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post #1 of 23 Old 06-02-2014, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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what to do when puppy nips hands?

My puppy is almost nine months old and she still nips hands... I don't know what to do about it, I have never encouraged it but there's many people on my property that know nothing about dogs. Also, she doesn't really nip my hands just kind of mouthes (spell? ) them. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 23 Old 06-02-2014, 10:41 AM
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I do the same thing to a dog/puppy as I do to a horse that nips at me --> SMACK them hard across the nose and firmly say "NO." Biting is never acceptable.

Our lab puppy is about 6 to 7 months old. We will wrestle with her and play with her, and she has known from day 1 that she is not allowed to bite. I can pureposfully stick my fingers in her mouth when we are playing and she will NOT bite. She knows better.

If your dog is nine months old already and is STILL nipping at your hands, take her to a dog trainer who can help you teach your dog obedience. She is far too old to be nipping. Next things she might do is bite a small child and then what?

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I grab their mouth and close it and keep it closed. Usually the puppy then is biting his own tongue and when you say, "no", it is accompanied by some pain. My SIL's collie puppy did this. He also was jumping, and I pushed him to sit and then to down. He behaved better after this.
Even at 7yo (and 6 1/2yo) I give my dogs rawhide chews and knucklebones. Dogs get satisfaction and relieve stress by chewing--the right thing! Nylabones are great, too, just be sure you buy the ones that aren't treats which will be gone in an hour. =b

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post #4 of 23 Old 06-02-2014, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your replies :). She does respect me and she doesn't really nip. She just mouthes my hands. She was abused when she was small so she is very scared of people. When she does 'nip' I just say no very firmly and either close my hand on her lower jaw (when she's got it in her mouth ) or either flick or smack her across the face. I hate hitting her though because she was abused, so that's why I asked for your opinions. Thanks xD
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Why is she nipping? If it's to play or get attention then when she nips do the opposite. She wants attention and nips - turn around and ignore her every time she does. If it's part of play then stop playing every time she nips. They learn fast if you take away what they want.

Also, you can loudly say "ouch!" every time you feel her teeth at all. Most dogs will pull back if you do this, it's basically using the same technique that a puppy would use (yelping) to get another dog to let them go if they were bitten and felt frightened. When I train puppies this is what I start with. If they continue nipping or do not have a reaction then I move on to taking away whatever they were hoping to get from the nipping.
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I don't agree with beau159 (I personally would never hit in response to playful nipping,. I feel that hitting in response to play behaviors instills unnecessary fear in dogs) but I do agree with Corporal. Your puppy is quickly becoming a dog. 9 months is old to be still attempting to nip and mouth hands. What I've done with the dogs my family has had is to retract my hand, say NO firmly and to stop interacting with the dog. Nipping and mouthing is unacceptable play behavior and by removing play dogs usually recognize that nipping takes away what they want. Holding the mouth firmly closed (as Corporal suggested) and saying NO firmly while looking in the dogs eyes also works well.
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post #7 of 23 Old 06-03-2014, 09:05 AM
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I agree with clamping the muzzle with your hand and saying "no!" quite forcefully in the puppy's face. As for chew toys, my latest dog did not care for them as a pup - she prefers old stuffed animals with the stuffing pulled out (she's a definite hunter).
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post #8 of 23 Old 06-03-2014, 10:22 AM
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she is very scared of people
If this is fear related she is doing it in response to scary situations. This is a big problem, and she needs extensive socializing to build her confidence now. The older she gets the harder this will be to deal with.

If its a play thing she needs a firm "NO", and I like the suggestion of holding the mouth shut.

if its a dominance thing it needs to dealt with NOW and in no uncertain terms.
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It really depends on the dog, I would flick or hit my puppy But he thinks a game so I stopped.
What I do is say 'ouch!' And raise my voice a little. I do not move my hand at all I just leave it still when he is chewing it so it's not a game, sometimes you just replace your hand with a toy and say 'no' when he is chewing your hand a praise him for chewing a toy.
If you puppy doesn't think flicking or slapping is a game then you could do that.
Also if he is chewing your hand, take his cheeks and let him chewing on his cheeks, it hurts him if he keeps chewing But if he stops it won't hurt.
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The reason that your puppy needs to realize that biting hurts YOU is the same reason that we have brought up kittens in pairs. The kitten's claws are soft, at first, and they don't realize that the older claws hurt until another kitten uses claws on them.
Then, lesson learned.
You are not abusing your abused puppy by letting her bite her tongue. The very fact that she bites in play proves that she is probably over the abuse, unless you replicate it.
Believe me, she KNOWS the difference. Btw, I prefer and keep female dogs, so it isn't a gender issue, either.
After you let go you can love on her. =D

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