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Old 12-28-2015, 02:26 PM
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Puppy biting my feet

Hello, I just got a 2 month old cocker spaniel pup and see that after play-time he jumps on my feet and bite/chew them. Is it because he is teething and if so how do I stop him?
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My puppy is similar, I don't know if this is the right thing to do, but how I deal with it is have chew toys handy and when the feet biting starts I say "No" sternly, get a chew toy, and put that in her mouth, and then make sure she is a bit occupied with that, say "good puppy/name" then I walk away.

If I have time I play a little, praising her chewing the toy, if I'm busy, I have to keep it short and too the point.

a bit like kids really, distraction and a heap of perseverence, and praising good behaviour.

Good luck, their teeth are SO sharp!!
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My puppy is similar, I don't know if this is the right thing to do, but how I deal with it is have chew toys handy and when the feet biting starts I say "No" sternly, get a chew toy, and put that in her mouth, and then make sure she is a bit occupied with that, say "good puppy/name" then I walk away.

If I have time I play a little, praising her chewing the toy, if I'm busy, I have to keep it short and too the point.

a bit like kids really, distraction and a heap of perseverence, and praising good behaviour.

Good luck, their teeth are SO sharp!!
Thanks. It seems to work and yes, they're teeth are really sharp!
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My in-laws have a purebred GSD but I remember her attacking my feet when she was a puppy, especially when going up or down the stairs...and those little teeth were SHARP!

She had a biting problem initially...but when my in-laws were playing with her, anytime she would bite they would "yelp" loudly kind of like a puppy would...and then stop giving her attention. She caught on pretty quickly!
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Yelping / discontinuing play when he bites will certainly help (especially if he uses overly large amounts of bite pressure).

Rewarding him when he is calm / quiet will help lessen that type of behavior (not directly for nipping but good in general for everything).

Telling him no / ahah / etc... and redirecting his chewing onto an appropriate toy (and praising him when he selects the toy himself to chew) will help lessen the frequency he goes after your limbs. If he does it while you are petting him, remove attention.

General obedience training will help him better understand that you are the boss and will help all of the above stick.

Teaching him a stop command / only initiating play when he's calm / sitting / down / etc... will give him a cue to stop (obviously) and reinforce that only calm behavior is rewarded with fun / good things / etc...

That being said, it's unrealistic to be able to completely train out that type of behavior from a 2 month old puppy that is mouthy. You just have to work to lessen it in frequency and severity. My 8-month old still gets a bit mouthy with my hands (and sometimes even feet) when we are playing. It seems to be his all time favorite way to play (he loves to wrestle with my arms and occasionally will try to pounce on feet under a blanket). With that being said, he's very gentle to the point where I never have a mark on my hands even if we are playing for a while (I've played with young pups that scratched up my hands / arms very quickly). He will also stop play immediately and sit when I tell him "stop." For me, this is a tolerable amount of mouthyness (and honestly it would probably be zero if I didn't enjoy playing with him using my hands--- but I do... it's a bad habit I'm sure). That being said, full grown my pup will be 20 lbs and he doesn't exhibit this behavior unless I initiate it (so he's not mouthing strangers that he meets or anything like that).

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Can I tag along? My puppy enjoys playing tug of war, but lately she has been trying playing with the leash, socks, and my toes. This last time, she made me bleed. I try saying no and giving her a toy, but she won't even look at it. Any suggestions? I want to correct it before it gets out of hand.
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