05-15-2012, 07:16 AM
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Are they supposed to grow out of heel nipping?
I have a 3 mo old scottish terrier puppy. We have been doing training with him and he's quite possibly the perfect puppy for us except one thing- he is an ankle nipper. I have tried working with him on a leash when the kids are playing so I can stop him from actually biting them and what he has learned is "don't bother when I'm on the leash". The squirt bottle was rec. to me and it didn't seem to bother him. We have days where I can just call his name to get his attention and I can see the wheels turning and he will run beside the kids and just play and not nip...so there's hope. I have called a professional trainer (he's not old enough for puppy kindergarten just yet) and she wouldn't come out to the house because she said it was normal puppy behavior and just keep him on a leash all the time if the leash makes him stop or use a shake can. Well my oldest just used the shake can (which does make him jump back out of that "must bite ankles" trance) but the dog has the shake can and is attacking it now.
Is this something they outgrow or is this something that I have to manage with a leash forever? He will even do it just in the house so that doesn't seem like a good long term solution to me. We have a good size backyard and 3 kids and I want everybody to run and play together without fear. When he bites, it's usually a sock he catches or maybe clothing. Nobody has had a real bite...yet. He doesn't seem aggressive, just playful. I am very excited to do puppy kindergarten once he gets his last round of shots but I don't want to risk before then because parvo is very common here.
He is doing sit, down, touch, come, positive interruptor, shake, high 5, bang bang, and we are working on leave it...he will do all these behaviors but not perfect as he hasn't mastered doing it all without distraction. He's pretty trainable right now so I'd love to make sure this is fixed sooner rather than later if I can.