Beeji is a really good dog but does still try to mouth when playing and his teeth can be hard, He doesn't bite as in a mean bite but just using his mouth.
I have been doing the firm no bites, immediately stop playing and ignore. He usually settles right down and is okay.
Today I was sitting in my recliner and he came and got up in it with me (which is fine, he had permission). But then he climbed up so that his butt was up on my shoulder, I was sort of reclining but not fully. Then he flopped over and his head was at my face, he mouthed my nose and it was harder than usual, still not a real bite but teeth were there.
I said no bites, and he stopped but then immediately went to do it again, I could tell he was excited so I just sat up and slid him off my lap onto the floor (not hard, not in anyway angry, just my sitting up and he slips off) as I did so I did a high pitch yelp, said no bites very firmly (all this while sitting up so it was very fast) and totally ignored him and sat very straight and still.
Beeji just sat there on the ground with this look of o crap, I've blown it now. (Remember he has been abused/beaten/hurt or something in the past so I am very careful not to do anything that will look like physical punishment) I didn't say anything to him and wouldn't look at him.
I waited a second, got up and walked away to the kitchen, he slunk and I mean slunk to the couch and crawled up and lay down and didn't move.
I waited in the kitchen out of his sight until I saw out of the corner of my eye that he was not in the fear posture but was just sitting on the couch.
I washed my hands, put away a glass or two and then called him to me. When he came over nice and calm, I petted him and gently told him good boy.
He hasn't mouthed anymore today but that doesn't mean he won't try it again when he does get excited.
I went back and reread several posts and hope I am handling this correctly.
I also took him outside later and let him exercise a bit more. I don't think we had walked as long as usual this morning, but I have injured my foot and can't walk as far. I will see a doctor for it today and I hope we can find a solution or I am going to have to try and find some one to walk him.
The Vet has given us permission for him to run and play a bit more than he had been due to the heartworm treatment. he will have to go back to a slower pace after the next shots but they usually make him feel not so good so it is easier for him to stay quiet then.
So we were able to do some ball tosses, where he could run after them. (He doen't fetch so I had to hobble after him to get the ball and toss it again) I also got him an outdoor floppy flipper disk and he chased that a bit and ran some with it.
He is now asleep on my bed so I guess I got him tired enough.
I sure wish he didn't have the mouthing problem, I think who ever had him must have let him be mouthy as a pup and then never dealt with it and probably didn't like that he does it as an adult.
I'm hoping we can begin some basic obedience training as soon as I get news of my foot. If I can't do it, I'm going to see if the trainer at my friends boarding/doggy daycare/ grooming shop can work with him a bit.
Overall he is a nice pretty mellow fellow but he is a high energy dog and I want to make sure he gets the work outs he needs.
I'd appreciate any advice from all the trainer gurus on here! He is too good of a dog to let him not get his manners as we say!!
If you know of any energetic dog walkers in Bladen County, NC let me know!! LOL