So our first week with Comet is almost over
. He really is doing well. He has "sit" down to a science and we are working on "down" next (he almost has this one
). That all said, I have a few questions that we need some help with.
He is constantly trying to bite/chew on our hands, feet and clothes. We are saying "NO" sternly and also trying to "yelp" to show he is causing pain (even though he really isn't). We are also redirecting with chew toys, etc. It doesn't seem to stop him though and he comes right back to us to nip a bit more. Sometimes, especially first thing in the morning and late afternoon, he is especially aggressively nippy, sometimes even followed by a bark or two.
How long does this "stage" last typically before they learn not to nip and bite people? Also, during the agressive times, could it be a signal of hunger, or are the 2 not related?
Since the 2 times we let him out of his pen, he peed on the floor, we now enter his xpen to play with him and he loves that. However, when he gets too nippy, is it best to just leave the xpen? Want to do the right thing here, so if staying in the xpen and continuing to correct him / redirect him is the way to go, then that is what we will do. I just don't like to keep saying "NO" all the time...
On a side note, we have bought him several Kongs and we stick freeze dried liver in one end and try different things inside (kibble, Kong biscuits, Iam biscuits, peanut butter, etc.) and he seems to lose interest after a couple of minutes. We have even tried feeding him by Kong and it almost is like he just doesn't want to bother. Everyone tells me their dogs LOVE their Kongs and can't put them down - is this something he will grow into? We were hoping to distract him with the Kongs to help with the biting as well as provide distraction when we start leaving him alone, but at this rate - don't think it will work... Ironically, the one thing he LOVES to bite/chew on is his BED!!! We have to constantly remove the bed from his xpen out of fear that he will just destroy it. We feel bad that he then only has the tile to lay on, but not sure what else to do (you think spraying that sour apple spray on the bed would be a good idea?). We do put the bed back in once he is calm and tired though...
Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for your replies!