Q. My puppy is 15 weeks old and is biting me. I can't seem to stop her. What should I do?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Biting and nibbling is very common in puppies, as like infants, they tend to explore their environment with their mouths. As a puppy hits about 5-7 months of age, her adult teeth will also begin to come in, making his need to chew even higher! Providing plenty of distracting chews as well as teaching some bite inhibition can help to save your fingers! Chew toys such as thick canvas toys, toys that can be cooled in the fridge to soothe sore gums and toys that treats can be hidden in make for a great chew experience. If your fingers and hands are the target, letting out a loud "YELP!" and walking away can also teach your puppy that you do not enjoy her nibble sessions. Another way to teach bite control is through "air-planing" treats which involves slowly moving the treat down to your dog's nose. If she jumps or gets too excited, remove the treat and start again. If she stays calm and doesn't lunge, award her the treat. This can help teach her patience and control when playing with people!