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Offline bmthmark

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Re: Normal puppy, Cockerdile or genuine aggression?
« Reply #30 on: January 11, 2018, 03:34:18 PM »
They DO grow out of it but at times the process seems to take forever.

Barnaby's now 13 months old and while he stopped play biting overnight when he turned 6 months old,  he continues to gently bite my forearm at times as a sign of affection,  or alternatively to tell me that he's hungry. I've seen other Cockers that do this.  He only does it to me and I'm not unhappy about it as he never hurts me,  so we've no plan to train it out of him.

He is very much in control of his bite inhibition now.  Last weekend while we were having a game of tug he accidentally bit my hand... there was no blood drawn but it hurt somewhat.  He was mortified,  stopped playing immediately and was kind of ashamed of himself for an hour afterwards... and I'd not chastised him for it at all.

Digger: We ( and Barnaby) will be back at our home on the NE Essex coast (Holland on Sea) for two weeks starting Sun 14th. Jan.  If you fancy a walk on the beach with the dogs please drop us a PM. (BTW  Barnaby's fine with other dogs,  both boys and girls,  so there should be no interaction problems from his part)

ATB   Jon  Sarka and the brown wirling dervish known as Barnaby

My 14 month old is exactly the same, he play bites me and knows how hard he can do it until it hurts. Luckily he only does this with me and if he does it too hard I say to him 'Gentle' and he then proceeds to lick the area, I think its his way of saying sorry.
I'm also never unhappy with him as its clear that he just likes to play with me. I think he thinks of me as a play mate  :005:

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Re: Normal puppy, Cockerdile or genuine aggression?
« Reply #31 on: January 11, 2018, 03:44:53 PM »
Hello TheAdventuresofBarnaby

our 9 month old, Mason, stopped biting, as you say, at about 6 months, but a month or so later started mouthing affectionately. He doesn't come close to hurting, just gently holds you fingers with his teeth. We hadn't thought to discourage him, it's quite nice, but something I read on CoL a few days ago made me think that he might hurt somebody and so we've started training him to not bite. It's a shame - he has so few ways of communicating - but just in case...

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Re: Normal puppy, Cockerdile or genuine aggression?
« Reply #32 on: January 11, 2018, 04:07:23 PM »
Henry will gently mouth on me and other members of the immediate household when having a cuddle but has never, ever done it to anyone else when having a cuddle (and yes, he will have a cuddle with pretty much anyone) - that includes long term houseguests and regular visitors. We don’t encourage it - if he starts having a ‘nibble’ we tell him to go get a toy, whereupon cuddling resumes. But I’m fairly confident he would never do it to anyone outside the inner circle of his humans.
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Re: Normal puppy, Cockerdile or genuine aggression?
« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2018, 04:33:02 PM »
LondonGirl, that's interesting. Our older pair have never mouthed - cuddled yes, but no play-biting, so we weren't sure where it could lead. Maybe we are wrong to discourage Mason.

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Re: Normal puppy, Cockerdile or genuine aggression?
« Reply #34 on: January 11, 2018, 04:52:29 PM »
Yes, same as David and London girl describe,  Barnaby's mouthing is affectionate.  Its not play biting.

The bite I received as described was entirely due to bad timing on my part,  but Barnaby decided it was his fault.

Our only concern is not about him hurting someone,  only that it could be scary for non-dog owners. ( although its very unlikely that he'll adopt the mouthing behaviour with anyone he doesn't know really well)





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Re: Normal puppy, Cockerdile or genuine aggression?
« Reply #35 on: January 11, 2018, 06:43:54 PM »
Oh you lovely people. I just told my husband that I now know where all the nice people hang out..they are on COL!! We always say that we are very suspicious of people who say they don't like animals...

LEO: You are my new rock- thank you and hope your boy has settled back down- what a monkey :005:

Mudmagnet: Woodbridge is a bit of a hike from where we are however it would be nice so like you say, perhaps in the spring we could tie it in with something else like you do and hook up for a riverside stroll. :D

Theadventuresof Barnaby: Thankyou. It's not too out of the way for us, and we all like a bit of beach! I am useless with tech but I'll try and get a message to you to see if we could arrange something.  :D