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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-14-2007, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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How do I get Beamer to stop 'nipping'?? I mean, its not hard at all.. but still.. He does this when we pla and he lunges for his toys.. so obviously sometimes are fingers are on the toys in the way, so he kinda bites us...
How do you stop this?? Also, when i try to drag him out of his crate, he will get nippy sometimes.. hmmmmmmmmmm

Ofcourse it does not help when friends come over and they are play fighting with him and sticking hands all over his face and he nips.. and they dont say anything.. so he must think its ok for him to do... ughhh
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It really is a puppy thing & he will outgrow it at some point, but in the meantime I always say sternly "no teeth" when their teeth touch skin. And with Logan, when I knew he was in his nippy stage (early morning when we all come downstairs & he greets us) I would bring a stuffed toy with me, put it in his mouth, and then greet him. He kept the toy in his mouth and got all the love!! To this day, when he is excited he grabs a toy in his mouth to greet us!! It is really funny!! Has your MHS kicked in yet??
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Frustrating, isn't it? lol

I had the same issue breaking Gucci, because some of my kids wouldn't stop her from nipping so it took longer to break her of it.

When we are playing with toys and she gets too rough or *careless* I use the term "easy" and stop and tell her "no bite", she does understand this now, because if she doesn't take it down a notch after "easy". I would drop the toy and walk away. The kids are doing the same thing. Yay. Progress.

I posted a thread on this awhile back and got lots of great suggestions. Did you read my thread? I think it was called "Nipping" too.

I also would firmly hold her and say "NO bite" and I would sometimes *yelp* like I was hurt, Her reaction to that was really cute, she would start licking the place I was hurt. lol

They are adorable and hard to get mad at.

But continue to try to get EVERYONE on board with the same program. I told my kids "the trainer said this" and the "trainer said that". They were much more willing to do things the "trainer said" than me. Argh! kids! lol

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I broke my dogs of nipping by putting them in their kennel every time they started...they soon figured out when they bit they would get taken away from the fun. Some of it is the age though and should grow out of it.
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Laurie..
MHS indeed! 'Mango the 2nd' (the original Mango would have wanted it this way..) should be ready to come home in 3 weeks I think.. good times! Will post pics when I get new ones tomorrow!

I have not told Beamer yet.. hmm... wonder how he'll handle the news?? hehe
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I agree with everyone here - it is a puppy thing, and they do grow out of it. Oreo had a bit of a relapse in the beginning of his teenage years, and like Kara, we did pretty much the same here. Now if any teeth even touch skin, we say "no bite" and he comes back to lick and say sorry.

I agree it is hard to stay angry at them as they just are too darn cute. Keep doing the best you can and before you know it Ryan, Beamer will totally get it.

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We use the "No Bite" method with Radar. It works with him Plus I use a really deep voice when he gets nippy. Sometimes My wife will put her hands in his mouth if she's playing with him. He won't get too rough and knows when to be gentle. He gets the idea most of the time.
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I am sure that Beamer will be thrilled to have Mango II join the family!! I bet you cannot wait! Is it from the litter you looked at when Mango I was diagnosed?? How is he doing??
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Laurie,

Yeah.. Mango 2 is from the other Pan litter that I spoke about....from the same breader though..
He is more cream though, with white markings.. where Beamer is the reverse of that..lol

Mango 1 is going fine.. he is acting like nothing is wrong.. hopefully he will live many years!
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After trying "No biting," then "NO BITING!!!!", then short time-outs in the crate, then giving a tug to the cheek with a "No biting!", we tried using a squirt bottle filled with water and set on "stream" (not "spray) to discourage nipping with our first Hav, Lincoln. The breeder suggested the last two methods He was an extremely exuberant puppy and has always been WAY playful. He was scolded regularly as a young puppy and knew his name very well when he picked him up (from all that discipline!) because he was always bugging his littermates and being a bit too rough with them!

To make a long story short, nothing really worked to completely stop the behavior right away. But, as he got past the 1st year, he stopped nipping. So I'd agree that they can grow out of it.

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