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I have a 7 month old German Shephard who bites (nips) and jumps at me for no reason! She drives me crazy! I'll be sitting on the couch and she'll be laying on her bed, chewing her bone, then out of nowhere she comes to me and starts nipping and jumping. Don't get me wrong, they are not mean bites at all, they are very painful bites though because she's freaking huge! Please, someone help me. I've tried removing myself from the room, i've tried spraying her with water, i've tried holding her close to my body until she calms down... nothing works. Suggestions!?!
 

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You can be sure there's a reason your dog is jumping up and nipping and it's mostly likely: attention. Even negative attention (being squirted with a spray bottle, or held down until calm) is attention and thus reinforcing the undesirable behavior that preceded it. I suggest you check out these articles for more information on how to help your dog understand how to get your attention without jumping or nipping:

http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/hyperdog

http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/puppy-biting

http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/surviving-troubled-teens
 

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In addition to the suggestions above from pampered Pups (*her suggestions BTW are always very good*):

How much exercise and training is your dog getting? This breed needs a lot of exercise (both physical.. as in 4 miles a day of walking and Mental.. as in at least 1/2 hour a day training).

She is playing and likely understimulated. A good dog is a tired dog!
 

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I totally agree. Your GSD needs both physical and mental stimulation to tire out that manic side!
My client's had a similar issue and we increased his walking and play time, taught him to target a hand (touch targeting), taught him to play tug (with rules..which the people didn't really understand, but now do) and used management tools like tethering and crating when necessary.
Now they have a dog that goes to his mat with his chewies and stays there, happily munching away. He still gets the occasional zoomies (or jumpies!) but the more training he has had for off, down and sit the faster the jumpies end.
This is a very high energy and very high intelligence breed and requires the work put into them to help them learn impulse control..and if they are not well exercised or mentally stimulating they can become nutcakes!
If you are not sure where to go from here, find yourself a good trainer (I always recommend positive reinforcement trainers) who is familiar with GSD's.
 

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She's bored and wants to play. If you're giving her lots of exercise and training and she still needs more, maybe try a doggy daycare a few days a week?
 
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