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      The mouthy adolescent

      I appreciate all the advice in my recent Teenager post, and it has helped. We are still facing lots of mouthiness, especially in the morning and of course when she gets very excited and wound up,playing with my 6yr old.

      Thoughts on on stopping it. I don't have a toy in my hand when she jumps on me after my husband releases her from her crate in the morning. Ignoring doesn't work when she's grabbing your arm or foot, sometimes painfully.

      It is clearly excitement, not aggression, but it still hurts! Any thoughts?

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      LOL, just a puppy. How old is she? What obed classes have you done and what are you willing to do?
      Some are more mouthy than others but depending on what you are willing to do class-wise, will answer my question too. I grew up w/ a St Bernard in the late 60's who took you by the arm to lead you. Some are just born w/ that in mind....
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      Rocco licks, not sure which is worse.

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      Just shy of 8mos. Has completed basic obedience, and earned AKC STAR puppy. Starts intermediate obedience next week. We are all working hard with her and want to continue to do so. My old ESS earned her CGC and I hope to do that with Land shark eventually.

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      Work on Leave It...

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      Macy was mouthy, mouthy, mouthy too. I swear we tried every single thing suggested and it did eventually pass. No one particular thing worked with her. I had toys in reach to redirect her. Stay patient and consistent. I suggest upping her mental and physical exercise. And teach "Leave it"

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      sometimes what works is to scream "OW" loudly.

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      This is a tough time, just keep doing what you were doing, up the exercise and maybe throw in an additional short, fun training session. You've just gotta power through. Sometimes this stage lasts a month, sometimes more, maybe even less. With my black Lab it seemed to last forever and with my yellow his only adolescent quirk was that he discovered his balls and therefore girls and became hormonal.

      When mine see that I am awake in the morning, they go a little nuts, pawing me, shoving stuff in my face, playing bitey face with each other on my bed (which shockingly has not resulted in injury for me), licking me, etc. Which, I don't think is abnormal. I think lots of dogs are excited in the morning. Since the first thing they do is eat and they love to eat, before they get completely out of control, I just say, "let's go!" and redirect their focus from me to running into the kitchen while I make their food. Sometimes I put up with it for a little bit because I think it's pretty humorous. They are just really excited to start the day and get food in their bellies. I don't let them wake me up though; I find that really annoying.

      As far as your kid goes, try to catch the dog before she is too wound up to deal with. When you see it coming, offer the dog a treat and a break. Just stick a piece of food right on the dog's nose, say "take a break" and lead her away then give her the treat in a down position. Or use a toy, a stuffed kong or whatever she loves. The other option would be to remove the kid from the situation when you see it coming, bring out a ball or another toy and let the dog go to town on that. The key is to stop it BEFORE it happens and/or redirect the behavior to a game or toy or down time, whichever works best for you and the dog. When it's happening the dog is usually over threshold and really incapable of learning or settling on cue without a bit of force and chaos, so if you don't catch it on time, you can still try to redirect, but it's a lot harder. Also, make sure the child isn't screaming and running before or during these episodes. Perhaps you can have a cue that means the kid should be still and quiet like a tree as to not increase the dog's crazy behavior?

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      Sophie was my landshark puppy. I tried all the usual stuff. Finally after some advice here, I started doing the lip curl. Only took a couple times for her to figure out that it hurt, and she pretty much stopped at that time.

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      Quote Originally Posted by barry581 View Post
      Sophie was my landshark puppy. I tried all the usual stuff. Finally after some advice here, I started doing the lip curl. Only took a couple times for her to figure out that it hurt, and she pretty much stopped at that time.
      How would a six-year-old do this? Timing and consistency is everything or you have a dog that does it to some but not to the one or two people who used this method. And, especially if the dog is above threshold, the lip curl can result in more of an opposition reflex behavior, causing the dog to come at a person harder, especially when not done properly. Not saying this doesn't work in the right situation.

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