Our adopted 10-month old bichon get a little too playful to the point where her mouthing turns into a nip. What are some positive ways to correct this behavior? Might something like this be in a FAQ somewhere. My email is (Email Removed)
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Our adopted 10-month old bichon get a little too playful to the point where her mouthing turns into a nip. What are some positive ways to correct this behavior?

1. Redirection to a suitable chew or tug toy with tons'o'praisewhen he takes it.

2. Time outs (go neutral on him for a few seconds).
3. A squealing "Oww" when he nips.

#1 works well when it quickly follows #2 or #3. I've worked on this with a few puppies recently and prefer the 1-2 combo. At this stage, the toy should be something really fun - and with a squeaker to make the redirection easy.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Our adopted 10-month old bichon get a little too playful ... nip. What are some positive ways to correct this behavior?

1. Redirection to a suitable chew or tug toy with tons'o'praise when he takes it. 2. Time outs (go neutral ... At this stage, the toy should be something really fun - and with a squeaker to make the redirection easy.

It also works to (gently) hold the muzzle closed and give it a little (very little you don't want to hurt the dog) shake and say "No bite!" You can follow with redirection as above.
It also works to (gently) hold the muzzle closed and give it a little (very little you don't want to hurt the dog) shake and say "No bite!" You can follow with redirection as above.

That's not my preference. Corrections only work when the dog understands the behaviour.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Subject: Re: New pup
Grab the pup by the scruff of the neck and bite it back similar to what a
mother dog would do. I know it sounds rather cruel but I've used this method on a number of animals(and I'm talking species here not just your
average housepets) and always had success within a couple of days. Bite
them enough to make them give a small squeal and said NO in a firm voice!
Sandra
Newsgroups: alt.pets.dogs.pitbull

Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 12:57:50 -0700
Subject: Re: New pup
well, with "hard" breeds in particular, i prefer not going straight into alpha bites with the 8 weekers.
with a pup that young, i briefly cover the muzzle with a firm hand and say "no bites".
then i temporarily remove myself from their entertainment. repeat as often sometimes dozens of times a day for a month. with no success, i would then consider alpha roll, scruff shake with "little feet" dangling in the air, or ear nip and then brief time-out isolation from me. good luck nipping it in the bud, so to speak. j

Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 12:47:53 -0700
Subject: BigAl and any others with crystal ball gazing males fighting

oh, big al,
what a nightmare! prob. is too late to neuter and expect them to mellow at all. brain completely testosterone hardwired now.

God love you, what in the world made you optimistic enough to think you could keep the two boys as pals?
i've had 30 years of living with 4 or more dom. breeds simultaneously and successfully. however, i was a total "bambi in the woods pollyanna" regarding the pit breeds.

thought i could pull it off. my story below may help others and hopefully, others may help you and i.
i identify, as i started fostering two litter boys 6 wks ago- -16 wks old now. the litter was found in a dumpster at 3 wks old, hand reared and vet tech loved, but they kept them all seperated after 6 wks.
pit littermates have been known to try to kill each other..sigh.

anyway, these boys were neutered at 12 wks thank God and i put them together as soon as i got them home. a little hairy, but only for a couple days. now they pile on us or each other to snooze. however, since their play can get rudely intense, but easily broken with mild intervention from me "boys, boys, boys" does it so far.
i'm terrified that if we can't place at least one, they will have to be separated as they reach maturity- -whenever we can't watch them.
don't look forward to that prospect at all. we love them both, but based on the breed type chances are strong that they will tend to fight as adults. we also have a g.shep male rescue- -neutered as adult and a spayed rottie/shep mix rescue.

for all i know, while extremely submissive with the big dogs now, they may big time challenge them in the future.

we'll looks like we both have our problems. me, because i've never had pits before and plead abject stupidity. but, you! my goodness, you certainly look at the world with the "glass half full".
what i see now, with some pit reading and experience under my belt, what i see is "a broken glass and a bunch of sharp glass shards".
good luck to both of us. j
Our adopted 10-month old bichon get a little too playful ... nip. What are some positive ways to correct this behavior?

1. Redirection to a suitable chew or tug toy with tons'o'praise when he takes it. 2. Time outs (go neutral ... At this stage, the toy should be something really fun - and with a squeaker to make the redirection easy.

What a great response. Thanks, Rocky, I'll sure try it. And will report back with the results (which just have to be positive). Thanks again.

John Ferman
Minneapolis, MN
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