Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
When my past doodle Max was about 10 months old he was one of those dogs that mouthed like you describe. I didn't think anything of it until I showed up at my puppy class one evening and my teacher looked at my hand and saw some scratches on my hand. She asked, what are those scratches from? I answered quite nonchalantly, oh I was just playing with the Max. She very sternly said to me that that behavior was unacceptable and would promote bad behavior when he was an adult. I then asked her how I could make hi stop. She stated that for one week, I couldn't pet him. I said how am I or my family members going to be able to not pet my dog. She said if you want to break him of this habit, to trust her, which I did. For one week I didn't pet him or stroke him in any manner. She said to continue to praise him verbally and speak with love and affection. Well a week later I started petting him again and the mouthing had stopped. It's worth a try. I will be looking for your response to let me know how you made out. Good luck
Andrew, this discussion is more than 3 years old.
I'm new to the site and the organization. My enthusiasm blinded me for a moment, until I hit send and realized the date. oooooppps. Still, maybe it will help someone currently. I'm sure it's happened to others. Thanks for the heads up