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Old 11-20-2012, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I am new to this forum as have just picked up my adorable boxer puppy two weeks ago.

I have crate trained him which he loves and slowly training him at present to go toilet on newspaper which is working as he is not old enough to take for walks yet.

The problem I am having is the biting, he will just turn and bite your hand or trousers, sometimes if he is playful he springs up with mouth open hoping to bite something.

I have tried saying NO which he obviously doenst understand, i do not want to smack him as thought that may make him agressive or afraid of me. I have tried ignoring him and that doesnt work.

I know he is only young, whats everyones views on this and what worked for them please?

thanks in advance.

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Old 11-20-2012, 05:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He is a pup, he will nip, play bite, bite in general. He is still learning what is and isn't acceptable in your pack. Just keep pulling your hand away and saying no, loud deep and stern. You can also ignore him when he bites, just pull your hand away, or leave the room and close the door. Come back quickly like 10-20 seconds. He wants to play, if you refuse to play with him when he bites he will learn. It might be quick, it might be slow, but he will learn . These dogs are smart.
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Welcome to the forum

Patience, persistence and repetition. He'll learn.
Don't use your hands to play with him (always have a toy in hand). When he nips at you, correct with a "no" or "eh-eh" or some such sound and the walking away and ignoring too.
He'll get better over time, he's not gonna learn it right from the start.

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Old 11-20-2012, 10:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When Dozer was young and would nip at me, I yelped in a high pitch tone to imitate another puppy being hurt. My husband chose to say no. My husband took many more nips that I did.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for the quick replies.

I will try the above tips and keep you updated.

On another note, can you recomend a toy for him, I have a KONG rubber cone where you put treats in. A rope toy and cuddle tead. None of this really takes his fancy.

I heard about the nylabone and lots of people say there great and others say there dangerous. Any recomendations for a 9 week old male boxer to play with?

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