Ginger our 5 month old Boxer, always nips at my kids faces, especially my sons. While we were on our mini vacation last week, we brought Ginger along. We were at my dads house & Ginger was sitting on the porch watching him closely, wagging her nub. My 4 year old son goes down beside her (did not touch her) and she quickly turned around & bit his ear. (the little thing in front of the ear whole, I can't think of the proper name right now) She sliced it from the inside out. I thought he was going to have to get a couple of stiches, since it was cut open (looked like the shape of a sliced orange) & would not stay together or completely stop bleeding then. We had to run to the pharmacy (thank God they were open on a Sunday & it being a Holiday weekend) We got some neosporin & some super glue stuff. DH keeps cleaning it out with peroxide & re-glueing it. It looks good now, never got red or irratated looking. Freaked me out though! I don't usually see anything that gory. My kids are never left with Ginger alone for mostly this reason, so she won't accidently or purposely bite them. Now I'm really nervous when my kids are playing with her b/c of her nipping at their faces. She just happened to get my sons ear just right this time, but has nipped at him many times before & I can't get her to stop. I don't want to get rid of her b/c I'm hoping/praying this nipping will get alot better as she gets older & calms down some?? She's so well behaved when she's tired.
The thought of getting a muzzle for her while playing with the kids, has crossed my mind. She's not a vicious mean dog at all, just loves to nip. Would getting a muzzle not be a good thing for her, only while playing with the kids, not all the time. I'm thinking it would not teach her that biting is wrong, then again things I have done so far haven't worked. She wasn't even in a hyper mood when she bit my son. Things would've been much worse if she bit my 2 year olds ear.
Any other ideas I could try to get her to stop the nipping? She is certanly a boxer & is very stubborn! Thanks!