|Barked: Sat Sep 8, '12 9:39am PST |
|I play with the dogs every day in our backyard. We try for regular walks, but sometimes it's just too hot (100+ degrees last week). The walks should get better as it's FINALLY cooling down outside, but that isn't what I'm here for.
Paisley is a Doberman mix, we think there is potential for some ACD in there too. She was *supposed* to be all Doberman (from a Doberman rescue) but...you know how rescues can be.
Essentially, as she has grown up, she has developed this playful nipping that surprises me. I throw a ball (which Pixie chases for HOURS) and play a bit of tug with Paisley. Gunner watches us like we're loons.
I've tried all kinds of things with her, but she is so unfocused on me (always) and easily at her threshold that I have to keep games calmer for her. If it gets out of hand, I get nipped.
I'm not talking in terms of flea biting (though she does that, too), I'm talking when we play she is almost always over her threshold and she jumps up and nips my arm. It not only hurts, but it breaks skin. Not a major bite, and it's always in play. She'll even initiate it.
I'm wondering if this has to do with the ACD we think is in her. If she wants to "herd" me. She can't stand it when anyone (dogs, cats, or humans) run. That's when this starts.
Pixie deals with it by stopping and standing still until she stops play bowing. Then she'll finish chasing her ball or whatever.
I'm not sure how to change this behavior. When it happens all play stops, I mean. I literally turn my back on her and walk into the house. Usually looking at the pinch-like bite on my arm.
This has to change. In the next couple of years we're talking about having a human puppy. I can't have her nipping like this with a baby around.
Dayna and the pupsters.
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