Originally Posted by Mhill
Ok I am new to the dog community and to this posting stuff, but I think this could very well help my family and the newest member to our family TOPEZ our dog. So we ended up getting a dog from a shelter it is about 3 months old mix German Shepard. It's cute and fun but it's always wanting to chew stuff and it's always biting wether ankles or in bed and it's your leg or something. Now I understand it's probably teething I'm guessing and with it a Shepard it's a herding dog, but is there anything I can do to help it seems like 90% of time we are saying BAD DOG NO! please help out we want our dog to we are boss but def love us and stay away from harshness. Thanks to all who reply.
welcome to the forum, and congrats on the new addition to your family.
the first thing you need to do, is STOP with the "bad dog" nonsense. it obviously hasn't been working for you and it won't. when dogs are doing something that we don't like, we need to do a couple of things 1 find out what the dog is getting out of the behavior, that we would call the "reinforcement" 2 remove the reinforcement. 3 add reinforcement to a different behavior so that the dog is more likely to do that one.
so for step 1-biting at your ankles, it is likely that he is doing it for play/attention. shouting at him and giving him any attention for doing it is only going to increase the likelihood that he will do it more.
step 2-remove the reinforcement from the unwanted behavior. i would simply freeze whenever he bit at my ankles, cross my arms and sort of dramatically disengage from him, it will like like you are turning your head up snobbishly. don't say anything, don't look at him, don't move, just freeze. step 3- teach him to do something else instead. i'm not sure what the best behavior is for your situation, but a common one used is "sit" he can't very well chase/bite at your ankles if he is sitting.
once you've done all that, you aren't quite done dealing with the behavior. it sounds like he needs a bit more stimulation in his day, as well as an appropriate outlet for that energy. i highly recommend a
you might also want to up the amount of training sessions you do (not the time of the individual sessions
) are you familiar with clicker training?
there are some really helpful videos in this thread: http://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...rticles-11426/
you might want to browse through it