puppy attacks feet & pant legs

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  1. mochadog2

    mochadog2 New Member

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    our pup is 3 monthes old, lab x springer spaniel, and has a very annoying habit of biting at the feet and pant legs of my wife and youngest son (8). she also bites at their noses and ears etc if they are close enough. it doesn't seem aggressive, just really rough play (with no off switch)

    yelping and yelling NO have no effect from either of these two, if fact sometimes my wife is replied back to with a bark or 2 (doesn't seem like a threatening bark, more like a really excited 'let's play' bark).

    she does NOT exhibit this behavior around myself or our oldest son (11), when she does (very rarely) a firm NO is all it takes and she stops immediately. (if she is at my youngest she usually stops if I am the one telling her to stop). she will walk beside me but my wife and son can't make it from one room to another without the dog attached (by teeth) to their pant leg or foot.

    i can lay with her on the couch and she will fall asleep on my chest, but if my wife tries she is constantly biting at a necklace, hair, nose, ears and earrings. she simply will not stop (tailing wagging the whole time).

    the dog is bright enough, she learned sit, down and stay in about a 30 minute session, and house trained in just a couple of days. and seeing as how she knows not to bite me I am left wondering if this is a dominance issue rather than bite inhibition.

    any advice really appreciated, she is a wonderfull dog but just won't leave these 2 alone, my wife is frustrated and the youngest is starting to be afraid to play with her (they never play alone, always supervised)
     
  2. corgipower

    corgipower Tweleve Enthusiest

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    No, i don't think it's dominance, but I do think the pup doesn't see a reason to respect your wife, and it is rare for a pup to respect an 8 year old. Your wife could very well be sending mixed signals ~ a yelp and a no, while her tone of voice or her body language says it's OK.

    I would keep the dog on a leash when the son is around, in order to prevent him from getting hurt and scared. As for the wife, make sure she is firm. When she yelps, she needs to stand up and walk away. She needs to do it with an air of confidence.

    It's great that she is learning sit, down and stay already. You can use that as well. Have her sit for her toys. She wants to play, she believes that biting your wife is an acceptable way to initiate play. If you play with her after she sits, ask for a sit before playing, she'll learn that a sit is a way to initiate play.
     
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    My dog does the same thing, she is 3months old, I tell her no and its like shes talking back to me with a bark.... I almost have to laugh but I need to break her of this and I can't she is such a bratt.
     
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    I found that for a stubburn dog redirecting the dog to something that is acceptable may help if the yelping and walking away doesn't.
    Such as instead of the dog biting your clothes, you replace your clothes with a chew. So "no bitting", and then give chew, dog chews "good boy", then lots of attention/petting. Thus he should understand what is acceptable and not to
    chew on.
    I am by no means an expert though so I will let other people comment on this.
     
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    I think my dog thinks my hands are a toy... did you find a way to stop this behavior yet? I haven't lol
     
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    my dog also does that.... she constantly bites my hands in a very rough way... more of playing with it than being aggressive... i also dont know what to do with it... sigh...
     
  7. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    When your dog grabs your hands...Get up walk away and close the door behind you (leaving the dog in another room) If the fun ends EVERY time she grabs your hands (legs feet etc) they will stop.

    The thing is they are being puppies. That is how they would play with other dogs..it has nothing to do with dominance or stubborness. It is up to the humans to teach the dog how to play with humans. So have a tug toy handy. Redirect the dog to play tug on the toy with you. Puppies need interaction. So just redirecting to a toy is not enough, you need to PLAY with the pup with the toy.
     

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