10-02-2017, 08:34 PM
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Ontario, Canada
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6 Month Old Puppy Nipping Help
My family and I purchased a bench bred springer spaniel puppy from a breeder when she was 8 weeks old. She is now around just over 6 months old and has recently been spayed (nothing to do with behaviour, but I'm trying to give as much background information as possible!). She is well trained for most commands such as leave it, sit, stay, shake and speak, and we are still working on loose leash walking and come. We have taken her to puppy training classes and begin a more intermediate class near the end of October. Needless to say, she is a sweet girl and is doing very well training wise.
She is also very well socialized, as I work at a doggie daycare and take her into group play with me at least twice a week, and the other days she goes to play at the dog park for an hour or so each day.
Now to get to the problem.... whenever she gets very excited (such as during time off leash at the dog park or even running around the backyard) she will begin to bark and bite at me, to the point where it is leaving marks and hurts quite a bit. She begain this behaviour when she was very young, but she was always on leash and we were able to correct it by stopping walking and ignoring her till she calms down. I have tried ignoring the behaviour, but sometimes she gets me so hard that I have to hold her by her harness so she cannot get at me. I have recently tried bringing a toy with us to the park, and when she jumps up and nips on me I will stick that in her mouth and it always works, once she has that toy she stops biting me and is focused on that, unless she drops it then I reintroduce it. My worry is that this method is not correcting the behaviour and is only temporarily providing me with some relief! I know that she is in a state of over arousal, and I was wondering if anyone on here had any tips for me on training this behaviour out of her, as it has become a nuisance not only for me but for some of the other girls at work.