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Question Duncan has this new nipping thing going on--please help!!!!!!!!!!!

Duncan now decided he'd rather nibble and gnaw on my arms and hands rather than all the toys he has.I am always tellling him no,and putting me down on his back,but he gets right back up and starts all over.When hubby is home,all he has to do is look at Duncan or walk into the room and Duncan stops.I try to assert myself with him but I can't seem to get the point across......What am I doing wrong??????????????HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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What works with Kubrick is to pick him up by the scruff of the neck, give him a little shake and firmly say NO BITING. He will then lick my hand wherever it was that he bit. 99% of the time he won't bite again. However, if he does, I will remove him or me from play. Basically, if he's on the couch with me I'll put him on the floor and if I'm on the floor, I get up and walk away. He knows that if he doesn't play nice we don't play at all.
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I think Duncan is trying to assert himself and that's exactly what I do and he isn't listening and I end up getting frustrated!!!


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Nico doesn't get "nippy" very often, but when he does I grab his muzzle and hold it and tell him no bite. If he continues, I stop playing. That usually works. I know what you mean about him listening to your husband, though - Nico would never dream of nipping at my husband; I really don't think the thought has ever even entered his mind.
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With our two, I would do the Cesar "agh" while leaving my hand by their mouth. I gave the verbal "agh" or some such gutteral sound along with a stern look, then they usually stopped with the teeth and licked my hand. Then I would praise.....never removing my hand from the vacinity of their mouth. We still need to do it with Zoey once in awhile, but she knows that she can't use her teeth and will grab a toy to keep in her mouth when she is excited.

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When Rufus does this, it's because he is asking me to play. *Not saying it's the right way to let me know tho LOL! Is he getting enough fun play time? I'm trying to anticipate the nips and have a toy ready to tuck in his mouth. Hopefully he'll learn to bring me a toy when he wants to play instead of nipping me!
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i HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE WITHeMMA, SHE REALLY LISTENS TO MY HUSBANDS VOICE , BUT SHE JUST SEEMS TO PERSEVER WITH ME, MY RIGHT ARM LOOKS LIKE A BATTLEFIELD, HOWEVER , NO BITEY AND A STERN LOOK AND STOPPING TO PLAY AND NOT LOOKING AT HER HAS HELPED THIS WEEK.
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My Wife has recently complained that Radar will not listen to her most of the time but will listen for me. I have told her it's because in the past she has let him get away with things. Believe me when I say that CONSISTENCY is the key. You always have to be assertive with your Hav's but not at the same level that they are being consistent....you have to go "One Level Up" from that.

It's similar with a Police Officer who has some guy infront of him with a Knife ready to cut him with it. The Cop doesn't pull a knife or his Expandable Baton....no way.....he pulls the Gun and takes the guy down. Well I'm not saying shoot your Hav.....No Way..... but you do have to shoot down there efforts to persist and overthrow your authority. You have to go one step above the resistance level so that they know that it's now even worth it to them to try it the next time around.

I always try and keep eye contact with Radar, that way he knows I see everything he's doing. I can get him to sit and walk about 40 feet away "with my back to him" and he'll stay right where he is. If he gets up all I have to do is stand up, point at him and he'll lay right back down. I have an assertive voice and a commanding personality with him so he listens. My wife tell me I'm the Alpha Male so Radar listens to me every time well maybe not all the time but he get's who's boss that's for sure. When it comes to biting I've even growled at him and he gets the picture. It really gets his attention. Sometimes I turn him on his back and hold him down until he stops moving and he will often get the message fast.

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One of the tricks I used what to have toys available. Say NO teeth when the teeth touch skin, and then put a toy in the mouth. Now Logan never greets me without a toy in his mouth, he actually will run to another room to get one before greeting me.
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Very good Idea Laurie. Often you will read how it's better to never have the tempting item around so the Hav never has to chew on it if that's the problem they are having but then sometimes that enables them to chew anyway because they will never learn to not bite when they have an item infront of them. The Key I think is to be able to have the temptation for them but so they know that when it is introduced that it is off limits to them.

It's similar to Kids I think. If you teach them things are bad for them and sometimes not shelter them so much they will not be so curious to try things that may harm them. If you talk to them about things then then won't seem so alien to them.

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