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  1. Barb

    Our puppy is almost 7 months old. We redirect biting with toys, use Kong’s, Yak chews, and teething rings. We cannot get past the puppy biting. It is hard for anyone to play with Maggie because of the constant biting. I believe she has lost all her puppy teeth. Any suggestions would be so appreciated.

    1. Steffi Trott

      Yes, at 7 months there shouldn’t be puppy teeth left.
      In which situations exactly does the biting happen? Actual play or it is more of a “drive-by” biting (like she passes you in the hallway and goes for legs and feet), or crazy biting or …?

  2. Barb

    Additional info for previous comment. We take three 20-30 minute walks per day. We try to crate for naps twice a day. Maggie sleeps on our bed at night from about 9:30 pm to 7:30 am.

    1. Steffi Trott

      That sounds like a great schedule! Do you play tug with her?

      1. Barb

        Yes, we play tug with her stuffed animals. Maggie bites at feet when we are walking in the house and at hands whenever we try to play, lots of crazy biting. She has deer antlers, Kongs, Yak sticks, chew toys, etc. but still wants to bite hands and feet continually. What can we do to get past this stage?

        1. Steffi Trott

          Are those animals like the toys I describe? Biting at feet is usually a bit different from biting while playing.
          If you use toys that are really big, fluffy and soft (and I mean it can be bigger than the puppy! like in this video. And super soft), the puppy should not redirect towards hands. In the moment that the puppy changes to the hand during actual play, it is a feedback to us that something about our hands is better than the toy. Softer maybe? Are the toys “stuffed and hard”? Have you tried the old sweater as a toy? For the biting during your play, I would vary toys and play style. You are very welcome to take a video of your play and send it, too.

          As far as going after feet in the house, does that happen more to certain times of the day? Or is she constantly doing it? Biting at feet over and over becomes a habit and as soon as the dog sees feet move, she thinks “Gonna get that!”
          I would immediately pick her up when she does that and e.g. put her in her puppy pen. This is not as a “punishment” or timeout – but in order to interrupt RIGHT AWAY and not let it get rehearsed. Biting at feet is so fun for puppies that even being allowed to do it for 30 seconds “pays off” from the puppy’s perspective.

          1. Barb

            Thank you for the tips. We are using soft stuffed animals but will try one larger than Maggie. The biting at hands is continuous—If someone goes to pet Maggie or play with her, she wants to play by biting at hands. We will start picking her up when she nips at feet when walking. I am going to leave her leash on her, so I can easily do that. She is played with so much, but my grandkids struggle because of the biting. She plays with another Shih Tzu several times a week and they wrestle a lot. Maggie nips at the other dog and is corrected by it. We so need to get past this and really appreciate your help!

  3. Morgan Mendel

    Hey! Do you have any specific toys you recommend or brands that sell large furs like the one in the video? 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Steffi Trott

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