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Old 09-04-2012, 02:10 AM
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Unhappy Puppy nipping jeans and feet!

I've been a puppy owner and first time dog owner for 10 days now and although I am enjoying the challenges I can see me being on here a lot!

We have an 11 week old pug x cavachon, male.

He's been so good and settled so well but when he is excited and in play mode he then gets over excited and he nibbles feet, socks, shoes (while on feet!) and bottoms of jeans/trousers!

We are using a clicker to begin training and he is learning 'leave' using the treats but he just doesn't appear to listen or hear when he is nipping feet etc.

We have tried repeating 'Leave it' and gently pushing him away from the feet and even picking him up and moving him away but he just thinks this is part of the game and comes back for more...we've even timed him out in another room but when he comes back it he thinks it's time to start again! We have tried distraction but again, it only works for a while.

He's not like this all the time and will play nicely but it's a behaviour I want to stop as soon as possible as some visitors to our house won't like it and my 12yr old daughter (who instigated getting him!) doesn't like her toes being bitten!

Any advice will be gratefully received.

For info: crate trained at night and has been prefect, getting their on the wee's and Poo's out side and general has a great (if not cheeky!) temperament.
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As soon as teeth meet skin or pant legs, give a high-pitched yip and stop the game. Get up on a sofa or chair where the pup can't get at you and ignore them. The puppy will soon realise that biting = play stops.

Oh, and do this consistently. Everytime it happens, play must stop. Random rewards (in this case, keeping play going) is one of the best ways to keep a behaviour going which is what you don't want here.
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Thank you! This seems to be working.
Along with ignoring him and moving when he does this my daughter is teaching him 'Leave it' and 'Sit' so now if he goes for her feet/jeans - she can say leave it and then sit and he does exactly as he's told! It's a different story for my husband though - Alfie still seems to think it's play time and 'game on' whenever his feet are around! My husband works shifts so hasn't been able to spend as much time with him as me and my daughter so we're hoping to change this over the weekend and resolve this one before moving onto the next!
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I'm glad it's working for you.

Is your husband doing this everytime? or is he letting it slide every once in awhile (maybe even not noticing that the puppy is biting?) Did he used to play a little rougher with the puppy? It could just be the dog is taking a bit to realise that yes, the no-biting rule now applies to your husband as well.
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Good advice so far.

Also, understand that this is largely a management issue for the humans at this stage. Do not get the puppy all wound up... humans tend to do this without realizing it. Keep your voice quiet and your body moving slowly. Don't let children run about with the puppy.

If things get out of hand, and all the techniques you've been trying don't work, its probably time for puppy to take a nap. Often an over-tired puppy just cannot figure out how to calm down. Put him down for a nap in a very calm and reassuring way. Its not punishment, just time to settle. A small treat in his crate, place him in there with a kind word...

Remember, they do outgrow this stage...
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This may help since you are already using clicker training
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