|Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 12:43pm PST |
|True that bull terriers are more tenacious than my Dale spoo mix. OP is in for a fun ride. They are such exciting puppies!
I was used to other breed groups in their puppy stages, so at first I didn't realize that it was so totally normal for terriers to be off-the-charts mouthy compared to so many other breeds. I'm sure my questions sounded silly to experienced terrier people. Honestly the dogs I'd handled before while certainly typically bitey, mouthy pups, they just weren't as...er...dedicated about it as the terrier pups tend to be. It does take awhile to work through it, it can take much longer than a few days, pups can take weeks to learn it. Not to mention that it just plain feels good when they are teething, both a relief and a release for the little ones. Broth soaked then frozen rags are great to have around.
Lu really NEEDED to have something in her mouth, that's why I worked on redirecting her to a chew toy. When she's really excited she's always grabbed something for her mouth even just to hold, so early on it was good to get her on something that was appropriate, that was hers alone and always OK to glom on. I've seen pushing on the tongue work with many pups, too.
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