How To Patiently Handle Constant Nipping

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Our 8 week old puppy is great. He is constantly in a laid back move and never jumps on you. He loves his toys and tries to chew on everything, but his nipping is getting out of control. I know he is very little, but its very annoying and my wife has cut marks all over her feet and hands. He is doing well when it comes to crate training, he knows how to sit for a treat, he follows us on short walks, etc. He just constantly wants to bite and chew. My neighbor (who is a vet) has taught me how to grab his muzzle, but this seems to only work when he is tired and not when he is hyper. I know this takes time to get through, but i guess i am wondering how i should handle this phase? 

 

 

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When he nips, try letting out a high pitched yip sound. Its what other pups in the litter do when one of them is too rough. It should give him a start and, when he freezes for even a moment, praise him. This let's him know that stopping is a good thing. Good luck! Let us know how it goes and we can try to help you come up with something else if the yipping doesn't work. :)

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I did the yip thing as well! I also use toy replacement but the one thing that is a absolute life saver is a frozen wash cloth ! My now four month old when he was that age loved them cuz it made his teeth so much happier. We would have about 5 of them on hand ! Also ice cubes are good to use! I've made chicken broth ice cube that he loved! 

 

For toys the nylabone Galileo is great! Nylabone in general is a good toy brand for teething babies! We have a puppy kong that keeps him nice and busy! He has some fun squeaky toys! 

 

Lol good luck though I know how you feel ! Lol I'm still going through it !

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Middle finger and thumb either side of the mouth, push the lips under the teeth...That's what I do. I want my dogs to find biting people unpleasant, not just unrewarding. I don't want them ever thinking it's okay to put teeth on skin. Dogs tend to catch on pretty quick.

 

re: the yip thing...Puppy #2 does indeed yip when he's been bitten too hard by Puppy #1. Puppy #1 initially gets more excited by the nip and keeps playing rough until Puppy #2 bites back. Unless your pup has been with his litter for a fairly long time, he'll likely still just become more excited by the yelp unless you follow it through with some kind of unpleasantry, which could be removing him from the room or ending the game on a sour note.

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Thanks for the advice! The yipping noise does nothing for him, but the muzzling does for a short time. Green apple might as well be candy for him! It's so frustrating. He likes playing right next to me so he will sneak away from his toys for a nip here and there. I wear my Carhart work pants when we play in the floor so he doesn't mess up my clothes. Also, he has to be touching me or my wife constantly! He is a demon 

 

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All that being said, I have found one successful method to stop when he gets too rowdy. If he won't stop nipping when I try everything, I will put him in the crate and he will whimper for a few minutes and then I let him out (only after he hushes). After that, he plays only with his toys and doesn't sneak around to my legs or arms, but he still sits right next to me. I don't know if that's a bad method because I don't want him afraid of the crate, but it seems to work. Yall tell me if I'm goofing up by doing that as a solution. 

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I would never use the crate as punishment. My guy will nip here and there but not as much as when he was 2 months old. Got to remember he's teething and his teeth hurt:/ someone on here told me about a frozen wash cloth and no joke it works wonders. Get a puppy kong toy and fill it with goodies so he has a chewing activity that will keep him busy. As for the constantly wanting to be around and touch that's totally normal .... They are called the Velcro dog for a reason I find it sweet and love him being with me all the time. Pretty much lots of toys!!! I would get toys that involve him using his brain so he doesn't get bored easy... That's why I got him his kong toy cuz it keeps him nice and busy:) 

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Great advice on here.  My baby Zeus the Moose is 11 weeks old and a crazy nipper/dobershark/puppy clamp.  I can handle the hands but it's impossible to walk sometimes without him clamping down on your ankles or tugging on your pants. And he's a big boy!  Weighed in at 19.5 lbs the day he turned 11 weeks. I have tried the yipping and he doesn't respond at all.  I have a consultation with a trainer tomorrow to see if I want to work with them since Zeus is going to be a BIG boy and I need his behavior on point!

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Saying a sharp no and holding the muzzle is somewhat working for my 6 week old doberwoman - "Selfie".

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Lol for the legs when my guy did that I used a squirt bottle and would say no it stopped abruptly and he hasn't done it since. Now at 5 months and 50 pounds he's very good and sticks to his toys :) 

Brain games are always a plus :)