I have a 9 week old miniature schnauzer, female. Great personality, good eater and in great health (as per Vet visit last week). When she is having fun, she nips alot at us and her baby teeth are quite sharp. We do the standard and firm NO and repeat it. Obviously, she has not understood this yet but does anybody have any other good non-biting learning techniques? I do NOT want to put her in her crate as I do not want her to relate her crate to punishment. Any ideas???? Thanks
There's a few things you can try. YOu can try yelping, like a dog would if she hurt it. You can also grab her by the scriff of the neck and look her in the eye and say "No bite" in a low growly voice. These things would mimic what littermates or adult dogs would do if she had bitten them too hard.
You can also make yourself taste really bad. Red cayenne pepper, lemon juice, vinegar on your fingers or hands and then she bites.. say 'No bite!" right as she puts her mouth on you. So she associates the words with the bad taste.
Good suggestions Min, ya took the words out of my mouth :) Another thing you could try, is when your dog nips, yelp or say 'OW!' like Min said, and also turn around. When she comes over to you, keep turning your back to her and ignore her completely. Give her the cold shoulder so to speak. If you do this everytime she nips, she will associate nipping with you not wanting to be around her. Since dogs are really social animals, and especially like to please their owners, this will really bother her and she should learn quick :)
I pull my hand away and say EASY... then give it back. I repeat this until he understands. If he continues biting hard, I don't give back my hand..toes... whatever it is he is playing with at the time.
He knows he can play harder with my husband than he can with me. It's really cute to see that he knows his boundries. It took a while. He's 6 months now.
Well congrates on the new Schnauzer puppy, my favourite breed. I would actually be worried if a puppy doesn't play bite. All puppies need to learn how to use their mouths with people. If any teeth touch you, yell Ouch! (don't pull your hand away) Youre looking for the puppy to stop playing and look at you, then you would start the game again. He should start to play more nicely each time. He must learn that when teeth hit human flesh the games end. For some really bold and obnoxious puppies, the steps should change to OUCH! wait a second for a reaction, if he just continues and seems even more turned on by your screaming, then you need to do the game in an enclosed area and actually get up and end the game and walk out. Wait 5-10 minutes (out of sight)and start the game again.(These guys are going to take just a little longer) Puppies that are taught how to use their teeth with humans are less likely to do any real damage to someone if they do bite someone for any reason. Have fun I envy you!