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Kodi is 8 months and still in the chew stage. Christmas day was interesting, to say the least, in terms of keeping things out of his mouth!!!
Bitter Apple does nothing. He sneezes once and goes right back to chewing whatever it is. I like the Vick's idea... haven't tried that. What I DID have success with was "Mad Dog" hot sauce from Fireflies Restaurant. This stuff is so hot that they make you sign a waiver to buy it.<g>
Our main chewing problem with Kodi was also rug corners and fringe... on our expensive orientals! We couldn't put anything directly on the rugs, but I cut thin strips of cloth, put the hot sauce on the strips and pinned then to the rug. One sniff and he has stayed clear!!! I can also use just a tiny bit, applied with a q-tip to keep him away from cords. (he had already chewed through two computer cords and a phone recharger cord that my boys left within his reach)
We've been slowly removing the hot sauce strips on the carpet (after having them there for a month) and so far, he hasn't gone back to chewing. If he does, out comes the hot sauce strips again!<g>
As far as biting people is concerned, Kodi doesn't do this at all anymore, and never did it much. But we were told to yell "OUCH!!!" in a loud, high pitched voice, even if it didn't hurt at all, so that he'd learn that it's not OK to put teeth on people. This is like the reaction they'd get from another puppy if they bit too hard in play. The other thing that is important is to ALWAYS have a toy in your hands when playing with a puppy so that you can redirect that perfectly natural urge for mouth play toward something that is acceptable.
Teach "tug" and release games, so that she has an appropriate way to play with you with her teeth. There are lots of good tug toys, but Kodi's favorites are braided strips of fleece material. You can buy these, or they are dead easy to make.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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