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But regardless, hitting your dog is never appropriate.
In meantime, you could go to a hardware store and make yourself a make-shift slip collar from either chain or rope. And improvise either a cord or rope as a leash. However, I’d probably be remiss in stating that this should have been something you thought about BEFORE buying a dog.
Regardless, it is possible to train a dog without proper tools. But it’s a lot harder… especially for a beginner.
In meantime, if he nips at you, you should say, “No!” and then grab scruff of his neck and give a firm, quick pull and release. You may also try grabbing his ear and giving it a quick tug/pull.
Neither of these techniques are optimal. But given circumstance, it’s best I can recommend.
Also, please be aware that you should only be correcting biting and for housebreaking. Don't start formal obedience until dog is 4 to 4 1/2 months old.
Good luck, Adam.
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