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I am a first time Havanese owner and I am loving him!! I have an adorable all white havanese puppy who we brought home at 11 weeks old. Our Rascal is now 16 weeks old amazing how time has gone by. He's a good boy, very loveable; however, he has a habit of nipping a lot
We are trying very hard to stop this behavior and get him to respond better to "No" as in "no biting". I am open to any suggestions and opinions because I realize we need to get him trained while still young

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Welcome Love the name Rascal- appropriate for a Hav!

Is Rascal going after your hands? If so, not sure what else you are doing other than saying "No", but if you just pull it away, say "no" & then keep playing/petting after he may interpret that as a game and keep doing it so be careful. If he is going after feet, no advice we never had that issue at all.

I was lucky my pup had fantastic "bite inhibition" when I got her was & not stubborn about nipping. In addition she is super easy to train,
but when she did do it I followed some advice from others on the forum:
I stayed away from the word "No" -redirected with appropriate things to chew on- yelped loudly and stopped playing with her - short time outs, etc.

This might help too-
I also taught my pup the word "easy" at a young age... I used it at first when offering her to take toys, or treats from my hand to mean to do it gently. When she was "easy" I would praise "good easy!!!!" and give a treat (or an extra treat of higher value in my other pocket when she took the initial low value treat gently) - that helped a bunch at her learning to be gentle; then was able to use the "easy" command too when she would jump up at our faces etc. Worked like a charm - except for when the Zoomies hit! Nothing can calm her then except wearing herself out!
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Welcome to the forum! Your Rascal is soooo cute!
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Welcome to you and little Rascal, what a sweetie.
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I also taught my pup the word "easy" at a young age... I used it at first when offering her to take toys, or treats from my hand to mean to do it gently. When she was "easy" I would praise "good easy!!!!" and give a treat (or an extra treat of higher value in my other pocket when she took the initial low value treat gently) - that helped a bunch at her learning to be gentle; then was able to use the "easy" command too when she would jump up at our faces etc. Worked like a charm - except for when the Zoomies hit! Nothing can calm her then except wearing herself out!
I use 'gently' for the same sort of thing (for my deaf Dalmatian years ago it was the sign for 'softly'). Perry is generally very careful about taking treats, but occasionally he needs a reminder.
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Welcome Love the name Rascal- appropriate for a Hav!

Is Rascal going after your hands? If so, not sure what else you are doing other than saying "No", but if you just pull it away, say "no" & then keep playing/petting after he may interpret that as a game and keep doing it so be careful. If he is going after feet, no advice we never had that issue at all.

I was lucky my pup had fantastic "bite inhibition" when I got her was & not stubborn about nipping. In addition she is super easy to train,
but when she did do it I followed some advice from others on the forum:
I stayed away from the word "No" -redirected with appropriate things to chew on- yelped loudly and stopped playing with her - short time outs, etc.

This might help too-
I also taught my pup the word "easy" at a young age... I used it at first when offering her to take toys, or treats from my hand to mean to do it gently. When she was "easy" I would praise "good easy!!!!" and give a treat (or an extra treat of higher value in my other pocket when she took the initial low value treat gently) - that helped a bunch at her learning to be gentle; then was able to use the "easy" command too when she would jump up at our faces etc. Worked like a charm - except for when the Zoomies hit! Nothing can calm her then except wearing herself out!
great advice thank you!!
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great advice thank you!! we started using a can with pennies in it. when we say No we shake the can and this has given instant results he backs right down and then will lick you or just lie down and give his "poor me eyes" I think they are generally easy to train and this is just one area we need to focus more on and he will eventually get it!!
Please don't scare your puppy with penny cans. Teach him what he SHOULD be doing instead.
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Jeez, I am far from being mean to him Think you totally got the wrong idea and jumping to conclusions. We shook the can 1/4 filled with pennies and I wasn't shaking it at him in an aggressive way. This was a suggestion in a training book purchased AND update only used the can that first day and all training is going well. as he gets older he seems to listen and respond to commands so much better. with all that said because your comment made me seem like an awful pet owner which by the way I have had 2 prior dogs and my last dog lived 17 years so I know how to treat and be a good pet owner. sorry if this comes off defensive
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Krandal didn't call you mean or an awful pet owner and offered a better approach.
You are obviously concerned about the behavior are trying to find what works, so reaching out to find a solution.

It's just that shaking pennies in a can is not a positive training method. It's eliciting a startle/fear response. Basically marking bad behavior(opposite of clicker training). It could also make your pup more reactive to loud noises and he could associate you with things that are unpleasant. I have been able to get an almost solid recall with my pup already because she associates me with fun and treats for example. Not loud scary noises.

Not all training books are for positive training unfortunately.

I am no expert by any means- but really agree with positive training methods and would never shake a penny can at a dog either.

Maybe Dave has a good link for this...? He is an expert in dog behavior.
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He's adorable!! He looks like my Gelato when she was younger, but with brown ears. Did you get him from a breeder?
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