Q. 11 week old puppy nips at 10 ur old daughter. Just nipped her face. What can we do to prevent this?

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A. Redirect the puppy anytime you greet with appropriate toys in hand and do not get too close to his face. Petting him while calm and below the chin is a better way to greet. I advise beginning basic obedience training if you have not yet started. Teaching a "sit" is a very good command to begin with. Once the dog is proficient with sitting, he can then be rewarded with affection. That said, nipping is very normal puppy behavior at this age. He is teething and exploring his environment and learning what is and is not appropriate. Good chews and toys to help are Nylabones, bully sticks, Himalayan dog chews, etc. You can also feed him meals out of a Kong which will provide mental stimulation. I often like to put peanut butter in a Kong and freeze it which is a nice, calming activity.

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