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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.