So Suki is now almost 5 months old but her habit of attacking me has still not gone away. She doesn't but hard anymore and mostly just playfully nibbles but if I tell her play time is over or I'm doing something else she'll lunge at me. Tonight was the worst, she got me in the face and I'm terrified she'll do it to someone who will report it and she'll be put down. I don't think shes a dangerous dog but she hasn't listened to any of the teaching tricks people have recommended. I've tried yelping, turning my back, a stern no, and shutting her out. We even tried noise aversion but she just gets angry and attacks more. Its only aimed at me for now but I worry if she came across a child or someone else whilst out. Usually shes the softest dog ever but occasionally she'll become obsessed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
What would you do if a human tried to bite your face? Would you walk away, turn your back, give a stern NO, shut them out?
I would not tolerate any dog biting at or near my face. If they did, I would express immediate clear anger in terms the dog can understand -- loud angry voice and immediate full physical restraint on the dog so they can't continue and I have their full, undivided attention. Don't give them pain, but make it a very unpleasant and angry in-your-face experience -- IMMEDIATELY! Dogs generally want to please you and, if you communicate that you are not pleased, they will stop almost any behavior. The problem is usually the communication. If the dog says to itself "Holy S**t! I don't want to do that again!" you are probably done.
While others have scoffed at this approach, I have never had to use it more than twice on any dog. It's the same approach that taught my friend's dog not to chew on electrical cords. He got one live one, and that was it. Never again. Again, no need to hurt the dog, just communicate the same way you would to a human being who did it -- and that would be clear, immediate, unmistakable anger.
And, you are right. If she does bite someone else in the face, count on her being put down. So don't make any apologies for any technique that winds up saving her life.