maybe my kids can put it on before they play with him.

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Old 10-17-2014, 06:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have heard of using Vic's Vapor Rub on your hands. They might not like that taste in their mouth and the scent lingers.

I haven't tried this yet. My pup likes to grab my mom's hand when he hasn't seen her all day. If she uses the vapor rub then she wouldn't be able to pet him freely. I told her to always have a toy in her hand when she first comes.
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I have heard of using Vic's Vapor Rub on your hands. They might not like that taste in their mouth and the scent lingers.

I haven't tried this yet. My pup likes to grab my mom's hand when he hasn't seen her all day. If she uses the vapor rub then she wouldn't be able to pet him freely. I told her to always have a toy
in her hand when she first comes.
Vick's... Great idea! Will try it today!
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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We have the same problem. Eugene is still mouthy when he's excited and he's 16 months old. He'll mouth our arms and hands and if we bend down he'll even get our faces sometimes. It's very annoying and could be bad if he ever did it to anyone else. Telling him NO stops him temporarily (then he'll start licking instead) as does ignoring him but it hasn't broken the habit completely.


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Old 10-17-2014, 09:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Starburst,

Just out of curiosity....how does your dog take a treat from you?

Can you hold the treat in your fingertips and she will gently take it without touching any flesh or minimal teeth contact?

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Russell is coming up on 20 months, and he still grabs my arm or hands when he's excited. He's an energetic, wild boy, so he's excited quite a bit, lol. If I stop and put my hands on his shoulders and say "easy" in a very calm voice, he stops the behavior. It's taken awhile to even get to that point though.
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Maybe I'll try the Vic's a few times and see what happens. I tell my kids to give him a toy but it's only temp. When they pet him or hug him he "sings" to them and mouths them. I wonder if it's an affection thing. Since they can't hug or have hands they use their mouth. It only happens when he is happy.
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