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Old 03-23-2008, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default Sharp Little Puppy Teeth (Ouch!)

How did/do you deal with it? I know it feels good to her to chew on things but my hands really can't take any more. Even when I offer her another option she prefers to sink her little teeth into my hands. I've tried a dog teething fish toy that is supposed to feel good to her and some puppy keys that are supposed to do the same. She really isn't interested in either.
How did you handle the teething weeks?

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Extra tasty chew bones.. Try marrow bones if she don't have too sensitive tummy. That can usually distract them enough or a kong with peanut butter stuffing in it. I just don't let them chew on me if I am not up to it.
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Sharp "NO BITE" and grab the muzzle - but then I *do* train the old fashion (out of style) way.

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Say 'ouch' in a hurt tone. Suspend play, give her a few minutes time out, either in a room by herself or in the backyard. Come back & see how she goes. Praise when good.
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It may be that you need a wider variety of toys too. This thread might have some useful info for you.
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=9741
Good luck, this is one of the most frustrating things about puppyhood!
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When a puppy bites you, it is trying to learn how hard or soft it needs to be. When your pup was with its litter mates it would do the same. But if it bit its litter mate to hard the litter mate would let out a high pitch squeal and turn away. This let the pup know it had bit to hard. So you need to do the same. As soon as it hurts, squeal as high and loud as you can and then turn away and stop play. It will take a few times for the pup to understand, but its works , and on the plus, you don't need to tell the pup off or get angry.

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Let me share with you a funny experience. My dog sometimes he get frustrated it either because he can't get what he want or when I brush then he will bite by hand, not hard just trying to get me stop. then, one time I pretend that it hurts so much so I Cry. Guest what happen next. he comes over to me then starts licking my face, I called this kissing. then every time I pretend to cry, he will do the same, keep kissing me to make me feel better. Isn't that so sweet of him. I love dogs they are so affectionted.

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awww so sweet. yes our dogs dont want to hurt us. they feel quite quilty when they do

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I know she doesn't want to hurt me but she doesn't seem too bothered when I cry either. I've also tried going limp like I've seen suggested. Honestly I'm not a strong enough woman to take that route!

Thanks for the suggestions. I guess the next thing I will try is a few minutes of being ignored.

Will this actually improve when she gets her big dog teeth in?

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No it will not improve. If you don't teach your puppy either not to nip or to at least have a "soft mouth" by tha age of about 5 months, things will get better, not worse. Their teeth may be less sharp when they are bigger, but their jaws are stronger and they can get into bad habits. So do be patient and consistent. It takes weeks before they catch on!
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