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Ok, so everyone says if the pup bites stop play and ignore him. Well u also say don't crate him as punishment. How do I ignore him without him keeping up the biting if i don't put him in the crate? He doesn't understand stop yet, so what do i do?
 

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I always got up and walked away. Usually he would follow me, but I wouldn't pay attention to him for 2-3 minutes. Then I'd go back to playing with him until he nipped again. Repeat.
 

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No, you don't understand. He will follow my biting my heels and ankles, now movin to the calfs the whole way until I physically remove him from my skin. He doesn't clamp down, but he nips and doesn't stop unless you hold him back. Its drivin me crazy. I guess he just might need more exercise, but I've started workin on that. He just got a new flirt pole and spring pole yesterday, so maybe that will wear him out. He just does it b/c he wants to play, but it still hurts regardless.
 

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Maybe a stern NO! And then put him outside by himself, or somewhere he doesn't like to be. Not his crate though, that should be his safe place.
 

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Ok, well then I guess I could put him in the kitchen, outside wouldn't work, he loves it out there. I just wasn't sure if u meant not to isolate him anywhere or just not in his crate. I will try the kitchen since we have a baby gate, and i will take out the toys so he knows its not play time. Thanks guys. I bet the subject got u guys nervous huh. Sorry, didn't mean physical, just first thing that came into my head
 

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I know some people will disagree with me on this, but we also did the nose tap with Haus. The getting up and walking away worked with me, but not my fiance. If Haus would bite, we'd tap the top of his nose and tell him No! and give him a toy to chew on.
 

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The only method that really worked with Bella was a substitution: substituting body parts for toys. :) Until she was about 4 or 5 months old, we had toys all over the house. We didn't bother ever putting them away because we wanted something convenient to place in her mouth when she was nipping us. Another thing that worked to an extent was shutting her in the bathroom for a minute or two when she was being mouthy. She hated being away from us and would not mouth us immediately after we let her out, but 15-20 minutes later she was back at it. It was a never ending cycle!
 

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HausMommy said:
I know some people will disagree with me on this, but we also did the nose tap with Haus. The getting up and walking away worked with me, but not my fiance. If Haus would bite, we'd tap the top of his nose and tell him No! and give him a toy to chew on.
We did this with Bella, too, at the advice of her vet. We even did the whole clasping her mouth shut and growling "NO BITE" at her. None of it worked...it just made her more revved up. Haha. She was such a stinker when she was little.
 

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heh, yeah, better be careful what you say. :violent3: . If i tap him on the nose he just snaps at my fingers. I don't want to make him sound vicous(spelling?), he isn't. He just is so hyper and always wants to play. But, I will definately try these suggestions.
 

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I think we all feel your pain! :) Puppies are nutty little creatures. They're lucky they're cute!! :lol:
 

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yeah, well i work full time and go to school and so does my husband, so we don't have as much time to work with him as we should. Irresponsible on our part, but we are workin on it. We will be out of school starting in may so we will be able to spend more time with him. I feel so guilty, but I can't live without him now, and I have to finish atleast this semester. We kinda new we didn't have much time, but we found him and couldn't resist, they were going to put him down b/c he couldn't walk at 7 wks, but since we were getting him they did therapy and a diet and got him on his feet. He is perfect now, except for the biting. Runs like crazy, just extremely clumsy, but guess thats just the bulldog in him.
 

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Against all advice, I crate Harley for about 5-15 for extreme defiance, nipping, etc. She has not shown any aversion to her crate b/c of this. Someone made the analogy, you sent a child to their room for being naughty, does the child hate their room b/c of it? No. I agree. However, I find it even more effective with my dog when she gets too riled up to drop to the ground and pat the ground beside me, to encourage her to come, then praise her. She of course loves the praise, and will kiss me. I praise her even more lavishly and tell her "good girl". By this time she's usually on her back enjoying a vigorous belly rub. I get what I want (her to calm down) and at the same time, enforce our bond without punishment. I'm very new to dog ownership, but maybe it will help. Good Luck
 

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We also did the nose tapping.With me though it would only make him come after my hands more so I stopped that and went to the bitter apple spray.My hubby did the nose tapping and didn't have a problem.Guess it was me.......LOl
After using the bitter apple no nipping.Worked like a charm.They also say to use to fingers and grab there cheeks and yell no,That didnt work for me either but might you.Another one is Grabbing the scruff of there neck and yelling No or ouch,that didnt work for me either.............LOL , but give them a try till you find one that works :)
 

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bella_blue said:
HausMommy said:
I know some people will disagree with me on this, but we also did the nose tap with Haus. The getting up and walking away worked with me, but not my fiance. If Haus would bite, we'd tap the top of his nose and tell him No! and give him a toy to chew on.
We did this with Bella, too, at the advice of her vet. We even did the whole clasping her mouth shut and growling "NO BITE" at her. None of it worked...it just made her more revved up. Haha. She was such a stinker when she was little.
I guess we got lucky. I can put my fingers in Haus' mouth now, and he will push them out with his tongue, or move his head. With Dennis though, it's a different story.
 

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I figured it out. Its all in a name. I have to make a good topic name and i get more replies. Didnt do it on purpose, but at least i am gettin some good feedback
 

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I am doing the same thing for Daisy now as I did for Chaucer (my lab/newf mix) when he was a puppy. I tap her nose and replace my fingers/hand with a good chew toy. It is working well for her, as it did with Chaucer. I do the same thing if I catch her getting at a shoe, or the corner of the wall, or cardboard boxes, or whatever.
 

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When I have my little Iggy and had to go through all that I would screech really lound and startle him when he would bite or nip. He would run off and come back to check things out. I would then give a toy. It worked really well. But we aren't talking about Iggys either! LOL
 

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I dont know if anyone else suggested this, but with the nipping, I let out a sharp shriek, like a puppy would do if it was hurt. Then I stop what I am doing. In puppy words, this is essentially the only language they understand that they are hurting. You may have to do this several times before they get it, but it always made the puppy stop and look at me.
 
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