hello all,
first off, i'm one of the bazillions of lurkers that just want to say thanks for all the helpful advice i've received from these groups. so thanks. Emotion: smile
i have a 13-week border collie/samoyed female that is learning a ton of basic commands lightning quick, but is absolutely driving me crazy when we go for walks. both on the leash and off, whether we are walking or running (although it's worse when we run), she will occasionally jump up and nip my pants or nip around my ankles/shoelaces. sometimes she is fine, but most often once she gets started, she needs something else to distract her (see below) before she quits and we can walk 5 steps in peace.
i have read quite a bit on discouraging "jumping up" as a greeting and attention-seeking behaviour and i'm assuming this must be pretty similar, but i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong. so far i've tried the following:
- stopping the walk until she calms down
- stopping and ignoring her
- stopping and asking her to "sit", then continuing when she's sitting calmly
- saying "NO" and "OFF" right before it happens
- saying "NO" and "OFF" when it is happening
- ignoring her and continuing walking
- putting my knee out as she jumps up (doesn't do much when she goes for the ankles/shoelaces)
- teaching and reinforcing the "heel" command (it's coming slowly) - throwing a ball or stick in front of us so she will run after it instead
- encouraging her to carry something in her mouth (ie: stick/ball) while we walk
the last two options seem to work the best, but only provide as much relief as the length of her attention span. more often than not, she forgets about the stick in her mouth and looks for something else. then, a few steps later, it's back to mom's knees, butt and ankles. i've sustained several scratches and small bruises on my legs, not to mention holes in all my shorts and pants. she still has those little puppy teeth that catch on stuff even if she's not purposely biting.

i'm aware that border collies are intense herders by nature, so how can i quiet these nipping tendencies while i'm building a strong "heel" or "carry" command? it takes us ages just to get around the block because i have to stop every 2 or 3 steps. arrrgh! Emotion: smile

thanks in advance. any and all suggestions/constructive critcisms are appreciated. Emotion: smile

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"holly golightly" wrote>
first off, i'm one of the bazillions of lurkers that just want to say thanks for all the helpful advice ... (although it's worse when we run), she will occasionally jump up and nip my pants or nip around my ankles/shoelaces.

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I know a lot less about this than you do.
I just wanted to say: What a great photo of an adorable pup in your link! She's such a neat combination of fluffy and determined... and I love those ear markings...
Laura and Angel
Hi Holly ,
I've not had this problem but I always think its best to decide what
the best method is and stick to it . It can take time !
saying "NO" and "OFF" right before it happens> - saying "NO" and "OFF" when it is happening>

I find from reading the posts that this doen't seem to work
.
putting my knee out as she jumps up (doesn't do much when she goes

for the ankles/shoelaces
If you catch her on the chest it could hurt or injure her.
encouraging her to carry something in her mouth (ie: stick/ball) while we walk>>>

Sticks aren't a good idea , too dangerous . The ball is better .
How about a soft toy or would she rip it
apart ? I've seen somesoft toys in pets- at- home with a ball inside
them . If she loses interest you can just pick it up and hold it in
front of her and move as she moves , rather like a donkey and the
carrot on the end of a stick ,
Good luck ! Alison
hello all, first off, i'm one of the bazillions of lurkers that just want to

say
thanks for all the helpful advice i've received from these groups.

so
thanks. Emotion: smile i have a 13-week border collie/samoyed female that is learning a ton of basic commands lightning quick, but is absolutely driving me

crazy
when we go for walks. both on the leash and off, whether we are walking or running (although it's worse ... jump up and nip my pants or nip around my ankles/shoelaces. sometimes she is fine, but most often once she

gets
started, she needs something else to distract her (see below) before she quits and we can walk 5 steps in peace. i have read quite a bit on discouraging "jumping up" as a greeting

and
attention-seeking behaviour and i'm assuming this must be pretty similar, but i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong. so far i've tried

the
following: - stopping the walk until she calms down - stopping and ignoring her - stopping and asking her to "sit", then continuing when she's

sitting
calmly - saying "NO" and "OFF" right before it happens - saying "NO" and "OFF" when it is happening - ... work the best, but only provide as much relief as the length of her attention span. more often than not,

she
forgets about the stick in her mouth and looks for something else. then, a few steps later, it's back to mom's knees, butt and ankles. i've sustained several scratches and small bruises on my legs, not

to
mention holes in all my shorts and pants. she still has those

little
puppy teeth that catch on stuff even if she's not purposely biting. i'm aware that border collies are intense herders ... because i have to stop every 2 or 3 steps. arrrgh! Emotion: smile thanks in advance. any and all suggestions/constructive critcisms

are