|Barked: Wed Nov 18, '09 1:18pm PST |
|If it's Kirby's first time giving a good bite like that, try your best to treat him like nothing happened. When your husband tries to get in bed, if Kirby starts to growl, tell him "No!" in a firm voice. If he continues the growl, remove him from the room (or if you have a crate in your room, give him his time out there) before he gets the chance to do a repeat bite. If you feel like it, allow him back in after a few minutes of his "time out". And, perhaps it would mean more to Kirby if you disapproved of his behavior. Sounds like he is claiming the bed, and maybe you, as his own.
I'm not an expert at dog training or anything, but if Bingley did that to me, that's what I would do. Tell him no, and remove him from the situation before he gets used to biting in it.
And, you could make a game out of training him to get "up" on the bed, and then telling him to get "off". I do this with Bingley on the furniture. I'll tell him "Up!" to get on the couch or whatever, (I don't reward him, because I figure being up on the furniture is his reward, even if he doesn't know it, lol), and then point to the floor and tell him "off!' and treat him when he gets off the furniture. It's still a work in progress with him, but he's getting more obedient (Shih tzu are so stubborn! lol) when I don't want him on the furniture. That could help in this situation, too.
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