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Grady
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Jun 20, 2019 at 14:28
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Just over four months old now Grady is doing well. The only terrier puppy I have ever had was with our westie Maddie but I don't remember her being so mouthy and biting so much. Grady bites at hands,arms, and feet. He is going through teething and I think it could account for all the nips.  I have bought Nylabone power chewer bones, hard rubber toys and kongs. Many have hit the trash can in a few days to a weeks time from being chewed apart very quickly. I'm pretty amazed how he's going through them so fast.
Sometimes just from being picked up Grady will go straight for the hand and finger biting. Most of the time he loves to be in my arms and cuddled with tummy rubs but can also have tons of energy and zooming. He can run till he flops. .Enjoys walking on his leash. He's very sweet as you can see from his piccie.

Does anyone have any advice to help with the no-bite or a good toy he can use for teething that can last more then a few days? 

Thanks Sandra & Gradyxoxo



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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Jun 20, 2019 at 15:39
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Ah liddle Grady, I remembers all too well how my toofers hurt when I was liddle an how Mommy would try ta find stuff fer me ta chew on! Well, ebery time her would gib me a new chew toy or nylabone, I would go all grizzly bear on it an in no time, it were toast! Not ta brag or anythin, but us tewwiers is a tough bunch an da dons make a toy or chew dat can hold a candle ta our toofers! No indeedy, we can go through im like chain saws! Mommy wouldn't put up wif me tryin ta chew on her! No sir, dat were a no-no! When I tried ta make her my personal chew toy, her would put me down an say NO! Den, her would gib me a piece a ice cube or one a dem teethers dat babies use (Mommy put it in da freezer an got it nice an cold!) an da felt so good on my poor liddle mouth! Udder dan your chewin, it sounds like you is doin real good. (Ain't dem tummy rubs da bomb?!!) I'll neber grow old enuf ta not like a tummy rub! Oh, an we lubs your piccie, you adorable liddle pup! POW fer sure!
Lub, your buddy Emmie Sue (Mommy an Angel Kelsie)

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Grady
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Jun 20, 2019 at 23:06
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Emmie Sue you are very clever girl...and has good ideas. My favorite is those frosty cubes. I just can't get enough of them.Mom puts all my chewy bones in the freezer cause it makes them feel even better on me gums.She even massages my gums with the help of daddy holding me and a toy in my mouth...not easy but she does it and it feel good.Thanks for your vote.Off to radar in on my next not to chew item.

Puppy hugs your pal Grady



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Mark
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Jun 20, 2019 at 16:30
• Mark
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Cairns are certainly little nippers and serious chewers, so Grady is in good company. When Penny was a puppy, she gnawed on everything including our fingers and toes. We called her "Werepenny" (a variation of werewolf) and I Photoshopped a pix of her just for fun (see below).

Emmy was also a voracious chewer as a puppy and she still goes through compressed rawhide bones like a hot knife through butter. And while she is well trained to NOT bite our fingers, she still gently nips us during playtime if we don't toss her toys fast enough.



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Grady
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Jun 20, 2019 at 23:29
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Oh the sense of humor we cairn owners have...LOL That is one scary set of teeth you PS  on your beautiful Penny. I've called Grady the vampire as I put on my second bandage of the day. Baby teeth are so sharp...ouch!
The first time I heard Grady chew into a rubber toy I knew he was going to need tougher chewies. Have to watch him like a hawk. Ahh..Emmy is doing well. I know it's going to take time training Grady through his rough play nips and bites.


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Diana
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Jun 20, 2019 at 19:11
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Grady is adorable, love that photo has my vote.

I didn't have much trouble with Matilda & Izabella I gave a squeaky exaggerated ouch and then gave them something else to play with.

Kelsi and Hannah were a little mouthy so I did the same with an exaggerated squeaky ouch and they took a few times to stop but did thankfully.

Puppy teeth are sharp.

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Grady
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Jun 20, 2019 at 23:40
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Oh I have tried that Diana. It worked great with Maddie but this Cairn is not giving in so easy. Maybe with more time he will settle and when teething and chewing on everything isn't in his thoughts.

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Aimee
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Jun 21, 2019 at 08:18
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Finn is exactly the same way.  Loves to bite on fingers, hands and toes.  We're trying to break him from us being a chew toy for him.  Finn gets baby carrots to chew on and watermelon chunks.  I've read to freeze watermelon cubes and the coldness should help with teething.

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Riley
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Jun 21, 2019 at 09:52
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Just a typical terrier puppy trait.


I just used a stern NO and handed them a toy and said OK.

