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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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My 7 month old gets nippy when he wants to play, not harmfully so, but enough that I need to discourage the behavior, so if he pulls at my pant leg because he wants to play, then I can't reward the behavior by playing with him. I usually just wait 15 minutes and then engage him. Does this sound like the right coarse of action? Anyone have similar problems?
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no, give him a toy or a ball...use the time he engages you with a bit of training and reward him~I was just telling my DH this. He was complaining because he was playing with(big puppy 22 month old) my male and Karlo bumped him in his nose. I told him he is use to targeting with a toy and if he didn't have one, his big schnoz was it. So better find a toy before playing! While I was telling my DH this, Karlo went to get a ball. He listened and heard the key word: BALL!
If you fill the mouth with a ball or tug, play a bit, it will give the pup a way to exercise their mouth. Of course during teething you can't tug, but a ball or tug toy won't hurt them to be rewarded with.

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If you want to not reinforce nippy behavior, I wouldn't wait 15 minutes before engaging, that's a long time. When my dogs were young puppies I always had toys handy so I could grab one and shove it in their mouth to prevent them from biting ME!

But at 7 months old, I would personally be thinking about encouraging the kind of behavior I want and discouraging rough play and biting. He's big enough to do some damage. If you want to teach him to play nice and not use his mouth inappropriately I would ignore him just until he stops doing whatever you don't like, and then immediately turn back to him and engage. Playing nice turns you "on", nipping at you turns you "off", just like a light switch.

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I have a question about this if you don't mind me piggybacking. My husband loves to play rough with the dogs and has the scars to prove it. (Weird I know) If he doesn't mind them using their mouth on him, will it have an adverse effect on them learning not to use their mouths on the rest of the world? Or will they learn "It's ok to play bite Dad but not Mom"?


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Even with a 7 month old, if they don't have something in their mouth they are going to want to nip or whatever, it is just what they do as a herding breed.
I'd rather put that time they are engaging with me into a bit of training session and give them something to pacify their mouth than ignore them.
When a pup or dog is pushing you to play, you use that time to your advantage!
I don't think it is a good idea to play rough with a dog, unless they do have a target for their mouth. It is just setting them up to fail(bite) and they can't discern who/what/when it is not appropriate to play "rough"

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