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Old 04-22-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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I have a 9.5 month old puppy (Sprocker named Stanley) and we have had various problems with him since he arrived - life is never boring with Stanley about!

Anyway, he has never quite got the hang of his bite initibition and he jumps and bites me when he is excited (usually when I am changing clothes which leads to a walk or I am preparing his dinner). This is a royal pain in the bum but we are working to stop it. We seem to be making progress although he still does it just not as regularly.

This morning he found a 'fat ball' - the ones with seeds in that people put out for the birds and he brought it home. I had thought it was a tennis ball until we got home. Anyway he wouldn't let it go so I tried bribery with biscuits, carrots (his favourites) and eventually his breakfast. Whilst I was preparing the breakfast he decided to eat the fall ball which made me panic so I went towards him to try to get at least some of the it from him and he showed his teeth and jumped up and bit my hand. I was really shocked because even though he bites me playfully he has never bitten me in an agressive way. I shut him in the kitchen and got very upset.

How could I stop this from happening again? Bearing in mind his history (he swallowed a lipstick 2 months ago and had to have surgery), I need to be able to get things out of his mouth or off him should he take something he shouldn't, but now I am scared.

I am also beating myself up over the fact that I didn't punish the behaviour when it happened. I was so shocked that I was instantly upset but now I am very aware that he won that battle and will not be put off doing it again.

Any advice would be great - I am struggling once again!

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Hi Stantheman, no life is never boring with a doggy in the house!

At 9-1/2 months, it's a bit late for Stan to be learning bite inhibition, but better late than never. Also if you say you are making progress that is a good thing. They don't normally one day "get it" and stop nipping from then on in. It's more like they do it less and less until one day you realize you can't remember the last time they nipped. Perhaps this thread will help.
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=9741

As for getting Stanley to willingly give up the fat ball, this sounds like he needs to learn the "leave it" command. I'll hang my head in shame here and admit I've never taught mine how to do that, but I do know that we have members who've done so and know the proper way to teach it.
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Oh dear, Stanley being naughty again!

Don't panic, food/object possessiveness can be tackled.

Firstly, don't try and take things away from him directly as he will start to guard things more and more. A good way of teaching the dog to 'leave it' is to always replace the object with something else in the beginning stages of training.

Does he know 'leave it' in any other respect?

With my collie who was food possessive in the beginning, I used to ask her to leave whatever she had and I would reward her with a high value treat - so by letting me take something she got something of higher value in return.

The problem with punishing is that it can make the dog more prone to guarding as it anticipates punishment before it happens. Distraction is a better method and eventually the dog learns the 'leave it' isn't a bad thing.

Do you also practice control around food objects? ie make him sit and wait with his food in front of him before you allow him to eat it? This can really help matters as they learn who is in control of the food.
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Oh dear, Stanley being naughty again!

Do you also practice control around food objects? ie make him sit and wait with his food in front of him before you allow him to eat it? This can really help matters as they learn who is in control of the food.
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Yes he always has to sit and wait ahead of his food and if we give him any treats and/or toys with treats in, so he is good with that.

Thanks for the advice, I will get something really tasty that I think he might like which can be used for such circumstances! We are using cooked chicken for training which has helped so maybe something just as yummy. I was really taken by surprise and shocked by the way he reacted but I guess it is natural if he thinks I am trying to take away something he really wants.

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Hi Stantheman, no life is never boring with a doggy in the house!

At 9-1/2 months, it's a bit late for Stan to be learning bite inhibition, but better late than never. Also if you say you are making progress that is a good thing. They don't normally one day "get it" and stop nipping from then on in. It's more like they do it less and less until one day you realize you can't remember the last time they nipped. Perhaps this thread will help.
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=9741

As for getting Stanley to willingly give up the fat ball, this sounds like he needs to learn the "leave it" command. I'll hang my head in shame here and admit I've never taught mine how to do that, but I do know that we have members who've done so and know the proper way to teach it.
Thanks for this, I am tearing my hair out with Stanley sometimes! The funny thing is that I was just thinking this week how much calmer he has become! I really appreciate the advice.

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