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14 Dec 2005

BOXER LOVER
Our adorable 11 month old boxer loves to nibble our hands. I'ts like an obsession. I have a feeling that the nibbeling process also gives his gums a stimulating massage. Why does he do this and how do I stop him.?
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi Kat

All dogs will do it if allowed. You should divert him to something that he is allowed to nibble on. It is also a way of getting your full attention, which means he is controlling you. The only way to stop it, is by complete ignore and do not make it available to him. If he nibbles your hands, take them away, fold them under your arms and turn your back on him. NO eye, verbal or physical contact. He will soon learn that in order to keep your attention, he should not nibble your hands. Give him something else to do, ie retrieve and return an article to you.

Regards

Candice
Animal Behaviourist
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