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Old 06-30-2018, 10:58 PM
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Me and my sister just re-homed this 8 month old husky mix. He's been really great up until a few days ago where he would start mouthing very hard and tugging on clothes really hard. We tried turning around to ignore him to send a message that it is not okay behavior but he starts tugging even harder on the back of our shirts. We take him on 2 long walks to the park to play fetch everyday and try to do obedience training with him at least once a day. This has actually happened at the park while I was playing fetch with him. We've also tried redirecting him to a toy but he will just go back to tugging on clothes. We're just kind of at a loss here. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Old 07-01-2018, 07:28 AM
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Walk away. I lost a shirt in the process with my golden retriever, but he eventually understood that he would not get any attention that way.
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Old 07-01-2018, 10:47 AM
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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.
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Old 07-02-2018, 12:18 AM
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I suggest you read this Our Dog Pulls on Clothing — How Can We Get Him to Stop?
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