Jumping is a natural behavior for dogs. Dogs will typically jump when they want your attention or if they want something you have, like a toy or a treat. If your dog thinks you have something he must have, he may jump on you and bite to get what he wants. Dogs will also jump out of excitement when meeting somebody new. Having a dog who jumps and nips at you can be scary and also dangerous. Puppies typically bite because they use their mouths to taste and feel the world around them. They do not know how much biting hurts; it is just a natural reaction for them. If you have an adult dog who is jumping and biting, it is possibly because her behavior was not corrected as she aged, leaving her with a bad habit.
Teaching your dog not to jump and bite is imperative if you plan on taking your dog anywhere or if you plan on having company at your house. A dog who has bitten someone could potentially be in trouble with the law. So, you are going to want to have a dog who is well-trained, under your control, and not jumping and biting anyone around. For a puppy, teaching him not to jump and bite could potentially require several training sessions and reminders through repetition. However, for an older dog, you are changing habits they have built up over time. Either way, you are going to require some patience. Expect to spend several minutes a day, every time your dog is tempted to jump and bite, teaching her to forget this kind of behavior.
Along with patience, time, and commitment to your dog's obedience training, expect to have treats, toys to offer, and the idea of the habits you would like to see your dog have such as sitting when a guest comes to visit instead of jumping and nipping at your guests.
From shelters,large but still puppy. Keeps launching and grabbing arm and hand biting hard and shaking, hard to distract or get his attention when get one arm free he grabs at other one. If turn back and ignore he jumps onto my back and bites at hair. When on lead has perfect manners, off lead can't keep him calm and focused
Hello MB, First, I suggest teaching the Leave It command from the "Leave It" method from the article linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite I also suggest working on obedience commands that require self-control like Place, Sit Stay, Down Stay, Watch Me, and Heel, in general. At home I suggest keeping a drag leash on him so that you can train in the moment. Check out something like VirChewLy chew proof leash. https://www.amazon.com/VirChewLy-Indestructible-Leash-Medium-Yellow/dp/B004HIM4XM When he understands what Leave It means then you can use that command and rewarding calmness, in combination with corrections, like the video below demonstrates. https://youtu.be/EcwvUOf5oOg If you feel at all unsure how to do the training yourself I suggest hiring a professional trainer to help you, or if you feel like the biting stems from true aggression instead of just over-excitement. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I have already been turning my back and ignoring when she jumps and bites, but she just grabs my legs and jumps and bites the back of my leg. How do I deal with that?
Hello Jessica, Check out the article linked below and try the 'Step Toward" method. When you do this be firm. You are using your body language to convey that you want her to respect your space. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump If the jumping continues after two weeks of practicing the Step Toward method, or you are seeing zero improvement after one week (improvement may be gradual but you should see some pretty quickly), then check out the video below and work on building respect in general and adding in more structure. https://youtu.be/EcwvUOf5oOg Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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