He's at it again.
Moose bit me 3...count them: 1, 2, 3 times.
I don't know how to make him stop.
I figured today, he bit me because he was frustrated. But I don't know what he wanted at all. He's at that in between age where he just doesn't have a word for what he wants, so I can't understand him all the time. I know it's frustrating for me so I imagine it is for him, too. I can feel it in his body when he's frustrated; it tenses up and he'll give a little shout sometimes. Then he may start crying, too. So I pick him up to try and comfort him and understand him. This often makes him more frustrated because he doesn't like to be held down (like during shots) so he'll lean in. That's when he bites. It's not like a big chunk of my skin but it hurts!
I've calmly told him "no."
I've hollered "ow."
I've grabbed his face & said "no." (don't worry it's not hard...no harder than a squishy face kiss)
I've tried time outs (which he doesn't understand the cause/effect yet).
I've tried distraction.
I've tried to calmly talk to him (which he again doesn't get & usually makes him more upset).
I just don't know what to do. I don't want him to bite. I don't want to be bitten! But I don't know how to understand him all the time. It's not like I can say, "use your words." Poor guy has no words! It's just really frustrating for me. AND I have seen him bite his own arm, too.
Any ideas on how to make him stop? Or even better on how to understand why he's frustrated?
PS He has more teeth than the picture shows. There's 4 top, 4 bottom. Good things it's even.