After eating time, when he has lots of energy, sounds like a good time to go for a walk. Get him some exercise. Let him experience different things. Get a pocket full of treats, and start teaching him to walk nicely at your side, to sit, and lie down on command. Teach him some tricks. Move quickly from one thing to another, do each thing no more than three times. And keep it happy and up-beat.
A tired puppy is a good puppy...
Most of the time.
Some puppies can get over-tired, and then they need to go to their safe spot, so they can get some rest.
Teach your dog the GENTLE Command:
Use treats, start with a treat in your open palm, and offer it to the dog and say GENTLE. If the dog takes it gently (he should from and open palm) tell him good GENTLE, and repeat.
This is a command, where you are actually teaching him a word that you will want to associate with other things down the line, so use this word every single time. Every time remind him GENTLE, and offer the treat, and every time he takes it nicely, say, Good Gentle.
Now after a few days of this, make it harder. Put a thumb over the treat and remind him GENTLE, and if he tries to take it gently, give it to him, Good Gentle. If he tries to take some thumb, Eh! Gentle and try again.
After he is good at that, 100%, then make it tougher. Close your fist. [by the way, fingers are fun to bite, fists are not. If your puppy is trying to eat your fingers, close your hands into fists] With the fist closed and the treat in your fist, tell your puppy, GENTLE, if he licks at the fist, open it and give the treat. If he bites, Eh! Gentle, and only open your fist if he starts licking. and remember to say Good Gentle, when he gets his treat.
When he is 100% good at this, make it tougher, and put it between the thumb and fore-finger. Remind him, GENTLE. Do not let him have it if he snatches. If he takes it carefully, Good Gentle.
When he is good at this, then you are ready to use the GENTLE word with other things. GENTLE with my fingers, when he gets rough, GENTLE with Grandma. Gentle with the girls.
Heck, I give cheese to my nieces, and I tell them, remind her to be Gentle. And they do. And they give the cheese to Jenna or Babs or Odie. They do not snatch. They know what GENTLE means. Because I teach it. It is like loading a clicker. You are loading that word to teach the dog to be careful with his teeth. Eventually, you can drop the treats, and you can forget to remind the dog to take treats Gently. But as often as you can remember, tell him good Gentle when he is gentle.
And not in a high pitched happy voice, and not it a deep dark voice, make it a soothing, moderately toned voice.
Our voices can amp our dogs up, and make them excited, and they can drop them down, even shut them down. What we want for the GENTLE command, is a Gentle, calm, easy voice, that isn't going to wind the dog up, but will let the dog know that he has done good.
Good luck with your puppy, he is normal.
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