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Help with a nipping pup

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Cloudy Star, Jun 13, 2009.


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  1. RAINYBOW

    RAINYBOW PetForums VIP

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    It's the only reason they survive ;):D:D
     
  2. whigmaleerie

    whigmaleerie PetForums Newbie

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    Hi

    When my boarder collie was a puppy he did this when he didnt get his own way, we stoped this by putting a bit of yogurt on our hand and when he did it we carmed him down and told him to be gentle when likking the yogurt, worked a treat and he stoped nipping straight away, incedently he is now 3 and loves youguts what ever flaviour
     
  3. sarybeagle

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    My 10 week old beagle has suddenly (almost over night) gone from a few nips to full on biting and today she actually drawn blood from me :(

    I tried the yelping but that actually seemed to excite her even more. I am saying quite loud and low no which initially stopped the biting but today she actually turned and jumped at my face when I said it.

    I take her to the kitchen where she has timeout for up to 5 mins depending how quickly she settles down but now when I pick her up to take her she is continuing to bite me and this is when she punctured the skin on my hand.

    When she is good and licks and plays nicely she gets lots of praise and treats its just the biting is now taking over the play-she wont take any interest on a toy instead of a hand.

    Just wondered is there something I am doing wrong or do I continue with removing her and praising the good play? I have just returned her straight to the kitchen after 5 mins as the first thing she did on coming back in was bite my son who is sick on the sofa :(

    Many thanks xxxxxx
     
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    Some dogs DO get more excited by high-pitched yelps - it's one thing to be wary of, particularly if your dog is a type bred to kill rats and/or other squeaky things ;)
     
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    Storm is a 12 week old Alaskan Malamute and most of the time he is so gentle and loving, but when he is overtired he gets very nippy and growly. Yelping and saying no just makes him worse, I have found giving him "time out" in his crate for 5 mins and ignoring him while he is in there seems to work to calm him down.
    My father in law has not helped by "tapping" Storm on the nose when he gets like this, despite me telling him not to :mad2:
    I think the whole family has to be consistant in their methods of handling nipping puppies or the poor puppy will just be confused :frown2:
     
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    Ok Bella is getting worse?? Im making sure I am consistant with my behaviour towards her-I remove her straight away from the room with 1 firm no and then place her in the kitchen behind the gate and I dont speak to her again after the inital no. The time it takes her to settle after being placed in here is also getting longer-she whines which she has never done before except for her first night her and generally gets herself more and more wound up.

    Today she has just really growled and bitten me when I came in and sat down on the sofa after letting her out for the loo. She wasnt hyper, playing just walking back on the room and bang lunged.

    I also noticed today during our training session she became over excited about having the reward and began jumping on me trying to get the treat off me, where as before she was very well behaved and would sit, lie on command and wait for the treat.

    Food hasnt changed, meal times the same, her daily routine is still the same?? I really dont know where Im going wrong im following all advice and like I said she has been really very good but im feeling a bit lost at the moment.
     
  7. leahsarah206

    leahsarah206 PetForums Newbie

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    we had a similar problem with one of our dogs, we were told its totally normal, they do it with their siblings when playing as a pup, we were told to yelp dramatically as a dogs would , it takes a little while but they get the message. Sometimes walk away too, they realise that playtime is over
    hope this helps :D
     
  8. Foxman

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    Nipping is natural behaviors, just like human infants teething. When a puppy is between two and six moths of age, they can be stopped!

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    Chewing and nipping is investigative behavior. It is how they learn about their world and it is completely normal. But it is important to

    direct the puppy to chewing appropriate items. Then i want to say your puppy needs specially designed and safe pet toys, which can

    keep him happily occupied for a long time.
     
