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It’s a hard thing because it’s normal but something you have to continually teach to so I imagine it feels like a lot of work right now. I really think you are doing the right things because you can see progress, it does take time. Our puppy didn’t completely outgrow it until he was done teething around 6 month but it settled down so much earlier than that, as early as 3-4 months it was easy to redirect and much less frequent.
I gave my puppy a bully stick every single time he was biting, but he wasn’t a really aggressive chewer, and from what I’ve heard here on the forums, some puppies would eat way to much of a bully stick with this approach. It’s good yours is chewing on toys! We also did the “ouch” thing and ignored the puppy for a moment like in the article Dave posted.
Not knowing how old your kids are, you might want make sure the older kids aren’t tolerating play chewing or nibbles that don’t hurt them but would bother the younger children. Our puppy play nibbled with my daughter and husband for SO much longer than he did with me because they accepted it more since it was often playful. It’s hard to see, so you might have to ask. Usually when my kids have a little scrape or hangnail I’m like, “you’re fine, here’s your bandaid, go play!” but with the puppy it’s okay for them to be a little more dramatic. The puppy will pick up that they don’t like it and don’t want to play when he does it. At the same time you can coach your kids that he’s not trying to be mean and everyone is helping teach him how to play, not just with them but with friends who might come over, including friends who might be cautious of dogs. If the kids aren’t old enough to understand, he should probably be in the ex pen unless you’re right there anyway, which you’re already doing.
Last edited by EvaE1izabeth; 04-21-2019 at 02:06 PM.