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3 month old puppy is a biting! Help!

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  • 3 month old puppy is a biting! Help!

    My Mother's 3 month old cheagle, while most of the time is just to good for words, gets in these biting moods. I recommended that she take him outside for a very long walk/run until his energy is used up in a constructive way.
    She's been giving him toys & exercise but sometimes it just escalates until he's barking & growling. His tale is wagging & he thinks it's a fun game but still he's got to quit this.
    He reduced this behavior while we were in the mountains on vacation a few weeks ago. We were able to get outside more due to the reduced heat. It's staying around 100 at home & Mom can't get out as much as she'd like to because of it.
    Any dog trainers out there with any ideas?
    Producing horses with gentle minds & brilliant movement!

  • #2
    It's normal crazy puppy behavior. My ridgeback at that age would get like the WB tasmanian devil - a whirlwind of teeth - I'd just hold him at arm's length until he subsided. Often he needed a nap. Just wear him out. It will pass.

    Remember: Puppies are cute so you don't kill them.

    He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


    • #3
      Yelp like he inflicted serious pain, then walk away for a few minutes. No talking to him, no eye contact, nothing. Then come back and stick a toy in his mouth. Praise him when he's hot the toy and being good. If he gets mouthy, you yelp to stop him, and the play stops. Don't be worried though, this is completely normal puppy behavior.

      I do want to mention though, don't go for runs with a young dog/puppy. If they are running around that's one thing, but on a leash jog/runs are bad for their joints. Just like a horse, goofing off in the pasture is fine, but lunging is a bad idea until their bones mature. For a smaller dog, 18 months or for a big breed 2 years is when structured exercise are okay to begin.


      • #4
        confine him or tether him away eta: when he gets over the top, till he learns to stop with a voice cue. Puppies this age are still learning how to deal with the world and since they don't have hands.....


        • Original Poster

          Well I shouldn't have said run as Mama only walks but does let pup outside to run while they watch him. Mom's definately not a jogger but good advice anyway.
          She's been putting him back into his playpen or in the garden room where he stays when she can't watch him. It's where he can see them sitting in the family room, very close to them & separated only by a gate so he still feels like one of the family.
          I told her all of mine did the same thing but other than more exercise/play time I didn't know what to tell her.
          Producing horses with gentle minds & brilliant movement!


          • #6
            another thing a good friend and excellent dog trainer does with her fosters and puppies is....

            runs them outside, keeps them busy doing things for 15 minutes or so, then brings them in, wipes down their feet, plays tug with them for a few more minutes, then sticks them in an ex-pen or crate with either a chewy or a stuffed kong. They generally fall asleep quickly at that point. A 3 month old puppy is only 12 weeks old and still very much a baby, so they often get fussier when tired but have some trouble getting calmed down. This is how Victoria gets her puppies to nap