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Bellasparents
November 3rd, 2010, 07:22 PM
Hey everyone..

So here is the background on our Bella..

We got her last week (from a client), when she was 8 weeks of age, and she was taken from her litter (by said client) at 6 weeks of age.

When I picked her up, she had fleas and roundworms, both of which were treated 20 minutes after I got her.

She's taken a liking to nipping both of us, and the vet said that it is best to hold her suspended for 30 seconds, and it doesn't seem to take. We've also tried ignoring her, and that works in calming her down, but she will still nip us after (including when we are petting her).

She also snarled at me today when I pushed her away from a meal that I was eating..

Suggestions?

luckypenny
November 4th, 2010, 11:13 PM
Hello Bellasparents, welcome to pets.ca :). Unfortunately, Bella was removed from her littermates and mom much too early. Most bite inhibition is learned through them. That's not to say you can't address this issue but it will take time, understanding, and patience on your part.

She's taken a liking to nipping both of us, and the vet said that it is best to hold her suspended for 30 seconds, and it doesn't seem to take.

No, of course it wouldn't take...did your vet give you an explanation as to why he thinks something like that would work :confused:?

Here's a link to an excellent book you can download for free....it's a must read for all new puppy parents. You'll find answers, and then some, to all your questions regarding puppy behavior including bite inhibition and resource guarding.

http://www.dogstardaily.com/files/AFTER%20You%20Get%20Your%20Puppy.pdf