Things came to a head when a friend came round with her teenage daughter. They laughed as you rough-housed the dog, and the friend's daughter then wanted a go. You were secretly delighted, as the girl is wary of dogs and you thought it would do her self-confidence good. However, this backfired badly.
In a predictable way, the dog quickly became over excited and nipped at her arm. Unfortunately, the girl screamed and claimed the dog tried to bite. Her mother became irate and it took a deal of convincing on your part, that the dog meant no harm and was only playing.
Still, another time and another place, and things might have ended differently with a phone call to the police, so perhaps it is time to teach the dog to be gentle and not nip.
Re-educating an adult dog means you must be prepared to play act a bit, and yelp when the dog's teeth make contact with your skin, no matter how minor the incident. In addition, it helps to learn strategies for calm play and how to distract the dog out of trouble. All of this takes time, so if you have small children in the home or are worried about the dog's behavior then always seek the help of a certified dog behaviorist.
To aid the process you will need:
i've had my dog for about a month and we really struggle with play biting. this is during me playing with her, but also pretty much any time she greets a new person. she gets so worked up and she just play bites constantly. i've tried getting everyone to stop interacting with her and/or putting her in a short time out but it seems like she's not getting it. is one month just too soon? she's lived in a shelter all her life and doesn't know how to interact with people. i just want to know approximately how long i'll have to exercise this type of consistency before i begin to see results. right now it's hard because people want to interact with her, but she is so rude and bitey that they can't.
Hello Cassandra, With pup's current age and history, I actually suggest another training route. Check out the article linked below and follow the "Leave It" method. Work on Leave It as often as you can throughout the week. How fast a dog learns a behavior has less to do with time and more to do with how many training sessions they practice it during...If you have 1-3 training sessions throughout the day 6-7 days per week, pup will learn a lot faster than if you only had 3 training sessions throughout the week, but pup will need a couple of hours break between each training sessions. You can also incorporate training into your daily routine in many cases. Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite First, pup needs to learn to stop biting or not start biting when you say so. He also needs to develop the impulse control necessary to actually obey you. Practicing the Leave It method like the one described in the article I linked below can help with both of those things. Once pup knows Leave It really well, tell pup Leave It when he may bite or begins to bite. If he doesn't bite, reward with calm praise and a treat. If he disobeys Leave It and bites anyway, add a consequence. Check out the video linked below for an example of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcwvUOf5oOg Practice getting pup excited yourself and telling him Leave It and rewarding if he obeys and correcting if he keeps biting. As he improves, and no longer bites you, recruit friends and family to be the exciting person and you or them tell him to "Leave It" and give praise and reward if he obeys, and you correct if needed. Also, practice other commands that increase trust and respect to help pup learn better impulse control, listening, and calmness. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate Training: Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Surprise method for introducing crate: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel If pup has ever shown any signs of aggression or has a history of aggression, don't deal with the biting on your own or you could be bitten. Hire a trainer who is very experienced with aggression and behavior issues to help you. If pup has issues with aggression in other areas the biting at this age could be related to more than just excitement. From your description, I am guessing that pup's issue is similar to the dog in the first video I linked above - the labrador mix who was jumping and mouthing. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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