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Old 01-04-2009, 07:36 AM
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Thankyou for your positive help and advice. I have found I can 'spot' the dogs Ruby is most likely to nip before she gets to them. They are usually the bigger old dogs such as Labs and Golden Retrievers who just can't be bothered to play with her. As soon as I see them I either quickly put her lead on or if I'm not quick enough grab her by the collar say a sharp "no" and put her lead on.
As Ottertail said it is more chattering through excitment when she is in the house as she is more likely to grab my clothes if I have been out and she is pleased to see me. I am finding this more difficult to deal with as I don't want her to think she is not allowed to show affection. I am saying a firm "no" and turning away but as its more an involuntary thing I am not sure she knows she is doing it.
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If it is excitement when she is pleased to see you, you may find you have better luck by telling her what to do instead of what not to do. Tell her to get a toy - hand her one. Praise her as soon as she has the toy and turn your back/ignore her if she drops it and mouths you or your clothes again. If she has a toy in her mouth she cannot nibble you. If you praise and pay attention to her when she has a toy she will learn quickly that getting one is a good thing to do.

I have Labs. They are very mouthy and always get excited when I come home. I teach them all from a very young age that they can't get into trouble if they have a toy in their mouth . They learn easily and early to run a grab a toy as soon as anyone comes home or visits.
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