Good luck
Love Riley and Allen

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Patti and Molly and Allie too
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Jun 21, 2019 at 11:00
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My Allie was a biter as a puppy. It was quite a battle.

Every time she bit me, I yelped, sternly said "no"  and then got up and walked away. Turned my back on her and no longer interacted with her, for at least a few minutes.

It's always hard to know exactly what's going on inside that tiny little puppy head. My hunch with Allie is that her biting was a combination of teething, and I also got the distinct sense she was taking little shots at me to see if she had a chance at alpha dog status.

I'm glad to see you are taking this seriously and doing what you can to help stop it. No one wants an adult dog that will bite.

You're doing all the right things as far as I can tell. Some dogs/puppies are just more "bite-y" than others. My hunch is as long as you are consistently firm - but obviously not mean about it! - as he grows he'll get over it.

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Grady
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Jun 21, 2019 at 16:15
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Patti, Aimee & Allen, thank you for your helpful comments, yes keeping up the firm NO as you recommend and other variations as well like turning my back from him folding my arms. When he bits the Ouch to let him know it hurts, a firm no bite and putting him down and leaving the room some times and returning within a few minutes.I can see he gets it is bad behavior but a stubborn alpha seeker cairn can keep testing the boss role. The teething doesn't help much either from him being so mouthy.
Patti seems you had a challenge too with Alley.Thank you for your post and your encouragement. I know with time, persistence and patience we can get this biting nipping under control. 



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Andrew
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Jun 22, 2019 at 03:27
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Sandra,I just had to give POW for the first picture,I had Eric from a puppy and also we had Emma our collie,to be honest we just let them mouth or nip sometimes on our hands and also they had a nylabone to mouth on,...and then when the baby teeth fell out we found some and I still have them in a wee pot to treasure...I remember Little Gremmie the cairn we had,she mothered Emma and told her off when Emma nipped her  a bit too much...she was so good with her having had puppies before we got her....we both remember having battle scarred hands but now I wish so much I could do it all over again...treasure these bitey puppy moments!LOL...it will ease as he gets over it..but you can feel their pain at the time also......Big Hugs and kisses to you all...Annie Andrew and NimbySue with her wings xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Grady
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Jun 22, 2019 at 11:05
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Thank you Annie for your support. Those Nylabones are great for a teething puppy. Grady is on his 6th one. The power chewers last longer.Ah...sweet that Gremmie was such a good teacher, mothering and correcting Emma's nips. 
Thank you Annie, I do treasure these moments, I know they are not puppies for long and this stage can pass quickly.
Hugs Sandra & Grady
My Angels Maddie Willie Emily at the RB


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Cheryl
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Jun 24, 2019 at 21:50
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Have you seen the dog chew toys that are made from fire hose? They seem to hold up well. If they don't like them at first, you can try to rub a small amount of creamy peanut butter right into the fabric. The scent of it might be very appealing. Good luck!

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Grady
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Jun 26, 2019 at 13:06
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Cheryl thank you for the tip on the Fire hose toys. I will order one and try him on these durable looking toys. Liked your suggestion too on using PB onto the fabric to encourage interest. 

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Caesar Latham and Murphy
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Jun 25, 2019 at 13:02
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Sandra when I adopted Caesar he would chew on everything and was very mouthy.  When he got excited or wanted my attention he would grab me around my ankles!  I rook Caesar to a doggie obedience class.  He immediately took over the class.  The trainer took out a spray bottle with water in it.  Every time Caesar misbehaved she sprayed him in the face a said firmly, "NO spirit bottle."  After a few sprays in the face all she had to do was show him the bottle and he world behave.  She told me to do the same thing at home when he got mouthy.  It worked!  Now when he misbehaves I say, where is the squirt bottle?  He stops immediately.  Give it a try.  Louise

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Grady
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Jun 26, 2019 at 13:20
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Louise thank you for your encouragement. That must of hurt getting bit on the ankles.OUCH! It all comes back about the spray bottle and classes I took Maddie to. I had forgot all about this technique till you mentioned it here. It does work well.
This week we may have turned a corner in Grady's nipping and biting. He is doing it a lot less and I am continuing the firm NO BITE. His reach to bite is turning to licks instead.I'm hoping we are headed in the right direction now.

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Caesar Latham and Murphy
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Jun 27, 2019 at 17:54
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Sandra glad to hear that!  It takes time and patience some times but it is worth it!!!!!!  By the way it did hurt my ankles when he went after them  Thank heavens for squirt bottles and helpful trainers!!!!!  Louise & Caesar (aka the White Tornado!)

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