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    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

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    I think some here (Chop comes to mind) do a firm thumb on tongue and hold down a short while tactic. That is just from memory and I will be corrected if I am wrong.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Method that works best for me was to stop play for at least 30 seconds. The only correction was "uh uh", and not too growlly. Yelling NO and slapping on the nose only brought out the duck and run response of a heeler and was completely ineffective. The high pitched Yelp - only worked in conjunction with the stop and ignore dog for 30 seconds.

    If dog persistantly nips, weapon of doggy discipline was engaged (a squirt bottle) a direct hit was not always necessary, only a squirt near enough to distract. Or you physically separate from the dog. If dog is outside, you go inside and shut the door for 30 seconds. Or if dog is inside, you lead it outside, walk back inside and shut the door. I will actually shut mine inside whatever room she's in - but I'm confident she's not going to pee in it or chew something she shouldn't while I'm out, 30 seconds. If there is a repeat indiscretion - repeat the time apart.

    If I had problems with dog pestering me when she was very little, I would put her in the crate, without scolding or nasty words and leave her in there, while I did whatever I needed to do. In the kitchen she could see me cooking dinner so she was fairly happy to sit quietly until I was done and could let her out.

    You might want to discourage the licking but I admit my dog licks everybody lots except me. And my brother's dog is similar, she likes to lick me but won't lick my brother.

    Puppies are very forgetful, so you will need to be consistent, and repeat the lesson as often as necessary. And then again when puppy hits adolescence and starts pushing boundaries again.

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    Megan, this nipping hasn't got any better then, I take it?

    I don't agree with the time-out in the laundry, as I don't think that's gonna teach him anything, I'm sorry. Time-out may be good for teaching some children things, but he is a dog, and doesn't think along the same waves as us humans. I personally think that is a complete waste of your time.

    This nipping must be stopped NOW! No more pussy-footing around with him. I have NEVER had a Shepherd who would nip at legs, wrists etc, and if I ever did, then yep, I know what I would do.

    I would simply be the bitch mother, and deliver one hell of a warning to this puppy of yours that what he is doing is ABSOLUTELY NOT TO BE ALLOWED.
    You can hold his mouth closed firmly with your hand, pushing into the outer side lip which is very uncomfortable for the puppy. Holding togue down firmly and securing for a short period of time also can work.

    As a final resort I would bite the damned dog on the ear and I'll bet you ten to one he doesn't dare continue doing this to you or any person again.

    Now that might sound cruel, Megan, but the old adage that sometimes you must be cruel for a second to be kind in teaching a valuable lesson is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Megan, this nipping hasn't got any better then, I take it?

    I don't agree with the time-out in the laundry, as I don't think that's gonna teach him anything, I'm sorry. Time-out may be good for teaching some children things, but he is a dog, and doesn't think along the same waves as us humans. I personally think that is a complete waste of your time.

    This nipping must be stopped NOW! No more pussy-footing around with him. I have NEVER had a Shepherd who would nip at legs, wrists etc, and if I ever did, then yep, I know what I would do.

    I would simply be the bitch mother, and deliver one hell of a warning to this puppy of yours that what he is doing is ABSOLUTELY NOT TO BE ALLOWED.
    You can hold his mouth closed firmly with your hand, pushing into the outer side lip which is very uncomfortable for the puppy. Holding togue down firmly and securing for a short period of time also can work.

    As a final resort I would bite the damned dog on the ear and I'll bet you ten to one he doesn't dare continue doing this to you or any person again.

    Now that might sound cruel, Megan, but the old adage that sometimes you must be cruel for a second to be kind in teaching a valuable lesson is true.
    I agree with this!

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    Thanks for the advice so far, I'm willing to try different tactics until we find one that works with him. He's getting bigger by the day so I want this under control asap

    DA, I got the timeout idea from another forum more as a way to seperate me from the dog for a small amount of time. When I open the babygate to let him out he is lovely but the nipping always returns. It's only a temporary fix and doesn't seem to be doing much long term. That's why I'm here asking for other tips
    I will try holding his mouth closed and pressing in the lip next time he nips and see what his reaction is to that.


    Hyacinth, I had read about the squirt bottle idea somewhere once before and wondered how effective it was. Might look into buying a spray bottle this week

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    I also agree that Hyacinths advice is excellent regarding the spray bottle. It really can work, but my only problem with that is that you really need to have that bottle with you all the time Megan. The moment troopa nips, spray, and sometimes that can be easier said than done. Cause if you don't do it straight away, the point has been lost, as far as the dog is concerned IYKWIM.

    Do NOT under any circumstances fail to be the boss here with this nipping problem.

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    I used to carry the bottle around with me, especially when hanging the washing out or gardening. Frosty does not touch the washing on the line. She did think about it a couple of times, but I was there to make sure she never acted on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I used to carry the bottle around with me, especially when hanging the washing out or gardening. Frosty does not touch the washing on the line. She did think about it a couple of times, but I was there to make sure she never acted on it.
    Don't some of these spray bottles these days have little clips that you can hook on your jeans/clothes etc? Makes it easier to keep close all the time?

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    Thanks again. Will try and find a spray bottle with a clip this week and keep you updated on our progress. I'm confident that we will break this habit. I am consistent in what we've been doing, it just doesn't seem to be working longterm. Hopefully this will be the solution that we need

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