My puppy is 9.5 weeks old and gets about 15 minutes outside 2 times a day. She is on a schedule and potty and crate trained. She gets mental training at night.
I am just curious I keep hearing about bite marks. What is normal biting? I get mine with a nasty growl sometimes. I know this shouldn't of happen but has anyone been gotten bitten worst than my picture. I attached the pic of my bite marks. We were playing fetch and as usual she got into the zone and went bonkers after I stop playing and she went for my hand.
Today, I went through hours of past topics/ threads about biting but this can't be the norm with other puppy owners. I know labs get a bit crazy and I welcome that. I know what I signed up for.
I have an old teddy bear that I had as a kid and it is hers now. She completely tears the bear up. I am wondering if my scent is on the teddy bear and that is why she treats me like one of her peers.
Last edited by GoPotty; 11-22-2010 at 06:48 PM.
yeah, puppies have puppy teeth that are very sharp! Labs are "oral" dogs - biting is a very very very very very common issue, and one that can take awhile to correct.
two 15 minute sessions of exerice does not sound like alot for a puppy - but if it is working then fine. Maybe add a third session.
I would do multiple training (mental) sessions a day (very short ones 5 minutes or so, abit longer if they are still tehre but stop before you loose their interest)
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
3 10 minutes sessions (or more) might be better for her and like Tanya I split up the mental training into many units a day
looks ouchy but pretty normal to me - growling can be a play behaviour - it's hard to say without seeing the context of it
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” H. Keller
Yeah, looks familiar.
Our 11 week old puppy has nipped me a few times on the hands, arms, and ankles, so I can relate. For my wounds, I have been putting soap and water on them, and then applying triple antibiotic cream that we get at our local retail store.
I think the nipping is pretty common among lab puppies, so don't worry. To reduce the problem, we have been giving our dog chew toys, frozen wash cloths, saying "Ouch", and walking away when he gets too rambunctious. We have started to see some major progress in the last few days, so I am hoping that the worst of the play biting is behind us.
My Labs will destroy any stuffie given them inside of 15 minutes. Fluff all over my house.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Oh good, I thought my female puppy decided to become a little DIVA and decided to bite harder to get her way. I will continue to use all your tactics. The ones that work for me is when she is nuts and in the zone is leaving the room or giving her a time out in the crate. If she is relax like when she just wakes up from a nap or up or late at night, "no's" and "ouch" do work from time to time when she nibbles on my hands.
I will have to exercise her more like others suggested.
I hope this post helps other newbies out there that your puppy is acting normal even when she nips and draws blood on your hand, ankles, buttocks, etc.. or decides to run around your house in circles and collapses on the floor with exhaustion only to repeat it when he or she see somebody is willing to play with her. The bites aren't extremely painful, just annoying. I have dried hands from washing things all the time with the dog now so the little cuts get stingy, nothing anyone can't manage.
Last edited by GoPotty; 11-22-2010 at 11:39 PM.
Thanks Sharon- She is cuddling with the teddy bear now so you are right I was reading into it too much. Sleep deprivation has made a bit loopy. lol It is a pretty big teddy bear. I put small toys away when I am not supervising her, like the small kong, some dental nylabones that were too small.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
I think we need a biting moderator. lol
I think first time dog owners including myself try to anticipate that labs are mouthy but really don't know to what extent. Unless you a 2nd dog owner, have a good vet or family or friends that have dogs you will never know until you experience it first hand.
Sounds like you are on your way to a wonderful companion!!!!! That is IF you can survive!!!! LMBO!!