08-14-2014, 01:53 PM
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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I also want to point out that if you got your puppy at 4 weeks old (which is much much much too early for a non-orphaned pup to leave a mother and littermates, I have no idea what this rescue was thinking, but I would avoid them in the future) it will not have had the benefit of learning any bite inhibition whatsoever, so you are really having to teach all of this from scratch. Puppies usually learn quite a bit of bite inhibition from playing with their littermates, their mother, and any other dogs that are around to shape the puppy's life.
Biting is a normal and healthy expression of a puppy's interest in the world, and what you're doing with the toy is absolutely perfect for now. Being overly mouthy is a stage that usually passes, but the link above is a great resource to figure out how to manage, understand, and safely train regarding this behaviour.
ETA: I just remembered your location, so strike my thoughts on avoiding this rescue, but do try to pick a pup that's closer to 8-12 weeks next time. You're doing a great job with this little girl.
Last edited by BarkyMalarkey; 08-14-2014 at 01:56 PM.