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    First, let me say my sofa is shaped like a capitol "L" and that sometimes I sit on the short part. So...I've decided that Malachi and Rizpah have to wrestle in the very tight space around my legs, between the coffee table and the long part of the sofa, constantly running into my shins and getting tangle in the laptop cord...because they like each other but they're both still a little unsure. Maybe they each feel safe near me but for different reasons...? It's so fun to see them wrestling and roughhousing...very entertaining. But I do have one other question - if Rizpah is supposed to be learning not to mouth/bite/nibble/nip, am I confusing her by letting her and Malachi roughhouse and then telling her no biting when I have her...? Thoughts please!! And I have a ton more pictures that I will post soon - hopefully tomorrow! :))

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    I think Malachi will be teaching her the same thing you are about not biting, etc. Yes, they may look like they are playing rough, but if she bites him too hard too many times, he is going to let her know. So just stay consistant with not letting her mouth or bite you. As for the roughhousing taking place right under you--that's where it's going to get them the most attention.....
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    https://www.siriuspup.com/behavior-p...s/puppy-biting

    worth a read through.

    It's not so much that you want to stop biting, it's that you want that bite to be gentle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nina_W View Post

    It's not so much that you want to stop biting, it's that you want that bite to be gentle.
    AND to learn other ways to communicate that the behavior is undesirable.. there are warning signals that dogs use almost all the time - look for books/articles on "CALMING SIGNALS"... we (humans) can - and MUST - learn these signs if we are ever to be better at managing dogs, dogs and children, etc.
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    Squig "bites" but it's more a holding my hand in his mouth greeting type of thing. He is sooooooooo gentle you can't feel his teeth, but he loves to "bite" my hand when he greets me. Is it like this or proper biting? I don't think either of mine have ever been biters as such so I can't really advise on how to stop them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkles View Post
    Squig "bites" but it's more a holding my hand in his mouth greeting type of thing. He is sooooooooo gentle you can't feel his teeth, but he loves to "bite" my hand when he greets me. Is it like this or proper biting? I don't think either of mine have ever been biters as such so I can't really advise on how to stop them.
    Bugsy does the same thing! When I first come home, he has to "mouth" my hand... kind of like a reassurance that we're home sort of thing. He tried to do it to my dad, who got annoyed and thought he was trying to bite him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nina_W View Post
    https://www.siriuspup.com/behavior-p...s/puppy-biting

    worth a read through.

    It's not so much that you want to stop biting, it's that you want that bite to be gentle.
    This made me feel so much better about the fact that Scootaloo still likes mouth-play and sometimes we get her so riled up she gets a bit rough. She has never been rough with anyone but myself and my husband (we even tested her out on our nephews). I am always so worried that she will try to play rough with new people and bring on a bite accusation when she has never once exhibited aggression on that level. People would say 'you should teach her not to mouth, people might accuse her of biting them and they'll take her away!' But now that I've read this and the fact that it focuses on teaching your dog to stop when asked and not to initiate mouthing, I feel like I've done a good job. Scootaloo will always stop mouthing when asked and she never initiates mouth-play, or rather doesn't start to mouth unless I'm already playing with her in a rough-and-tumble way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mieu View Post
    This made me feel so much better about the fact that Scootaloo still likes mouth-play and sometimes we get her so riled up she gets a bit rough. She has never been rough with anyone but myself and my husband (we even tested her out on our nephews). I am always so worried that she will try to play rough with new people and bring on a bite accusation when she has never once exhibited aggression on that level. People would say 'you should teach her not to mouth, people might accuse her of biting them and they'll take her away!' But now that I've read this and the fact that it focuses on teaching your dog to stop when asked and not to initiate mouthing, I feel like I've done a good job. Scootaloo will always stop mouthing when asked and she never initiates mouth-play, or rather doesn't start to mouth unless I'm already playing with her in a rough-and-tumble way.
    this is us too. In fact, rough, 'bitey' play is a favourite here (for me too, I'm not above putting her paw in my mouth). It also gets out of hand, but then, we need to see out of hand in context. We're talking about a creature that, if motivated, could crunch up your finger bones ... and biting too hard for us means a mark in the skin, not even broken skin yet, so even at her worst, I'd bet you've still got a pretty soft mouth with Scootaloo!

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    Nina_W thanks, this is a great article! :)) Pinkles, I would say she's doing somewhat of a combination of biting and mouthing...I *think* now we're to the point where her thought process is something like, "Oh, right, you're the big one who doesn't like this...let's see if you still don't - ok, yeah you still don't, kiss kiss kiss...." She'll do it like she's forgotten herself for a moment and then do it again half heartedly and then follow-up with kisses...I'm hoping this is a sign that she's getting it. I'm finding it challenging to remember she's only 9 weeks old. I got Malachi at twice her age and he was so eager to please. I think I had a diva stare down with her at lunch. Cesar says not to look away first, lol ;))

    Because I haven't added many lately...sorry if it's a duplicate, I can't remember all the places I'm posting pictures, lol...

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    gorgeous!

    yes she's quite young isn't she, Squig was 3 months when we got him and he was a cheeky monkey already! lol

    wahey my 1000th post after 7 years finally, that's about 2 and a half posts a week lol
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