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Unhappy Arrrgh, So tired of the Hand Nipping

We were doing well with the nipping and mouthing of hands. But it seems to have escalated to where she was 3-4 weeks ago. The issue with nipping at our feet is 98% gone. But she stills nips and sometimes hard at our hands when we ask of her to do something which she doesn't want to do. This includes attaching her leash, putting on her halter for walks (which she loves). She knows the difference between the potty door and the walk door and eagerly heads to the walk door when I ask if she is ready for a walk. But when it comes to putting on the harness, she throws a temper tantrum. She gets excited when playing with us and even when she plays by herself. If we are playing with her, she will eventually grab for our hands. Of course, we quit the game and ignore her, but she will do the same thing at next play session. When she gets excited she will also leap at our clothing. And grooming, hah, that to, is an invitation to nip. I have started to be a bit more stern with my voice just in the last couple of days. I have also proceeded (today) to put her in her crate every time she nips/play bites. She has been in there frequently today. (I don't keep her there but 5 minutes, unless she falls asleep). She seems to be paying attention, but I can't be sure. She has about 20 different toys with different degrees of chewing toughness. She seems to get bored quickly with them and then find something she KNOWS she is not to chew to chew on. She has accomplished the basic commands, (sit, sit stay, stand, down, down stay) hand shake and roll over..each way). We also do leash walk and she is improving slowly. We socialize her as much as we can (we have no dog parks and one doggy day care, which we haven't been to). We take her every place that allows dogs and to our families homes. We were gone with her for the better part of the whole weekend. She has been around other dogs and cats and when we are out, behaves well. She has been to puppy obedience and that is all that is available locally without driving 50-60 minutes away. I am weary... I think I may be too old for a puppy. I am a "younger" senior citizen, who is in good health and weather permitting, until we got this pup, walked 3 miles 5 days a week. She is wearing me down. She is 17 weeks old. How long till this nipping at us subsides.
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I'm thinking that she probably is teething too which makes it doubly worse. This will pass....believe me. I, too, am a younger senior citizen and 2 years ago, I felt exactly like you, but we stuck it out and now our "boy" is the best dog we ever had, by far!!!
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It's not unusual to hit the "what have I done!" phase with a rambunctious puppy. . She WILL grow out of it, and you WILL live throughh it, even if it doesn't seem like it now!


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Take her by the scruff of her neck give a small shake and put her in time out.IMO

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hang in there!!! We brought Tillie home at 14 weeks at the end of September 2010 and by the beginning of NOVEMBER I just about returned her to the breeder!! I was miserably sick, my dad had just suddenly passed away and here was this puppy that I had to let in and out and in and out and in and out and IN and OUT and I was SO horribley sick and SO devastated by the loss of my dad ( he was 66) ... I honestly did not know how I was going to get through that. and then I discovered that BECAUSE of Tillie I HAD to get UP, I HAD to press on, I HAD to be there for HER and in turn. she was there for me. just in time.
Hang in there another month or 2 and you will hopefully come to know that this too shall pass!!

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Ahh Tamie Till is such a comfort and unconditional member of your family. I'm happy she is in your life.

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thanks Suzi Honestly I had forgotten all that until I started writing...

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Ya I hear you girl friend! Your story reminded me of my Dad. You However Have a house trained dog and very fast I might add. And my two aren't!

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lol, ya well, I'm a LOT OCD and my husband was INSISTANT she be potty trained ASAP or I feared he wouldn't let me keep her!! This was of course long before she had him wrapped around her little fluffy white paw.

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Take her by the scruff of her neck give a small shake and put her in time out.IMO
Wow...sorry but I would NEVER do that to a puppy (especially the shaking part) let alone to any dog. Get a clean wash cloth and freeze it, she will probably love the coolness on her teeth. This is what we sign up for, it is up to us to take care of them for the next 15 years. Puppies are not going to sit quietly by your feet, at least not initially. When she gets overly excited and your playing with her be sure not to grab towards her mouth with or without a toy. This encourages them to mouth your hand when you aren't playing.
Remember,...this is all new to her also. Talk to her constantly this will initially stop her to look at you, at least it worked for me. I hear your frustration in your written voice,...she picks up on this also. Try to stay calm, take some deep breaths around her...it will get better. But by all means don't be rough with her. Watch some puppy videos on you tube and see how they play with each other. If she starts to bite your hand just withdrawal it and say no bite.
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