3 Month Old, Play Biting & Play Attacking...Need Advice
My Jemma is now 3 months old. She has continued to have play times during the day where she gets "that crazed look" that all of us puppy owners know...whereas she play bites and play attacks. She has only drawn blood with my hubby, seeming to know she can play harder with him. However, she often grabs onto pant legs with me and the kids, hanging on with those sharp teeth and not letting go. Trying to leave the room results in us dragging a puppy leaving holes in our pant legs.
She does not seem to be angry or nervous at all during these periods, and these are the only times she bites. It seems to be play for her, and yet my kids can't stand it and neither can I. I have read and gotten mixed advice. I know I need to pick one RIGHT way to deal with this. This is what I've tried...
YELPING does cause her to stop for a second, and then she gets more crazed and actually lunges at us more as if she thinks this means "GREAT! THEY WANNA PLAY ROUGH NOW!".
Scruff shakes seem to make it way worse, and saying a firm no seems to have no effect at all.
The two things I've found to work somewhat well are:
1) Putting her in the large exercise pen we have set up for us in the family room to seperate her from us. She gets annoyed and barks, but at least she knows we do not want to play with her in this manner.
2) Removing her from the clothing by prying her mouth off, and sticking either a rope or bully stick in her mouth and playing tug with her. This seems to let her play with us without letting her bite us, but a book I read said playing tug can cause her to be more aggressive.
The trainer I just started with suggested making it all about treats and when she starts, telling her to "let go" then telling her to "sit" and when she does, give a treat. This seems good ideally, but when it's all happening fast, and the kids are shrieking...well, I need to just have a plan of one thing that we all stick with.
Advice for a weary land shark owner?
PS - I did read the entire Bite inhibition thread and got lots out of that.
Jemma, WGSD 08/22/11
"Dogs are miracles with paws."
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