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Question by Kerry
Submitted on 8/21/2003
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My chihuahua has a nippy biting problem... not vicous, just annoying... constant nipping and biting what can I do?

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 8/21/2003
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If she's a puppy, you've got a much better chance of breaking her of this.  Both of mine would nip or chew on my hand.  Here's what I did.  Rubbing tummy, little puppy mouth grabs a finger.  Yell "Ouch" and shocked puppy will release.  Say "Nixie no bite" (substitute your dogs name for Nixie).

Resume tummy rubbing, repeat and repeat.  If she keeps it up, cease tummy rubbing and ignore her, resume again later.  If puppy licks before or instead of biting, say "Nixie, good girl, lick is good girl".  It will take some time, but being consistent she will get the idea.  The same when playing with puppy, petting puppy, cuddling puppy, etc.  As she grows up, her natural puppy energy will abate, and she will be much calmer by the time she's a year old.  Praise when she is good, a firm NO and ignore when she is bad, she'll soon come to understand what it takes to keep her human happy.

If your dog is already grownup, you have a harder task before you, but the process is much the same.  Never hit her on the nose, but a gently chuck under the chin or holding her muzzle shut is acceptable.  Treats are also useful when she behaves, as long as they are tiny sized and not junk food.  She will be just as happy with a tiny sliver of chicken or cheese as she will with a great big chunk, it's the quality of a treat, not the quantity that matters.


Answer by charity
Submitted on 9/12/2005
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my chihuahua is 8 weeks old she bites me also but in a playful way she will pounce around and nip at me I have had her for 2 weeks and I try to ignor her or tell her no she thinks its a game.. any advice?


Answer by kristy and toto
Submitted on 12/7/2006
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sorry I can't see how to add a question so put it as an answer


Answer by shlena
Submitted on 1/10/2007
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how can I get my 9 week old chihuahua to stop biting?  I do yell " ouch" and tell her "no bite" when she does bite but it doesn't seem to phase her, I have to open her mouth to get her to stop. She also growls a vicious growl when I pick her up like she wants to bite me. Will this stop?


Answer by Choco
Submitted on 6/1/2007
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Take your puppy to petco/petsmart as soon as possible they offer free classes for training, there you can also ask trainers questions for free.


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