09-30-2017, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by DancingNeonElephant
She has gone through her teething and was only having accidental bites when playing, however, lately she has started biting my feet and legs when i'm sitting on the couch. When she isn't biting my feet/legs she is biting the couch cushions, pillows and her bedding.
This behavior is quite odd because during the day (when she's with my mother) she is perfectly content, quiet and relaxed, but in the evening (when she's with me) she acts out of control and bites constantly.
It sounds like she's looking for attention. Even negative attention like scolding can be reinforcing, like a child acting out for attention at school or from their parents.
How much exercise, training, enrichment does she get during the day? Huskies are both very high energy and very smart dogs- they were bred to pull sleds all day! Does she go jogging, hiking, play fetch outside? How do you exercise her brain? If your mom's not doing anything with her, she's probably well rested from doing nothing all day and wants to PLAY when you get home!
Does she get any downtime? Can you put her in a crate or teach her to stay on a bed while you're on the couch- give her something tasty to chew on like a peanut butter kong, antler, raw meaty bone, or Himalayan Dog Chew. You know, start teaching her to relax, how to "be" when there's nothing to "do." Essentially teaching her to have an "off switch."
Also remember to reinforce any behavior that you like- give her treats and attention for calm, polite behavior. Give her what SHE wants for behaving in the way that YOU want.