Let’s talk about puppies and their predilection for blood letting. During those early months when the puppy is loose ( not in it’s crate) I always have a tug toy on my body and in every room within easy reach. When the pup zeros-in on a body part that tug toy appears in front of said body part. Hopefully my timing is perfect so as they lunge they have their razor teeth wrapped around the tug-toy and not the calf of my leg. For the most part my timing is very good, puppy teeth are very sharp and painful, this has helped improve my timing drastically! When the puppy is acting super crazy and biting like a piranha —it is time for them to go in the crate for a nap. Your Pup is telling you they are tired. It is OK to use the crate as a time-out if you have taught them them the crate is safe and a good place to be ( i.e. Susan Garrett’s Crate Games). Puppies need to bite and chew, they also need a lot of sleep. It is also good for them to learn to be by themselves and just chill—-obviously not all of the time but some time spent alone is fine. I always give them something to exercise their jaws on and to entertain themselves—such as a chew toy, like a stuffed kong, stuffed-femur bone, or Merrick chew treat (I said Merrick because their products are from the USA).
I can also tell you this is not an exclusive problem to the GSD. From teaching puppy classes it is a frequent concern from owners of all breeds of dogs. However, I will concede a drivey GSD puppy may be a little bit more of a handful, then say a Golden puppy.
Please share your experiences, tips, comments, (condolences?) on teething. I looking forward to reading what you have to say.