Post # 1
Hi Bee’s –
I don’t know if some people have been following my pet saga… I finally got a puppy. It was not an easy task finding a good puppy in Mexico! The whole process got me frustrated and tired.
I ended up with a 2 month old puppy. I wanted a puppy that had stayed with his mother longer however this rarely happens in Mexico. I struggled with wanting a puppy to stay longer with its mother but possibly having the owner not feed or care for the puppy as they should. This happens more often than not in Mexico. Its not easy. Anyway, the puppy was only slightly underweight when I got her and has already put on some weight which is good.
My puppy question…
She is very young and a small little thing. She is nipping a lot. A lot! A real lot! A real real lot… She mouths shoes, pants, stairs, walls, the couch, her bed, peoples feet and anything else around. She is very little now and she is an ‘aggressive breed.’ And yes I have had an aggressive breed before but never from the puppy stage. I am trying to be clear about the issue with age and the breed because I seek help with this.
What can or should I do at this age that will help with this problem?
Please tell me what you did with details so I understand what to do. I have had the puppy less than 72 hours. She seems like an innocent happy little thing right now and has started playing a lot. I have tried the sound Shhhhuuuu really loud like Ceaser Milan makes, but I use only the sound I don’t poke her. I have tried the yelping sound like a dog makes when they hurt another one, I have tried saying NOOOO! After each of these I have left the room for about 5 minutes so she knows the ‘nipping time’ is over.
What else should I be doing?
Does she simply need a chew toy? She has one but she may not like it, she only chews on it sometimes.
This topic was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by chica95110.
This topic was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by chica95110.
Post # 2
chica95110: What is nipping? As far as the chew toy…she’s so little and if you’ve only had her for a few days it will take her time to get used to the toys. It took our puppy a few weeks before she even knew what the toy was and then a few more weeks before she really started playing with her toys. They have to adjust to them…she’ll get there though 🙂 We also bought probably 5 different toys for her, so she could figure out which one she liked. Just remember…she’s a puppy..so you guys will kinda figure everything out together…I know thats what basically happened with us.
Post # 3
nip = pinch, squeeze, or bite sharply.
I will go buy her some more different chew toys. I know she still has her baby teeth so she may be teething if that is what you call it with puppies.
Post # 4
chica95110: The first thing I would do is get toys, lots of rubbery, textured toys and treats. Things that will keep them busy and focused. Our two Bostons are not innocent by any means, but we worked with them and made time to play with them to train them.
Don’t leave things laying around that you don’t want your puppy to get a hold of, and close doors where you know they can sneak off to. Our youngest Boston started chewing on our stair rails while we were at work. We did some research and saw a suggestion of mixing vinegar with water, putting it in a spray bottle and spraying the areas so they avoid them and it seemed to really work. If they are nipping at people, we would immediately put them in their kennel and tell them NO. I know it is hard to catch them when they chew on things, but when we would, we would do the same thing.
Really, it is just patience and consistency. They are smart and will figure it out over time.
Post # 5
If you’ve had the puppy less than 72 hours, you need to give her time and patience. She isn’t just going to pick up on your training cues in a few days. I had a puppy that nipped and it took weeks, maybe even a month or two, before he started to understand. I understand the urgency becuase getting nipped sucks, but you need to be patient.
Post # 6
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I also had a VERY nippy puppy. She’s a herding breed so nipping came naturally. There are four things I found helpful
1) Spray bottle. If she nipped me, I sprayed her. I still use it now because she’s always jumping on people, puppies are a work in progress!
2) Ignoring. If I was on the ground playing with her and she bit me, I stood up and turned away from her. All she wanted to do was play, so this was a punishment for her.
3) Yelped. This is how puppies communicate that they’re playing too roughly. Even if you feel stupid, yelp loudly when your puppy bites! This was really effective for me. Your puppy doesn’t mean to hurt you she just doesn’t know her own strength.
4) Time out room. This is if my puppy was REALLY bad. I used a bathroom, I’d put my puppy in and left her there for no more than 3 minutes. I only had to do this a couple times and she got the idea.
Don’t give up hope! My puppy was a real challenge and now she is the most wonderful, loyal, and intelligent dog at just one year old.
