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Help! Nipping, Biting, New Owner, pleease help

Hi, Im a first time owner of a Havanese. He is adorable but CONSTANTLY nips really hard at my heels, legs when Im walking any where....he bites and nips my arms, shirt....anywhere he can get. When I use a firm raised voice and say NO this seems to excite him and send him into wild behavior---running circles around the house and barking in defiance. He also barks at me when I correct him I read on one of the Havanese sites, some have a "run like hell" behavior....mine definitely does. I have 2 children 3 and 8. This is upsetting them. I have tonz of chew toys to redirct Bam Bam. Its not working. I think he is about 3-4 months old now. I have to look at my paperwork. I would love to hear any advice you have. Im getting discouraged. I didn't see a way to search the site on key words like nipping or biting. Here he is....oh so cute... Thank you! Bam Bam's Mommy
PS-yes you may see a raw hide chew stick in his mouth! ooppssy!
I learned those are a no no and bought antlers-Wo! They are expensive!
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welcome to the forum. Here's a couple of article on this. What a cutie he is.
http://www.clickertraining.com/node/3249

http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...swers-top-faqs

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Thank you so much Dave! Everyone, pleeease feel free to comment away. Im feeling very discouraged and like my dog has rage issues...but I do love him so much! I have tonz of pics! Thank you all!
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Don't feel discouraged. This is somewhat typical. Don't hesitate to ask any questions. Darling picture, keep em comin.

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Thanks Dave and Molly. Im already feeling better because of your help and support. I really appreciate it! heheeeee! Not really a water doggie but he had fun.....giggles!
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Is this your first dog. ? Molly is my dog.

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Have you done any obedience or puppy classes? I find that redirecting some of that energy can be useful. My trainer says "ignore the bad behaviours and reward the good ones" they are smart dogs and will figure out what you want from them. goodluck.
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I totally agree on positive reinforcement, however, there are a few dogs that are so stubborn that that doesn't correct the problem. I've had a couple that I've had to finally just pick them up, stare them in the face and give a firm no; most dogs; however, do better with the positive and the redirection, so don't jump into the picking up at least for a few weeks and only if (and you've been consistant) nothing is improving at all.
On another note, your pup is darling

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Hi Dave! LOL! ooppssy! My little 3 yr old has been sick and I have had no sleep! Molly is beautiful! I've had dogs all my life....last one was a tiny 4lb Maltese/Pom I took everywhere in my purse...lol! I am a shutter bug! Love to take pics of my kids and fur-kids! But NEVER had this severe of a biting problem---I have bruises all over my body from the nipping---it really hurts! But I wuv him as you can see. I even make art with his pics! LOL! I do it with my kids too... Thanks Dave! I tell you, just contact with another person who is kind has made me feel so much better! Hugs! Emily
oh I see other replies....YEA! Thanks ladies! Im going to reply...my poor little girl is so sick. Wild weekend here!
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Thanks Becky and Tuss...I think I will have to enroll in some training program. I really am a consistent positive reinforcement type person. I've had no problem with all my other dogs. I was a child behavior therapist for children with from mild to severe behavior problems. So this type of training with all my pets is so similar. Even my cats are really smart because its just my style to teach and reinforce positive behavior and ignore or redirect negative behavior. I have gotten really serious in Bam Bam's face and said NO! And he just lunged forward to nip again! Nearly got my nose! Yikes! Not doing that again. Its like he thinks Im a dog and wants to play rough....so I tried a couple of yelps when he got me good...he looked at me, cocked his head, seemed to know I was hurt....but then forgot and continued biting! uuuuugggg! Looks like I need professional help. Its just so hard to figure out who is reputable in this city. Our Petsmart has classes. Are those general good? Anyone have thoughts on that?
Thanks! Emily--I will resist my urge to put in yet another picture, lol!
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