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"Daniel, Here is a picture of my 2 "babies", JohnnyD and Benito. They are 1 1/2 years old and 9 months old, who very much need attitude adjustments. I ordered your sitstayfetch ebook because they have barking problems as well as growling/nipping from JohnnyD (the oldest). I have only read a little bit of your book mostly in the areas needed. I am implementing your techniques and testimonies from others, with slow progress so far.
I will keep up the training. So far, quickly getting their attention onto something else at the start of barking seems to help tremendously. I look forward to learning more as the days go by, and having 2 well behaved chihuahua's. Thank you for all your expertise help. Thank You." -- Sandra Martinez (USA)
I have a 12 week old American Bulldog named Butch. Since I have acquired my new puppy he has been a nipper. Always biting at someone’s hands, fingers, ankles, pant legs, etc. I do have two young children 4 and 1 so I would like them to play together but when he gets to biting they want nothing to do with him. He never really bites hard but can sometimes get a little carried away when we try to enforce the "NO" and growl to set dominance.
When this problem along with others first arose I came across your program and books - Love It! It has answered so many questions, and solved a lot of problems by just letting us know where and why he was doing things.
Anyway, back to the nipping. I would like to stay the course of positive reinforcement but am running out of ideas and ways to solve this issue. Please help. Going crazy.
Thanks for your email regarding your puppy Butch and his nipping behavior. This kind of behavior is extremely common in puppies, and can be very frustrating for those on the receiving end of the nips and bites!
Young dogs get over excited when playing, and will often bite. In fact, in some breeds, wrapping a muzzle around your hand without using teeth is a form of friendly greeting! However, using their teeth is unacceptable. They need to learn that their biting hurts!
Next time your puppy bites, I want you to let out a yelp like a litter mate would, and tell him 'NO" firmly. If the nipping continues, you should pick him up and put him in a separate room for a 5 minute time out.
When you collect him after his 5 minutes are up, praise him for behaving in a calmer manner. If he is still being silly, you should continue with the time out method until the message gets through to him that nipping brings an end to fun and play time. I find the time out method to work quite well for dogs. The majority of dogs LOVE the company of humans, and will quickly calm down and realize the error of their ways when they are deprived of human attention for a short time.
It is absolutely vital that no-one encourages this biting behavior. Even if they push your puppy away or smack it on the nose, it will interpret that as play, and the behavior will continue. You should also ensure that no-one engages Butch in rough play, including tug-of-war. If you encourage him to play rough one minute and then scold him for playing rough the next, he will become thoroughly confused and you will have trouble stopping the nipping behavior.
Please make sure that Butch has lots of toys to play with. I find rawhides, squeaky and soft toys particularly irresistible to dogs.
Also, you should begin using the Alpha Techniques as described in the bonus Alpha book to ensure you are reinforcing your higher position over your puppy. It is very important that he learns his place, and who is in charge.
This is probably a behavior will get better as your puppy grows older, so just be consistent with the correction methods and I am sure that you will see good results.
Good luck and please let me know how you progress.
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
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