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Old 11-05-2017, 05:37 PM
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6 month staffy started mouthing and pulling on clothes

Hi all!
I could really do with some advice if anyone else is going through this stage with their furry friend.
My gorgeous boy Tyson is 6 months old. We have only had him for 6 weeks due to the previous owners moving away. Tyson is a very loving boy who is full of energy but over the last couple of weeks he has started mouthing us and pulling on any loose clothes. He ripped my husbands work top today whilst he was wearing it.
I took him for a one to one training session recently and he is on the waiting list for training classes. I am trying my hardest to do what the trainer instructed by turning away and ignoring him if he jumps or nips. The only issue is I am only just over 5 foot so when he is getting hyper he can reach my whole height when he jumps which makes it harder. I am hoping he grows out of the clothes pulling situation very soon as I am constantly wearing leggings and tight clothes around the house to not draw attention to my clothes. If he starts to try pulling our clothes we are distracting him with a toy or getting him to let go by with a treaty which he then has to sit and calm down for but not long after he has been distracted he soon goes back to our clothes.
Other than this he is a very loving boy, we take him for 2 long walks each day to use up his energy. He will do basic commands such as sit/paw/stay.
If anyone has experienced this with their pups and have any extra tips to nip this new habit in the bid it will be extremely appreciated!
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:42 PM
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Hi! I am going through something similar with my dog! She's seven months old now, and I've been doing the redirect to a toy and walk away method for about a month now, and her nipping is getting a lot better. She still mouths at the leash occasionally, but is much easier to redirect with a toy. Something else that has helped enormously is giving her treats while she is walking nicely on the leash! After doing this consistently for about a month I have noticed a difference! Something else I have been doing is if she starts nipping at me indoors, I will immediately get into the bathroom or bedroom and close the door. I wait about 10secobds and then come back out. Now she hardly nips at me in the house. These methods worked for me, but it took about a month for me to notice a difference and I expect a few more months before the habit is kicked altogether!
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:44 PM
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Hi thank you for your comment. Hopefully this habit goes away soon as we are being very persistent. We have not used a crate with him but if he keeps pulling on our clothes after lots of trying to distract him we out him in the kitchen on his own where his bed and food is for 10 minutes to calm him down then he is allowed back out again. I dont like putting him in a separate room when he won't stop pulling after distracting him with toys or treats but it's sometimes the only way he will calm down
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Do you play any games with him? Just walking, even long walks usually arent enough if he's a high energy pup. Like a marathon runner just taking a walk. Not even gonna raise the heart rate. Try incorporating obedience routines into his play time. Especially if he's a smart dog youre gonna need to engage his brain to tire him out more.
I've said this on other posts but going to repeat it here. Physical exercise alone can give you a dog that is just fit and conditioned.....since he's fit it takes more and more exercise to tire him out.
If he's bursting with energy he might not be that capable of calming down yet and it manifests as bad behavior.
All that energy and bad behavior can be channelled into something productive..... Obedience training followed by playtime and maybe a walk afterwards as cool- down time.
Plus the obedience training will reinforce that its in his best interest to listen to you, and reinforce that you, not him, decides when its time to initiate play or training. The jumping and mouthing is just him being a bossy little @$!#.
Crazy playtime is the reward for the training.
Try playing some tug games with him. Teach him how to play. Make it super fun. Good chance in playing tug at first he'll at some point go from the toy to your clothing, get out of control etc. If/when he does just walk away, put the toy away, end of game. Dont even look at him. Ignore him. I play alot of tug with my dogs, from day one. Some of them, you have to end the game when they go off the toy and onto hands or clothing. Some just need a firm NO! And I can put the toy back in mouth and keep playing. Either way, they always learn early not to go off the toy and onto me when we tug. Since my pups always want to bite and chew on me anyway, and stuffing a toy in their mouth is how I deal with that, going straight to playing tug, and building off of that works very well for me at least. Im not a trainer and theres probably easier ways, but it sure is alot of fun!
Just some ideas that may help.
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I’m following this bc our 4 month old pup is doing the same. He’s particularly rough with our youngest, who’s nine. He nips and grabs at fingers, clothing, toes...ouch! The bigger he gets, the more painful. He’s not aggressive, just playful. Trying to get the message to him and I need ideas. He’s a fox terrier with energy to spare
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Hi all!
I could really do with some advice if anyone else is going through this stage with their furry friend.
My gorgeous boy Tyson is 6 months old. We have only had him for 6 weeks due to the previous owners moving away. Tyson is a very loving boy who is full of energy but over the last couple of weeks he has started mouthing us and pulling on any loose clothes. He ripped my husbands work top today whilst he was wearing it.
I took him for a one to one training session recently and he is on the waiting list for training classes. I am trying my hardest to do what the trainer instructed by turning away and ignoring him if he jumps or nips. The only issue is I am only just over 5 foot so when he is getting hyper he can reach my whole height when he jumps which makes it harder. I am hoping he grows out of the clothes pulling situation very soon as I am constantly wearing leggings and tight clothes around the house to not draw attention to my clothes. If he starts to try pulling our clothes we are distracting him with a toy or getting him to let go by with a treaty which he then has to sit and calm down for but not long after he has been distracted he soon goes back to our clothes.
Other than this he is a very loving boy, we take him for 2 long walks each day to use up his energy. He will do basic commands such as sit/paw/stay.
If anyone has experienced this with their pups and have any extra tips to nip this new habit in the bid it will be extremely appreciated!
if you're working this hard, it might be time to change tactics. Now this is just a shot in the dark. Perhaps he wants attention, is very human centric... Something I used with my Red Heeler when the turning didn't work, is I ran for the closest door. I went through, shutting him on the other side of it. I'd stand there for a 20 count, then calmly come back in the room. He stopped nipping and pulling before the bruises from all the prenipping healed.
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Look at it from his standpoint. He's in a new environment, still learning about you, and starting puberty. Naturally, he's kind of anxious and unsure of himself and is constantly trying to engage with you.

You're going to have to engage with him in the type of toy and play that you want (not involving jumping up and tugging on your clothes), combined with just relaxing with him. When he does ramp up his excitement, you have to stop reacting entirely - which will mean leaving him alone for a while - right now your clothes are just tug toys for him. Try giving him a durable tug/squeaky toy that will give him the interaction he needs, and give your wardrobe a rest.

I'm working with a dog right now that is in a shelter, and is highly stressed and anxious. All I'm doing with her is trying to get her to learn that its OK to simply relax and chill out - reinforcing with treats and a clicker when she is showing signs of not being nervous. I'm not even petting her, since contact just increases her excitement.
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Hi all thank you very much for your advice! Over the last week he has been a lot better, still the occasional nibble but he has got much better, think he has learnt that he gets more playtime and attention when he is behaving. We have a trainer coming to the house tomorrow which will be interesting! Hopefully with lots of hard work he will get there. Looking forward to the adolescence stage to be over with haha!
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