Diasy is teething badly and I have got her lots of chew toys to help her with this but my problem is that she is super strong and has at times got hold of my feet or hands and it really really hurts but most times a firm NO from me and she lets go my problem is I am so nervous of her being around the youngest kids ( they are 6 and 7) incase she gets a grip and won't let go quick enough, I have been teaching them to offer a toy when she is bitey but actually I think she would prefer their hands and we have had some close calls, I just don't want them to be frightened of her as I know the teething doesn't last forever. I seen some posts were people would use a water spray I think this would prob be the best solution for us any other advice would be great. The good thing is we are off to puppy classes tonight but I love to hear advice from other owners.
Yes, the water spray bottle worked well for us with out girl.... Lambeau our boy now, is afraid of the bottle so the 'firm NO' and toy redirect worked great with him
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Thank you that is really reassuring and I will let you no who it goes tonight I am really excited
The best thing that worked for biting hard was screaming like it hurt (like Owwww). Once he understood that he was hurting me he would bite softer and I would give a firm no and redirect with a toy.
Another thing that works is walking away. Mine was gated in the kitchen so I would walk away and leave him for 5 minutes and then come back to play. He still bites but it is soft and he is easily redirected.
I would also put the bitter apple spray on my socks because he would attack them while on my feet. Hot sauce worked better on walls.
I find strong smells deter him (as I said hot sauce worked on the walls that he chewed on). He is 9 months now and rarely goes after my feet anymore and its usually because he was cuddling and lost his chew toy and starts mouthing things.
A good command to start practicing is leave it. I will put a treat on the floor (cover up as needed when they lunge for it) and say leave it. When he doesn't eat it he gets a treat. Eventually you start giving him treats when he makes eye contact and doesn't eat the treat on the floor. It works great for when he is wondering around the house with me to stop him getting into things. He will sniff everything and put everything in his mouth.
Don't worry the phase will pass. As a side note, I don't play tug of war with mine because he aggressively tries to get you to play with toys. He won't bite but he will growl and this could be off-putting to children. I won't throw him the ball until he is calm and sitting and then when he comes back and shakes his head and growls I ignore him until he sits next to me. At that point he gets pets and praise and after a bit I say drop it and take the ball from his mouth and start over. You can also apply this concept to petting so that they only get pet when they are sitting.
But the bitter apple spray on the feet, screaming Owww really loudly, and walking away helped the most. Associating with other dogs will help too because they won't play with a puppy who is biting too much.
We never really had / have an issue with Penny using us for chew toys - Lockjaw on the other hand, he's a whole other story. The firm "NO" didn't work with him, we just went to grab his snout and tucked his lips under his own teeth, that was the best way to get him to open his grip - but still said "NO BITE". He's much better about it now, it just took a while to get him out of the habit.
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I have been blessed and not had any issues like you great advise given here , love the water bottle idea .
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Let out a loud yelp when Daisy bites. Then say no.