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Member PageMember Page December 31 at 12:21
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did anybody have a problem with a cairn pup 3 mths old biting so severely that it is almost impossible for the family to play with him. he is biting our feet hands and anything he can get a hold of viciously and playtime is not enjoyable at all. is he just teething or do we have a problem on our hands. we have tried bitter apple and it doesnt really work.

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December 31 at 13:16
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Stop Puppy Biting

Biting is one of the most common complaints made by owners of puppies. Puppies have needle-sharp teeth and seem to enjoy chewing on hands, arms, toes, pant legs and shirt sleeves and anything else they can get their mouths on.
Just because your pup bites probably does not mean you’ve got an aggressive or bad dog. It could simply mean you’ve got a normal dog. Investigating things with their mouths is perfectly natural and normal for puppies.
There are some very simple steps you can take to teach your puppy exactly what’s acceptable—and what isn’t. Before starting this exercise, make sure your pup has a couple of good quality, acceptable toys. And remember: Be Consistent.
Steps to Prevent Puppy Biting:
1. Avoid putting your hands (toes, etc.) near your puppy’s mouth or playing with the pup with your hands.
2. Play with an appropriate toy. This can be a ball, stuffed animal, squeaky toy, rope, or any other toy that your dog likes and you approve of as a chew toy.
3. If your puppy puts her mouth on you (even if it doesn’t hurt) or grabs your clothes, give a loud, high-pitched “yelp!” or “ouch!”. Make sure it’s loud enough to distract the puppy and make her let go.
4. As soon as the puppy is distracted (lets go of your fingers) immediately encourage the pup to play with her toy.
5. Should your puppy decide to grab your hand (foot, shirt, etc.) again, give a loud “ouch!” and redirect the pup’s attention to the toy. When the pup gnaws on the appropriate teething toy (like a nylabone, not a gumabone), say "good chew" or equivalent in a cheery voice.
6. Give lots of praise when the pup has the toy in her mouth instead of your hand.
7. For persistent mouthers, when the puppy latches on to your hand give a loud “ouch!” and walk away, ignoring the pup. Ignoring means:
w Don’t pet your pup
w Don’t lecture your pup
w Don’t punish your pup
w Don’t even look at your pup
Your puppy will probably follow you around. That’s OK. Dogs are very social creatures who love to be near their people. Continue to ignore the pup, no matter how hard it is.
8. After a few minutes of ignoring your puppy, try to play with her again...with an appropriate toy. If she mouths you again, “yelp!” and ignore.
Eventually, your puppy will get the idea that if she wants to play with you, she has to keep her teeth to herself

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Member PageMember Page January 15 at 20:55
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Yep - Cesar Milan always says its like raising kids - if you don't allow your children to do it - don't allow the dog to do it. Be the mom, be firm, but not harsh... watch ANYTHING about wolves and you'll learn how to raise your dog. :)

IN the mean time, those tiny teeth do hurt! OUCH!! :)

Keep us updated. :)

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Nancy and the barkin' boys
December 31 at 13:29
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Also goto:

for great training tips

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The Oregon Girlies...
Member PageMember Page December 31 at 14:31
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Our Daisy was really bad for play biting. All we did was grab her around the muzzle holding it firmly gave it a little shake, and told her no bite in a firm voice. Then we gave her a toy. She got the idea very quickly.
xxxxBetty and the Girlies...

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Lynda and the Minkies
Member PageMember Page December 31 at 16:58
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Shout ouch quite loudly and stop playing with him for a little while.....and don't make a game of tug toys and stuff that fire him up too much...they can hurt as puppies and have to be shown their boundaries. But don't punish him too hard either-he's only a baby playing after all.

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