|Barked: Fri Apr 23, '10 5:10am PST |
|Collies can be mouthy, and running and nipping is common with any herding breed. It seems that Polly Anna sees your toddler as another puppy, and is encouraging puppy play.
Of course, you can't encourage this. She needs to see your child as another human member of the pack. When Polly starts getting over excited, the play time is over. Pick up your child and leave the area, while correcting Polly with a firm "No!" or "No bite!"
Never let her use her mouth to nip or grab any person, no matter how big. Always correct this behavior. You may want to take this question over to the "Behavior and Training" forum. There are lots of excellent trainers there who can give you more specific advice regarding the training of herding breeds.
Collies are wonderful, sensitive and loving dogs, but the herding instinct is still strong in them, and they have to be reminded that people aren't sheep!
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