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04-15-2014 02:35 PM
Packen He is just a baby right now, wait till the molars come in! It will be a chewing frenzy
04-15-2014 02:30 PM
Diesel7602 I have days just like that. =( I just put him in his crate for few minutes for a break. Being a mother of 4, some times mom's need a little break.

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04-13-2014 10:04 PM
sourdough44 [QUOTE=

sourdough44 - What way would you advice to do about mouthing? I say no firmly and he doesn't bat an eyelid. Even when I instantly up and walk away he either gets distracted or just lays back down as if nothing happened. I don't pin him down or anything, I'd rather use vocal commands....if they work :\[/QUOTE]


After all has been done, exercise, saying 'ouch', redirecting to chew toys and all the rest what's left? I was at a puppy class recently and the instructors didn't mind all at using a physical correction when it was called for. Yes, different techniques for different people/owners.

I'm talking about biting/'nipping' past normal puppy mouthing, the stuff that can't be tolerated. I have wrapped our dog hard on the side of the rear when called for. Not a love tap either. Yes, she stops, yes she remembers. Later on just a firm 'NO' is all it takes.

It may not work for everyone, but works for us. I don't like the idea of pinning a dog down.
04-13-2014 04:50 PM
FuzzButtMum
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Yes, just ice cubes from the ice tray. If you have tile, linoleum, or wood floors somewhere, he will love batting it around the floor. Stormie has lost so many ice cubes by kicking them under the fridge. As long as he doesn't try to swallow the ice cubes whole, then it will be a good distraction.
Very good idea we have wooden floor in the dining room, so i'll try that he's been better today and i've been able to direct his chewing to his chew toys a bit more!
04-13-2014 02:19 PM
gurlonfire2004 Yes, just ice cubes from the ice tray. If you have tile, linoleum, or wood floors somewhere, he will love batting it around the floor. Stormie has lost so many ice cubes by kicking them under the fridge. As long as he doesn't try to swallow the ice cubes whole, then it will be a good distraction.
04-13-2014 09:13 AM
FuzzButtMum
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Maybe it's something in the air! My puppy has really calmed down on the biting/mouthing even though she is still teething. But today she just wants to chew on my hand and clothes. I just tell her no and stop playing with her if it is too much for me. But Stormie is quite a bit older than your guy. I think redirecting to toys and chews is great. You might even give him a bone or bully stick or an ice cube and stick him in his crate for a little bit.
There must be! I might try the ice cubes, that's a good idea.....just ones from the ice cube tray? I have a feeling he'll like that. I'm also going to try cold carrots, I hear pups love those too!

njk, that's very true! Maybe without realizing, I wasn't as "fun" as I usually are with him, and he had to get rid of his energy that way instead!

sourdough44 - What way would you advice to do about mouthing? I say no firmly and he doesn't bat an eyelid. Even when I instantly up and walk away he either gets distracted or just lays back down as if nothing happened. I don't pin him down or anything, I'd rather use vocal commands....if they work :\
04-13-2014 06:51 AM
sourdough44 Once it breaks daylight today I will check the radar then go on our 2 mile 'off leash' walk if able. I try to bring our 17+ week old pup about every day. She is much better behaved after some good exercise. I just have to keep the ticks at bay, rather thick right now.

Your dog is still a little young at 9 weeks. I think a dog needs to know what 'NO' means. I don't mess around with some of the 'pinning down' or saying 'ouch' if the mouthing is to much. You just have to ask yourself, 'what would Mom do if the pup bit her like that'?


The chewing on most everything will go on for awhile, lots of chew toys is good. At the times when you have to step away for a while give him some crate time.
04-13-2014 05:13 AM
njk I give our pup something to chew on, typically a pig's ear as they're the only thing she likes, on days like this, when I'm unwell and she's overly boisterous (more so than usual - I was a bit jealous reading your boy is typically calm and placid haha). Think it's just pent up energy really as they don't get as much exercise or playing from us when we're not feeling the best.
04-13-2014 02:10 AM
my boy diesel our first shep pup had me wanting to find him a new more qualified home than we were because we were completely overwhelmed
he never did slow down until the day he passed away
04-13-2014 01:21 AM
trcy
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at 9 weeks your ride is barely beginning
it will get much worse before it gets better!!
That's the truth. Riley was a very mellow dog. (we got him when he was 8 weeks) He never gave me issues. Other than the normal puppy biting. It could be because he wasn't feeling well....idk...he could have just been a mellow dog.

Kaleb on he other hand is the complete opposite. ( we got him when he was 3 months) If he wanted to do something he did and he did not care what I was saying to him or in what tone. He was full of "piss and vinegar".

Riley and I were very bonded. We just had this connection. It's hard to explain. I remember one day, in frustration, telling my husband that I was never going to bond with the puppy. I didn't give up though and now we are bonded and close. It just took a lot longer to get him to understand what I was asking of him than I thought it would.
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