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From: drew (99.255.178.23)
Subject:         Re: nipping/herding question 2 cents
Date: March 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm PST

In Reply to: nipping/herding question posted by julie on March 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm:

Bite inhibition is difficult to train into any 'nippy' dog. I have a significant history of trying... mostly succeeding, the occasional dog who doesn't like to 'snap out of it'.

You need to have good obedience training with your dog - she needs to know, all the time, that what you say goes, that you really mean it. Until that's established, she's going to ignore you in favour of the behavioural reward she feels when she nips; aussie's are built to herd, when they bump/nip, it FEELS GOOD because its the right thing to do.

Once you've established trust/obedience, then, and only then, should you really start bite inhibition training; if you try to train her not to nip when she doens't really believe she has t listen, she can acclimatize to the train and then ignore it; there are only a few good methods to teach this, so if you waste one when she doesn't *know* she has to listen... it can be gone. Most things like 'heel' and 'sit' can be trained over acclimation, but not nipping.

I would suggest not trying to train her not to heard; try to train her to 'bump'. It lets you separate out specifically the biting behaviour, and will be MUCH easier; you can work on bumping/herding AFTER the nipping is gone.

There's a lot of different ways to train this; if she was younger, grabber her snout from above with a little bit of pressure and a gruff 'ah-ah' would work; at her age, you may need active discouragement. try a spritz of water from a spray bottle - harmless, but irritating to the dog, who quickly learns 'wow, when i touch mom with my teeth i get spritzed. No more of that'. then its easy to extend it out to other people with a verbal 'ah-ah'.

I also try not to train my dogs with the word 'no'. we use it to omuch in conversation. I use a sharp no-no sound 'ah-ah' in a gruff voice... because you don't usually do that on the phone......

end 2 cents.... (and callie thought i was gone)


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