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Diggity seems to go through several phases during the day. After she wakes up, goes potty, and comes inside, she is full of energy and playful. This is usually just playing with a ball or attacking a paper towel tube. But after a bit she gets WAY too excited and will bite anything near her. This could be fingers, clothes, or your face if you're close enough. Later she'll calm down a bit, play normally, and take a nap. Only to start over when she wakes up. Is this normal puppy stuff and how do we keep her "respectful" like she is when she's not in hyper-mode? We love playing with her but the kids are having a hard time with the biting.
 

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My Marley is almost 6 mths old now and did this very same thing from day one. It took some getting used to and I posted a lot here. Almost to the brink of throwing in the towel. We got a trainer and that is helping. He still goes through these phases but we are more used to it now.

In fact....I just gave him a little time out for it, as I am typing this. The trainer explained he needs a lot of mental challenges (training activities), play, etc. And, he needs a time out when it is too crazy.
 

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maybe giving the pup a rawhide to divert energy to chewing? and slow them down a bit?
 

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oh, how could I forget, I also introduced the kong to Marley. Boy does that calm him down and keep his attention, even if only 5 or 10 mins.
 

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If you get a Kong try putting peanut butter inside to see if she likes that. Then you can always put a cookie inside with the peanut butter and freeze it. You have to make it a challenge.... :thumbup:
 

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I am always amazed at how Marley fights to get the food out. He knows a few tricks now to get down in there. I love seeing his mind at work.
 

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I start the kong with a small bit of chicken frank, than layer it with penut butter, cheese, treats, cheese, a few bits of dog food, penut butter and than top it off with another piece of frank. Freeze it and every morning before I leave, Chloe gets the frozen kong. I don't know how she gets it all out, but when I come home its empty and ready for another refill.... :biglaugh:
 

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We got one and its a lot of fun! But some days she seems like she just wants to play rough. I know you're not supposed to encourage it but its hard not to. Is there a way to play rough without making it seem like its acceptable behavior? Like a designated play time?
 

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Play the tug of war game. You win most of the time but let them get the tug sometimes too. Stop at too rough, growling, etc.

I know what you mean. Hubby does this with Marley sometimes because he just needs to get that rough play out of his system. It's in my puppy book too.
Cautions we learned - it must stop if he gets too rough, mouthy, or aggressive. it must stop when you say stop.

Use it as a game to burn off energy but also a learning exercise. implement a word that he will learn that will mean let me have what you have in your mouth. So you say give, take it or let him drop it and treat. do this a lot. Stop, say give, treat. THis will teach him that when you say give, he gives you whatever he has in his mouth!

Also - good ol fetch works real well for Marley when he is like this too. He burns off the energy by running to "get it", which is what we call it. When he returns back, we teach him drop it/give, and sit. mental and physical challenge for young pups.

lastly, try to do these games while he is not so revved up. Do it before he gets to that point and he will get to that point less because you are doing something about it beforehand.
However, if you don't do it before, it's okay to do it while he is revved too but that will potentially mean less play time until it gets too rough and you have to stop.

Walks help a lot too with Marley.
 

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oh, one more thing, try using an empty plastic bottle with a treat in it. it bounces as they play with it, and challenges them to get it open and get the treat inside. keeps marley busy for a very long time. Just pick your bottles wisely and watch for any pieces that may come off. That rarely happens with him now but always supervise when he is chewing something for a long time in case a toy breaks off, etc. You can get rid of it before he swallows or something.
 

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Quote: what's the tug game?
It's when you are holding one end of a toy and the dog pulls the other end.
Many dog behaviorists don't recommend that you play that game with your dog, but only that the dogs play it themselves.
 

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works well with Marley. I guess if you do not do it right, or the dog doesn't understand it's a game and goes "left" with it, that would mean you should not play it.

There is a variation where you tie the tug toy to a chair or something that doesn't move, but I never tried that. I think that would drive Marley crazy.
 
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