Ok, not really, but those tiny little puppy teeth are like sharp little shark teeth! Take a look through our teething/biting article to save your sanity and set both yourself and your puppy up for success
Sure they look like angelic cute balls of fluff, but there will come a time where you wonder if you've ended up with a Sharkadoodle
First, know that mouthing and biting, and chewing are all TOTALLY normal behaviors for a puppy. It's natural for a pup to chew, BUT you need to make sure right away that you set boundaries about what's ok to chew, and what's not- like you or the kitchen table! Remember, your puppy is a baby, and just like human babies, they will need to teethe and will be uncomfortable while they go through the stages of baby teeth coming in, losing them, and their adult canines coming through. So knowing that your pup need to chew, make sure you have appropriate items for them to chew on, such as teething rings, tendons, and chew toys. You can also soak a Terry cloth in chicken broth and put it in the freezer for them to mouth on (this feels good on their gums) as well as make them a special smoothie or doggy ice cream! I'll include some links below
Puppies, when they play with eachother, use their mouths and their teeth. Through doing this, they learn BITE INHIBITION (learning exactly how much pressure to use with their mouth to make sure they don't hurt their playmate) When you play with your puppy, MAKE SURE YOU PLAY WITH A TOY. Don't wrestle or use your hands, as this can encourage them that hands = play things. It's ok later to play with them that way when they've learned the rules and to be gentle, but the first thing you want to teach is good manners, and that hands aren't for chewing Make sure you're in control of the game. It's important for puppies to practice high levels of excitement, while still being able to listen and settle. So try making your puppy "sit" or "wait" before you throw their ball or start up with the toy again. This also helps you gage your puppies energy level- are they able to listen? Are they getting overtired/over stimulated and getting too rough? Is it time for a break?
If your puppy bites you, make an angry high pitched yelp (like a fellow puppy would if they were bit too hard) tell them "no biting" or "gentle" and redirect by putting something they CAN chew like a toy or a treat in their mouth. Stop the game and see if you can get them to settle down. If they can, continue playing. If not, walk away. Make sure you have an escape, so you have a way to walk away without your puppy following you. Puppies LOVE attention, whether it's positive or negative. They'd even rather be in trouble and have your attention, than no attention at all. So if you walk away, your puppy will quickly learn that biting= end of fun and being left alone. If you do need to walk away, only leave their view for a little while (10-20 seconds) then walk in and try again to play. If they make contact with their teeth, the game has to stop again. Make sure that you stay calm. If you push your puppy away, or start swatting your hands or yelling, your puppy interprets that as excitement and will be more likely to keep chomping.
Keep in mind that puppies, just like little kids, get overtired and don't always know when they've had enough and need some quiet time or a nap. If you know your puppy has eaten, had a drink, pottied and had some playtime and they're starting to get extra chompy and wound up, they need some quiet time to have a sleep. So remember, always tell them "no biting" or "gentle" and redirect to a toy or treat. Practice starting/stopping the game. Walk away if you both need a break, and know when to give them some quiet time
Puppy biting doesn't last forever! And the more diligent you are about creating rules, redirecting, and following through, the sooner you'll have a puppy that keeps their mouth to themselves
Links for frozen puppy treats https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/ice-cream-dogs/