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Unread 08-10-2007, 08:28 PM   #1
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My ACD pup likes to nip at everyones heels...how can i stop this?
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In what situation is your ADC doing this? Is he trying to get you to play, or is he trying to 'herd' you in a certain direction? Does this happen when you first come home and he is overexcited, or when you have been playing with him perhaps? How old is he? How do you react when he nips at the moment?

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Sage she just turned 11 weeks old.and for right now she stays out at my grandperants.And its like she'll start wanting to ''heel'' you and down goes her head and she wont stop untill someone gets on to her.When we 1st got her and she was a puppy when we would let her out,she would grab your ankles as hard as she could.My grandmother has shooed her off with a brum...but i dont like doing that
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Well, the good news is that playful mouthing and biting are perfectly normal for an 11 week old puppy, and targeting your heels is a direct result of your dog being bred to nip at the heels of cattle when working. Just like with any other puppy biting you need to teach her that humans are fragile and don't like to play when it gets too rough. She might see the broom as part of a fun game - most puppies want attention more than anything else and any time you talk to her, touch her, or even make eye contact you are giving attention. The best way to punish biting is to take away your attention the minute she starts it, for example you could yell 'ouch' and then leave the room immediately shutting the door behind you. You only need to stay out for at most a minute. Here is a link to a really good article about 'puppy biting':

http://siriuspup.com/behavior_problems.html#

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She knows what the broom means...it means that someone used it on her and she wont go near it now.
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my puppy is 7 months now and still does it. i have to get on to her about doing it. i know she only excited about going out but she does it the most to my daughter which is not good. so i think ill take alook at that site.

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Hi Pepper - if your pup nips in anticipation of a walk then it is simple to cure - at the first sign of a nip, the lead gets put back and the walk is cancelled (try again in another 10 minutes). If the walk or going outside continues, then nipping is working for the dog.

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