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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 .
Lola :German Shepherd born 08/02/2012
Vader:Aussie/Border Collie born 05/06/2014
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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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