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Unhappy Nipping, biting etc.. ouch

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Need some advice.. Daisy is teething and is chewing every human in site.. I have tried putting her chews in her mouth, putting her toys in her mouth, ouching and saying no.. but she just thinks its a game and does it even more. Does anyone have any advice? Oh i managed to close her snout too.. give her direct eye contact which she shys away from but i don't want her getting nasty i know she's a puppy and has to learn but it hurts and i dont want her nipping people.. she is generally a big kisser and doesn't stop slobbering on everyone!!

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I had this problem with Jazz when she was a puppy. It didn't matter WHAT I did, she just kept biting and nipping at my fingers when I'd try to play with her, at my lip when I was loving on her etc. I tried EVERYTHING! Finally though, I found something that worked for her. Every time she'd nip, I'd put my thumb in her mouth and press it into her upper palate, while also pressing down on her snout with my fingers, so it exerted pressure. It didn't hurt her, but I could tell it felt very uncomfortable by the way she squirmed to get loose. I actually encouraged opportunities for her to nip at me, just so I could do this to her a LOT, and hopefully get her to associate nipping with this very uncomfortable thing I was doing. It worked. Worked better than anything else did. Within a week with me doing this very, very consistently, she'd stopped nipping. Occasionally she'd forget, but one time doing that again and it reminded her that oh yeah, nipping's no fun.

The secret is consistency though. You HAVE to respond this way every time.
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Thanks.. wil give it ago so do i just stick my thumb in fingerprint upwards and close her mouth with the other fingers?? ~I roll her onto her back so she's submissive aswell but no joy!! I know its coz she's in pain but hello i dont need to fill that pain!! Did you tell her no at the same time???
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Thanks.. wil give it ago so do i just stick my thumb in fingerprint upwards and close her mouth with the other fingers?? ~I roll her onto her back so she's submissive aswell but no joy!! I know its coz she's in pain but hello i dont need to fill that pain!! Did you tell her no at the same time???
Don't close her mouth on your thumb! If you're doing that, you're pressing on the wrong jaw. But yes, thumb in mouth, fingerprint upwards pressing on her upper palate. Your other fingers pressing on her upper jaw/nose area, so you're creating a pincer action with your thumb and fingers, squeezing her upper jaw between them. If you're doing it like I did, her nose will be towards the palm of your hand and she'll be working her lower jaw trying to get free. I didn't bother much with verbal commands when I did this. I mean you can if you want, but I was more focused on getting her to associate that nasty feeling of pressure and constriction with the nipping.
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Thanks when she wakes up and nips i'll try it!!! Fingers crossed it works!!
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You're welcome. Remember though that this isn't going to be an instant fix, if it is even a fix at all. It's what worked for me when nothing else, none of the other more traditional methods, worked. She's not going to like it, I can guarantee that, and she's going to squirm to get OUT of your grasp as fast as she can, which makes it that much harder to be consistent. Before Jazz finally gave up the biting, she began to anticipate that I was going to do this to her when she nipped, and so she'd nip at me, then quickly turn her head away or try and run away because she knew what was coming lol! The point being that you're likely going to have to be quicker than your pup, in order to keep this training consistent till she gets the idea.
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Anything will help.. i know its because she's teething but she has to learn.. she's so good with everything else, she doesn't chew any of my belongings and is doing so wel with housetraining but my fingers and nip city!!! Will let you know if it works!" Thanks
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All 3 of ours when through that and your right those teeth are sharp!!! Looks like you tried what worked for us!!! Whenever they would bite i would yes out ow! i a high pitched voice! they would stop and look at me and then give me kisses where they were bitting!!.

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