I have an Australian Shepard/beagle that i need to try getting to stop nipping

Buddy's shepard breed is meant for hearding cattle. Every time me and my family start goofing around, running through the house or start swaying our hands about he will chase after us and nip our hands or butts..it doesnt hurt but it he does it to younger kids also, he thinks he is going to herd us like cattle..any suggestions as to how to "nip it in the butt"?

Asked by Buddy on Feb 16th 2013 in Behavior & Training
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This question is so easy how do you tell one family member his not welcome to play Everytime you and your family start goofing around,running through the house or start swaying our hands about all you do is give the dog to a family who wants it!

Member 1151449 answered on 2/16/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Lots of running and exercise outside. Wear him out with his daily exercise.

Member 1155518 answered on 2/16/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Lots more exercise! Sure you can run around like that, but if he starts to get nippy stop immediately in your tracks, fold your arms and ignore him. It is the exact opposite of what he wants. When he stops go back to your silliness. :)

Obi answered on 2/16/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


VONZENNITH RASKIA & HISTORY, are you really suggesting Buddy's family give their dog away to stop the nipping??? Seems a bit harsh to me! Most of us think more of our dog than to just get rid of it for some puppy nipping that needs a bit of training to stop.
Buddy, the other two posters have given you good suggestions. I also agree you need to stop the play instantly when Buddy starts chasing after you and stand still. This will not work instantly, you will have to repeat EVERY TIME he chases and nips.
If he is allowed to play rough with some family members and not all, he will not learn that nipping humans is not accepted. You must make sure that everyone stops playing when he is chasing. After everyone is doing this he will quickly realize that his chasing and nipping ends all play.

Member 641257 answered on 2/16/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 3 Report this answer


Good advice from the 2 "real" dogsters, Toto & Obi, plus the new member. Please ignore the fake dog..vonwhatsitsface. Obviously you are not getting rid of your dog.
Two games that can help honour the herder, but not the nip, are hide and seek, and circle recall.
One person holds the dog while everyone hides. Then the hidden folks take turns. Call the dog & celebrate with a treat or a tuggie when he finds you. Then the next person calls & off you all go to find them. Make sure to take back the tug while he "seeks" & let him lead you to the hiders. At the end..the whole family is together having a tuggie party telling him what a good job he's done.
Circle recall is pretty self-explanatory. Family forms a circle & takes turns calling the dog. Make sure to reward for every recall..even if it is just a hearty "good boy!" Ramp up the speed, vary the order. He will have a blast darting back & forth, plus you are tiring out both body & brain.
Remember "a tired dog is a well behaved dog"

Member 904338 answered on 2/17/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Your dog is half herding dog. Herding dogs herd and nip people and other animals. It's just in their nature. You have to scold him when he bites.

Member 1157258 answered on 2/27/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I grew up with a old English sheep dog (4children) and we would have him out playing with us. We would play soccer, football, kick ball, etc. he loved being involved. Even sledding, when we would take off down the hill, he would grab your hand and try to pull you away. He was trying to corral us. We never got hurt by him, as it is a nip, but more of a pain in the butt interrupting our fun. He was one of the kids. He would swim in the brook also, I loved him so much. It's just part of his instinct. We learned to deal with it. Not punish him but just a gentle shove. I like to believe he genuinely loved being with us. You have to learn how to deal with him as you would humans. I hope you will take the time to train him and love him as he loves you. Good luck.

Member 1159520 answered on 3/29/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer