- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
In a 16 week old puppy it is not aggression, it is mouthing behaviour! It can be sooo frustrating at this stage and they feel like a land shark!
The mouthing goes on until about 6 months and they are finished teething. The only thing I can suggest is redirect, redirect, redirect! Get some awesome toys, treats, etc that you shove in his mouth the moment it tries to mouth you. I would recommend bully sticks, antler, squeaky toy or something like a nylabone. You could also buy a small kong (another fun thing is to stuff it with wet dog food and then freeze it – you now have a very distracting and delicious treat that they have to work for!). We would have a toy or whatever on us constantly that we could just shove into our puppy’s mouth, haha. That way they have a safe way to get out their mouthiness and they learn that there are better things for chewing vs human!
Think of how exciting it would be to chew on you – you respond, you move about, you make noise, it seems like you are interacting and ‘playing’ with him. Puppies explore the world through their mouths and normally in a litter would be playing constantly and mouthing one another – you are his litter now! In another month he will start to teeth and it will get better, and then gradually will decrease to nothing over the following couple of months :)<br /><br />Another thing I would suggest is putting him in a time out if it gets really frantic – our trainer recommended the bathroom, door closed, and light out for 30s. Puppies love interaction, so a good discipline method is to remove their favourite toy – you! Our dog is almost three and we use time out still if he isn’t listening… if we say time out he actually walks to the bathroom and lays down looking sad, lol. It totally worked for us!