Ask the Trainer with Julie Case

QuestionMy new puppy must have some herding dog in her, because she is always nipping at my ankles and pants when I walk somewhere. I turn around and tell her a firm “No,” but she only gets more excited and goes after my legs more aggressively. What can I do about this?

AnswerYou should give your puppy proper feedback to teach her that biting hurts. Start out just by playing on the floor and waiting for her to start mouthing, and yelp out loud as soon as her teeth touch your skin. Stop playing for a few minutes to let the puppy know she is too rough and you are not interested in playing with her now.

If the puppy continues mouthing, tell her: “OUCH! That really hurts! That did it, I am done!” Then leave the room for a minute or two. The puppy will quickly learn that biting hurts and her favorite humans stop playing when bitten.

About the Trainer:

Originally from Russia, Case comes from a family of dog trainers. She uses training techniques that are a combination of carefully selected, researched, and practiced methods from all over the world. Case also studies the latest dog training methods, advanced behavior sciences, and hands-on workshops.  Visit her website MyK9Camp.com.

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