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Help!!! I'm going to start biting back...

So Spyke is crazy with the chewing. I haven't ever had a dog that was a big chewer before. He has not destroyed anything by chewing so far, but I have been keeping a real close eye on him. The thing that really bothers me is when I try to pet him or cuddle with him he just wants to nip and bite and fingers/nose/blanket ..whatever is in reach. I tell him no. I give him toys instead. I have tried frozen wash cloths. He has tons of chew toys. Its driving me nuts though, because unless he is really tired it is all chew chew chew. Any thoughts or suggestions? Just let it play out over time?
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There are other things puppies like to chew on besides toys. Colbie likes himalayan chews which are smoked and dried milk that creates a hardened cheese. There are also various type of antlers (deer, elk and moose). Some puppies chew more then others. All you can do is redirect him to chew something appropriate when he is chewing something he shouldn't be. Make sure you are tiring him out with plenty of play so he is not doing the chewing for attention getting or boredom.

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This too shall pass. Be firm about setting limits on nipping people… yelp and put him down IMMEDIATELY if he nips you, then ignore him TOTALLY for about 30 seconds. If that doesn't give him the message (especially if he follows you nipping at heels) put him (quietly and gently) in his ex-pen after the yelp, again for 30 seconds or so of the "silent treatment". It can take a while, but this is a stage many puppies go through, and they all grow out of it eventually!


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This too shall pass. Be firm about setting limits on nipping people… yelp and put him down IMMEDIATELY if he nips you, then ignore him TOTALLY for about 30 seconds. If that doesn't give him the message (especially if he follows you nipping at heels) put him (quietly and gently) in his ex-pen after the yelp, again for 30 seconds or so of the "silent treatment". It can take a while, but this is a stage many puppies go through, and they all grow out of it eventually!
We have been doing this with Millie for two weeks and it is really helping. We tell the kids to stand up and turn their backs to her after they yelp. It takes time but it really makes a difference.
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We have been doing this with Millie for two weeks and it is really helping. We tell the kids to stand up and turn their backs to her after they yelp. It takes time but it really makes a difference.
Agree with both of you.

And, too, right now it's the only way he knows how to communicate/express himself to you. It's what he did with his Momma and litter mates. So, it's a little about teething and a little about expression. I wasn't super strict with Ludo about it. I just always kept a toy around and switched it out and gradually he just grew out of it (thankfully). Good luck!

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We have been doing this with Millie for two weeks and it is really helping. We tell the kids to stand up and turn their backs to her after they yelp. It takes time but it really makes a difference.
Glad to read this is helping.
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