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Hi all, 

Firstly I would like to say what a wonderful forum! I've been a member for a little while whilst we were researching Irish Setters prior to getting our puppy and it has provided me with so much useful information! 

We now have a 10 week old puppy, she is absolutely adorable and we love her very much. 

She is however very toothy! We do know that that's totally normal and she will grow out of it and we have been doing everything we read about stopping play, ignoring her and then carrying on when she calms down. She seems to be getting less able to calm down now though and sometimes when you stop she sort of bark growls at you and lunges. I know she's not actually being aggressive but it does seem like it and it's making me concerned when I introduce her to people etc. Her teeth are very sharp and I'd imagine they'd hurt if they caught your face! She even sometimes does it if she's hyped up and I need to put her lead on her or pick her up to go somewhere (as she's not allowed on the ground outside yet).

I was just wondering if anyone had any tips about helping this problem? Maybe to help her learn to calm herself down? Ignoring her just seems to annoy her further... She's exactly the same with other dogs too, she just doesn't seem to know when to stop even when everyone's exhausted! 

The rest of the time she is completely affectionate and loves nothing more than cuddles on the sofa. 

Any advice would be very appreciated, you all seem to know so much! She is our first puppy and we have read everything possible, but we really want to get it right! 

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Hi, Hannah, I think she is absolutly normal puppy with a lot of energy. She simply needs lots of activities: playing, running, various toys -balls to chase, sticks  to fetch, congs with treats... The best way to make a dog calm is to make him tired. At that age she needs contact with other puppies. Try to find a playground for dogs, nearest park and let her to chase one another. Half an hour of wrestling with other pups surely makes her calm.

Hi Anna, thanks for your response I've only just seen this! 
My mum has since got a puppy too and the biting and us being a play thing target has definitely decreased a lot so that's a relief! We've also enrolled at puppy school and she's now allowed out on walks so has been able to socialise a lot so that's all helped! 
Thanks for your advice, just trying to get things right! :)

HI if you want to private mail me I will send you my play biting leaflet which I give out to the puppy owners attending my training school. I have a little toothy Red in my class at the moment who is an absolute little poppet. You need to avoid many of the common mistake with regards play biting, so you should find the leaflet will be of help to you.  I will also be going through it all again myself in the not too distant future as I have my name on a list for a new Irish Red and White puppy. I am sad not to be getting another red this time around..... but oh the biting. I know it's coming. If it doesn't I will be wondering why......

Hi Fran, sorry I've only just seen this! That would be great thank you, I'll pm you now! Haha awww congratulations on your new puppy, so exciting! 

Beautiful puppy.
If you observe puppies playing they use their mouths like we use our hands. We need them to bite other wise we cannot teach bite inhibitation . I would when she bites hard squeal yikes high pitched then go still game stops . If she continues walk outside leaving her in the room you can mutter what a naughty pup she is then wait about half a minute come back in and ask for a sit reward that so she starts to understand what is good behaviour that pleases you and what isn't. Please never ever smack as without her learning like this she will remain with a hard bite. When the hard puppy bite are less then work on the lighter bites same way. Hope it helps. Also start with the word gentle.

Hi Rosie, Sorry only just seen these replies! We did actually start doing this after I wrote this and it does seem to have calmed it down a lot more, lots of dramatic yelping from us and leaving the room if she still can't control herself. My mum has also got a puppy since I wrote this so being able to wrestle with him and learn bite inhibition that way has helped too, and she's also going out in the world now too so that's tiring her out more! 

Thank you for your advice, really appreciate it and glad to know we're doing the right thing! 

She is just gorgeous




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