I'm new to this forum and must properly thank all of you for welcoming me here so generously. It's greatly appreciated.
I recently got my goldendoodle, Bella, and she's adjusted quite nicely aside from some issues that I'm hoping we can fix. She's very mouthy, hates to be alone in her crate in the living room at night, and thinks her leash is a toy and gets really excited, insisting tugging matches with herself when its put on. So far we've tried to be consistent and the crate, is gradually easing, so its not that much of an issue any more.
Bella is really mouthy, and when I mean mouthy I mean EVERYTHING is in her mouth and she's chewing it. Hands, pants, shoes, anything on the floor or ground outside (and some plants that are most certainly not on the ground), it's gotten to the point where nothing can be within her reach and she must be watched and corrected constantly. Now I'm new to this whole puppy thing and I might be being totally over protective, and I'm ready to hear that, but I have evidence on my side that when not watched she's eating very stupid and silly things (she's already had an upset stomach to the point of vomiting and we're thinking its from eating too many leaves/sticks from our yard).
We're doing our best to keep up with her and followed puppy proofing guides even before she came home. But she's found a way to outsmart or just plain do things we never expected at every turn. All in all her mouthiness is getting old quickly. She bites people and clothing constantly; when they're petting, playing, playing with a toy, just sitting near her. I don't see where scolding her every five seconds is going to get anywhere, she'll just get confused and not bother to listen any more.
She has plenty of chewing outlets and knows that they are her's (some by name). She has bones, which she loves, a kong, a stretchy squeaky, two (one small, one big) soft plush bones with squeakers, and a little green ball with feet that squeaks quite loudly.
She also gets really excited, jumping biting, chewing, tackling, climbing, whenever she sees someone on the floor (laying down, not sitting up, anything that seems to get anywhere near "her" level). It's actually already quite painful and attempting the usual biting messages, no and closing her mouth, doesn't work she seems to not understand and actually believes that we are roughhousing with her so it becomes ridiculous. Eventually, we just stand up and go somewhere else after disentangling ourselves from the attack. The thing that gets me is that she loves car rides, they instantly calm her down and she goes into a zen and cuddly mode. She'll just sit in my lap or at my feet and be perfectly content no mouthiness at all. I've already tried the whole "we'll maybe we're rallying her up bit and that's not it. You could just be petting her and all of a sudden you feel puppy teeth.)
I'm not quite sure what to do. Sometimes she only mouths something once or twice, I'm guessing, to figure out what it is, and then leaves it be. We have bitter apple spray and I've sprayed her "hot spots" already and that seems to work in terms of furniture. I'm guessing this is my big issue other than this and the norms of puppy house training (she's doing great btw) Bella is great. It is a central issue and one I'd love to fix ASAP. She gets along with all of our animals and wants to play with all of them (although most are too old to even consider that :D) so far no biting them but I'm just not sure how long that will last. When she does that she's not going to get just a no and a walk away form our boxing champ cat Binny. :/. Any suggestions, tips, and stories are appreciated. Please tell me I'm not the only one with a chewbacca/ crazy pee poop machine!