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Help!I am a new greyhound owner - my first grey - we've had him 10 months. The one problem we have is that he "nibbles" me! He is 4 yrs old, 79 lbs. He only does this to me -the"MOM" and only when I am lying down or sitting relaxing...he grabs little pieces of my skin on my thigh, arm, stomach etc. with his front teeth and "nibbles" me - he leaves black & blue - I have read it is a sign of affection, but no matter what I do he wont stop - I have to actually stand up and walk away from him; or let him outside - if I say no! or push him away he seems to get even more excited and wild and still does it...if I try to ignore it, that doesnt help either and I end up black & blue - It is very annoying and would like to stop him from doing this to me - ANY HELP??? Thanks

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It's a very common greyhound behavior called "nitting" and it is generally a sign of affection and'or excitement.

 

When he does it, give a loudish verbal correction like "OUCH!" or "HEY!" as a form of protest and immediately turn your back on him until he calms down. If you're sitting with him, same verbal protest, get up and turn you're back on him, ignore him. I would also make him leave the couch for the evening.

Chris - Mom to: Lilly, Felicity (DeLand), and Andi (Braska Pandora)

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Angels: Libby (Everlast), Dorie (Dog Gone Holly), Dude (TNJ VooDoo), Copper (Kid's Copper), Cash (GSI Payncash), Toni (LPH Cry Baby), Whiskey (KT's Phys Ed), Atom

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Guest TeddysMom

I got Teddy to stop with a spray bottle. I had tried every suggestion I got here and nothing else worked, he just thought it was a game. A couple of sprays, he stopped. Now if he begins to get overly excited he air bites but doesn't bite me. I know you will get a lot of advise and you will just have to try what you feel comfortable with to see what works. Good Luck.

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Guest grtgreys

One of my brindle females used to nit when she was going to go outside - she would get so excited - I too had little black and blues - while they did hurt a tad she was so funny to watch that I couldn't stop laughing! :lol:eek

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Guest FastDogsOwnMe

I have marks all over my arms from that! DH calls it Spider Bites because he called the pinch marks he and his siblings would leave on eachother as kids, "Spider Bites". Ouch!

 

Mine do it in the morning, happy to wake up beside me, while I am still in a haze.

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I don't allow this behavior in my dogs, cute as it may be. I can see a time when they might do it to someone else and have it misunderstood. When my dogs have done it I gently grab their muzzle and tell them loudly, 'NO MOUTH' and then I push them away.

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