I have a 7 month old Black lab who is still a little mouthy and nips at my 3 year old daughter. It's not all the time just more than I care for. She (the lab) has a wide variety of chew toys and never bites down, just nips. Any suggestions would be helpful.
Normal puppy behavior. It gets better with correction and age though Jeb still occasionally nips if excited. He's a 1.5 yrs old. He did not respond to holding his mouth closed as a correction. I turn my back and ignore him.
Bayou Bay's Jeb's Trouble Too, RN, CGC
My Cooper is also 7 months & started doing the same thing. I tell him no & turn away from him. Hopefully it will sink into his hard head sooner or later. I have more bruises on my arms now than I did when he was teething. Hang in there.
IMO - normal but not acceptable at all since she is doing it to your toddler. I would keep her on a tether (6 foot leash) when she is in the vicinity of your daughter. The nipping behavior should be corrected (remove her from your daughter, put her in a sit stay) and you should be rewarding her when she plays properly.
Have you had her in any sort of puppy class?
BTW - I am in NJ too.
Thanks all for your input. Raven has been in puppy class, a very good one IMO, run by a former K9 officer and trainer for law enforcement and the military.
I thought it was just puppy stuff but wanted some backup on it. Thanks again.