Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Orlando - Florida
Nipping while playing with toy
My 6 month GSD Zoey brings her chew toys to me or the couch and uses my leg / arm / whatever she can reach to prop the toy on and chew it resulting in me getting nipped or biting through the coffee table. Its almost like she is using me to hold up the toy so she can get a better chew on it instead of on the floor but this results in my getting chewed right along with the toy. She does this regardless of how much I play with her. For example yesterday we played Frisbee for 30 mins then came in the house and if I go to the kitchen to wash dishes she will lay quietly but if I go to the living room to watch TV she will bring her chew toys and nip or bite me while she is chewing them. I know she wants attention but how much attention is enough ?
I don't seem to be doing a good job re-directing her because she keeps doing this over and over. The only way I have been able to get some peace and quiet in the evenings while watching TV is to work on engagement with her - she has to lay down and I give her treats every few mins. We did this for a whole hour yesterday. She does very well but is there a way to get her to stop nipping me ? When I try to take the toy and throw it, she thinks we are playing tug and won't give it. When I tell her out, she keeps pushing it against me and chewing it. I have a huge bruise on my thigh from when she nipped me by "Accident" and it was so painful tears shot out of my eyes. How can I get her to stop this ?