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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by LisaMc, Feb 16, 2008.


  1. LisaMc

    LisaMc PetForums Newbie

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    Hi All
    I wondered if you could advise me as to why my staffie cross has started to try and nibble me this only started since yesturday
    it happens when I'm giving him some affection
    Hes about 10 months old and we have only had him for about 3 weeks

    Thanks
    Lisa
     
  2. swinnk8

    swinnk8 PetForums Junior

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    Nip this in the bud now.

    This adolescent chewing behaviour is also quite common in dogs between 7 & 12 months of age. If you let it carry on he may do it even more.
    It is due to either, urge to chew in a young dog after and during teething,exploration of new surroundings,bordom, attention seeking, teething in younger dogs below 6 months of age or dietry problems.

    There are ways to deal with this:

    let out a loud ouch! sound when he does it, and move him away or
    Ignore the biting by stop fussing him and turning away. when he stops and lets you fuss him without biting reward him with a tiny, quick treat.
    Also,He may try and jump up and bite your hands. Fold your arms , don't look at him or speak to him and turn away.

    He has had is settling period and will start to try out the ranks around 3 weeks.He is also now classed as a teenager(9 months +) and will start to be a little sod for a while.
    If you haven't done already,Make sure he is neutered as his tesosterone levels will be racing.

    You should already be making the ground rules like, eating after yourself and the rest of the family, keeping off furniture and beds(keep your bedroom door closed) and only going on the furniture with your permission (he should sit and ask, if he doesn't push him off and make him sit) when you are out put items on the furniture to stop him climbing up and taking your spot. If he takes your sopt when you move, remove him immediately from it as this is dominance.
    He should Not walking through doors before you and if he does, send him back and make him sit.if he waits until you go through, call and reward straight away. Walks at regular times and feed at the same time every day. These rules are here to show your dog his place. This is how dogs like to be. If not they start playing up through confusion.


    It is all the case of rewarding the good behaviour and ignoring the bad along with the basic house rules you should start to get some where. This will not happen over night though and you have to be very dominant over him.
     
  3. LisaMc

    LisaMc PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you very much for this information
    I do some of the things you suggested but not other like walking through doors first

    Thanks again for the advise

    Lisa
     
  4. sallyanne

    sallyanne Guest

    We taught bite inhibtion with both of ours but never did any of the other stuff,they are happy well socialised dogs, they both know there places within our household.
     
  5. andrea 35

    andrea 35 PetForums VIP

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    I think depending on your dog and how big the desire to be top of the pack depends on how much dominance you have to show .I agree with all that the other poster said but it doesnt mean that i would feel the need to aply all of the things sudgested . we do gesture eating before the dog and the door thing and when she was younger and a little more inclined to mouth we did the ouch thing too . Niether of our dogs have the desire to be top dog and know their place i think its up to each person to descide whats right for them and their dog . some people are lucky not to have a dog who thinks they are top at some point or other and if you have the knowledge to address any issues if they arrise then problems dont then become a nightmare.
     
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