2 month old springer spaniel puppy won't quit biting

by Kaci
(Plentywood, MT, USA)

Last week be got our 2 month old English Springer Spaniel. She has started to lay a little rough. She bites and scratches at you. I don't wantto have another mean dog. Sometimes she growls at you, I can't tell if this is just playing or she is really mad. There used to be little marks but now she bites hard and gnaws on whatever body part she's chewing on. We tried clapping our hands and telling her "No"really loud. We also put her in her cage when it got too much to take. We gave her a toy to chew on instead to distract her. is there anything else I can do? We don't have any obedience classes where we are at. Thank you for any help you can give me.


From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi there puppy nipping is normal behviour and the best thing to do is stop play and ignore them when they start to do this. Check out my guide to Springer Puppy Biting this should help solve the problem

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Aug 12, 2012
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Puppy that bit. NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had dogs all my life, all breeds. I have found that with some strong minded puppies you have to be the Alpha. Sometime, lightly roll their gums over the tiny baby teeth and apply real light pressure. If it continues each time apply more pressure. Some Springers, can be over active and strong minded for up to 2 years.. They need attention and traing, some just love to learn. Remember always reward good behavior.

Aug 12, 2012
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Puppy that bit. NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had dogs all my life, all breeds. I have found that with some strong minded puppies you have to be the Alpha. Sometime, lightly roll their gums over the tiny baby teeth and apply real light pressure. If it continues each time apply more pressure. Some Springers, can be over active and strong minded for up to 2 years.. They need attention and traing, some just love to learn. Remember always reward good behavior.

Jul 30, 2012
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It will pass NEW
by: Anonymous

We have had Springers for 40 years now. As puppies it's always the same routine. Little biters with very sharp teeth. Our newest addition "Maggie" seemed the worst. When the puppy bites hard, GENTLY grab their snout as to close their mouth for about 10 seconds, with your other hand, use your index finger to GENTLY tap the top of their nose and say "NO, OUCH" and then ignore the pup for a little while. That seems to work. They will grow out of it eventually.I have had 9 Springers including the two I have now and I have never had a mean, bad tempered one. Then again if you treat your pup good they will treat you good. Ours are part of the family, great with kids, and best friends! You will not be dissapointed with a Springer <3

Jul 18, 2012
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Growl at your puppy. NEW
by: Penny

I too have a 9 week old springer and his bite hurts! He sees us as his pack and is playing as puppys would play.If your puppy bites and hurts his mother she will bare her teeth and growl at him.I have now tried this four times and each time it worked.I feel a bit guilty as he slinks away like ive hit him! Just try it,if you feel silly do it when your alone.I thought it was coincidence at first but its working everytime.

Jun 30, 2012
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Hamburger Hands NEW
by: Anonymous

You are in the "hamburger hands" stage. It will pass. My vet suggested pinching the web of skin between the toes as a deterrent. I didn't find it effective. "No bite" and then ignoring the puppy for a while seemed to work better. Remember babies put things in their mouths to learn about stuff--puppies do the same thing.

Jun 30, 2012
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It WILL stop... NEW
by: Denise in Dana Point

but it will probably take a while. We had the same experience when we got one of our springers. Cooper would be playing so nicely and before you knew it he turned into what we called psycho clown dog. Unfortunately, I was the recipient of his biting attacks. We're not talking little nips either; rather he would bite, often breaking the skin and causing bruises. He did it until it was out of his system, then go back to sweet puppy face. I was his chew toy and just had to put up with it; screaming, distractions, ignoring didn't help. Over time--and it really wasn't that long--he got over it and became a non-aggressive, sweet little guy. I often think that perhaps we took him from his siblings too soon (6 weeks and 1 day), so he still needed some "who's the alpha" play time. Good luck...

Jun 29, 2012
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Yelp! NEW
by: Anonymous

We find a high pitched yelp followed by 30seconds of ignoring the puppy works wonders. We've done it so often it's an automatic response to the feel of tooth on skin these days

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