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Biting and nipping

July 10th, 2007, 09:52 AM
I have a brand new puppy, she loves to play and play hard chewing and biting her toys, the problem is she doesn't know the difference between my hand, my leg or a toy. She loves to bit my hands, or leap to you as your were her chew toy. How do you stop this behavior, I realize she's only a puppy, I try and tell her no in a stern voice and will even put her down and not play with her for a little while, but this is like a game to her. Will she just out grown this?

July 10th, 2007, 11:40 AM
Read this pdf for some excellent advice on puppy-biting:

(You can also find other training tips here: if you need them).

July 12th, 2007, 12:49 AM
:sorry: It's going to get worse when she's teething .:sorry: Hang in there ~ my hands were like raw hamburger for about 8 months !:sorry:

July 12th, 2007, 02:40 AM
Welcome to puppy hell :D . Yep, they nipping is a real pain but it is generally a phase that passes with a lot of work and consistancy. Check out this previous thread for some advice. Good luck.

July 12th, 2007, 03:49 AM
What worked for me was saying "Ouch" in a loud high-pitched voice and pulling my hand away at the same time. :pawprint:

July 12th, 2007, 06:43 AM
Puppies learn bite inhibition by being part of the litter thus the reasoning for leaving a pup with it's siblings until 10-12 weeks in the small breeds. You now have to be like mom would be or a more alpha littermate would be and react to the bites with yelps etc.. If you google bite inhibition, you'll find some very decent sites.