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I just got my Brittany puppy from a breeder on Monday, shes almost 9 wks old. She's very cute and came to me pretty much crate trained and in good behavior. I took her to my vet yesterday as part of the contract, and the vet told me she seems a little dominant. She told me to play with her ears, open her mouth ,play with her paws and to hold her on her back until she's calm, and give her a treat for each good behavior she shows after those exercises.

Today she's been biting me so I put her on her back and held her there like the vet suggested if she shows bad behavior. It didn't work at all, in fact soon as I let her go she comes back and bites my hand. She also will climb allover my 3 yr old daughter and lay on top of her.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do or try?
 

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That seems like a puppy acting like a puppy. Like little kids they have a tendency to see what you will and will not tolerate. And running back and biting is just a leftover habit from romping with littermates. However, i would put a stop to the biting asap, even mouthing IS NOT allowed lol. What i have found works best is grabbing the puppys lips in a mock "bite" not hard or anything, then i look directly in the eyes and firmly say "No". I've broken every puppy i've ever had this way in like 2 weeks. But every dog is different so .. i wish you luck! And enjoy your pup!!!
 

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I've tried the grabbing lips or mouth and saying no and didn't work. Maybe if I keep doing that one and stick to it she'll stop.
 

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I would not try restraining the puppy when she bites, but instead practice redirection and/or yelping + ignoring.

The link Melissa posted is very useful. All that biting and nipping can really be frustrating, but better your puppy learns now that it's a no-no. Just be consistent, and you'll get there!
 

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We see quite a few brittanies at the shelter where I volunteer as they are not easiest breed for those who may be new to dogs. The dominant trait is the most frequent reson for surrendering. I would get into a good puppy class and read the link about biting.
 
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