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Date Posted: 21:56:35 04/22/04 Thu
Author: Noofies
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Subject: Re: Discipline??/
In reply to: Griff Thomasson and Maggie 's message, "Discipline??/" on 19:01:18 04/22/04 Thu

Make a HUGELY exaggerated hurt/disappointed/shocked/angry face, give your "no biting" sign, and turn and walk away. "When you put your teeth on me, you lose what you want most - my attention." Do NOT pinch her nose, or hold her mouth - that's actually reinforcing the behavior. Puppies grab each others' mouths/jaws/noses with their mouths, she thinks you're playing with her when you do that. If she comes after you again, repeat. If she comes after you the third time, put her into her crate briefly until she gets herself back under control.

Are you taking her outside and playing with her out there? Making sure she gets lots and lots of exercise? A tired puppy is a good puppy, and if she can expend some of that energy outside on toys, she'll have less energy to bite you with.

Does she have enough chew toys? A Kong, a rope bone, a nylabone? Another toy that might help her burn off some energy is a Roll-a-Treat ball. It's an 8" diameter hard plastic ball you put little treats into (you can even use part of her daily food ration) and as she rolls it around the floor treats fall out for her to eat. The mental stimulation that provides will help tucker her out, too.

> Opinions please ---- Maggie can go from a sweet
>heart - to a terriorst in a nano second--- biting us
>is our big problem - we have changed our behavior with
>her --- but after both me and my wife are chewed up- I
>have 23 bite marks on my hands and arms my dear wife
>is just as torn up! I carry treats in one pocket and a
>paper towell in the other to stop the bleeding --
>Signing no pinching the nose as I sign --- holding
>lips inside her mouth till she stops biting -time out
>into crate -- holding bottom jaw when she tries to
>bite !! This is what we are doing ! Any advice ---
>comments ---- This is some what our falt from 3 weeks
>not knowing she was deaf and knowing how to
>communciate !!
> We have tried the bitter apple spray - does not phase
>her -- bitter end - hahh some what ----
> Note I raised 4 kids and teanages are tougher than
>this LMAO
> We have been placing Maggie in the kitchen where her
>crate is with baby gates . So when she is out with us
>to work on her lessons she is ok -- just normal time
>is when she goes after us in a play mode--- we are
>going to try and let her run around the house and
>spend more time in direct contact with us so it is not
>a big deal to be out with mom and dad.
> What do you guys think ????

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  • Re: Discipline??/ -- Kristin, 23:06:57 04/22/04 Thu

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