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|09-18-2009, 12:50 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Bavaria, Germany
My Yorkie pup is now five months old. He is constantly nipping and biting.
We have a very rambunctious three year old who "tortures" him a lot - think dressing up, picking up, carrying around, etc. so I understand she riles him up and what not, and we were lenient because of teething, but now he is getting older and I'd like to stop this problem before it becomes a big issue (I hope I'm not late??).
How can I get him to stop nipping and biting? Thank you!
|09-19-2009, 11:43 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ajax, Ontario
We are going through the same thing with Juno (minus the baby!). We were lenient with Juno's nipping/biting before since he was teething, but its really unbearable now. Everytime we want to play, he gets so excited, he bites (and they hurt!). He has razor sharp teeth!
We have tried the yelping, giving him a toy he can chew on, laying him on his side until he calms down, stopping the playtime....NOTHING works!
I would love what others have to say about this!
|09-19-2009, 07:06 PM||#3|
Donating Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
They are such nibblers at this age, in spite of all the money we spend on appropriate chew toys! When Sophie even puts her teeth on me (even without closing down in a bite), I say "Ouch!" in a loud voice, withdraw my hand, and get up and stop playing with her. I sit back down in a few minutes and we try it again. It definitely seems to be helping. Teaching her "drop it" has also helped sooo much in preventing her from nibbling on me when we play together with her toys.
|09-20-2009, 02:39 PM||#4|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
I am so glad we are not the only ones. Our little guy is almost 9 weeks old and he has been doing really good. Today was the first time we had to spend several hours away from him (coming back to give him a potty break in between). When we got home for the evening, he seemed very aggressive. He was biting at anything that was close to him, ie: my leg, arm, toes, fingers anything! I can't tell if he is just plain being mean or if he is just playing hard. I tried to put him on his back, but he never would give in. I know some people don't like to put them on their backs, but I didn't know what else to do.
|09-21-2009, 06:59 PM||#5|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Champaign, IL, US
We make sure that all of our dogs know that hands are not for playing...they are for loves only. I've seen on some shows and whatnot that people tend to play with their dogs with their hands and it some times caused confusion. We were forced into giving this a try with our mastiff when he was a puppy and it has worked for him so far....and he's 5yrs....it has also worked with my grandma's Jack Russel. I would assume it would work the same with a Yorkie. Try to make sure play is with toys and love is with hands. Hope that helped some.
|09-25-2009, 09:05 AM||#6|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Miami, FL,USA
I'm less concerned about the nipping than what you said about your 3 year old
Pups and kids can be great together but if like what you said is true you have a disaster in the making
If your little is "torturing" your pup ... and I know he or she isn't Actually torturing your pup
but if your child is constantly picking the pup up and carrying it around
it might defensively be nipping because its becoming afriad
..... Take a gander at this "play" and see if it's ok
also yorkies can be very fragile when it comes to rough play too
Mike and Zach's Dadd
|09-25-2009, 12:27 PM||#7|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Southwest MN
Silly, but throwing tantroms worked for me!
This may sounds silly, but it was the only thing that worked for me...I read it online somewhere. Buster & Bailey were never really bad biters, but all puppies bite & have to learn boundaries. They are the same age & we got them when they were 11 weeks old (they're now 11mths old). If they ever bit me, I would immediately stop whatever we were doing, and storm off like a pouting toddler saying "You are a really big jerk <Bailey or Buster>, Ouch!" I guess since I was calling them a jerk, my voice actually reflected the appropriate tone or something like that. I felt was pretty silly (and actually kind-of bad for calling them jerks) because I really threw a few tantroms & tried to make them feel bad. It didn't take long before they figured out they were not supposed to bite human skin. I also tried replacing anything they bit that was bad with an appropriate chew toy (they always seem to find something they aren't supposed to have!). Good luck in your training!
Buster & Bailey's Mom