This isn't entirely a dog problem, this is a bit of a people problem.
"Exercise, food, and affection" in that order! Puppies can be so cute; it
can be hard to discipline them. Four months is still very young, and we
used to call my puppy the "alligator"! Make sure he gets his daily walks to
help wear him out a bit. Looks like he's trying to get his "dad" off the
couch to play! Have lots of chew toys on hand. If he puts his little
daggers on you, scold him "NO BITE", then give him what is acceptable to
bit. The first six months can be a biting frenzy with puppies, but you need
to get a handle on it so it doesn't become problematic. Mia at (10 months
old) will still try to play rough if we let her. But the minute she gets a
little mouthy (which isn't often anymore), we tell her "GO GET TOY" and she
comes back with something in her mouth. So, you need to redirect this
behavior and stay consistent for the next 6 months at minimum. And lastly,
everyone has to be on the same page about discipline. Everyone in the house
needs to be the pack leaders: Mom, Dad, and kids. It has taken us all
these 10 months to work with my 11-year-old, but he's now learning how to be
the leader and not the playmate. Once a dog respects you, you will be able
to develop a well mannered pet.
He does love you, but part of a dog "loving" is that they have limits,
rules, and guidance. Get a good "dog training" book ASAP - look for one by
Cesar Millan, a great dog trainer with no-nonsense approaches. Good luck!
Truman is four months old - and the biting is such a pain. He
constantly has his mouth open. I sometimes wake him up to give him
cuddles because I'm afraid he doesn't know I love him - impossible
to cuddle him any other time of the day because he just bites!
He's also kind of weirdly aggressive toward my husband. Drew will
just be laying on the couch watching TV and Truman will come from
nowhere and bark and growl and bite at him. Does this kind of thing
mellow out once they're neutered?
--- In cockapoo@yaho... <mailto:cockapoo%40yahoogroups.com> ,
Sunshine Girl in NJ
> Bella is 10 months now. The biting went on earlier when she was
teething, then it slowed down and started back up again.
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> Subject: Re: [cockapoo] Re: Barking
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> How old is Bella? Mandi grew out of the biting pretty quickly,
but it took a while for Jasper. I kept toys and chewies everywhere
where around the house and when he would start biting I would
say "no" then give him something he was allowed and tell him how
good he is!
> For the furniture, you might want to trying spraying it with
bitter apple or pepper spray.
> Sue, M, and J
> In a message dated 10/21/2008 8:43:01 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
jerseygirl722@ yahoo.com writes:
> Any suggestions to break this habit?
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