|11 weeks old puppies can be very nippy!|
When an 8 week puppy goes to its home, it has been use to puppy playing. Puppies naturally mouth and bite eachother in their regular playtime. A puppy will yelp if one of his littermates bites too hard. This is a good thing, since this allows puppies to learn 'bite inhibition'. A puppy begins to learn how to have a soft bite, and eventually not mouth at all.
|At 11 weeks Coco was still biting quite a lot in her playtime.|
Even then when she gets rambunctious she can really start biting hard. I have taught my kids to yelp loudly when she bites on them. If she bites hard, we yelp and walk away from her. Sometimes we just put her back in her confinement pen. Playtime is over, and she has to live with the consequences of her biting.
I have also noticed that it is very helpful to take our energetic puppy on a brisk walk around the block at least once in the day. This has reduced a lot of the rambunctious puppy play biting.
Over time Coco's biting has become much softern. But we eventually do not want her to mouth us at all.
Dr. Ian Dunbar says that biting usually peaks at 3 mths old and should decline after that. Coco is 15 weeks now, and her biting has gotten quite a bit better. But she is still learning. At this time we are becoming much more firm with her about it. We also need to take longer walks with Coco. Now that she is having more confinement for her outdoor potty training, longer walks are a must.