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Congratulations on your cute new family member and welcome to the forum.
Augie was a most horrific nipper as a pup. We don't wear shoes in the house and he was always biting feet/heels as we walked across the floor. We were told to yelp loudly when he did this. Did not phase him. And he was always underfoot until I accidentally stepped on his foot. That cured that! The only thing that helped with the nipping is to remove him to a gated off area - where he could no longer reach us - Haha. I think it was around 6 months where we noticed he was much better about that. When we were playing with him and he nipped, we quit playing with him. Finn is my leaf eater. He will be two tomorrow and that hasn't changed. He loves dried up pear tree leaves. The 'leave it' command has been very helpful for when they are getting into icky things. At our house, treats are used as a reward for good behavior or when we are training. Otherwise, my guys don't get them. And we use very small pieces.
There was a thread on the forum - I believe by Kodi's mom (krandall) on the steps to train for certain behaviors. I don't recall if the 'leave it' command was included. I will see if I can locate the thread, or if she sees this, perhaps she can direct you. She does such a good job of explaining things. Do you have access to puppy classes? Our vet wanted me to wait until my guys had had their shots before attending classes, but I found training classes to be most helpful. You want to be sure they are classes that utilize positive reinforcement. When Augie was a pup, we went to puppy class that did not use the clicker for training. Then we went to classes with the clicker training. It was my thought that the clicker training went much more quickly.
Note: Not finding the training thread I thought I had remembered. Maybe someone else has better memory?
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom
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