i adopted a female pit bull from the shelter last week. she's about a year and a half, maybe two, and really quite easy going and sweet.

i don't have a fenced yard, but my parents do, so we've gone to their house several times so i could let her run off leash. she just goes crazy. she runs like the wind, butt tucked, huge grin on her face, pure doggy joy. and the smells... all the wonderful squirrelly smells!! lol
but the problem is she gets so wound up that she comes running up to me and grabs my legs with her mouth. she's playing. there's no aggression in it. but it HURTS. and it could be very very easily misconstrued, especially with her being a pit.
both times she's done it, she's not broken skin, but bruised me. i caught her immediately (she didn't have the chance to run off), leashed her, and that was the end of playtime. we walked nicely home, and that was the end of it.
is this a reasonable way to handle things? is there something better i could be doing?
thanks!

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both times she's done it, she's not broken skin, but bruised me. i caught her immediately (she didn't have the ... the end of it. is this a reasonable way to handle things? is there something better i could be doing?

Yes, you basically have the theory down. Inappropriate behavior = end of play.

If play ends consistently every time you feel teeth on you, she will eventually get the connection and learn to inhibit her mouth. But don't expect her to "get" it too quickly. She's not thinking about nipping - she's wound up, and it's an instinctive behavior. It can take a while to break a habit like this. Keep being consistent, persistent, and patient. :}

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