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We are just 2 weeks into having our little man, Floki, join the family. He’s just 10 weeks old and is full of energy and sass. We are struggling to stop the nipping and biting and his defiant sassy attitude. He gets over excited and just can’t seem to control himself. Our last dog was a Maltese/Lhasa Apso mix. He was a gentle, mild mannered boy, who we were blessed to have share in our lives for 16 1/2 years. As we are new to the Havanese community we welcome any advice or tips that others would be able to share.
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Welcome Your post made me laugh! Although my Hav was 10 months when I got him, he was full of sass and energy and out of control. My Bichon Frise was 15 when he died. He was the most gentle, loving dog that I took to nursing homes to do pet therapy with. He was nothing but sweet. Never a growl, not even a dirty look! Then the Hav from Hell showed up to change my world forever. He is much calmer now at 3 yrs old. It took a couple months for him to settle in. It was a big adjustment for both of us.
The nipping and biting will end after teething. Pretty sure. Offer a chew toy when he gets nippy. Say "ouch" and if he persists, put him in his ex-pen for a minute til he settles.
This little Hav devil will turn around to be a lovely little dog. Just wait and see.
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Yes. We have been redirecting him to his toys when he gets too rough and biting during play. We had read that we should stop playing and ignore him if he doesn’t calm down. This is somewhat effective but short lived. It’s a struggle to walk sometimes when he’s darting back and forth in front of me, biting at my pants....lol!
We just have a kennel and I’ve always been told not to use kennels as time out or punishment. Once he gets his next vaccination we’ll be able to take him to puppy class and hopefully they can give us some tools to work with.
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I am assuming a ten week old puppy does not have full freedom in the house. Whatever area you are using for confinement is ok for you to give the puppy his “time out” period. I used both a crate and an expen. My Molly was in and out of her crate all day while potty training. Putting her in there to give her a calming down period was no different than any other time and would not be perceived as “punishment” in her eyes. She is 6 1/2 years old and loves her crates. Even now, she occasionally needs to be told to go to her bed for a little calming down time. This usually happens when she won’t stop barking at the neighbors dogs or birds on the patio!
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Yes. We have been redirecting him to his toys when he gets too rough and biting during play. We had read that we should stop playing and ignore him if he doesn’t calm down. This is somewhat effective but short lived. It’s a struggle to walk sometimes when he’s darting back and forth in front of me, biting at my pants....lol!
We just have a kennel and I’ve always been told not to use kennels as time out or punishment. Once he gets his next vaccination we’ll be able to take him to puppy class and hopefully they can give us some tools to work with.
You need to get an ex-pen where you can confine him when he is getting nippy and out of control.


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Welcome! Our Charley is only 11 weeks old, but the expen has been a life safer so far!






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Your puppy is so cute! Our puppy just turned 9 weeks. We have found that when she gets nippy, growly, and just really ornery she is tired and needs a nap. Once she takes a nap, she wakes up a much more pleasant and playful puppy.
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It will take a few months of redirection and maturity with the nipping, so it helps to be really consistent. Remember he is not trying to be mean, he is happy and just needs reminders about how to play more gently. The reminders should be short, stop playing for a moment.Teething makes a huge difference, however some of it can definitely be shaped by consistency earlier. Mine stopped much earlier with me compared to my kids (and husband).

Definitely the nippy puppy excitement is the craziest when it’s the most inconvenient, like during the morning rush Expen helps so much! Or, whatever you are using. It’s not a punishment to use an ex pen to teach or as a preventative.
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I am assuming a ten week old puppy does not have full freedom in the house. Whatever area you are using for confinement is ok for you to give the puppy his “time out” period. I used both a crate and an expen. My Molly was in and out of her crate all day while potty training. Putting her in there to give her a calming down period was no different than any other time and would not be perceived as “punishment” in her eyes. She is 6 1/2 years old and loves her crates. Even now, she occasionally needs to be told to go to her bed for a little calming down time. This usually happens when she won’t stop barking at the neighbors dogs or birds on the patio!
Does she stop barking at whatever she's barking at and go to her bed when you tell her to?

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