I have a miniature schanuzer and she is now 10 weeks old. Cute as a button with attitude. However, she is biting like crazy. We have various toys for her to nip on but she prefers us. She goes after our toes as we walk, when we pick her up she nips our fingers then goes after our face. We have tried the stern NO when she does it, we have tried immitating other puppies in her litter by yelping, we have put her down and stopped playing with her yet she continues. We have NOT put her in her crate as we do not want her to associate her crate with punishment. I have noticed that like a child, the longer she has gone without a nap the more hyper she becomes. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks
I have a big puppy now who is still very oral, but is more of a cuddler and when we snugglehe sometimes puts his mouth on your hand we say gentle and it turns into a lick. He is now 10 mo. But when he was a puppy I was going CRAZY because he never stopped biting I asked a trainer a vet everybody and all there advice did not help. I would try ignoring the puppy give a stern NO Bite so it becomes a command if the puupy listens praise and give a chew toy so you are saying here this is what you chew. If the puppy continues to bite (which is normal to a point) ignore the puppy cross your arms head up posture and look away from the puppy as hard as it is. No puppy likes being ignores! You can also but bitter apple a spray that tastes bad on your feet after the puppy associates the taste with biting it may help. We did these two things and sometimes still do if our golden boy gets to party party but it has helped alot. Keep doing the NO BITE command and be consistant. Remember the puppy has only been separated from its litter for a few weeks it doesn't understand too much right now.Hope this helps good luck
I have a miniature schnauzer as well. He is 12.5 weeks old and is a "nipper" as well. Most of it has to do with his teething, which at this stage is alot of the large teeth in the back of his mouth. He has many toys too but when we're sitting around he prefers to gum/chew on my fingers. I have tried all the things you have as well and nothing really seems to help much, although I did find a rawhide that he loves and is very soft for him to chew on. The new rawhide is a lamb ear and he likes it much better than the previous pig ear. It is very soft and pliable and he can easily get it to the back of his mouth and gum it. I have noticed as well that some of his "nipping" is more affectionate in nature than chewing/teething. But as a young pup, he of course isn't going to know how hard is too hard unless you tell him. Just be patient, it'll get better! A kong with treats inside helps with chewing sometimes too! Sorry if this wasn't much help, but I know where you are coming from! =)
Make it so you taste bad. Put lemon juice or vinegar on yoru hands. FOr a really persistent dog that's a really hard nipper, I'd put cayenne pepper or tabasco sauce on my hands. You have to remmeber when the dog trise to bite, say "No bite!!" right as she puts her mouth on you. So she associates the bad taste with the command.
I know this isn't much help to you now, but I PROMISE you that it gets much, much better. Right now she's teething, she's got those sharp little baby teeth and claws, and she wants to play but still hasn't fully learned bite inhibition. Just keep on bombarding her with those chew toys, i.e. kongs, nylabones, etc. and keep correcting her whenever she bites too hard while playing. Eventually she'll learn how to mouth without pressing down and hurting you.
When my mini was that age, people at school would constantly come up and ask what happened to me, cause my hands and arms were covered in little cuts and bruises. :)