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8 week old biting

We brought Maggie home on Friday. She’s been doing the normal trying to chew on our hands and feet. But today, she has been biting at everything all day. My daughter can’t even sit on the floor without Maggie biting her legs. She bites at my ankles the whole time I’m walking. She bites the bottom of my youngest dress. She bites at our face if we are holding her. And it’s not a soft little nip like it is been, it’s a bite. And those little teeth hurt! It’s really been out of control all day and now one of my kids is scared to be on the ground or walk if Maggie isn’t in her ex pen. She has spent the majority of her day in “time out” in her ex pen. With four kids, I cannot tolerate a dog that bites. Is this normal? Anything we can do about it?
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Hi, I am sure many experienced people will chime in here but I wanted to share this for the moment. My apologies that I can't remember who it was that posted about this but I have been watching videos on YouTube by KikoPup. She explains everything very clearly and I am learning a ton! We are bringing our first puppy home in just under 2 weeks and I am trying to learn everything I can! She has a couple of videos on biting. Perhaps they would be helpful for you to watch.
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It IS normal puppy behavior, and it WILL go away, whether you do anything about it or not. That said, you donít have to put up with getting punctured either. Itís really hard with kids, but TRY to get them not to react, because that will just encourage her, because SHE thinks itís a game. As many times as it takes, EVERY time she does it, pop her into her pen, even if itís inly for 30 seconds. She WILL eventually get the message that all fun stops if she canít keep her teeth off people. But you have to be absolutely consistent and persistent!

Welcome to life with a little puppy! Take heart that this has NOTHING to do with ďrealĒ biting/aggression, itís JUST puppy stuff, and it WILL go away.


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We brought Maggie home on Friday. Sheís been doing the normal trying to chew on our hands and feet. But today, she has been biting at everything all day. My daughter canít even sit on the floor without Maggie biting her legs. She bites at my ankles the whole time Iím walking. She bites the bottom of my youngest dress. She bites at our face if we are holding her. And itís not a soft little nip like it is been, itís a bite. And those little teeth hurt! Itís really been out of control all day and now one of my kids is scared to be on the ground or walk if Maggie isnít in her ex pen. She has spent the majority of her day in ďtime outĒ in her ex pen. With four kids, I cannot tolerate a dog that bites. Is this normal? Anything we can do about it?
She will be doing this for a while. It's totally normal. There are management techniques, such as the video posted. But this is not a dog that bites, she's a puppy teething and exploring her world. Putting her in time out all day is not going to help. She can't make the connection. I would do that when she's absolutely CRAZY but you are far better removing YOURSELF or the kids from the situation, because then she is more likely to get the idea that biting equals no play if the playmate leaves vs her being put in the pen. I would literally turn around and step in Oliver's ex-pen and completely ignore him if he was in a milder state where he could see, well, she doesn't really appreciate that kind of play. That said, Oliver play bit especially at clothes for many months. Some are mouthier than others and YES it hurts! I feel you! I have SIX kids and they made it WORSE with Oliver, our first puppy. Kids dangle fingers in their faces etc and puppies see them as chew toys. The main issue is that will prolong the biting. He bit at my kids and their clothing MUCH longer than he did me because they made it so fun! Squealing and jumping around. He figured they were like his littermates. We have a new puppy and I am managing my children much better, but I expect the puppy will be the same! Maybe we'll make it through with fewer damaged articles of clothing, lol

To be perfectly honest, play biting is FAR better than NOT biting ever. Because an 8 week old biting is totally normal, and the bite inhibition they learn over the next few months will help ensure that if your dog is ever in a REAL biting situation it will not do damage. Example: I accidentally pulled at a mat on my dog's fur while grooming. He GENTLY mouthed my hand. This was a warning, but only because I recognized it as such. So the first goal is to teach bite inhibition. In my experience, this isn't going to fully resolve until she's done teething. They do have razor sharp teeth! But she isn't PURPOSELY trying to hurt the kids.
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And I will add--yes put her in the pen for short intervals and make sure she NAPS enough. That can be a problem in households with kids, too.
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And I will add--yes put her in the pen for short intervals and make sure she NAPS enough. That can be a problem in households with kids, too.
Yes, yes, yes!!! Puppies, just like children, will rev themselves up WAY past their need for rest and sleep. Sometimes you NEED to enforce rest and nap time Overtired, over-wound puppies are the WORST!!! Devil-puppies!!! LOL!


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Yes, yes, yes!!! Puppies, just like children, will rev themselves up WAY past their need for rest and sleep. Sometimes you NEED to enforce rest and nap time Overtired, over-wound puppies are the WORST!!! Devil-puppies!!! LOL!
And puppies are easier to get down for naps than toddlers lol. Even Oliver, still being adolescent, won't always go lay on a bed in the living room to sleep with all of us home and stuff going on. I have to take him to my office to get him to sleep under the desk. He gets crazy STILL if he's up too much!
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Yes, it's normal for a puppy. The time from about 7 to 9 weeks is when their Mother teaches them about biting. She will play with her babies, and if one bites too hard, she'll Nail it. Some things we can't teach them as easily as other dogs can.

The Mother's don't have much to do with them, as soon as they get teeth, but once the milk supply is dried up, she'll spend time with them again. Nursing is over with as soon as those sharp teeth emerge.

Our pack helps with this too. The other dogs enjoy playing with the puppies, but won't tolerate being bitten by those sharp teeth. Ours don't leave here until after 9 weeks, which is also the age of their first shots, according to the Dodds protocol.
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And puppies are easier to get down for naps than toddlers lol. Even Oliver, still being adolescent, won't always go lay on a bed in the living room to sleep with all of us home and stuff going on. I have to take him to my office to get him to sleep under the desk. He gets crazy STILL if he's up too much!
And it's not illegal to lock them in a crate!


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Our pack helps with this too. The other dogs enjoy playing with the puppies, but won't tolerate being bitten by those sharp teeth. Ours don't leave here until after 9 weeks, which is also the age of their first shots, according to the Dodds protocol.
Kodi never got that message LOL!... He would let Pixel hang from his ears and even his LIPS by her little needle-sharp teeth and just whimper for help! Silly, gentle, boy! I just had to separate them when she got to be too much for him. Then one day (she was probably about 20 weeks) she lost her "puppy license". She bit him one too many times. He turned and ROARED in her face. Just once. Didn't touch her, just yelled in her face. From then on, she was much more gentle with him! LOL!

HE learned from raising Pixel too, though... He never accepted that kind of abuse from Panda. He would just grump at her, and she'd run off to find Pixel to play with... who, at only 8 months older, was still "puppyish" enough to put up with her antics!
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