Hello all, I have a 6 month old American Eskimo and he is a very playful, lovable puppy but lately he has taken to biting or nipping. At first we thought it was just a playful thing but it has gotten worse. He jumps up and nips at your hands if you are standing or walking and if you are sitting he jumps at you and nips. I think he believes it is a way to play but as he is growing older it is getting more painful. I am hoping for some advice on how to deal with this situation.
I hope that you did'nt make the mistake of playing with him using your hands a lot. Try to have a toy in your hand from now on, when he is in a playful mood, even if you did'nt use your hands playing with him. Keep your hands up out of his way and don't let him jump up, and nip. Use whatever works to show him this is not acceptable, sometimes a water bottle will do it. A loud shriek, every time he does happen to nip you, accompanied by the water bottle may work too. I suggest putting him in obedience classes, if you have not thought about that already. Make sure he has some good meaty bones to chew on as well. Good luck with him.
I have the same problem with my puppy who is 9 weeks old.She goes on a crazy rampage running around biting a nipping everything in sight.I try to give her a chew bone.But sometimes that isnt enough.I at times when I cant calm her down will put her in her crate for like 15 minutes.This sometimes works.
We have a 7 month old mini australian shepherd who does the same nipping thing. It is very common in puppies, at least in all the breeds I've owned. It is however, important to work hard at teaching them it is not an acceptable way of playing. This is how puppies play with each other. As you (and we) see, the larger their teeth, the more uncomfortable it becomes.
A trainer gave us a trick to put peanut butter or spread cheese (small amounts) on the back of your hand when your dog greets you. When he/she licks it, praise him and thank him for the "kisses". When your dog starts nipping at other times, encourage him to "kiss" only. It has actually been very helpful. Also, when he starts to nip, do encourage him to get a toy, he is looking to play.
I think this may be a matter of respect. Although it is friendly behaviour and is natural, a puppy would soon learn not to do this with a 'pack leader', who ultimately commands respect. It is important for the dog to respect your authority at all times and making sure that he finds nipping hands as unrewarding as possible.
I would simply ignore the dog and remove myself from it until he settles and if the nipping persists use a sharp command to reinforce your displeasure. Once the dog has settled down and interested in something else, calmly call him to you and reward his good behaviour. He will soon learn that nipping gets him nowhere and good behaviour gets him want he wants most...your attention! Good luck!
My 10 week old rat terrier does the same thing. She nips constantly, especially first thing in the morning when she is really excited. She will stop if we say "no" but 5 seconds later she is doing it again. She nipped my husband's ear and made it bleed one time. We try ignoring her, and of course, she doesn't nip then, but anytime you come close to her with hands, she wants her mouth on them. This is a problem when we take her into public to socialize her. Anyone who tries to pet her gets puppy teeth on the hands/fingers. I just assume this will pass.
My jack Russel terrier use to nip and at the exact moment he'd nip i use to let out a loud exaggerated yelp and ignore him for about 30 sec and then reward him for sitting or standing without getting excited he got the message in the end. Paddy