Post # 7
you could try using bitter apple spray to discourage her from chewing on shoes on such. i would even spray it on my hands/arms sometimes when i was playing with my puppies and it seemed to help (just make sure you wash your hands afterwards). you could also do the water and vinegar thing that someone suggested. my puppy hates the smell of vinegar. one time i had just finished cleaning her crate with water and vinegar and she ran in when i wasn’t looking and she totally freaked, haha. she couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
just remember that the destructive puppy phase doesn’t last forever. good luck!
Post # 8
Everyone thank you! I will get more chew toys. I know it seems silly but I was confused on the chew toy thing. I didn’t know if chew toys where good or bad. Like I said its actually my first puppy. The other dogs I had where well past the puppy stage. The spray bottle sounds easy enough, I can handle that. The puppy is half Sher Pei so even if I flick a drop of water on her nose she will take it as a punishment. I don’t have a crate as of yet, we got the puppy under odd circumstances so I wasen’t completely ready. For now I feel the putting her in the bathroom for about 3 minutes would get the point across if she is real bad. And I can also keep as I’ve been doing and leave the room for about 5 minutes, this seems to upset her a great deal.
I do work at home and am here all the time literally. So, I felt this would be a good thing as far as training. I just need to get a grip on what to do with such a young puppy.
Post # 9
chica95110: YOU NEED TO TIRE HER OUT!
My puppy was really bad with nipping us. She would not stop when she wanted to play. It stopped when we started taking her to the dog park 3-4 times a week. I am not sure if there are any off-leash parks for dogs near you – but they play with other dogs and can tire eachother out.
If not, go to a big field and throw around a ball, take her for long nice walks (or runs), make a friend with a puppy etc.
You should emphasize “NO” whens he does it. I know it seems like they arent listening, but eventually they will pick it up. The best thing is to take a toy and try to get her to play with that instead of nipping you.
Post # 10
Why did you not buy a book on dog training before getting the dog? I hope the dog has been to the vet to be checked out now that’s it’s home.
Nipping is normal baby dog behavior. It will learn how hard is too hard through normal play. When it bites a hand, yelp or say NO and turn your back to him/her. Anything it chews on that is not his/hers should have been removed from the area in the first place, but if he/she finds something,say NO, remove it and give him/her a toy and encourage play with that object.
You should talk to your vet about a dog training program for consitency. You should do this while the dog is young to avoid issues later.
Post # 11
If she bites your hands while playing, give a stern NO, immediately stop playing, get up and leave. Ignore her for a few minutes. You can also try offering a chewable toy and see if she redirects to that. If she bites your feet while you’re walking, stop moving completely and be boring. If she doesn’t get the hint, a 5 minute time out worked amazingly for us. Heck my dogs are 4 and 5 and we can still threaten them with the dreaded “do you need a time out?” and they immediately shape up even though we haven’t done it in years, lol.
Be careful if you use the bitter apple spray. It doesn’t always come off after washing your hands. Learned that the hard way after making tacos for dinner. >.>;
I would not recommend a dog park or “forced” exercise (running/very long walks or hikes) at that age. I’d wait until at least 6 months for the dog park, and a year for running or excessive hiking/running to allow the bones and joints to grow appropriately.
Post # 12
leisha606: Yes, the give them a toy thing and redirect their focus is a good idea. And its simple, I’m all about simple.
The dog park thing can’t work right now. The puppy is way to young and has not had all her shots. I need to keep her away from other dogs and even places where other dogs hang. Here in Mexico there are street dogs and they are dangerous and have many diseases. I must wait until she has all her shots. The doctor said I can’t even take her for a walk on the beach yet.
Post # 13
allinoelle: I’m having the same problem as OP… but yelping is the worst thing to do in my puppys case. Everytime she gets me, I say ow very loudly (bc it really does really hurt) and that sends her into a crazy massive barking trip and then she pees everywhere. Ughh. I have no idea what I’m doingwith this puppy. Haha
Post # 14
LeonardLady: Ya… My puppy just started doing that. But, the breed of my dog does not yelp or bark a great deal by nature. So, its not that bad. And the few times she does yelp I cut her off.
What breed is your puppy?
Post # 15
I feel that you’re confusing two behaviours here. One is chewing things, which needs to be redirected so she chews the right things (ie toys). The other is nipping – ie baby biting – which needs to be stopped ASAP. I’ve found the spray bottle works well, as does ignoring. But remember this is normal puppy behaviour, she needs to learn that it is unacceptable, but you don’t need to panic about it yet.