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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by lula, May 9, 2010.

  1. lula

    lula PetForums Junior

    Mar 29, 2010
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    Is it normal for a 9 week old pup to want to nibble and gnaw your hand every single time you go to stroke them??

    The only time Amber lets me pet her without this behaviour is when she is tired, otherwise it just turns into a big chew-fest :rolleyes:

    Your experiences appreciated, ta.

    Louise xXx
  2. Mama Sass

    Mama Sass PetForums Senior

    Sep 8, 2009
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    Yes, in my experience it is absolutely normal...and it can be really painful too!! Puppies explore the world via their mouths and it is something they all do.

    There are lots of ways to deal with it, varying opinions etc, most of which you can find here on this thread:


    We always had a toy handy for Basil to chew so that we could stroke him and he could chew away at the same time! Also teaching him the 'gentle' command really worked well. (If you Google it there's loads of advice on how to do this).

    Basil is six months now and still mouths, and even though he has most of his adult teeth he knows to be gentle so it never hurts.

    Hope this helps, I am sure others will be along with more suggestions.

  3. theevos5

    theevos5 PetForums VIP

    Dec 24, 2009
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    Alfie was a terrible mouther and still mouths now but is ever so gentle now.We used to go to stroke,if he mouthed a firm no and arms crossed and back turned to him and try again in 30 secs.He soon got the message that it is much more fun not to mouth because he got lots of belly rubs and attention.Good luck,its not the nicest of stages that they may go through but there is light at the end of the tunnel:thumbup:
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