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      Mouthing when excited 10 month old

      Gigi gets very mouthy when she getget excited .sometimes she grabs a toy and chews it so hard but even with that, her mouth so big she grabs.

      She does this to me and wife , neighbours visit with kids, or my kids friends are here.i can tell she is excited and happy while doing this.

      How do I work with her.
      We say no
      Redirect to a toy which she chews and still nicks
      Use lavender oil which she backs her off .just the sight of the bottle.


      Yesterday I came home sick and she was in the crate and when I tried to lay down on the couch to keep an eye on the Christmas tree ornaments .she got real mouthy and tried to sit on my head.

      It's cold and I am fighting a bug so walks are down to 1 coupe of mile one every night . I am booting her to day care as I need rest.she is full of energy . Even though they are a small day care .she will have a few play time in a big room with other dogs .


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      One thing that's worked for me in a couple of instances of behaviour I don't want is to make them keep the behaviour going past when they want to stop on their own. For mouthing I push my hand further into the mouth and keep it there. If the dog is mouthing hard you could get hurt so try advisedly. Mine never tried to bite hard but still, teeth can scrape you up a bit. Worked though.

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      Thanks ,I have done that a few times . Nothing seems to faze her. I know she is not a pure breed and can have some genetic disposition.
      It's like she is on full drive mode.

      Strange she will not do these with the kids .obviously she trying and kids crying when she's small has turned her to avoid it...weird .

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      Anthony's as purebred as they come and he's been mouthy since a pup. At 10mo they're entering the terrible 2's and their exercise needs increase in our experience. So could be a combination of things.


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      Yeah- 10 months is a time when they usually need more outlets for their energy, so if you're sick (life happens!), I'd chalk it up to a collision of unfortunate events. I'd be more worried if you'd increased Gigi's exercise- mental and physical- and she was still being extra-mouthy.
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      Asked he day care , if she is mouthy and Steve the main guy said only to him to get his attention or in play but non of the girls . So just being selective I think it is not total behaviour but selective .

      She starts training adult dog 1 so I will see.right now my 5 yr old and she are playing and jumping and rolling on her bed and toys and strangely she does not any mouthing what so ever .... but she was mothy with me and my wife.

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      Brooks is a high drive get it at all cost retriever, much more so than any of the Labs I've had before. He will "give" me something and then leap wildly to re-aquire his prize. I will treat him for an immediate "give", and give him a sharp correction when he fails to do this. If he lunges at the object, I give him an immediate "sit", and will walk around with his object of desire. If he moves, correction, if not, I'll pitch the item for retrieve.

      He's quickly learning that the retrieve is the reward (thanks IRISHWHISTLER) and I dictate how things go.

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      I have a different way of thinking, I suppose. Stick a bigger toy in her mouth so she cannot nick you. Maybe play tug so she is not jumping on you and also she would be gripping the toy. Being happy and excited and probably doing this for about ten months now, I would not expect the dog is even aware that she is doing it at this point so if you corrected her, it is likely she wouldn't know why.

      My dogs just go and grab things when I come home from work and they are excited and they want to use their mouths, but they know not to use their mouths on me. They are Labradors, after all, and they are mouthy. I do not want my dogs to correct my dogs for being excited to see me. I like that they are excited to see me! So, they can be excited and they can use their mouths, but they'll just use their mouths on something else. I taught them this by ignoring them, shove toy in their mouth and as soon as they had a toy, I'd shower them with affection. Toy comes out, I go quiet and still, shove toy in mouth, rinse and repeat. It did not take long at all to train it. My last Lab was taught this way and he greeted me with a toy in his mouth for 16 years.

      Make sure exercise needs are being met as well as mental stimulation.

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      Tickle is 18 months and when we come home from work, she is so excited to see us, she wants our hand in her mouth. Jagger is 3 and does the same thing. We discourage it when it's happening but I have no belief that it will ever stop. And it really doesn't bother me. I know what it is, and they only do it with family.
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