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My almost 8 month havanese way spaded at 6 month now everyday she goes from toys to nipping she thinks its a game I tried everything from time out by leaving her in another room by she barks after a while she comes in and starts nipping again
I'm getting really upset
I also tried walking her and exorcize but nothing seams to work
Please help
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Try not to get upset with it. I know it is hard. I remember feeling the same way, but all you could do is keep putting something else in their mouth everytime that they do it. I am sure you don't have much longer to go before it is over.
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By the way, she is really adorable!
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It took Zoey a long time to develope a soft bite. She is still more mouthy than Maddie. But it doesn't hurt anymore. It was about a year and a half. I just distracted or didn't pay any attention to her.

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Do not play with your Hav with your hands. If your Hav goes for your hands to play, you must Yelp loudly and turn your head away as to ignore the pup. Ignore for a minute or two and then go back to playing. Do the same thing over and over if needed. Havs do not like to be ignored.

You must wear this pup out, she needs to be running at night. I had to wear Dexter out at night sometimes because he was driving me crazy. My hubby and I would take him outside and have Dexter run back and forth between us long distances, we would each have a treat in our hand and we would call Dexter back and forth until he started to slow down.

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Sofie would be more likely to start nipping if she was overexcited and/or needed a nap. As she is a bit older she has learned to settle herself for the most part. At times she doesn't, it usually means a little nap time is needed and she is created for that or some quite time. Hang in there and as others have said, remove your hands, walk away and ignore.
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Here's some ideas for you to stop the nipping:

1) when she does it, scream loud. and turn your back on her. walk away.

2) bitter spray your hand.

3) 5 minute time out, no matter how much barking or crying occurs.

4) reward her with a treat for NOT nipping you. so when she is playing with a toy, give her a treat.

5) wear gloves, she might not like the texture or feel of them in her mouth.

I believe you when you say she thinks it's all play. so you need to figure out how to communicate with her it's not play. and it freakin' hurts you. I know it's hard not to get frustrated or upset. but I have found a deep voice, (calm) low tone, conveys volume that you do not approve. so try a deep low, calm voice, and say a longish 'no'.

also, she will grow out of the nipping phase. she will. my little bogger, he used to nips dogs and ppls heels when he wanted to play, a big ouch to that! and yes he nipped other body parts to. he doesn't do it any more, he stopped some time after the age of 1.
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