|Barked: Tue Mar 27, '12 8:32pm PST |
Chewing and biting is puppy's natural way of exploring the world and its new environment. It's important not to get upset, punish, yell, etc, as that does not help Rosie learn what behavior IS desired.
Many pups tend to nip when they become excited, so if you notice she gets into an excited, nipping state, ignore her until she is calm, and then reward her with attention/treat/pets.
I have found that redirecting the nipping and chewing behavior on to acceptable items (fun toy, a safe chew, etc) and then praising works best. This will help her learn what behavior is acceptable.
Also keep in mind a tired puppy is likely to be better-behaved (temporarily ) as well.
Good luck! Rosie is adorable.
Edited by author Tue Mar 27, '12 8:33pm PST
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