  9. Liz1

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    Hi I Am new to this site and so relieved to find out that this is normal behaviour, starting to think that I had the most vicious dog in the world, even though deep down I knew it is normal behaviour as had researched getting puppy for many years and expected it.. We have an 8 and a half week old lab, she is absolutely gorgeous and is really good at toileting, eating sleeping etc but her nipping is her down side. Have followed the tips of shouting no, down etc, saying ow out loud so she knows she has hurt us and also ignoring her but the main problem is once she has hold she won't let go. Got a kong toy yesterday and hoping to distract her with that. How long does this phase usually last, we have 3 children and obviously don't leave them alone with her, they quite nervous that she will bite and hurt them, although youngest two don't really fuss her too much just eldest as she dog mad and has received few nipps on end of pjs and toes.
     
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    thats some acheivement if thats your only problem! my 9 week old lurcher can't get to grips with toilet training, sleeping at night, as well as biting/chewing everything (including my other 2 dogs) in sight. I found a loud squeal works best, and she just mouths me now, but she's making the other 2 dogs lives a misery at the moment, but they are being brill. just hang on to the thought 'it's just a phase', at least dogs get through them quicker than kids!
     

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    Hi thanks for your reply and good luck with your lurcher. she seems to get worse with a loud yelp, a firm no and then ignoring her is working a bit better, she is off to first puppy party this week so maybe some canine socialisation will help !! fingers crossed
     
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    Hi, we have a Golden Cocker Spaniel who is just 12 weeks and she is nipping. Our legs, feet anywhere really. If I tell her off (and I point my finger which is a big mistake!) she just does it more. We give her her toys but she is not interested. We have tried shouting NO and NAUGHTY but she thinks its a game. We will keep on as persistance is the key and hopefully very soon she will get the message!
     
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    Just wanted to say Bellas biting is getting better (shes now 14 weeks) its mostly when she is over excited or tired she gets snappy.

    Im hoping she will keep biting less and less as other that she is a smashing pup.
     
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    i'm sure that this is something many of you won't agree with but i purchased a book called how to train your beagle and it states in it that if they are biting very hard on your hand and nothing else works then gently squeeze their top lip together with your thumb and forefinger using the hand they are biting until they let go. they soon learn that by biting they will get discomfort and it stops them from doing it. you do not pinch hard or hurt them you just apply a little bit of pressure.
     
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    Hi i have a 7 week old springer spaniel and she is doing exactly the same going for my feet and bottom of trousers everytime i walk and even sometimes when im sitting down.
    Ive tried everything with her but she just ignores me and she can become quite vicious towards me and my partner.

    Anyone got any other ideas?
     
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    Nipping could really develop into rough playing... Before when my dog starts nipping I just hold his mouth for a while and he's quite getting the hint that nipping isn't good, and I am glad that he stopped nipping after many times of being held at mouth...
     
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    Hi There
    Congrats on your new Springer Pup, welcome to a wonderful world

    Nipping is common behavior, so what I do with all my springer pups when they nip is let out a very loud EEIIYYEEEEEEEE and stop whatever fun they were having ege playing etc, and I get up an walk away. Soon they associate that behavior with the end of attention and a Springer hates that.

    Here is some Springer Puppy info and General Springer Stuff

    Springer Spaniel Puppies
     
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    To all those struggling hang in there.
    Our cocker was a nightmare we have holes in clothes to prove it!!!

    The only thing that worked was time out which had to be outside as she would wee!!!

    She is now 6 months, adorable and only mouthing at times of play when a toy has not been given and when grooming.

    I don't think the time out curred it, but i guess it gave the impression that this was not acceptable.

    Like others have said its a phase that spoiled our enjoyment of her early months as cuddles were impossible!

    But we're making up for it:wink:
     
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    Hi
    I can completly understand your problem, when we got bailey our choc lab, I thought at one point that i had brought the only nasty lab pup to be born ever!!! She was like a crocodile sometimes, i looked on all the forums and everyone seemed to say the same thing. The loud ouch and walking away worked, sometimes!! other times it just made her more excited. I have to say the thing that helped the most was when she went to doggy day care, the other dogs soon taught her what was too hard. She pretty much stopped nipping in a week. She is 5 months now and very soft in the mouth. Thank goodness, my hands and arms looked dreadful. It will end, you just have to be really strict with saying no and moving away from them. :smile5:

    Goodluck
     
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