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    good luck Megan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megan View Post
    We've had our pup for 4 weeks now, he's very hyperactive (as some pups are) and is still very nippy. Mostly at our pants these days.
    We play chasey and fetch in the backyard, he gets taken for short walks, he has chew toys which are always nearby.
    When he nips he gets negative reactions including a firm deep voice and then being put in timeout in the laundry when he continues. When I physically remove him from my pants he tries to nip at my wrist.
    He receives positive reactions including praise and bellyrubs when he's being gentle and licking.

    Hoping that people in here will have some advice on other things I can try please
    A couple of q's

    What are you feeding?
    What sort of daily routines have you got in regards to the dog?
    I find - generally - yelping like a puppy when they bite - works really really really well...

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    sometimes puppies are forgetful and you have to repeat the lesson every time for months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    A couple of q's

    What are you feeding?
    What sort of daily routines have you got in regards to the dog?
    I find - generally - yelping like a puppy when they bite - works really really really well...
    We followed the breeders feeding plan.
    For breakfast:
    1 cup of dry food soaked well in boiling water with some puppy milk.

    For dinner:
    1 cup of dry food soaked well in boiling water with 1 cup of meat

    We use Purina puppy for his dryfood and Pedigree organic for his meat.

    Daily routine:
    *Breakfast first thing (5:30am).

    *He spends a couple of hours outside in the morning.

    *We have playtime throughout the day (no set times for this as I have 2 young children at home).

    *Gets taken for a walk in the evening before dinner.

    *Dinner time and then he's usually happy to just rest until bedtime.



    When we first got him he used to mouth at our hands and feet constantly but we seem to have gotten him out of that habit and when I'm wearing shorts he doesn't go for my legs it's just the pants that he'll latch onto and try to pull at.
    It's when I remove him from pants or even when he jumps up on the couch and I remove him he will sometimes nip at my wrist.

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    Sounds like a confident and busy puppy with his working instincts coming to the fore.

    You probably already know this but just in case; regards spray bottle, put a touch of vinegar in it. Don't talk when you squirt him in face, don't let him see it's you who operates the squirt bottle.

    Keep your movements slow and methodical with regards removing from the lounge and tone down play sessions, don't get him too excited. Rotate toys every week so he doesn't get bored. I have a set of 12 toys and leave 4 out at a time.

    And check his teeth, he may also be going through a particularly bad stage with them.

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    Oh goody - spray acid in a dogs face - what good advice. Sheesh!

    Megan - take some of the dry food and sprinkle it in the yard so he has something to do. Invest in a kong or two abc put food in the
    - a treatball too perhaps.

    Try diverting his attention when he nips at the pants - cat toy on a string works wonders lol

    you could try bitter bite or some tobasco sauce on your pants. Though you may simply end up seasoning yourself lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Oh goody - spray acid in a dogs face - what good advice. Sheesh!

    Megan - take some of the dry food and sprinkle it in the yard so he has something to do. Invest in a kong or two abc put food in the
    - a treatball too perhaps.

    Try diverting his attention when he nips at the pants - cat toy on a string works wonders lol

    you could try bitter bite or some tobasco sauce on your pants. Though you may simply end up seasoning yourself lol
    Oh yes...tabasco...remember that with our Rottweiler. It worked in the beginning, but in the end all it did was season us for the onslaught! With Rottweiler it also started with "nipping", but sure as hell didn't end that way. Breeder told us to just let him do it, because he would grow out of it...stupid we were...we listened. Sadly he didn't...it got worse and he had a serious go at our 2 boys one morning and then my hubby. ANY teeth on humans (including clothes) should be discouraged...immediately! I remember a guy at Rottweiler training. He had a girl rottie and he had had a lot of problems with her. This only stopped when he made her work for every single piece of food she was getting...including her normal foods. He was walking around with a bum bag with her food in it and she HAD to work for it.

    Kongs and treat balls are excellent! Mix treats with a bit of peanutbutter...that will make it harder to get treats out and he has to work for them.

    Never thought of the cat toy diversion...good idea actually!

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    mouseandchicken, I like the rotating toys idea.
    He has a vet app on Thursday to be microchipped so I'll ask the vet to do a check on his teeth while we're there

    Occy, love the sprinkling food idea. Will give that a go today.
    I had read about the kong toys and putting some peanut butter in them. Will invest in one this week.

    Cleasanta, ahhh another recommendation of the peanut butter.

    Thanks for all this info has been very helpful

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    I said put a touch of vinegar in the water bottle, not tip a whole bottle in. If you sprayed my Gordon Setter with water from a water bottle it wouldn't make any difference to her at all, in fact she would enjoy it. Add a "touch" of vinegar and it would all the difference in the world to her. No damage done to her, but she would find it offensive.

    You know I thought I would stay with this forum, but really I'm now having second thoughts. On a daily basis people are rude. It's not just a difference of opinion but real rudeness.

    I've worked with some really good trainers and they have also added vinegar to water squirter bottle. The water bottle was not my suggestion but an added suggestion if your going to use it. You want to make things effective, not an half hearted attempt.

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    and while I'm at it I would also suggest that when you sprinkle food around try to keep it to concrete or paved areas as you may encourage digging, since we all have to be so exact here.

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