Congrats~! I know my home is too quiet unless we have 3-4 dogs around.
Everyone and every puppy thinks and is different, I personally like to play 'rough'. I believe all dogs can learn manners, and when biting is OK and not OK. My lovely wife does not wish to be chewed on or 'mouthed' at all - and all of my crew know what is OK and what isn't.
But yes, puppy teeth can be sharp, and least with me, as I get older, my skin seems to tear easier.
I teach the "ouch" command. If someone says or yells ouch, my crew stops whatever they are doing and drop into 'down' and wait. Just like ear and tail-pulling, I can't be sure that no small child won't ever pull a tail, so I teach my dogs what is OK and what isn't.
Books tell me I am wrong in most of my training, but my dogs are happy, I am happy, and people usually 'like' how my dogs behave. If only they had longer lives, that's my wish.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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Yep. We used ouch with Mouthy Mike. Or at least I did.
Name her Impala. Much more funner to say. Mike ate about three of my masks. Each time it was because I left the house. He was with someone else but that someone didn't watch him. Well, once he was actually alone but the door was shut to the bedroom. He knocked open the door and ate the mask. He was 3 and we thought old enough to know better! Yes, old enough to know what brought him comfort and that was something that smelled a lot like me. Since I was wearing my shoes, the mask bit the dust. Luckily I had a brand new one at home and had it sent to me overnight.
You are making me doubt my sanity. I am seriously considering getting a puppy. Not this year, can't afford it. But next year. I have two breeders in mind and will go with whoever has a litter first. Rottweiler.
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