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Old 12-29-2012, 02:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Second Phase of Teething and Biting

When we first got Benson, as a small puppy, he liked to chew and bite us, but we followed the advice on here and it stopped. Benson is now 20 months old and in the past few weeks he has started to regress into some puppy like behaviour, including chewing and biting again. Tonight he drew blood from my husband's finger.

The recent chewing always happens at playtime and often when we want him to drop a toy, but he still wants to chew it or hold it. We wondered whether he could still be teething or if this is caused by something else?

Is there anything specific we should do now he is a little older?

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Geez, sorry no help from me... I just hope Ellie doesn't revert back to chewing! My arms and hands can't take it!

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at 20 months it is not teethng
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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At 20 months, he's certainly not teething. What I suggest he's doing is challenging you! And for this, you have to stand your ground (you - boss), but don't force the issue. If he has his toy, leave him be. You probably do need to try to concentrate on the 'drop' or 'leave' command because there may come a time when he gets hold of something dangerous to him, although for me, it's always better with Bassets, to AVOID! If I need to get something off mine, I always offered something 'better' so the article they had was dropped in favour of what I had (normally FOOD )

Just don't force him into a corner because Bassets are quite well-known for resource guarding which comes from being a pack animal and in the pack, guarding what they see are their's, from something to somewhere
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