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Old 09-13-2017, 07:34 PM   #25
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Default Re: Adopting a puppy with a toddler and almost 8 year old

Puppy is doing really well, all things considered. We have a long way to go on potty training but I know he's still young (not quite 10 weeks) and I am going to start being super consistent using the crate method to get him house broken.

The only major issue now is his nipping/chewing/mouthing. I've gotten him so many chew toys and he likes many of them but not as much as he likes chasing and biting kids feet (or adult ones!) and he always wants to play "rough" and chew out hands. I know this is totally normal puppy behavior but I also don't want him to think it's ok to do those things. Most books say to ignore and turn away but that doesn't work with him. I started to use Bitter Apple spray tonight (sprayed my hands and legs, same for kids) and I think it's working although he did still want to mouth my hands some. I don't think he likes taste but doesn't hate it quite enough to deter him. Any other suggestions?

Also, DD now loves him and calls him by name (and tells him nonono when he does something she doesn't like) and brings him all his toys when he's in his bed and wants to pet him.
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