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Old 01-31-2007, 12:40 PM   #1
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I have had Shelties most of my life and now have a new 9-week old Sheltie bitch, but she will bite most of the time. Not had the problem so bad with the others. Any advice please on how to stop her, and will she grow out of it?

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Hi yes, yes is starting to teeth. give her a carrot or a filled kong. you can freeze it.
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Puppy mouthing is normal but very undesirable and must be stopped to avoid future mouthing problems. Some people let their pups do it but its not fair to expect a young dog to know who he can do it and who it cannot ie. a child! The easiest way to stop it is to squeal ( like a pup who has been hurt) stop play and ignore the pup. This is a strong message to the pup that he has over-stepped the mark and exactly what a litter mate would do if play became too rough. It normally stops this problem quite quicky, just repeat 'EVERY' time the pup mouths - 9 weeks is too young for teething, this normally happens at around 16 weeks. It is normal for pups to bit hands, trousers etc but you must replace with own toys. ie. Kongs are great toys, stuffed with yoghurt or peanut butter, it will keep the pup busy for hours.
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Thank you very much for the advice - very grateful !!

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Awwwwwwww..........she's a cutie pie!
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yes carrots work wonders, and are a good healthy treat. teething just like a human baby so they will want to mouth everything. best to nip-it-in-the-bud now. Just say a firm no, while closing her mouth gently should do it with time. She is a puppy so wont pick up on it the first time. Just get her some toys she can chew on, or a carrot.

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Thank you everybody - carrots it is then !!

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My Sheltie used to love carrots. He used to sit at my feet while I snacked on them. I would always share them with him.
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