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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. 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. As many times as it takes, EVERY time he does it, pop him into his pen, even if itís only for 30 seconds. He WILL eventually get the message that all fun stops if he canít keep his teeth off people. But you have to be absolutely consistent and persistent!
I do think some is individual temperament as well as how they are raised and how long they stay with their litter. Panda was part of a litter of 9. (actually 11, but two didn't make it) She has always had a VERY soft mouth. To the point that I still play games with her mouth with my hand where I "play bite at her with my hand, and she does it back. She never puts the TINIEST pressure on skin. And she never did... even as a small puppy. But that was not uniform among her 8 siblings. Many of us stayed in touch, and I remember several of the families asking for help because they had TERRIBLY "sharky" puppies while others of us had gentle mouthed babies. The breeder, who is a friend of mine, said she had an idea which ones might be "sharky" based on which ones were constantly causing the others to shriek in the play area. But it was her first litter, so she hadn't been sure. She WAS careful not to place those puppies in families with small children! LOL! (and they DID _ALL_ grow out of it! LOL!)
Neither of my others were very sharky either, but we do run into this question all the time here on the forum, so I know it's pretty common. I also think part of it is because of how NEEDLE SHARP Havanese puppy teeth are!!! LOL!
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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