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My 3 & a half month old husky is currently teething right now. We like to bring her out to public places to socialize as much as we possibly can, but she is biting a lot because of tue teething and we are afraid that she's going to bite someone else and hurt them.

 

We are not sure how we can tell her "no bite" or discipline her in public. Everybody wants to pet her and say hi, but when she gets bitey, we aren't sure how to stop that. Does anyone have any tips or tricks that we can utilize to stop her from biting in public because it can be quite embarrassing.

 

We know that she is teething and there's not much we can do, but we don't want it to continuecand have it be the norm; it hurts! Should we just suck it up and not bring her to public places until she is done teething? Or is there a good way to stop her from mouthing on our arms and hands in public? Or even at home?

 

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Hi is she being kept on the lead?
If so it could be frustration that she wants to see someone or something. It's important to keep her under control
What do you currently use to walk her - lead attached to harness/collar etc?
When Astro was young he went through a stage of jumping up and biting the lead.
Try walking her with a slip lead, one with a fastener to secure the lead in place. Fasten the lead as high up her head as possible - just behind her ears, this way you have the most control. I would put a harness and lead on her as well just in case she slips out of the slip lead. You could get a karibiner and attach the harness lead to a belt loop or something like that to free your hands up for the slip lead. When you walk her have the hand furthest away from her at the end of the lead and the other as far down the lead as possible without you crouching down. You should notice she walks nicer straight away, but if she does start mouthing stop walking and say 'ah ah' and move your hands away. Only continue walking when she has stopped mouthing, and praise her when she does.
It's important for a dog her age to be well socialised so don't avoid other dogs/people because of this, just make sure she is under control when she meets people. You can get yellow leads that say 'training' so this might help people understand. While she is mouthing if a child wants to say hello it's probably best to say no
If people do want to say hello, ask her to sit. Make it clear to the person that if she starts mouthing or jumping up they need to stop petting her and move away. She needs to learn that she only gets attention when she's behaving nicely!
Also it's worth mentioning that at her age she should only be getting walked 15-20 minutes at a time - rule of thumb is 5 mins per month of age until adulthood.
At home is she mouthing when she's playing? If she does it there say 'ah ah' and put your hands behind your back. If she carries on turn your back on her and fold your arms, or move to another room. Give her praise when she's behaving well - it's easy to forget to do this but positive reinforcement is really important!
It probably will continue after teething if it's not nipped in the bud, but if you stay consistent and be patient you will get there. Good luck!


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Has this only started since her teething n is it only outside with other people or is she doing it to u too? You could distract her with a toy if she starts but if people want to fuss her decline , tell them sorry but no as she's going through some training atm or tell them she's teething so at the minute so she can't be fussed as it's sore for her , people shouldn't be just coming up to her and stroking her without your permission anyway

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Good advice from all so far, only thing I can add is try a tug rope or something similar and whenever she starts to get mouthy just redirect her attention to that, but make sure you get a large rope/toy otherwise your hands will still get bitten, I used a rope with Tsunami when he was teething and he learnt to take out his frustrations on it very quickly and leave human hands alone! Maybe also teach her to give paw and when strangers want to pet her rather suggest they 'shake' her paw and you can give her a treat if she does that without mouthing...

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Thank you all for your great suggestions! We are taking all your suggestions very seriously.

Matter of factly, we use many of them already such as tugging at the rope when she jumps or folding our arms behind our back and walking away. But I, for one, need to be more consistent with it because she does mouth at home too when she gets cranky. 

What about large groups of people? We brought her to a fair that day that I asked and there were literally thousands of people there where we couldn't take 5 steps without someone wanting to pet her. We weren't sure how to take her away from the situation at that point because there were people at every turn and her attention would not be on us, but rather on someone else to play with.

We plan to take her to a college green where there will be people (but not thousands), and we can try out your suggestions there. We've been there before and people still love to pet her, but not to the extent of the fair. And there is tons of space to take her away if need be. We will also try the 15-20 minute rule, since we were admittedly keeping her out longer (due to ignorance on the matter on our point). She just turned 4 months, so she should be out and walking/running around for 20 minutes, correct? We will also look for that yellow lead. 

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I've seen 'in training' and 'do not pet' vests being sold online and also leashes with it printed on, but to be honest most people just ignore them or whatever you tell them and just go ahead and pet the dog!
So start small, with only few people around, maybe family or friends you can explain to before and get her not to mouth them before going huge with hundreds of people. Also, as you mentioned being consistent is the biggest factor ;-)

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My two are 17 months and 15 months old and people still stop me to stroke them and ask me questions. Cai always wanted to jump up and kiss people, it's cute when they're puppies but can be scary when they're full grown. All unwanted behaviours need to be dealt with consistently and if you can get your family involved with your training even better.


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