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Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Mary it sounds like you are doing a great job and I am thrilled you are going to take him to class.
Some pups are more nibbly than others and with a pup like this you need to take it a step further. Will address one by one:-
a. Biting you. pups need to chew and bite on us so that they can learn that human skin is a nonon but this little guy is taking it too far. First as he does it, tell him gently, gently as he is chewing solfty. If it gets to hard, bend down and right in his face (not to close you dont want to get bitten), stare hard at him and a very loud and firm UHUH!'. If he stops, then immediately, good boy and repeat the game. If he does not stop, position yourself that you are near the toilet door, first try the above and if that does not work, immediately pick him up, no talking or interacting and march with him to toilet and put him inside for only TEN SECONDS. Then open the door and come back in to the same game and if he repeats, give the warning and then the Time out again. the very worst thing you can do to a dog is to ignore it. This is very effective. The only time you will leave the pup for longer than 10 seconds is if he barks, whines, scratches - then stand with your hand on the handle and immediately let him out when he stops.
b. What I would do as well is to put this little guy onto a 'work to earn' regime to stop the running in and jumping. If he does run in like this in-between - put both your hands out in front of you and say stop in front of his face. This normally gets then to stop. With the work to earn, you take his whole mean and practice calling him, asking for a sit and then reward with one piece of food. Take a step back and repeat. Practice this all over the house and garden and very soon you will have a pup that finds it is rewarding to sit in front of humans. When that happens, you can start to fade the reward. I have put a link to fading below for you.
c. Make sure this little guy is getting lots and lots of chew toys, preferable inside Kongs and the like. I have also put a link to an article on this for you.
Some pups are just worse than usual. I would also suggest that you bring in the basic House Rules for Pups and have also supplied a link to this. Good luck and do let me know how it goes. Thks S
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