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Carly, now 4 months old, thinks the greatest fun in the world is to nip and grab at our ankles or pants legs as my husband and I walk across the room or the yard. No amount of "no bite!" scolding will deter her when this bit of devilment strikes her. Adding to the frustration is the way she'll rear back and jump just out of reach if we bend down to pick her up or try to get her off our ankle or jeans leg. Yesterday I decided to keep her leash on her all day so we could control her ankle biting when/if she had a mind to try it and that helped. She wasn't keen on having the leash trail around with her everywhere (it's a short 4 ft one), but it did give us a way to stop the behavior at once and prevent the bite and run dance that she thinks is so funny.

Has anyone else dealt with this? Found a solution? I know she'll outgrow it but in the meantime we've got puppy tooth marks on our ankles and holes in our jeans!

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Comment by Martha Barberino & Carly on March 6, 2013 at 7:13am
Jo and Diane I'm reading your posts to my husband and we're feeling so much better. My husband seems to get the brunt of the rush-in, nip-and-bite, run away treatment from Carly more than I do. I think she thinks he's playing because his voice gets louder and he gets agitated which just eggs her on. She won't stop till she's put back in her room, whereupon the crazies stop abruptly. Whoever coined the zoomies term should get a place in Webster's Dictionary! It is so perfect a description of what gets into her. But most of the time she's really laid back, eats and sleeps like a champ, works at her potty training, is submissive with other dogs and doesn't know a stranger. Thanks everyone, this helps a lot :)
Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on March 6, 2013 at 1:53am

Oh, and I used a spray water bottle - it worked pretty well (until the next day!  Lol!)

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on March 6, 2013 at 1:48am

I have had the same experience as Jo, Martha.  Dulcie was a terror about jumping up and snagging my clothes with those sharp little puppy teeth (and once my arm instead of the clothes!)  But she did get over the worst of it, although we definitely deal with the zoomies and being naughty at night (especially if Dulcie doesn't get enough exercise!   Dulcie will look at me out of the corner of her eye and snatch stuff off the counter and RUN!  Tonight it's been a roll of duct tape, wrappers out of the trash and my plastic dog food lid.  But I can't help laughing at her antics, which is why she does it, I'm sure!  Hang in there - the puppyhood passes all too quickly!  :)

Comment by Jo Bill on March 5, 2013 at 8:34pm

Martha, we had the exact same thing with Gizmo at that age.  I cannot tell you how many shirts, jeans and pj's he put holes into or totally destroyed!  We used time-outs, too.  They worked well until he got too big to pick up or drag him to his "condo".  I've been told that a squirt bottle with vinegar also works.  It didn't work on Gizmo well, though.  He thought it was a game and loved the water (even though it smelled like vinegar).  Night time is THE time to act out for Doods.  They get the zoomies and run all over, get into things they shouldn't, and can be totally obnoxious!  Silly dogs.  Gizmo does it to this day and he's 18 months old!

Comment by Martha Barberino & Carly on March 5, 2013 at 4:43pm
Thanks so much Rose, Beverly and Lois :) Everyday Carly comes up with something new for me to puzzle over. Makes me wonder what I used to think about before she came to live with us. She's so funny and delightful 99% of the time, and I agree, Rose, that the Doodle personality, temperament and intelligence make them so easy to live with. We've had other dogs over the years but a long time since we've raised one from puppyhood. Certainly keeping me on my 60 year old toes!
Comment by Rose on March 5, 2013 at 3:30pm

I agree Martha, (IE. spending time figuring out the puppy).  I already had the only truly reliable resource for raising kids on hand --God's own Word. 
But puppies are another matter, there is a plethora of conflicting opinions, and trying to reason out why a particular theory has merit over can be a challenge.  I can see merit in Cesar Millan's theories as it makes sense--if this is the way that the mother dog and other pack members maintain order, then the dog will understand what you're trying to communicate; you'll be speaking his language.

And the "positive reinforcement" advocates make sense as well.  And these practices are certainly to be preferred--when it's posible--when the dog's in the right frame of mind to benefit from it.

I'm so thankful that Doodles generally tend to grow up into easy going, loving and submissive dogs, with all kinds of owners and theories being practiced.  It gives me hope that my mistakes probably won't bear as problematic fruit, as if I had a more challenging breed.  :)

Comment by Beverly and Eli on March 5, 2013 at 9:10am

Isn't that the truth Martha, and I worry about his emotional health???  What?  They're all different and that was never more obvious than when we tried to pick one out of a litter of eight.  So I figure I need to take care of my needs first, like getting rest, and teach the puppy to follow along with our lifestyle.  He's our fifth dog in almost 40 years and we still have number 4, who's only 2 1/2 so I guess somewhere along the line we've done okay.

Comment by Martha Barberino & Carly on March 5, 2013 at 7:39am
Beverly, I think I spend more time trying to figure this puppy out than I did my kids!
Comment by Beverly and Eli on March 5, 2013 at 7:33am

Sounds like you have that one figure out.

Comment by Martha Barberino & Carly on March 5, 2013 at 7:32am
Thanks everyone for your ideas and help. Carly's "room" is our Florida room off the kitchen which has been baby gated off from the rest of the house since we got her. Easier for potty training and a smaller space for her to manage-- we use it as a tv room. Lately we've been allowing her in the main living area of the house when we're there to supervise. She's good at going to the door when she needs to go out so we trust her enough to let her integrate with life outside her space. We've found that time-outs back behind the baby gate help her to calm herself down when she starts getting too rambunctious with the biting and jumping. This usually happens in the evenings and means she's just too tired and needs to sleep. We put her in her room, my husband and I continue watching tv in the living room and within a minute or two she's sound asleep. Time-outs definitely work for her.

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