|Barked: Sun Aug 18, '13 9:13am PST |
|Don't freak out! Here's the thing, puppies are nippy. They jump and bite and it takes a good long while to teach them not to bite on humans. First, assure your family that he wasn't trying to harm them he's just over-excited and trying to play like he would with his littermates. Second, all play time with your kids and the puppy is going to have to be supervised. Don't give him free run of the house so he can chase after them. Kids are fast, move erratically, and make lots of weird noises. To a puppy this looks like A LOT of fun (or is scary, depending on the pup). Chase games only increase the level of excitement in your pup.
So, when your kids want to go in the area the puppy is in, tell them they have to stay calm and quiet. He will still get excited, but it'll be more manageable. Have a toy in your hand that you can put in front of his mouth to help deter him. Any jumping or teeth on skin? Remove the kids for a few minutes until he calms down. Your kids can make a high pitched noise, but coupling this with stopping play time will make a bigger impact. You might have to repeat this process many times.
Honestly, your biggest hurdle is probably explaining to your kids why they can't go see the puppy whenever they want. It WILL get better though! Those first few months are the hardest, but he will definitely learn. You won't be able to expect him to get it right away at such a young age and stay consistent, the time you put in now will pay off in spades when he's a little older.
You can still let your pup get super excited, but only with playing with a person holding toys or other dogs.
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