I have a 10 week old pomeranian puppy. She is very hyper at times and constantly wants to bite fingers, ankles, toes, etc. She is very playful and loves to play with her toys, but when we pick her up she just wants to bite everything! She is wagging her tail when doing it, but growls and seems very aggressive as well.
I have tried telling her "no" and even will take one finger and just tap her mouth as she is biting and also saying no at the same time, but she just wants to do it more!
We love her and we're hoping it's just a puppy phase and she'll grow out of it. I don't know what else to do. ANy suggestions?? I need some help with this one. Pam
Hi Pasm Yes, this is a very common puppy behavior, and although it's definitely more prevalent in puppies it needs to be addressed while they're young so that it doesn't become a life-long habit.
She is playing with you the way she would play with littermates, and often this sort of behavior is worse with pups who have left their momma and siblings too early as they don't get a chance to learn bite-inhibition (how hard they can bite without getting in trouble!).
You're already taking the right approach by correcting her whenever she nips. A firm "NO BITE" (don't shout though as it will only increase her hyper-ness) and withdrawing your attention from her for a few minutes is the first step. Check out my Puppy Biting page for lots of tips and advice on corrections.
Everyone in the family needs to be 'on the same page' with this, and you need to be very patient and consistent in correcting her. It won't stop her overnight, but if you keep at it you will see this behavior start to drop off, and eventually stop. Make sure she has plenty of chew toys of her own to play with and redirect her attention from your ankles and fingers to her toys! Best of luck with your puppy.