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Post by Tom Kn » Thu, 21 Jul 1994 07:04:54



Howdy.....

Perhaps some of you experienced dog owners/breeders can offer a suggestion
or two.

Molly is a cute 9 month old non-spayed white GSD that constantly nips and "
soft-bites" both owners.  We've taken her to dog obediance classes and she
has learned how to sit, heel, stay, etc... She's very smart and playfull but
we can't get her to stop nipping and biting (esp. our hands)  Yes we played
with her using our hands but have stopped hoping to break the habit but she
continues.

She's getting spayed next week FYI, if that might change her moods a bit..

Any suggested tactics would be appreciated!!!!

Tom

 
 
 

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Post by Dawn Elaine Lau » Fri, 22 Jul 1994 07:47:02


Quote:
>She's very smart and playfull but

we can't get her to stop nipping and biting (esp. our hands)

My somewhat ***-aggressive German Shepherd-Collie X drove me NUTS with
this when he was about that age. I was at wits end--and friends were noticing
the marks all over my hands and arms--when i found a GREAT book called
_Mother Knows Best__. Among other things, the author suggested taking the
offending dog by the scruff of the neck and shaking hard--just as the mother
would do. This firmly establishes your ***, and lets the dog know that
the behavior is not to be tolerated. Applied consistently, I think this
treatment will work when all else fails. I started gently, but I just about
had to pick him up off the ground to get through to him. Even so, there was
no pain involved--just very firm "doggie language". I honestly believe that
this book was the difference between a dog that I just could not handle and
the best friend that he has turned out to be.

And your dog CAN'T be half as difficult as Willie was ;).

del

 
 
 

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Post by Aile » Fri, 22 Jul 1994 13:42:54




Quote:
>>She's very smart and playfull but
>we can't get her to stop nipping and biting (esp. our hands)

>My somewhat ***-aggressive German Shepherd-Collie X drove me NUTS with
>this when he was about that age. I was at wits end--and friends were noticing
>the marks all over my hands and arms--when i found a GREAT book called
>_Mother Knows Best__. Among other things, the author suggested taking the
>offending dog by the scruff of the neck and shaking hard--just as the mother
>would do.

_Mother Knows Best_ is a great book.  However, a 9 month old GSD might be
a bit big for an effective scruff shake, especially if it has never had one
before.  

Just in case the scruff shake doesn't work, here's another idea:

One of the things Trevor's teacher recommends (which I've seen her use quite
effectively on dogs in class) is one of those little lemon shaped containers
filled with lemon juice from the grocery store.  When the dog mouths it gets
a big squirt of lemon juice all over it's tongue while the owner firmly says,
"No bite."  Don't get make the situation emotionally charged or a game by
getting upset. Just be firm and let your no-nonsense approach and the lemon
juice take the fun out of biting.  And of course be very consistent.  It is
*never* okay to mouth the owners under any circumstances.  Don't make it
harder on your dog by sometimes half allowing it and sometimes not allowing it.

-Aileen