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Hi all, I have a 12 week old doodle that really likes to nip at my 8 year old and 5 year olds heals. Is 3 months old a big teething time fr pups/ Oliver hasn't chewed shoes or anything he's not supposed to (yet) but he likes to nip at the kids heels and clothes. Any suggestions to get him to stop We just say NO and direct him to a che toy. Is this the thing to do and how long does it take for them to 'get it' I've never had a puppy who likes to nip so much. He nips at our inlaws dogs heels too.

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Hi there,

Bailey is 6 months old and he was such a nipper too!! My sons are 5 and 7 and would get so upset with the biting. I noticed a big turn around at about 5 months. We were just very persistent with saying 'no bite' and I made the boys say it firmly all the time while closing their hand around his snout (I'm not sure that was the best way to do it but it worked). Another thing I did was make sure the boys showed some dominance around Bailey. One way to do this is to have the kids feed the pup his food. I have the boys fill the bowl, hold it up and have Bailey sit before giving it to him. My 5 year old got very good at being dominating to Bailey and he stopped nipping him quickly. The 7 year old would just get upset and skittish which would make Bailey do it more. Eventually it did stop for him to. Good luck.
 

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Another thing I did was make sure the boys showed some dominance around Bailey. One way to do this is to have the kids feed the pup his food. I have the boys fill the bowl, hold it up and have Bailey sit before giving it to him.
I think this is excellent advice. We do this exercise with both of our doodles for every meal. I think it is puppy biting and something that he will outgrow with time (Dexter had me in tears w/his puppy biting until around 4.5 months)...just keep saying "no" and give him an appropriate chew toy...it just takes some time. Another idea, you could try removing Oliver from the play area (either to his crate or another room) so that he learns the fun stops when he nips.
 

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Thanks All for the grat advice. Sounds like we are doing alot of what has been written here and in older posts. Guess we just need to be patient. I like the advice about the kids being more dominet towards Olver. I shall give that a try.

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We JUST learned this at Obedience today. It's a techniique to use for the following:
-stealing
-barking in your face
-nipping, biting!!!!

1.You buy a cotton clothesline......about 50 feet........and cut it into 6 foot pieces.
2. You clear out a very small space in your house that the dog doesn't ever go into, such as a closet. You might want to tack some cardboard or a piece of carpet to the backside of the door of the closet.
3. Now, while your dog is with you anywhere in the house or outside, you tie the 6 foot of clothesline to his collar. The dog is "in training" for the 3 problems mentioned above, so it's on him all the time. He may chew the clothesline which is why you have so much of it.
4. If your dog does ANY of the 3 things above, which in your case is the nipping and biting, you pull the leash and take him to the space you've created. Close the door and leave him in there for 10 minutes. He might bark, cry whatever.........leave him in there.

This must be done every single time he does one of the 3 above.
Do not use the dogs crate........do not use a bathroom, it's too large.

The objective is to make the dog see that every time he does one of the 3 negative things, he receives negative reinforcement.
You must do this even if you're simply playing in the yard and the teeth even accidentally make contact wth the skin.
MOST dogs will get this within 3 days. It MUST be consistent and done every single time.

The trainers are certain that dogs trained this way will NEVER again bite, nip children or adults.

I saw a demo tonight of 2 Off Leash trained Labradoodles...........I wish I had had my camera. After seeing these beautiful dogs........I'm convinced these training techniques will work.
I haven't started it yet.............but I'm convinced!
Good Luck and I hope you try it!
 

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Please keep us posted on your progress. If you know where to get the video let us know.
 

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We had the same problem with Cooper when he was younger (3-4 months). Is has lessened greatly,although he does still bother my 7 year old sometimes. I do think it's the dominance issue, so I try to have my son give him sit/down commands several times a day (treating afterward), and when possible I have him be the one to let Cooper outside. We also went through a jumping up phase, and with that we would give NO attention - not even a push or scolding - just turn or walk away. That seems to work good for us.
 

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although he does still bother my 7 year old sometimes. I do think it's the dominance issue, so I try to have my son give him sit/down commands several times a day (treating afterward), and when possible I have him be the one to let Cooper outside.
have you ever tried having your son feed Cooper? We had a few dominance issues with Kirby. We make both doodles sit and put their food down. We tell them to "wait" and they can only eat their food when we say "Ok". Given how much dogs value food I think it teaches them that the person feeding them controls the food (and therefore is dominant).
 
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