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|03-02-2014 07:29 PM|
He is a little calmer now. Thanks.
I think the hardest part is to train the kids to constantly keep toys on them.
I also find that my pup respects my girl with the more outgoing and aggressive personality. My other girl who is passive and timid, usually gets nipped more.
I'm going to try one of those Bully Sticks. One thing that seems to help is giving my pup a Kong toy with Peanut Butter spread inside.
|03-02-2014 05:41 PM|
I only give them when he is supervised and as a special treat so not always available. For instance, if he is being especially nippy (which we really don't have to deal with too much anymore...hallelujah!), we will give home one. There were lots of walkers, birds, and a couple of dogs that walked by the patio last week during lunch. I knew the bully stick would keep his attention and off of the distractions around him so I took one with me.
We are now up to increasing distractions with his obedience training so I am always prepared with his favorites. I also took a Baggie of boiled chicken with me. He looked up at a dog, I used the "watch me" command and treated him as soon as he looked my way. Takes his focus off distraction and back on to me. If he was laying there and being good, I treated him. I am trying really hard to treat the behavior I want so he doesn't learn the naughty stuff. I am admittedly a novice at this, but so far we couldn't be happier with how he is coming along.
How is your dog doing with the new tactics?
|03-02-2014 05:13 PM|
Do you give him constant access to the Bully Stick or save it for when you really need to distract his nippy behavior?
Originally Posted by Tratkins View Post
|03-01-2014 04:25 PM|
|Tratkins||You are very welcome! I can tell with everyday that goes by, our dog is understanding more and more how things work in our house (and the world). At first, of course all pups deserve a little grace. :-) as they mature, they figure it out with our guidance. we took our dog to eat at an outdoor cafe yesterday for lunch and I was so pleased with his behavior! He laid right by my feet and chewed a bully stick and eventually went to sleep.|
|03-01-2014 03:54 PM|
Excellent info. Thanks a million!
Originally Posted by Tratkins View Post
|03-01-2014 01:14 PM|
Because he was the only one who didn't give specific information. That's why I asked clarification. Everybody else said exactly what they did.
I thank all for the excellent advice.
Originally Posted by Castlemaid View Post
|03-01-2014 06:59 AM|
Just to clarify, I'm not talking about spanking the puppy out of a pup. Just saying as the dog grows the boundaries should be more sharply defined. As is often mentioned, a good portion of nippiness with be outgrown.
By all means inundate them with the chew toys & all. Then again there can be some behavior that should not be tolerated. Like most everything, certain methods may work for some & not others. One should sift though advice to pick & choose.
|02-28-2014 07:35 PM|
How come when someone asks for puppy biting help, 20 people post excellent information on how to deal with puppy biting, but the one post that said "I scruffed, gave the dog a correction that he'll never forget" is the one that gets all the attention?
Puppy biting is PLAYING. Tratkins gave EXCELLENT advice on how to manage it. It is a phase puppies NEED to go through - rescues that have grown up in isolation go through a nipping/biting phase as their emotional/social development catches up after they are adopted and exposed to a normal life. One would not punish or spank a toddler that wants to play: You would give the child age-appropriate toys, and supervise accordingly.
This is not a quick fix, and people need to know that pups go through a land-shark phase when they bring a GSD puppy into the house and be ready to be patient with it.
|02-28-2014 05:19 PM|
Sourdough, can you be a little more specific on your corrective measures?
Originally Posted by sourdough44 View Post
|02-28-2014 05:14 PM|
Thank you everybody, for your help on this issue.
I see that there is an array of different opinions on how to tackle this issue but I appreciate the input from everyone.
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