Springer Spaniel Support

by Nancy
(Saginaw, Michigan)

I'm new to this web site, bringing home a springer puppy about 8 1/2 months ago. Though I've read several books about springers, I find reading stories about springers on this web site has revealed greater detail about their behavior.


I would like to communicate with some of the owners, via emai, but understand many people would not like giving out their email address. Perhaps a question and answer page would be good. I'd like to ask how I can train Maggie not to puppy nip. When she is tired, she tends to over bite, as if frustrated. If I hold her mouth closed for a few seconds, she understands what is expected of her and calms down. I concern myself with a 10 month old puppy nipping a child, in play biting. She is not mean, but perhaps over stimulated by play or excitement. Recently we've been giving Maggie time out and she catches on very fast and calms down.


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Apr 23, 2011
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I find this the best way
by: Anonymous

To stop your puppy nipping you.... The minute she does it squeal really high pitched and stand up and turn your back on her.
Ignore her behaviour and she will soon catch on.
When in the litter their mothers does this to teach them manners.

So you are just acting like mother teaching her litter to behave.

May 28, 2010
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Puppy nipping
by: Anonymous

when jerry was a pup and he nipped i use to say a firm NO and immediatley hand him his toy to chew.
After a few weeks he grew out of it.

May 28, 2010
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Communicating
by: Michele

Hi! I have two Springers; Casey is our little old lady at 11 years old and Sadie is our baby girl at 2 years. They are both the very definition of Springer Spaniels, each in their own way!

I'd be glad to correspond with you! My email address is michelemarie400@yahoo.com

May 28, 2010
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nipping
by: June

My ESS, Emma, started nipping as a pup. She is 18 mos. now. Like you said, it wasn't malicious; just playful. I finally started taking my fingers and putting her lip into her mouth as she bit...biting herself. She quickly realized that was not the thing to do. Solved our problem.

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