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Hi! I was wondering if I could have some advice on the training of my pup, Kenji, or be referred to some reading/articles! I rescued Kenji three weeks ago today, and he is a ~5yr old Alaskan malamute x border collie. I don't think he has had much training at all, am starting from scratch with him. I am also taking him to obedience school for some socialisation, and basic manners.

Kenji is a bit hesitant of men, particularly my dad. If my dad is sitting on the couch watching television, he will bark and nip at my dad. So far, my dad has been ignoring him, while I try and get Kenji interested in something else, but he always starts barking again. I have also tried to put him in time out, but he is a big stubborn dog and I don't like to be forceful with him, as he howls and gets mouthy. He has also started to bark at my grandmother.
I guess I'd like some info on stopping the barking, and the nipping, which occasionally turns into a strong play bite!

Otherwise, besides his mal aversion to other dogs, which I am controlling by allowing him to have 3 second introductions on walks, and always keeping him on lead. It gets a bit tricky when there are smaller off lead dogs who come up to him though! I try to tell their owners that my dog is not friendly with other dogs, but usually their response is "It's okay, my dog is friendly!". I appreciate their trustworthiness, but Kenji has shown signs of aggression towards smaller dogs, so any tips would be appreciated.

Otherwise, Kenji is a very friendly and affection pooch, and I'm so glad I could give him a forever home!
 

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It sounds like you are on the right track and doing a good job with him. I agree on enrolling him into classes right away.

If he is still nipping and biting, it sounds like he was never taught bite inhibition. Train him as you would a pup - anytime his teeth touches your skin, say a loud 'Ow!' and walk away for and leave him alone for 30secs. Hurting the human means that playtime stops. He has to learn the nipping behaviour is unacceptable.

As for the barking at your grandma and grandpa - if you can get them involved in training and rewarding him, that would probably help. They could do simple things like ask him for a 'Sit', 'Down', etc and give him a treat. This does tons in terms of dog learning to respect the human.
 
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