We are first time corgi owners and am new at the "puppy raising process." Stella, our 10 week old Pembroke, is the sweetest puppy ever - except when she gets really nippy and mouthy. We are aware that this is probably "normal puppy" behavior - but her teeth are awfully sharp! I do my best to teach her bite inhibition by letting her mouth my hand and when she does - I shout "NO" and she lets up on pressure. Sometimes when she does not stop and will start to give a growl - we will shout "NO" and then ignore her or give her a time out in her pen. She usually calms down (we praise and let her out when she does), but goes right back to it.
Is this typical puppy play?
Do you think tapping the nose or using a spray bottle for when she gets really nippy an effective method?
It is also funny and cute - when we shout "NO" she will usually back off, give a shy snap at the air (she always tries to get the last word :)) - then submit.