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      Bitey Mouth

      I am not amused by it. When does it end or will it? Okay, it's Bitey Face! :-)

      My boys are driving me absolutely crazy with it. Samson - will be 5 Sept 1 (wow), Asher just turned 8 months old. They lay upside on the couch and are NON-STOP with this bitey mouth. Samson moans and it sounds like a native American chant or something. Then he growls, barks. Asher starts doing it. My goodness. They never get out of control but I am always sitting on the small part of the L sectional ready to act if necessary. They drive me nuts. To get them to stop, I have to physically separate them in different rooms. If I'm lucky, I can have 15 minutes of peace in the morning to drink my coffee...IF i'm lucky. After work, it starts immediately after their dinner and outside breaks. I can't tell you the last time I was able to come home from work and just unwind. I love them to pieces and they fulfil my life. I just need them to stop! lol

      What to do?
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      I'd teach them place or settle. It sounds like they're good but you prefer them to be calm in the house? I'd start by rewarding them when they're calm. Train them each individually and together. They need to learn what behavior is acceptable (them being calm) and what isn't (rambunctious) in he house. Then show them where it is acceptable to be rambunctious.


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      Welcome to my world!

      Seriously, and strong "leave it" usually works. If not Brooks gets a collar and leash, and rules are enforced. Putting the collar on generally stops the nonsense.

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      Mine did it, too, but grew out of it when the younger one got older. Now I kinda miss it! Typically I'd just redirect and move onto something else. I'd send them outside or sometimes I'd go get treats and have them take turns doing easy stuff for two minutes (and no, it did not reinforce it, nor would I expect it to). They do it when they are bored, so the few minutes of training would typically do the trick, at least for a good while. Young dogs, like young kids, get bored and need something to do. Busy dogs can be a pain. Sam was very busy as a young puppy and Linus was as well and remains a busy dog (current favorit past time is hunting flies in the house with the cat). Several short training sessions each day helps a lot, food toys can help, stuff like that. If I really needed quiet, like a work call, and my dogs were prone to this, I might crate one or both with a Kong or something.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Labradorks View Post
      Mine did it, too, but grew out of it when the younger one got older. Now I kinda miss it! Typically I'd just redirect and move onto something else. I'd send them outside or sometimes I'd go get treats and have them take turns doing easy stuff for two minutes (and no, it did not reinforce it, nor would I expect it to). They do it when they are bored, so the few minutes of training would typically do the trick, at least for a good while. Young dogs, like young kids, get bored and need something to do. Busy dogs can be a pain. Sam was very busy as a young puppy and Linus was as well and remains a busy dog (current favorit past time is hunting flies in the house with the cat). Several short training sessions each day helps a lot, food toys can help, stuff like that. If I really needed quiet, like a work call, and my dogs were prone to this, I might crate one or both with a Kong or something.
      Thank you for a sweet memory...Danny and his tuxedo buddy Charlie used to hunt moths together. Their prey always managed to get in the house when Dan and I returned through the basement door from his apres-breakfast potty trip.

      I've always liked the sounds of bitey face but think maybe I never had it be as loud or as frequent as you do, SamsonsMom. One day, perhaps (hopefully), you'll be able to say you miss it, too.
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      Ah yes, Sundance, I know that day will come! Samson had been the only pup in the house for a little over 4 years. Enter new puppy, challenging for him I know. Before, one command of leave it, off, go to the couch (his spot), or enough was enough. Now with the puppy, it's like he has never heard those commands and I have to repeat myself or say them in a very, extra mean tone. I hate doing that. Outside, when I'm training with Asher, he does extremely well. I can put him in the sit position and walk away and out of his site and he stays put until I say come...the he runs for his treat. I practice inside too (with Samson in the living room gated). I've spent over 500 bucks on his training classes and he excelled in class and one on one with me. So I know they have the ability to understand my commands. Put those two together and once that bitey face starts, everything is off the table... I truly think Samson LOVES it. He will get into the corner of the sectional and flip upside down (every single time he goes upside down). It's so cute...for the first minute. lol Asher flips upside down too. Why on their backs? Right now, as I type this, it's peaceful. Samson is in his spot by the window on the couch and Asher is on the the dog bed on the floor ......playing with a toy. Samson watches him and if Asher gives him look, Samson will launch off the couch, then back on the couch and typically that is how bitey face ensues. Oh, here we go. Asher moved over to the other side of the room and accidently stepped on the light on/off switch. Samson bolted off the couch to correct Asher and his error....not they are romping around. Ha. Bitey face is on.

      I'll give the leash on Asher and the treats a try. Leave it or enough sure does not work...and that disappoints me because Samson was so obedient before.

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      dog-cat fly catching team? I need to see that!

      Tons of great tips already, I'm in the "i really miss that" phase though I suspect I never had it quite as often as you (Rocky was harder to coax into play even in his younger days). It sounds terribly cute (though loud) for consistently upside down bitey face LOL!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post
      dog-cat fly catching team? I need to see that!

      Tons of great tips already, I'm in the "i really miss that" phase though I suspect I never had it quite as often as you (Rocky was harder to coax into play even in his younger days). It sounds terribly cute (though loud) for consistently upside down bitey face LOL!
      I have a video. After work tonight I'll set up an account on You Tube so I can post the video here. To date, I've not figured out how to post video here.

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      Quote Originally Posted by SamsonsMom View Post
      I truly think Samson LOVES it. He will get into the corner of the sectional and flip upside down (every single time he goes upside down).
      Brutus was our first Lab...we got him at the age of 3 as a companion for our 3 year old Akita who had just lost her brother.

      Hershey was the first puppy we got after we'd had Brutus for a while...I think Bru and Kiku were 10 at the time.

      These two pics were taken soon after we gave Bru his puppy (and about 3 months before we had to get puppy Honey so that Bru could get some rest):

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      Quote Originally Posted by SunDance View Post
      Brutus was our first Lab...we got him at the age of 3 as a companion for our 3 year old Akita who had just lost her brother.

      Hershey was the first puppy we got after we'd had Brutus for a while...I think Bru and Kiku were 10 at the time.

      These two pics were taken soon after we gave Bru his puppy (and about 3 months before we had to get puppy Honey so that Bru could get some rest):
      Your pictures didn't come through! I want to see. :-)

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