Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Don't let those puppy dog eyes fool you...(advice needed!)

Oh, he may look sweet and innocent, but you should see the teeth marks on my hands, punctures in my fingers, and scratches on my wrists. He's gotten the kids quite a few times too, but, luckily, I've been able to intervene before the pup draws blood. Me? I haven't been so lucky. His teeth are razor sharp!

I have watched probably a dozen videos on eHow on how to stop puppy biting. Exercise, chew toys, bitter spray, time outs in his crate, spray bottles, leaving the room, yelling "Ouch!" or yelping like another puppy - I've tried all of it. He's relentless.

It's the puppy stage. This stuff is to be expected, but he jumped up and got Noah on his chin this afternoon - so it does make me nervous. Other than the biting, he's a good dog. He's already doing really well with the house training, he sleeps quietly in his crate all night, he's starting to sit on command, and he's getting better at going for walks...

But those TEETH!!!

We probably should have named him "Gator" (instead of Rocket) like my husband suggested.

Definitely would have suited him.

Obedience school starts one week from today - can't wait!

In the meantime, if anyone has any tips on nixing the puppy biting, I would really appreciate it.

10 comments:

Kel said...

I wish I had the answer. If I did, my girls could get a puppy. Good Luck!

Diana said...
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Down in the Sun said...

Tommy takes care of the puppy training! I know we will be there too in a few years!

Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog! I knew there was a reason that we are best friends!:)

Mommy of Two said...

Oh goodness, I don't know. That's one of my fears with getting a puppy and having such little ones.

Heidi said...

Only advice I have is to send him back. :) Just kidding.
I had a puppy once and I swear I'll never do it again... They are so hard sometimes. But in the end they are worth it if they turn into a nice gentle creature.
I wish I had more advice than that. Good luck!
Thanks for stopping by to see me today!

Stef said...

AHhh, puppies! We have a lab and he is about 3 years old. They do calm down, eventually. When my kids bite, I usually bite them back...but I am not sure I want to be biting a dog... Good luck!

Together We Save said...

We never had a puppy who did much biting but all I can suggest is keeping a rolled up newspaper and swatting his nose once or twice each time the rough play is starting.

blueviolet said...

Our puppy used to bite me like crazy but he wouldn't dare bite my husband. I guess I wasn't the boss???

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! Try putting yucky tasting things on your fingers. That worked for a friend of mine. Like cayenne pepper, tabasco...

Jessie Oliveros said...

Oh no! I don't have a dog, and hope I never get talked into it. I have no advice. Maybe you could try orajel. :) Works for my baby girl.