Firstly, I have been reading posts for hours trying to find a solution to my problems.. So many great threads! But I decided to create my own thread by signing up for the forum to get some more personalized answers
Eva is my boyfriend's german shepherd puppy and I inherantly spend most days with her as well (such a joy! -no sarcasm). She is 5 months old now at roughly 40 lbs. Extremely smart pup.
1. Pawing. Eva started pawing other dogs to initiate play when she was about 3 months old - they don't respond well. They usually growl or walk away ... poor Eva just wants a playmate!
However, she started pawing at my boyfriend and I around 4 months old. We thought it was cute and she would grow out of it, but she has reached the final straw. Yesterday she pawed at me and caught me straight in the eye. My eye was red and irriated and wouldn't stop watering.
I know she is wanting attention by doing this, but it hurts and isn't gaining her playmates any time soon! How do we curb this??
2. She finally has the leg muscules to get some serious air. I was standing in the living room a few days ago and she jumped on me (nearly to my shoulder) and on her way down, she caught my jacket with her tooth and ripped a hole in the sleeve....
She is not doing this in aggression what-so-ever, it's all in play. We just want her to stop jumping because it can be overwhelming for guests and children.
3. And most importantly, she starting "mouthing". She is nearing the end of her teething phase, and we have been understanding that she has a need to chew during this period. We spent nearly $80 on dog toys to chew on and while we don't allow her to mindlessly chew on our fingers, we allowed her to naw lightly because of her teething.
Now that she has several big girl teeth and at 40 lbs, her jaw is way too strong and it hurts when she bites! She has broken both of our skins on numerous occassions, she thinks she is "playing". To correct this, we grab her muzzle and say "no biting!!". After we let go, she licks us to show she is sorry but 10 minutes later we get bit again!
How to we curb this? I've read, pepper on your hands, bitter apple spray, muzzle grabbing, and turning your back.. What works best? THANKS!