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Hi,
My pup, Joey, is 3 months old (Mini Aussie), and he get so over exciting when he encounters new people. I live alone with him and he doesn't see people every day. Maybe every second day or so, I try to get him out to meet other people. He jumps at their face and bites. I can't seem to break him of this puppy mouthing. Yipping like a puppy is not working at all. If I could just break him of ONE of these things I'd feel better. I ignore jumping but it doesn't work unless it's just me at home with him. Anywhere else and he's all over me and anyone else jumping and biting.
Any suggestions. I need help.
 

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You need to start with your basic obedience training.Sit,stay,down,heel and so forth.Have him sit while vistors are over and jumping on you or anyone else is not acceptable.There are tons of good training books and even online training videos that can help you.
 

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Maybe you can try the following, if you have people that can help you with this: use a leash on him, and have a guest approach. Tell him to sit and wait for the guest approaching (teaching him "wait" and train his impulse control can be a good idea). Whenever he breaks the sit and pulls, the guest walks backwards slowly (maybe 'till he stops and look at the guest). Repeat a lot and approach gradually. The key is to add distance when dog behaves inappropriately, and diminish distance when dog behaves calmly, and the final reward is that he gets to sniff the guest. After sniffing, if he behaves calmly, the guest can give some attention to dog, but not too much to avoid exciting the dog.

If this is not practical, I remember kikopup had an idea which is to throw treats on the floor before pup jumps, so that pup begins to expect goodies on the floor whenever guests approaches.

It's important to remain calm and avoid giving much attention thought, until pup is calmer.
 

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1. Before he gets ready to jump, cue him Down. Do this as far away as needed.
2. Carefully step on the leash so that he cannot get up. No jerking, no pulling, just immobilize. He will quiet down quickly.
3. Ask the person to pet him.
4. When you learn to anticipate his energy and can do this repeatedly, then you can try the same thing with him sitting... Not as easy.

Bite Inhibition:
The Bite Stops Here takes about 3 days to kick in, even then you only get a reduction of bloodletting, slowly resulting in bloodfree nipping, leading to mouthing, etc. Depending on the reaction of the pup, you don't have to use a Yelp!, you can say Ouch!!!, or Oops, where you want a marking word, to indicate when you are withdrawing attention.

Re-read the Sticky:the Bite Stops Here. perhaps you need to try a little longer. Read this and note the 3 days and the apology....maybe, he ignored the Yelp!, because you ignored the apology. Instead of the Yelp, you can say Ouch! or Oops!

Some Tweaks to Bite Inhibition (to get him to stop biting when he wants to play or otherwise):
1. When the pup bites, then yelp. It should sound about like what the pup does when you step on its paw... don't step on his paw for a sample :). When you yelp, the pup should startle briefly and stop nipping. (Look for the startle) Praise and pet. He'll bite.
2. When he bites the second time, Yelp. When he stops, praise and pet. He'll nip again, although it may be a little gentler. ...
3. Whenshe bites a third time, Yelp (see a pattern?). But this time, turn your back for 15 - 30 secs. If he comes around and play bows or barks, then that is an apology. This is important. Accept it, praise and pet... and cringe in expectation of the next nip...
4. When he bites the 4th time, Yelp, then leave the area, placing him in a 2 min. time-out. It is better if you can leave, rather than moving him. Then, return and interact. (He's still hungry...)
5. When he nips the fifth time, yelp, and leave the area, stopping interaction for now.

You can modify the number of steps, but not what you do... for example, you can leave in a huff :), after the second nip or even the first, but you have to provide a vocal marker, to give him something to react to. I still use a light yelp with my 11 yo when he lets teeth touch skin as I give him a treat. No pressure or harm, but I want him to appear very safe to everyone.

Pups need to sleep over night in order to learn their lessons. So, keep doing this for 3 days. By the third day, you should notice signficant Bite Inhibition. He may still nip, but it will be softer and he won't draw blood. And, he should be less aggressive, especially, if you notice the apology. Keep up the training and make sure that everyone yelps.... Very powerful method.

If you learn the technique, then you can apply the "yelp" to other circumstances, also. I believe that "yelp" is "Please don't do that, I don't like it." in dog communication. I currently use the yelp when my dog plays tug, then runs with the toy, when he fetches and keeps it out of reach or when he takes a treat too quickly....
 
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