Hi everyone! I recently got a female Yorkshire Terrier. She's four months tomorrow. At first, she was very shy. She'd shake and shiver when with us. By now, she is very happy and jumpy. She loves to play. It's so different from when she was younger. However, when she plays with me, she bites me feet and hands. It used to not hurt, but as she got stronger and braver, it started hurting a little bit. It feels like someone pinched me. When I wear big fluffy socks, she tries to take the socks off (aka bite them/play tug-of-war). Howeer, she never tries to bite my mom. All she does is move her mouth against my mom's feet and hands (I am 13.) When it hurts, I pull my feet away. When she continues chasing me, I pull my feet up. I know she's just playing, and I'd rather have her playfully bite me rather than bite the furniture. SHould I punish her if I know she's just playing? And if so, how should I punish her?
i had/have the same issue with our little dog Max. He is very mouthy when he plays. It is not always a bad thing. I think you need to teach your pup the meaning of no bite first. When she goes to bite you tell her no bite firmly, stop playing with her and turn your head away from her. Once she settles down, start playing with her and repeat. She will catch on pretty quick what it means. As she gets older, if she is still a very mouthy player, teach her to be more gentle when she bites. It's natural for dogs to bite and grab when they play, you just need to teach them inhibition when they are doing it. Now, when Max gets carried away while playing, if we just tell him easy, he knows he is too rough and plays more gently with his mouth.