dobebug said:Alienex, when he snaps stop whatever you are doing immediately--stop petting or stop the play. I'd say "NO!" or "NO snap!" just once and turn my back and ignore him.
Basically you want him to get no gratification from the snaps--ignoring him will do that.
I've had one puppy who thought that snapping at the air near people who were petting him was a cute way of getting attention--telling him no and ignoring him was helping but he was getting to dog show age and even though he had never connected with the snaps I didn't think it was appropriate when he was going to be spending a fair amount of time around people who didn't know him and who might be frightened by the snaps--dog shows and trials tend to have a lot of general public people around.
With him I started snapping a leash onto his collar after I had told him no snap and having him do either sits or downs when he started snapping. It gave him something else to think about, gave him attention for positive behavior and also gave him some rock solid sits and downs which worked very well for both of us later when he started to do obedience and agility.
Mostly a puppy thing. All Dobe puppies are mouthy, some are more so than others. It is a stage. He will become less mouthy with time and training. I keep TONS of toys around for puppies as an outlet for their need to mouth and chew on things.alienex said:Is this a puppy thing or is this a possible problem when he is older?