I’m hoping I can get some advice from you and your readers. We’ve recently added nine-week-old Malcolm (left) to our family. He’s the second Scottie we’ve owned and I can tell you he’s quite a pistol.
We’re having a bit of a problem with his rough play, though. He LOVES biting fingers and toes. So much so, in fact, it’s becoming a hazard since he almost tripped my wife going for her foot while she was walking.
I would really appreciate any advice on dealing with biting puppies. I know chewing and nipping is natural, but feel we’ve got to make sure he knows we don’t like this behavior.
Thanks for any help.
I so feel your pain. Those baby Scottie teeth are very sharp.
Our dog Bridget was also a terrible foot biter. My ankles were covered in cuts and scratches when she was a pup. We couldn’t walk anywhere in the house without getting attacked. We even resorted to hideous Crocs shoes for foot protection.
In the end, we stopped the biting with my secret weapon, the spray bottle. If you follow the link, you’ll also find that the comments include other methods for putting an end to biting.
As for Bridget, she never completely outgrew her ankle biting, but it is now just an occasional nuisance as opposed to a vicious force to contend with on every much-needed trip to the bathroom. Let’s just say that what’s happening in the video below would never take place at our house where the policing would be far more interventionist than a few barks.