Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Re: Any more tugging advice or suggestions?
Thinking about what middleofknowhere said, thats fine him jumping on me but what if his teeth make contact with my skin? Is it OK to reprimand him then?
We had some really difficult times up until about 5 weeks ago when we had to get the breeder who is also a trainer to help us out because he wouldn't keep his teeth off us or anyone else. He wasn't aggressive but would come up and nip when he wanted to play or even when just walking by, and whenever he didn't want to do what was asked of him. Turning your back on him and yelping just resulted in him jumping and biting us more, the more we ignored him the worse he got. He used to end up his is crate, then would do it again as soon as let out.
We are really pleased that we have worked through this, at least people can visit our house now without being nipped and without Hardy spending lots of time in his crate. I really don't want him to get the idea that mouthing us again is OK, so was planning to just keep my hands out of the way.
Any other suggestions would be great. Do you think maybe we should wait a bit longer before getting him mega excited about the tug? I really want him to have something he just loves to work for, coz at the moment I can see him just switch off because treats and toys just don't make the grade. Now if I spent the day shovelling snow from the back yard he would be mega motivated! LOL
Hardy - GSD