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When you play with your puppy, let him mouth on your hands. Continue play until he bites especially hard. When he does, immediately give a high-pitched yelp, as if you’re hurt, and let your hand go limp. This should startle your puppy and cause him to stop mouthing you, at least momentarily. (If yelping seems to have no effect, you can say “Too bad!” or “You blew it!” in a stern voice instead.)
Praise your puppy for stopping or for licking you.
Resume whatever you were doing before. If your puppy bites you hard again, yelp again. Repeat these steps no more than three times within a 15-minute period. If you find that yelping alone doesn’t work, you can switch to a time-out procedure.
Time-outs are often very effective for curbing mouthing in puppies. When your puppy delivers a hard bite, yelp loudly. Then, when he startles and turns to look at you or looks around, remove your hand.
Substitute a toy or chew bone when your puppy tries to gnaw on fingers or toes.
Puppies often mouth on people’s hands when stroked, patted and scratched (unless they’re sleepy or distracted). If your puppy gets all riled up when you pet him, distract him by feeding him small treats from your other hand. This will help your puppy get used to being touched without mouthing.
Encourage noncontact forms of play, such as fetch and tug-of-war, rather than wrestling and rough play with your hands. (Refer to our article, Teaching your Dog to Play Fetch, to learn more about this game.) To keep tug-of-war safe and fun for you and your puppy, you’ll need to follow strict rules. Please see our article, Teaching Your Dog to Play Tug-of-War, for detailed guidelines. Once your puppy can play tug safely, keep tug toys in your pocket or have them easily accessible. If he starts to mouth you, you can immediately redirect him to the tug toy. Ideally, he’ll start to anticipate and look for a toy when he feels like mouthing.
originally posted by: BrianFlanders
I would think he'll grow out of it. Just make sure no one in your family is too aggressive with him and don't try to punish him for it. Dogs don't think that way and it makes them more aggressive. I mean, they have some comprehension of when you are not pleased with something they've done but they don't respond too kindly to physical attempts at correction.
In my experience black labs are an incredibly gentle, reasonably intelligent and good-natured breed once they are full grown. Give him some time.
originally posted by: Akragon
a reply to: Talorc
When he bites grab his snout... Or upper or lower jaw
Even his tongue... He will pull away and eventually stop mouth playing
Of course you don't want to hurt the pup... Just a gentle grip so the pup knows its not allowed