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To stop the biting behavior you will need a calm, firm, consistent strategy. The instant the puppy puts teeth on the ankle, say a firm anh, anh. If he stops even for a split second say "yes" to mark the moment and behavior you want. When he goes back at your ankle, calmly but immediately pick him up and put him in his expen or crate and ignore him for a couple of minutes. Then take him out to try again. Initially he will likely go for your ankle again. If so pick him up and place him back in the expen or crate for 2-3 more minutes. Repeat as much as necessary. 2-3 minutes confinement while you ignore him completely followed by another chance to play. Praise if he plays without nipping and praise if he starts to nip but corrects himself. If you and others in your household are VERY consistent your puppy will come to understand that teeth on human skin means the end of play and attention.