Post # 1
My new puppy Riley is at that stage. I have no issues with him chewing his toys etc, but I really don’t want him practicing on my toes. Any suggestions to get him to stop? I tried the making a loud noise and ignoring him but he just finds another place to nibble. My husband usually falls asleep on the couch and I am worried the puppy might startle him with a nip and get an inadvertent kick.
Post # 3
@alleynesgirl: Yelp like a littermate would when pup nips too hard. A “pretend you are mortally wounded” yelp. Failing that, you can spray bitter apple on yourself until the teething stage is over.
Post # 4
@Astra: I guess my yelping skills are not at all up to scratch lol.
Bitter apple it is as I cannot see my husband yelping like a wounded puppy at all!
Post # 5
Shake cans work well to stop them too. You just can’t let them see you making the noise. Take a soda can put 10 pennies in it and put some duct tape over the top. It will stake and make them stop.
Post # 6
Just say ouch and quit interacting with him for a minute when he nips. He’ll outgrow it soon!
Post # 8
@alleynesgirl: I hatethe yelp idea….
Try these two options:
1) water botter, quick spray to the face when they bite and be consistent.
2) replace your hand with a toy
3) say no bite and then exit the room for 15 seconds. Return and get excited to see him. Do this every time he bites.
4) vinegar on your hands also helps
Pick one and do it EVERY time the puppy bites 🙂
Make sure you ONLY do it when the puppy purposefully bits you (sometimes puppies miss when aiming for the toy in your hand)
Best of luck, my little girl is also in the biting stage!
Post # 9
replace with a toy. do this consistently and he will learn. with this strategie, that means you have to stop playing with him with your hands (if you do) because that is reassuring that it is ok/fun to nip. just always have toys/chewy treats. we use rawhide chips from kroger that he loves, je also loved the rawhide sticks when he was going through that stage and stills loves them.