|Barked: Sun Dec 30, '12 11:25pm PST |
|If you have a compelling reason for needing to pick her up, for example to lift her into the car, I would slowly get her used to being handled and lifted over the course of a couple of weeks, and using a lot of treats. I recommend avoiding picking her up roughly, suddenly, or just for fun, since it sometimes makes her uncomfortable. I would also teach her a leave it or drop it (this video is great) and do your best to tell her what she should be doing instead of yelling at her. For example, "sit" when she's jumping on guests or "off" when you don't want her climbing on the couch.
My last-ditch approach to puppies biting (outside of play nipping, which is different) is to yelp but keep doing whatever I'm doing. There are a whole lot of ways to go wrong with that- if the dog is over threshold, and genuinely too upset, confused or afraid to behave well, ignoring her only makes her more afraid and probably likely to bite harder next time. If the dog has a history of aggression, it's a terrible idea for obvious reasons. You definitely also want to make sure you're doing your level best to avoid and manage situations that cause biting so it doesn't happen in the first place. But my experience has been that puppies will often try it once or twice to see if it works. "I don't really feel like having a bath, I wonder if this will stop it?" and that if your response is a very unsatisfying "that hurts, but no, it won't" they quickly abandon it. Let your intuition be your guide on that one.
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