We are following Dr Dunbar's methods here, and I must say, teaching bite inhibition is not for the faint of heart! LOL
My husband has a very high tolerance for it -- we are still in the "let him bite, but teach him to bite softly" stage -- but I don't last as long. I just feel like someone's making me swish my hands in a jarful of nails over and over, not fun. But I am determined to make sure he learns this, so I force myself to do it at least once a day. We have spoken to our two older children (almost 13, almost 10) about this -- we explained that if they are not comfortable with it, then to just stop playing with him altogether when he does this. But if they feel they can tolerate a little of the shallow biting, then say "ow" and stop playing for a moment when he bites harder, then they are also teaching him. My son (the 10-yr-old) has been very good about this so far, he has a lot of patience and just adores Lucky.
We have a 6-yr-old, too, but interactions with the two of them are closely supervised. She likes most to pet him when he is calm and on someone's lap.
I'm sure many of you have gone through this, but it's good to know I am not alone in going through it right now. Maybe we should have a daily thread for the young puppy owners and we can commisserate.
Lucky -- M Blenheim 9/28/10