|Barked: Mon May 24, '10 12:42pm PST |
|Best way to control nipping is to correctly train your pup from the very beginning. ACD's are bred to bite the heels of Cows, and the instinct is STRONG. So the best way to keep them from biting a human as theywalk, is to teach them that Humans have really soft skin, and are easily hurt by a bite.
Do this by yelping EVERY time the dog mouths you, even as a pup, and even if it doesnt hurt.
Also, redirect the dog to a chew toy and a game to channel the natural drive the dog has.
Remember, when you get a dog that is bred to do something, you better find a job that you will both enjoy for it to do. Otherwise, it will make up its own "job" which can be very frustrating.
I am not saying that this will end all herding instincts, I cannot mow the yard with mine out, and he thinks that he is my "enforcer" and imposes what he thinks is my will on all other animals. If I tell another dog to go lay down, and they don't immediately move, he will run over and try to herd them to where I am pointing.
One thing that I learned, was that a "Settle" Command is very, very, very important for this breed to learn.
I believe it is as important as Sit, Stay, Lay, Drop It.
Also, look into Agility, Frisbee, and Obedience, also there are people that train ACD's in Shutzhund Obedience as well.
Good luck! ACD's are pests sometimes, but if you spend the proper time and give them an activity DAILY to do, they are the best darn dogs around!!
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