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#1
Ok, so my dog, sometimes when you try to play with him, he kind of bites/gnaws on your hand. Like, snaps at you. So if he does it hard enough, I give him a little slap on the side. Not like "KAWACK!" but just enough to show him that I don't want to get bitten...

My mom and dad go apeshit whenever I do this like I'm abusing him or some shit, but I don't think I am. I'm just wondering if this is generally accepted or not.
#2
No, as long as don't beat him. A light slap on the side won't hurt him.


Actually how big is the dog? Just asking because I wouldn't hit my shih-tzu, but I give my English Setter a slight bump or slap if she starts acting really bad.
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#4
what you're doing is probably fine.
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He's a snauzer, or something like that. I can't remember actually. He's only like 6 months old and around 20 pounds. Here's a video of him if you want:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAUO2LhY8cw&feature=channel_video_title


that might be too small. i wouldn't really know, cause i'm not really sure how hard you're hitting him.
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#9
Unless he yelps and tries to run away, its not abuse. Especially if he's trying to bite you.
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#14
It's not abuse, though it would be better if you used voice commands/positive reinforcement to make sure he doesn't grow up thinking he can bite you. It would be a bigger deal if it was a bigger dog.
#17
its fine, cool dog though
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#18
If it's a big dog, it probably doesn't care. I fight with my black lab all the time and she's about as big as me. Vicious fighting, biting, tackling, etc. A slap isn't going to hurt.

NVM, tiny dog. disregard this shit.
#19
A better way to communicate that you're the alpha dog, not him, when he does this is say "NO!" very assertively, and immediately roll him on his back and clamp your hand firmly on his throat. Don't squeeze tight--it shouldn't hurt him, just show him you're stronger than him and don't let go until he submits.

He'll understand this, but he won't understand the slapping.

He won't like it at all, but after 5-10 times if you do it right, you shouldn't need to do it anymore.
#21
It's not abuse, but it's probably not the best way to correct his biting. Whenever my dogs did it , I grabbed their snout and clamped it shut for a good long while, staring them down. Establishes dominance and how bad biting people is. Ten years later, they still piss themselves whenever they accidentally bite me when they're playing.
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#22
It's more effective if you give him a heavy pat on the top of the nose for bad behavior, but no, that's not abuse as long as you're not hurting him. If he's nipping and you're trying to break that habit, it's fine.

But understand that part of playing for dogs, cats, and animals of the sort, is nipping. They're not doing it to hurt you, it's more the equivalent of grabbing you, but they don't have the hands to do it.
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#24
If a pup bites it's mother too hard, she'll bark and bite him back usually, or kick him away, some type of physical method of saying no. It's fine man, unless it's yelping in serious pain, in which case just don't hit it that hard.
#25
Lucky i found this thread, I received a 3 month old mini schnauzer a week ago and have the same problem with him. We horse around and he starts throwing these little bites at my arm. I tried holding his mouth shut and telling him a big NO. Sometimes he starts licking instead of biting but sometimes it's like he forgot and goes crazy trying to bite me again.
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Lucky i found this thread, I received a 3 month old mini schnauzer a week ago and have the same problem with him. We horse around and he starts throwing these little bites at my arm. I tried holding his mouth shut and telling him a big NO. Sometimes he starts licking instead of biting but sometimes it's like he forgot and goes crazy trying to bite me again.

lmao, yeah. It's usually just when I try to pick him up XD. He'll come in my room and lick me just fine, but when I go to grab him, he's like RRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGRRRRRR.
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#28
i have a pit bull that loves to jump and get excited and i will lightly tap her on her side to let her know to calm down....it is like one of your buddies giving you a light punch on the arm when you diss them...it is not abuse
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no, your not beating the hell out of him and he is a young pup, so your trying to show him wright from wrong.
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Lucky i found this thread, I received a 3 month old mini schnauzer a week ago and have the same problem with him. We horse around and he starts throwing these little bites at my arm. I tried holding his mouth shut and telling him a big NO. Sometimes he starts licking instead of biting but sometimes it's like he forgot and goes crazy trying to bite me again.


You shouldn't tolerate licking either. That's another thing dogs do to see where they stand in the order of things. If you let them lick too much, then they think they're the alpha and it causes all sorts of other behavioral problems.

Plus you've seen what else the dog has done with that tongue--it's just living toilet paper...
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Plus you've seen what else the dog has done with that tongue--it's just living toilet paper...


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You shouldn't tolerate licking either. That's another thing dogs do to see where they stand in the order of things. If you let them lick too much, then they think they're the alpha and it causes all sorts of other behavioral problems.

Plus you've seen what else the dog has done with that tongue--it's just living toilet paper...


oh crap i let him do that all the time. I thought it was some cute submissive thing.
#39
The way I've been raised, smacking a dog after it does something wrong is the best way to teach them not to do something. Obviously only do it when the dog does something that you don't want them to do in the future. I feel bad sometimes, I love my German Shepherds but there is some shit that a dog will not learn from just by shouting "no."
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#40
I always do the "vulcan nerve pinch like thing" followed by an agitated hiss to my dog whenever he disobeys. Cesar Millan always does that.
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