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Old 03-04-2017, 07:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Our lad Deacon is 9 weeks old and is very bitey. We expected the chewing and are managing that, but our previous Lab didn't go through this stage of constantly nipping and biting us.
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Old 04-04-2017, 10:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is what puppy labs do!!!
There is a "Sticky Post" on our Puppy Stuff section about this 😎

They grow out of it, they are teething, and if you can - - find and keep the puppy teeth. I've got five puppy teeth in a little bag and sometimes look at them and have a giggle 😀
Haven't been much help BUT they do grow out of it!!! Promise 😏

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Old 08-04-2017, 11:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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as above they do grow out of it eventually, ours has just turned 1 and she still likes to mouth your hand, but she does not hurt you at all, that's due to the biting she did as a puppy and her learning bite inhibition.
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Just reiterating what the others have said. Maya is now 8 months old. There was a time when I thought she would never get past the bitey stage, but all of a sudden I couldn't remember when she last nipped. She will still mouth, but doesn't apply pressure.

My advice would always to have a chew toy in your pocket. I always had a nylabone at hand, and would often through it across the room when she was getting too out of hand. I never found that yelping made any difference, although others find it works for them.

Hang in there. They're hard going these lab puppies. Our garden looks like a war zone, and we are currently going through the delights of puberty and first season. All that work on recall and heel work has gone to the wall for the time being, but I know she can do it and will do it again.
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Old 13-04-2017, 08:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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In the very many years I've owned Labradors I've had three Crocodiles. I can assure you yes, they do grow out of it, and yes, they grow up exactly the same soft gentle dogs as the non Crocodiles. It's just a phase they go through.

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Old 14-04-2017, 07:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Doesn't sound to me like anything unusual going on here! They simply have no idea what is or isn't acceptable use of their jaws or what they are capable of. They need our help to teach them.

I have to say though, I'm a little uneasy with just saying they grow out of it?
If left to fade out on its own accord, we miss the opportunity to teach them the most important life skill of all - that if they ever do feel the need to bite, they do so with no force behind it.

This is important if we accept the assumption that any dog is capable of biting or nipping if pushed to their limit or through over-excitement during play or a play-fight, we can't afford for any kind of damage to be done. As much as we think of our Labs as butter-soft cuddle bunnies that wouldn't hurt a fly, statistically they are responsible for more bites than any other breed -

... But of course those statistics are skewed because Labs are the UK's most popular breed, the odds surely increase in line with the population size. As would the proportion of dangerous ones through poor breeding, inadequate socialisation, have been attacked themselves, mistreatment or bad training.

This article is my personal favourite for how to tackle this. Feel free to substitute any words or commands as suits (for example I was already using Off for something else, this authors Off is more like my Leave It & Drop It).
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Old 16-04-2017, 10:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Our 16 week old pup was the same at 9 weeks and often left the wife and kids in tears wondering what we had done.
She still has her moments but she is so much better now. I would recommend puppy training at a local trainer if you haven't already arranged it. Her socialisation with other dogs and training on "leave it" and "stop" have taught her a lot more patience and she is so much better now. One thing our trainer recommends is you crate her if she is very bitey. A lot of the time it seems to be tiredness - just like little kids she seems to get more bitey the more tired she is and the crate often gives her a chance to quiet down and have a nap.
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Thanks for all the great advice. We are working with the "time out" in the crate method and have seen a big change

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