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    Hey everyone!
    Loki is now almost 10 weeks and for the most part a total joy. He knows sit, is almost house trained, and at times is a total snuggle bug. We are having issues with the mouthing and biting however. I know it is a phase and will get better, but he is so persistent at times. Today has been very frustrating already....he has an antler, several nylabone (edible and non edible) several stuffed toys, several kong toys, and 2 other teether type toys as his disposal, however he still wants to chew on me, the kids or the walls and furniture instead. The kids try to stand perfectly still when he goes after them, but it is hard because those puppy teeth are quite sharp and painful....I even have a hard time when he's doing it to me not pulling away. I have tried yelping, that did not work. I tried the positive interrupter, he only looks at me some if the time, then goes back to attacking whoever is closest. I have held his mouth closed, tried 'no bite' repeatedly, and it seems if anything to be getting worse. The kids are terrified, and there have been quite a few tears from bites that were a bit too painful.
    Earlier today he as even growling and lunging at me....I know he is playing but he is growing so fast I am worried about someone getting hurt if we can't curb this behavior fast. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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    Pick one method of correction and stick with it. This is a frustrating time but only consistency and patience will help. If your puppy is getting plenty of off leash exercise and excess energy is not the issue he may just need a "time out". I used to calmly take Maxx to his crate for a nap, giving him a frozen Kong with mashed banana, a small amount of kibble and a little bit of plain yogurt mixed together. He would finish up the Kong and take a nap and it helped a lot. I only did this when I knew he had plenty of exercise and was just over tired but unable to settle himself. Maybe this will help you as well.
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    Tammy is right - you need to be consistent and repeat your response over and over. I just got through breaking an adult mouthy dog who was pretty persistent when I got him. I tried a couple of methods, but what worked was saying very loudly AKKKKKK!!! whenever his teeth touched my skin. And I did this dozens of times a day and the whole household followed suit. He is basically over it - took me about 3 weeks.

    Choose a method - correct him and insert a nylabone or other chew item in his mouth. If he is riled up and growling, snarling being a brat, I see nothing wrong in calmly putting him in his crate to calm down. Don't be dramatic - just separate him from the group. Sometimes puppies, like small children become impossible when they are tired.
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    The only off leash time he gets is indoors right now. He does not have all his shots and our yard is not fenced in so outdoors he is either on leash or a tie out cable. Inside we have a long room and play fetch...well sorta as he doesn't bring things back yet....for as long as he wants too..,he usually loses interest after 20 minutes or so. Evenings are the worst so that's when I try to wear him out. I wish we could go walking but until he gets his shots it's not an option...too many other dogs and assorted wildlife. I do run him around in the backyard tho....perhaps the rough day is because it has been raining for several days and he doesn't care to be out there in it....

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    How old was he when you got him?
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    Do you have a friend or family member with a fully vetted dog and secure yard that you could set up playdates with? This will be very helpful in getting rid of his excess energy and will provide reinforcement in bite inhibitions. You were very fortunate that the rescue kept the litter together, with mama, for 8+ weeks. He needs some consistency from everyone in the family and perhaps a refresher course from am adult, (preferably female), dog that will correct him in doggy language. Fortunately this phase usually passes fairly quickly but it sure does not feel that way when you have a puppy shredding your hands, arms and anything else they can get those little shark teeth on!
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    He was with mom until 7 weeks...separated from the litter and came home with us the day he was 8 weeks old. I wish now they had kept the litter with their mom longer, but it being a rescue the money starts to run out I guess so they adopt pups at 8 weeks.

    I am looking into a puppy kindergarten class but so far the only reasonable option price wise is pet smart (I know I know....). But I may need more help than I am getting from the videos on YouTube....

    No one has a fenced in yard that I know of, so would have to have them on long leashes or tie outs . Not the best option I know but I doubt DH will erect a fence for me ...

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    That is a fine age to get him. That would not have anything to do with his mouthiness.

    Funny, the petsmart classes around here are twice as expensive as any local kennel club obedience class. Check with them first.

    You don't need a tie-out right now. He's too small to be tearing ass down the road. Get out there and interact with him. He's fine being outside in your yard for the time being. He should have two sets of shots and that in addition to mom's protection is adequate for your yard. Not socializing him or exposing him to stuff is a bigger issue in the long run.
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    I saw your posts on the other board - you are sounding more and more frustrating and it seems like things are not getting better - I really think the puppy classes (not at petsmart) are going to be worth their weight in gold.

    Plus, he needs to be socialized, you can't put off all socialization until he has three rounds of shots as you will have missed a big part of the best window to socialize. Dogs, people, places, sounds, etc. Socialisation is EXTREMELY important. Yes you have to find safer ways of doing it but it has to be done.

    He also needs somehwere to run around - brainstorm possible places (friends with yard, family, whatever).
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    When I said tie out I didn't mean I leave him out there...I just got a long one so we can play in the yard with him and give him a bit more freedom than on a 6 ft leash. Given the way he tried to take off on me today when he saw the bunny...I am so afraid he will run off and I won't be able to get him back. We border on woods (conservation land) with lots of swamps, coyote, bobcats and other wildlife....it just scares me to let him off leash until he as a reliable recall...
    The places I found so far were all close to double the cost of pet smart...and several only offered private lessons.... I know it's not the best option but maybe it will just give me a bit of a foundation...plus maybe the oldest kid will listen to a "professional". Lol. The only kennel club I found is not close by, but will look into that more too...

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