I posted yesterday about my pup, Willow and I got a lot of great feedback, so I'm back for more! I really appreciate this forum and I'm happy to be a part of this community.
I read the links that another member posted about bite inhibition and I realized we've started Willow off incorrectly.
Willow is almost 5 months. First of all, she was taken from her litter too early. After that, the only dog that we new who could play with her (teach bite inhibition) didn't exhibit any pain or warning of pain. He's a 90 lb boxer/lab and Willow totally dominates him, biting his face, genitals, butt, etc. It got to a point where we just don't let her play with him, which is unfortunate because he's in our family and we'd love to be able to visit and have them play.
Willow seems to be fine with other dogs, but does tend to jump and bite faces, which I'm not sure is acceptable for most dogs.
With us, (her people), we did know a little about bite inhibition, so when we played with her, we'd yelp, which only ever got her more excited. We'd walk away if she kept at it while playing, but that didn't seem to register with her. So we started taking our hands away and saying no every time she would appear to be about to bite, which was constantly and didn't always stop her.
We also taught her the command, nice, which allows us to pet her while she lays there calmly. This is because even petting her would just be a struggle. She does pretty well with this command in the house now, but out in public is another story.
At this point, she seems to be OK about biting. She doesn't just go for it like she used to, which is a huge relief and surprise, because I'm sure we messed up quite a bit. She doesn't bite as hard or want to continually bite our hands. We always have toys around to distract.
Since we didn't stick it out with the bite inhibition, should we pick it back up now? Or is it kinda past the point? Also, any advice about getting her to be more gentle with the boxer/lab would be awesome. Thanks again. You guys are great!