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I have a 12 week old baby boy named Paul Anka that loves to play with hands and feet! He gets excited and then really nippy. It is then impossible to even get his attention! Any suggestions on how to get his attention and how to reinforce a No so he listens!? He is really fantastic except when he decides my hands and feet are his chew toys! Ouch.
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Not sure if this is the best thing to do but what I have always done with puppies or dogs when they think my hands are chew toys is to give them something else to chew on. A toy or a soda bottle inside a sock (makes a lot of noise and is better for a little puppy) or even just a piece of rope.

I sure someone else will jump in with another/better idea. Hope this helps the hands !!!! LOL
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My sincerest sympathies. I know exactly how you feel. Trooper was the same way, and although he's gotten much better, he still does it at times.

My current Puppy K trainer has me standing as stiff as a statue when Trooper starts biting (NO looking at him, NO talking to him, NO reaction, NO pulling away, NO nothing...doing any of those things is considered play by them, and they'll continue to do that). If you don't want to stand there and take it, you can get up when he starts, and walk thru a doorway and close the door. You only have to stay there around 30 seconds and then come back out. This teaches him that biting will only make people go away (something he doesn't want, for sure!). I wouldn't worry about him tearing stuff up while you're on the other side of the door, because, if he's like Trooper, chances are he'll be standing on the other side and staring at the door, wondering what the heck you're doing. Which ever you do, do it every time, and make sure everyone in your house (and everyone that comes over) does the exact same thing. (This is where I'm struggling with training it completely out of Trooper, my stepson doesn't exactly ignore it, either does DH at times).

SECOND, enroll in a good puppy k.

THIRD, make sure your pup is getting lots of socialization in controlled situations (at this age, known neighbor dogs, friends dogs...any dog where you KNOW they have all their shots, are well cared for, and are healthy). I've even taken Trooper over to Katie's (my breeder) house for a playdate.
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OH EM GEE...how could I forget the BEST thing we did that curbed his biting a bunch...

For about two weeks, every single piece of food was fed to Trooper out of the palm of our hand, one piece at a time. Doing it one piece at a time makes them have to lick it out of the hand. It teaches them that hands are for loving and not for biting.

Even now (and we haven't fed him that way in a while), he'll come up to me, think about biting my hands, and just start licking them instead. It's kinda cute.
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My sincerest sympathies. I know exactly how you feel. Trooper was the same way, and although he's gotten much better, he still does it at times.

My current Puppy K trainer has me standing as stiff as a statue when Trooper starts biting (NO looking at him, NO talking to him, NO reaction, NO pulling away, NO nothing...doing any of those things is considered play by them, and they'll continue to do that). If you don't want to stand there and take it, you can get up when he starts, and walk thru a doorway and close the door. You only have to stay there around 30 seconds and then come back out. This teaches him that biting will only make people go away (something he doesn't want, for sure!). I wouldn't worry about him tearing stuff up while you're on the other side of the door, because, if he's like Trooper, chances are he'll be standing on the other side and staring at the door, wondering what the heck you're doing. Which ever you do, do it every time, and make sure everyone in your house (and everyone that comes over) does the exact same thing. (This is where I'm struggling with training it completely out of Trooper, my stepson doesn't exactly ignore it, either does DH at times).

SECOND, enroll in a good puppy k.

THIRD, make sure your pup is getting lots of socialization in controlled situations (at this age, known neighbor dogs, friends dogs...any dog where you KNOW they have all their shots, are well cared for, and are healthy). I've even taken Trooper over to Katie's (my breeder) house for a playdate.
I like this idea, negative attention! Works wonders on little dogs that thrive on our attention.

I have also tried putting "bitter apple spray" on my hands (it's a taste deterent that they don't like the taste of used to prevent chewing). just remember to wash your hands right after because you don't want to get the spray on any of his toys or appropriate chew toys and you don't want to taste it by mistake.
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Sorry, no advice.....just wanted to say that I love your puppy's name. How very "Gilmore" of you!

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To add to the good advice everyone else has given you... DON'T let him even START playing with your hands. When you get down to play with you, have a toy in your hands.

I don't think I'd want to put bitter apple on my hands, because I don't want my hands to be aversive to the puppy. There are plenty of times you will need to get your hands on the puppy, and you don't want him to avoid your hands... just not chew them up!


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I do a high-pitched ouch-squeal before doing the ignoring. It is similar to what puppies do when they play together. The ouch-squeal lets them know that was too hard. Usually, Jack would stop, looked shocked and lick the boo-boo.

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Milo been nipping on our hands and fingers when he get too excited to welcome us home from work, whenever he start to bite we place our thumb inside his mouth and gently press down or rest our finger on his tounge, he did not like it at all LOL that seems to do the trick and he nip less and less now.
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At 12 weeks, it's probably puppy knawing; I'd give him a chewy or toy right away. If it continues, go farther. I have 2 that (individually at diff times) got so excited when it was time to go out, would grab at me (might call it nip). I stopped walking toward the door, picked up the dog, stared right into the eyes and gave a firm NO. By the 3rd time, there was no grabbing.
By the way, I'm old school discipline, no "time out" but firm No's.

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