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Bella is almost 9 months old and she is still chewing and grabbing us with her mouth. She doesn't really bite us, so to speak, but she wants to put her mouth on our hands and arms and chew. She has done it since she was 8 weeks old and I kept thinking she would out grow it. We don't allow her do it and tell her "NO!" when she does, but she still does it. She does it to me more than anyone and mostly when she is excited or when she hasn't seen me in a little while. It is really a little excessive with me, how can I get her to stop?
 

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She does it to get your attention and you give it to her. It makes no difference what you say, she still has your undivided attention. Stop her BEFORE she grabs your hand or arm. You do that by body blocking her. The easiest body block is holding out your hand like a stop sign toward her face. She should stop dead in her tracks. Now the crucial part...you MUST praise her for stopping and not biting. Now, you're giving her attention for good behavior not bad. That's what everyone needs to teach her...good behavior gets good attention.
 

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She does it to get your attention and you give it to her. It makes no difference what you say, she still has your undivided attention. Stop her BEFORE she grabs your hand or arm. You do that by body blocking her. The easiest body block is holding out your hand like a stop sign toward her face. She should stop dead in her tracks. Now the crucial part...you MUST praise her for stopping and not biting. Now, you're giving her attention for good behavior not bad. That's what everyone needs to teach her...good behavior gets good attention.
Thank you! That makes a lot of sense. I have been making her sit before I will pet her or give her any love, but as soon as my hand touches her she grabs it up with her mouth. She also "fleas" me when I am petting or scratching her. I am really not sure what that is about either.
 

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hmm you are living my life I see. I actually asked the trainer tonight for some tips and she said to play with your pup more with a toy in your hands and if she touches your hand with her teeth along with the toy yell OUCH! and if she keeps persisting smack her on the nose[ not hard] yell OUCH again and refuse to play amd make no eye contact or any contact with her for a few minutes until she gets the idea of teeth hitting hands is a NO. You can do this too with treats, if she grabs at it too hard and her teeth contact fingers say NO or OUCH and then say NICE in a nice voice and don't give it to her until she takes it nice. Hope this helps, I notice Dakota [9 mon. old] is getting better with her play nipping THANKFULLY!
 
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