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Old 06-14-2004, 06:34 PM
galcoldsue galcoldsue is offline
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Default The biting puppy !!

Hi everybody,

I have read many of the posts on the forum and was wondering if anybody could offer us some advise on our chocolate Labrador puppy.

We have owned a number of labs over the years and are well used to their boisterous behavior. Our last two old boys unfortunately had to be put to sleep over the Christmas period due to failing health. We allowed ourselves a period of time to get over this and eight weeks ago brought home our new addition to the family, Baxter, a fun loving healthy, happy puppy.

He is fine in everyway and has settled in well to our family way of life. We are in the fortunate position of being out in the country and have plenty of space for him to explore and he is never left on his own.

He seems very clever and has already picked up simple commands, ***8220;Sit***8221;, ***8220;Here***8221; and although he is still only young was very good when we introduced him to his lead. He is very level headed and we can stroke him when he is eating and is very good when we ask him for his toys

Generally he is a great little dog other than when he gets excited he tends to snap and bite. We know that this is one of the traits of a puppy and reassure ourselves that as he gets older he will grow out of it, but we have three children who are becoming unsure of him and if the truth be known are starting to become a little afraid of him.

He is now quite a big lad and is starting to lose his puppy teeth, which hopefully will help matters. We would really be grateful for any tips that any off you could pass onto to us discourage his biting, in a gentle way, and any sort of activity we could encourage our children to do with him to try to rebuild their bond with him. We have tried ignoring his biting and being stern with him but to no avail.

It***8217;s just that, although he is only playing we are ourselves becoming a bit concerned that through no ill intent he could snap at one of our children or somebody else for that matter.

Thanks for reading Galcoldsue
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