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      Biting is so frustrating!!!!

      Warning - this post is a whiney rant.
      I’m so tired of the endless biting. Rosie is 12 weeks old, and bites non stop from waking til bedtime. She bites hands, feet, legs. She bites when you try to pet her. She bites massively when she’s frustrated or excited. She bites my adult daughter constantly. My husband thinks there is something wrong with her. I try to explain that it’s normal puppy behaviour but even I start doubting that. We have tried all the suggestions and ideas I can find to curb the biting but nothing seems to work. Sadly this puppy experience is not turning out as I had hoped. This is not my first lab pup so I had some idea of what to expect. I’m so disappointed and sad that I’m not getting any enjoyment out of this puppy. I just want her to grow up to get past this but I’m also worried that she’s going to be a handful when she’s older. Honestly how much longer will the hardcore biting go on?

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      I feel your pain. Diggity was a piranha for so long it seemed like it would never end. His sharp little teeth hurt a lot and drew blood on more than one occasion. Redirects would work, but only temporarily. It was very frustrating, but one day it just stopped. I wish I could remember how old he was, but it was definitely older than 12 weeks. My only advice is to hang in there. It will stop.


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      Typically, you figure out a way to deal with it early on, and then you do the same thing over and over and over and over and over. When she's about 4-5 months it should stop.

      Make sure she is getting mental and physical work and if she goes wacko, crate time with something to chew on. Figure out different ways to work with her when overstimulated and/or excited. Ask for a different behavior.

      What were her parents like?

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      I was you with my first lab, Kimber. I started this sticky: Puppy biting!

      Bottom line: pick a method and do it consistently, over and over. Things will improve, but it takes a long time. I’m sorry.
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      Why do you allow it? Just give her a firm NO, put her back in her crate until she calms down. And repeat.
      Are you doing any meaningful obed classes yet? It sounds like you need a training group.
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      Allow it? Seriously 😳. Every time she bites me she was being put in her crate. This was a lot. I had to set up two gates in a small hallway off our kitchen (where she spends most of her time) because I didn’t want her associating her crate with being “bad”. We put her in between the two gates when she bites. Yes she is starting formal training next week. We exercise her as best we can in our basement with more room to run around. It’s way too cold out for her where we live so I can’t get her outside as much as I would like.
      The point I was trying to make in my post is despite our best efforts to curb the biting it continues and it’s frustrating as all hell.

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      Your puppy is a BABY!

      This is very normal puppy behavior. It will eventually pass...there is nothing wrong with your puppy.

      I would get her into a puppy class once she's finished with her vaccinations.

      In the meantime...a firm "no bite"or No! You can also just turn around and walk away...don't engage.

      Please remember....this is how puppies know to communicate...by their mouths...they have been doing this all along with their litter mates.

      If she gets too out of control, you can put her in her kennel for a "time out"...but never use the kennel for punishment...always giver her a treat...good girl, good kennel. But I would not put her in her crate every time she bites! By doing this, you are missing out on a training opportunity! She will never learn this way.
      You can also re-direct her to a toy or something she can chew.

      Please have patience, this behavior will pass....it will start to get better around 5 months.

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      Another thing you could do (if you’re not already) is get her into puppy daycare. Or do lots of play dates with friends with puppies. Puppies teach each other bite inhibition behavior way better than we can.


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      It is frustrating. It may improve once her adult teeth come in, that seems to be a magic time. Most of my dogs improved at about that time although they often continued to mouth our hands, sometimes harder than you'd like, but it's not the same biting down they did as puppies. Some people are OK with mouthing, some do not want any contact between teeth and skin. My last 2 puppies I've been a little luckier because I had an adult dog for them to focus some of their attention on. Our first lab seemed like quite a devil dog because he only had us to focus his energies on. We had ripped clothing, scrapes all over our hands and arms, it was bad. He turned into such a mellow and tolerant guy that he never corrected our second lab puppy for biting him and he had scabs on his neck from her naughty attention. I think around when her adult teeth came in, no more scabs for him.

      I didn't crate mine for biting unless they seemed to be in that witching hour where they're over-tired but just keep going wildly. I would put them into their crate then and sometimes after a nap they were a bit calmer. It is hard when you can't get them out for some exercise to burn off that energy. You could still do some training using her food as treats. Teach her some tricks, lie down, touch, sit, down, roll over to use her brain and earn her food. Hide some kibble around the house and let her learn to sniff it out. You could try using some treat dispensing balls or toys for meals to lengthen the time it takes for her to eat and give her a little brain work and whatever amount of exercise it takes to walk around trying to get the food out of the device. Plan some nap times for her when it seems like her behavior gets to be the most out of control. Try to keep some toys handy to put in her mouth when she's using it for biting. Hopefully in a few weeks this will fall way off, both from your efforts and because it seems to be the magic time.

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      A lip curl over a canine with a firm "no bite" worked for me. They got the message pretty quickly that biting was a bad idea.

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