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Teething and biting

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My Taco is almost 4 months old. I wanted to know at what age Havanese stops teething? Also- when they get their all adult teeth, does that mean they will stop biting everything? My taco is always biting non stop and I keep distracting him with toys and chewing bones. I hope its temporary only. Thank you.
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I have a hard time remembering exact age but the biting does stop eventually. In the meantime, I found distraction the best cure or just getting off the floor so he couldn't bite. I do remember that my forearms looked like pin cushions.
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Mine stopped chewing on a daily basis around 6-7 months. I also used redirection and he stopped trying to nip at me much earlier than that, probably as early as 4 months, I’m completely guessing, but it was months earlier than with the rest of my family. He did it longer with other family members when they played but their tolerances were different. He still likes to chew occasionally on something, but it’s more of a special treat every once in a while. He shreds paper often enough that I still tell everyone to keep their papers put away but when someone forgets they are usually safe. Unless it’s very crinkly sounding paper. As a little puppy he shredded and chewed paper any time he came across it, but it’s pretty rare now.
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Skye is coming up on 5 months old now. He doesn't bite or chew per se on us anymore but still has to be reminded "No teeth" sometimes because he wants to mouth our hands or clothes. He only does that with my wife an I. He never tries to mouth outsiders when they pet him.

He still loves his bully sticks. Our morning ritual is take Skye out to potty while my coffee is brewing then he lays on his spot on the sofa and chews his bully stick while I sit at the other end and get my caffeine kick start. He knows that I am not available for making breakfast, playing, or anything else he wants til I finish my first cuppa joe.

He has been pretty good about leaving our stuff alone. I had to watch him like a hawk for a couple of weeks to keep him away from two high interest targets. The corners of one area rug and my wife's slippers. He eventually learned "leave it". I always had a substitute acceptable chew item available during the learning process.

Paper? No way would I ever trust him with a roll of toilet paper in reach.
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There's a lot of past discussions on this topic you can research and read, if interested. Just one of the annoying puppy stages. Taco will eventually stop but you have to train him on how to play. He's playing. The biting does last several months. More than you'll like. Herding, nipping at shoes, feet, ankles is typical. Distractions help.

This is where an ex-pen is a life saver or sanity saver. You'll learn saying "No" or "Stop" will only encourage Taco to keep what he's doing ...playing. Words don't work at this age.

You can try Yelping (Owwww!) like dogs do to each, which says that hurts ... Stop! I'm not playing with you anymore. Then remove and put Taco in Time Out in an ex-pen. Just for a few minutes or seconds. Let him out. If he continues, without saying anything put him back in Time Out.

You're not only teaching Taco how to play, but also how to mouth and not bite. My "puppy" turned one year old this month. She still mouths sometimes when we are playing with her. I've accidentally hurt her when combing her hair, she reacted by putting her mouth on my hand but does not bite. Because, she's learned not to bite.

My ex-pen was in a family-kitchen area. During Time Outs, although, Patti was confined, she was in the same room with the family. I no longer have the ex-pen up but have a crate in our bedroom. Every once in a while when Patti becomes annoying and won't stop, I use the crate as a Time Out for a few seconds or minutes.

I prefer Elk Horns for Patti to naw on. She likes the splits ones and eats the marrow. She also likes the ones that aren't split. Right now Taco is a soft chewer and can't eat the marrow, but he can naw on the Elk Bone. When Patti was 3 months I gave her one of those thin sticks with peanut butter or chicken. She was able to eat it and got a piece stuck in her throat ending up at the Vet. A scary experience.

I don't like Bully Sticks because their icky, sticky and stinky and Patti eats them. However, they are soft and Taco probably can't eat them right now. Some people use pigs ears to get through the biting stage. They're more icky than bully sticks. But when you're desperate ... at this stage you resort to things you won't do later.

Things get better around 9 months.
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Originally Posted by PNWAlan View Post

Paper? No way would I ever trust him with a roll of toilet paper in reach.
Well toilet paper is in a different category than other paper Im not sure well ever overcome that attraction! All bathroom door stay closed now at our house!
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