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my two year old shih tzu nips help please

my shih tzu nips often she has lots of toys and chewing bones wat can i to to stop her nipping


Asked by Member 861971 on Mar 24th 2010 in Chewing
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Aster

After 2 years, it will take a long time to teach her not to. Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure they realize that when they are alone, if they quit biting, they would quit being bitten. At 3 to 4 months they are getting their adult teeth, and it seems they spend every waking moment biting or chewing. One thing you can do at that stage is to knot and wet a piece of cloth. Then freeze it. The cooling will soothe the gums. Only let the puppy have it when you are there to watch it. I maintain a Lab's favorite chew toy is another Lab. Otherwise they settle for any person they can. They keep hoping to find one that won't yelp, jerk their hand away, and leave.

You just have to keep on correcting them, hundreds of times, not dozens. Provide sturdy, safe toys such as Kongs and Nylabones. Avoid things they can chew pieces off and choke on them. Keep them away from electrical cords. Crates are essential for most young Labs and other dogs.

The pet stores are full of toys that many dogs will quickly chew up into pieces they could choke on or cause intestinal blockages. If you are not there to watch, stick to sturdy stuff such as Nylabones and Kongs. Keep a close eye on chew toys and quickly discard anything that is coming apart in pieces. Rawhide is especially bad because it swells after being swallowed. I don't trust any of the consumable chews. The dogs just gnaw them down to a dangerous size too quickly. These problems are the worst with, but not limited to, large, aggressive chewers such as Labs.


Aster answered on 3/25/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Dieta

Tell her No. That can be a very powerful word if said calmly and directly. When she stops praise her. Praise her more for being good also.
If she is nipping when you are taking away toys then that is another thing you need to address, get a piece of cheese and offer that then take the toy while she is distracted.
Also you are in control when she has things you take them each day and put them in a basket on top of the refrigerator. When you think she has had them long enough take them and place them up high, that way you are being a fair leader and you are the leader make sense?


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Pepper

More info would help...
Why does she nip? During play? Or just out of the blue seems to get annoyed and nip, then walk away?

Different reasons - different cures.

Play biting is a matter of the dog lacking the information that people don't like biting and will immediately stop playing and go away if they are bitten. If she play bites, walk away as soon as she gets overexcited and starts to use her mouth.

The second is a corrective bite. She thinks she is in charge and is biting to make you stop a behavior (petting her, sitting on the sofa/her bed, taking her toys). This is harder if you are afraid of your little dog....don't be. Never react like a victim - get more annoyed - stand over her and give a firm "NO!", stay there and wait until she backs down.

The first time you assert yourself she will have a hissy fit. Don't let is scare you, step forward, not back. Use anything on hand to block her from biting you.
Good luck


Pepper answered on 3/25/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

I agree, we need to know what you are considering nipping. To me, nipping is when a puppy, not a two year old, is biting and grabbing at hands and feet. This is a a normal puppy behavior that will improve with age, although there are plenty of things to help hurry that improvement along. Toys and chewing bones will help this situation if you replace the body part being bitten with one of the accepted toys.
Then there is "aggresive" biting. This is when the dog actually means to bite, whether it be family members or visitors, or the like. This usually results from the dog having the upper hand in the family and usually needs the intervention of a trained behaviorist to help you recognize and correct the problem. No amount of toys or chewing bones is going to help this kind of biting behavior. If this is what you are referring to, seek out a behaviorist as soon as possible.


Member 641257 answered on 3/25/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer