Re: Jumping and biting when leach walking
How brisk are your walks? It sounds like she has a lot of energy and needs an outlet. Or she is fearful and jumps up on you and nips at you saying "hey protect me." I have not had mine nip me, but they will crawl up my back. They will jump on me in fun and especially if I pet them when they are up.
However if I give them a stiff "heel" command, and walk briskly, I do not give them the opportunity to jump up. If I have to stop I give them a sit or a down command. I guess I tell them what I want them TO DO and praise them for doing it. It is easier than telling them what they did wrong and correcting them for it.
Another issue is that my dogs have more energy than I do. I conceed that this is the truth. So, when I walk them, I give them obstacles while I walk along. I have them walk along a short wall (like a dog walk), I have taught Jenna to run up the steps in the business district in town and check the doors. This means she is working a heck of a lot harder than me. Perfect heeling is only required some of the time, when there are other walkers, when there is a street to cross. Otherwise they are allowed to sniff and check things out so long as I am not being dragged.
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