How to handle: 6 month old jumping/nipping me
Non-GSD, but highly active and full of drive Duck Toller! She's a handful, and this forum is a godsend! I havent found anything specific like this in searches... Wonder what you guys think.
My girl is 6 months old coming up on Monday. She is not spayed. In the past several weeks she has started a behavior I am not having much success in redirecting. Usually it happens during some play, or after play.
For instance, this morning, we were doing "fetch" outside on a long line. She LOVES fetch... But out of the blue, she drops her toy and starts coming for me. Jumping, nipping, barking. Thankfully she's only 28lbs. I do not care for this behavior one bit. Nothing works for me... I've tried to ignore it (this is rather difficult to do as she is quite demanding and I"m not up for being bit and my clothes getting torn up) - I've tried grabbing her scruff and shaking. I've tried pinning to the ground until she settles. I've tried redirecting (hard to do as she's trying to get me). I've tried to get her to "Sit"... Instead she whirls around jumping and spinning and doing her best to stay away from me.
Thankfully having her on the line is helpful. I reel her in best I can and usually the only option at this point is to haul her up and make her settle on my lap for 5-10 minutes. Usually this does the trick.
I really really really want to do the right thing here, I just do not know what the right thing is. I do not like negative training at all, I would prefer I could deal with this is some positive manner but am unsure how to get there.
After she settles on my lap for 5-10 mins, she's fine. This might happen 1-2 a day, or maybe not at all for several days. I was half wondering if it is OVERSTIMULATION for her, and a settle is what she needs?
Help please, I am open to all solutions. Thank you.
(We start formal obedience classes next week, YAY! She is pretty well trained but we need socialization)
~ ~ ~ Melissa, Emme (A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever!), and 4 Cats ~ ~ ~