Kayleegator Posted September 17, 2007 Report Share Posted September 17, 2007 You laugh, but there are a number of us on the boards right now with 4-5 month old pups. I'm sure I speak for more than myself: what do you do when your darlin' baby BC is just plain being bratty? I'm sure this is the age when a lot of them end up in rescue, sadly. Last evening a couple of friends came over for dinner. Kaylee knows them from a camping trip and visit to their house. She forgot all the manners she ever learned, jumped all over them, mouthed them to the point of nipping, in spite of them both giving her good attention if she sat calm for a second. I had to put her on leash, in the house, and finally got her interested in her hoof chew. She nipped me too hard, too. A time-out in the crate while we ate did not improve her behavior, and she tested me at every opportunity, ignoring every request. Back on the leash, she tried the 'sudden lunge' technique a number of times, to try to get it out of my hands. She was a furry terror, and I was embarrassed. Surely we were doing better than this! Should I have grabbed her by the scruff and given her a hard shake? I raise my voice to her, and will occasionally clip her under the muzzle if she's nipping, but I haven't done that before. At puppy class, our trainer has showed us how to have a friend stand and ignore jumping until they sit, then click and reward, and obviously we need to practice this a lot. Trainer suggests hanging out in the parking lot of the hardware store and inviting folks to help train the puppy. This girl gets WAY too excited around new people. She's also nipping fingers when being rewarded, which didn't help the friends' experience of her. She's also showing new aggression in her playdates with her boxer buddy Tyson, who lives next door. He doesn't seem very happy about it, but he loves her and puts up with it. She's growling, gripping the skin of his neck and hanging on like a fuzzy vampire, as well as more typical play. What's enough, and what can be done? Further suggestions would be very welcome! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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