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My mutt (probably part Border Collie but we don't really know) does this occasionally. She did it a lot when she was a puppy. I interpreted it as a herding effort; after all,this is why Heelers are called Heelers!

I approached it like any other unwanted behavior. Redirect! My dog usually nips my ankles when she's overtired and wanting to play and I'm walking around doing something else. I stop walking, turn to face her and put her in a sit. After a moment I'll release her and we'll spend a few minutes working on obedience commands or chasing a tennis ball. She wants my attention and nipping surely gets it. I try to turn it from a negative behavior to a positive interaction with training and play.

And mostly, she grew out of it.
 
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