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puppies and nipping

We seem to be at the nipping puppy stage. I know they all go through this but it's been many years since I've dealt with it. How long does this last? She does it very gently but we do try to discourage her as much as possible. When I play fetch with her she doesn't want to stop. If I stop she will whine and grab my pants and pull on them. For being the runt of the litter this little dog is anything but sensitive. She isn't afraid of anything or anybody. Any advice on how best to deal with the nipping or do we just wait for this stage to pass?
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Molly did that, too (occasionally, if she's playing real hard, she still forgets, but she responds now to a firm "NO!")

We made sure that if she nipped as a puppy, that we said "No", gave her a toy, and let her know we didn't approve by ignoring her for a short time. It really didn't take long for her to catch on.

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Kona is doing that right now. I usually make the EH EH noise and replace my finger or hand with one of his toys. They are teething and therefore they will be nippy and chewed. Try to help her understand that she is to only chew on her toys, not your clothes or hands. I also find when Kona doesn't wanna stop playing fetch, I engage him for a few more times, then say NO MORE. if he still has alot of energy we go for a short walk or something
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kawboy, I'm no expert, but I noticed with Pablo (and still do) that it helped most to teach him a command sit/down and once they know a command (+ treat), you can quickly use it when she nips. That will distract her from the nipping AND reinforce the command. I thought it was useless to tell him a firm 'no' or 'no biting', cause he didn't understand it back then. It is a phase but I too think you need to discourage that behavior so it doesn't become a habit. Also, now that Pablo knows more commands like leave it or kiss, it's much easier to stop the (playful) he still does occasionally at 5.5 months.

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I agree with everyone about distracting the pup when they nip with something else. For Kubrick we taught him the command "kiss" so we used to say No Biting, Kiss! And he would lick and lick and lick. Now, we just have to say No Biting and he will start kissing you right away.


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I have always read that if you let out a squeal, similar to another dogs, that they learn very quickly. It is kind of like letting them know in their own language that what they are doing hurts.

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Squealing, yelping, ignoring, stuffing a toy in his mouth, etc. never helped us, cause he was SPECIALIZED in mommy's pant legs and calves, much more fun to hear a loud OUCH than a squeaky toy I guess.
Maybe until she learns a few commands, try to avoid the fetching or anything that triggers the nipping in particular. Believe me, once they learn any command and know it's followed by a treat it's much easier!

Lina, Pablo kisses too now when I say NO BITING or BE NICE.

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We are doing just about all the things suggested. She does jump back when I let out a yelp. I don't remember having a puppy that didn't go through this stage. I just took her outside and a rabbit went running across the yard. She almost ripped the leash out of my hands trying to go after it. Probably would have caught it had she got away. She barks and growls at our neighbors big dog, they think it's hilarious. She's a big dog trapped in a 7 lb. body. Tomorrow is her first visit to a groomer. Be interesting to see how she looks after that. Thanks for the suggestions.
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I would definitely get on this before it becomes a problem though. Dora isn't mouthy at all. But Isabelle was at a pup but I think it was testing boundaries. Besides what everyone else is telling you, don't confuse the pup by sometimes biting and playing is okay and sometimes not. Always play with a toy and not your hand. It is easy to think no big deal with the little ones but when they are playing sometimes with someone else, it could become a big deal.

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