AdmiralGonsiorowski Posted February 6, 2009 Report Share Posted February 6, 2009 So I already posted once about Ski biting. Several of you guys gave me some good advice and turned me onto Ian Dunbar's books, so I read them. And I think I've realized why Ski is biting so much. See, it has never seemed like play biting to me, but rather an adverse response to being touched or frustrated. When he's playing he mouths, when he's upset he bites. When we first got Ski, we rolled him on his back and held him. It scared him. I didn't do it after that because I saw that it scared him and kind of tossed that out as a correction idea. But I think the damage was done, and now he associates prolonged contact like petting with being restrained, and he freaks out. So I tried some distraction, feeding him by hand while scratching behind his ears, under his chest. He started humping my arm It also had no effect on the biting, and he was just getting anxious. My last effort seemed to work, but I'd like to hear some opinions on it. I put two fingers under his collar. And kept them there, keeping my hand and arm out of the way of his mouth. I didn't pull him, didn't jerk him around, let him have the full range of motion of my arm, just basically using my arm as a relaxed short leash. He spazzed out, jumped, flipped, lunged, rolled over, anything to try and get my hand in his mouth. I distracted him a few times with kibble and toys. I didn't make any noises, and I kept relaxed. Eventually he wound down to pacing and whining. Then he calmed down enough to nose at his kong and eat some kibble. I walked him (hand still on collar) to his water dish and let him drink. He still tried a couple of half hearted twists to get to my hand, but eventually he stopped and laid down. Then he went to sleep. So I didn't use any aggression, I didn't try to intimidate him, I didn't try to "show him who's boss" or any of that. It was distressing for me because he was so upset, but he doesn't seem to be scared of me, he followed me into the next room when I got up, and laid down in there to sleep. Ugh. I didn't think I'd have this much trouble this early. It's hard to muddle through all the bad advice out there about dogs. Many people say it's okay to roll a puppy, but I'm almost certain that's what started this. I'd like to try completely positive reinforcement training, but it's a complete flip from everything I've been exposed to before. I don't know about the rest of you guys, but in Tennessee there's a lot of what we call "yard dogs". These are dogs which have no purpose but to hang out in your yard, bark at strangers, follow you around when you're outside and be ecstatic when you feed or pet them. There is no positive training for yard dogs. You're lucky if they know how to sit. Leash jerks, pops on the nose or butt, kicks and yelling are par for the course as corrections. Retraining myself is going to be the hardest part of raising a a good dog, I think. I'd appreciate any advice you guys can offer. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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