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Kona's nipping

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My girlfriend and I just adopted a 15 week old German Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix. He's very intelligent and does very well with basic commands (sit, lay, and stay). We noticed he's been nipping more and more. It's nothing aggressive. Usually playing petting gradually turns into a lot of nipping (especially after walks). Mid kiss on my nose usually turns into a bite at my nose. He is 15 weeks old so I'm guessing this isn't strange. Is there anything we could do to prevent this? Thanks in advance!
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Welcome to pupppyhood with a mix of breeds known for being mouthy. GSD puppies are frequently called landsharks due to their propensity for being bitey, and well, heelers are bred to nip (that's the "heeling" that they take their name from).

Since you know that he tends to get nippy when over-aroused, try not to play to the point where he gets nippy. This free e-book has a good section on dealing with nippy puppies. https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/images/fdsa/Growing-Up-FDSA-eBook.pdf
I would suggest keeping a toy that is familiar to her or her favorite toy, whenever he nips and you don't want to you would have to make a little squeak sound and say no to her. This would mean that she is causing pain to you. Also use the toy to quickly redirect her attention from your nose towards the toy.
I am dealing with the same issue but with a younger pup. I allow gentle mouthing, something she has learned to do when we snuggle in the mornings or after her middle of the night potty run. And because she is gentle those times, I know that she CAN be gentle but she just hasn't learned self-control. Now, I've added a Time Out to the equation. If she nips hard, I put her in the playpen and leave the room, closing the door behind me. (Her playpen is set up in my computer/craft room where I spend most of my day.) A couple minutes later, I'll go back in and give it another try, again giving her a Time Out if she starts nipping. Sometimes, I'll avoid the nipping by offering her a bully stick to chew on. I hold it with one hand and calmly pet her with the other, telling her what a good girl she is. She will often settle down long enough for us to watch 30-40 minutes of a Netflix together. Because bully sticks are costly and because I think it's important to redirect her chewing when with me, I give her bully sticks only when we are interacting.

My girl is a border collie, also a herding breed. The area where I'm currently having the most difficulty is out potty runs. She wants to nip at my hands, feet, pant legs, nightgown, anything that she can reach from the time I start to put her leash on until I take it off. I've also started using kibble to distract her while I'm attaching and detaching her leash. Then, on our way out, I use kibble to lure her to the lawn. Once on the lawn, I stand super still so she doesn't think my movement is an invitation to nip.
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Then you're doing a great job oldNgray, give it time and you will see the results
Thank you all for the suggestions. Especially LeoRose; the eBook is helping a lot with training!
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