Your Cat or Dog Nips at Fingers

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SO­LU­TION: Give him some­thing else to do. Young pets get “mouthy” be­cause that’s how they play with their own species, and they don’t know hu­mans don’t like it, Ar­den ex­plains. Both cats and dogs can learn to fetch, which keeps their mouths fo­cused on a toy in­stead of your hands. “When they are play­ing train­ing games with you, they’re con­cen­trat­ing on some­thing other than nip­ping, and at the same time, you’re de­vel­op­ing a more co­op­er­a­tive and re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ship,” Ar­den says. You can also try leav­ing the room when your cat or dog nips. That lets him know that nip­ping has neg­a­tive re­sults, so he’ll be less in­clined to do it over time.

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