07-01-2018, 10:47 AM
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Cambridge MA
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I helped a friend in the dog park who's dog had a habit of jumping on and nipping everybody there including her owner. She'd fixate on one person and even if you were sitting down completely ignoring her she'd repeatedly jump on you and bite you. Large dog so painful and annoying.
My friend had tried many do things but never stuck to one thing consistently. What worked with her was saying no and having her sit or lie down IMMEDIATELY instead and praising that behavior and tossing a high value treat on the ground since she'd bite hands. Every time. If she was too wound up my friend would take her to a corner of the park and have her do obedience commands to focus her mind for a few seconds. Lots of praise y treats for any good non jumping non biting behavior then let her go free.
After just a few days of consistency and not letting her do the biting jumping she was a different well mannered dog. Now she sits whenever she sees me and I can even hand feed her a bacon treats and she'll lick my hand where she used to be a little shark.
Just positive reinforcement and replacing an undesired set of behaviors with a behavior you want. The key is to be consistent.