So, Gabby has been acting out lately. She'll nip my feet or go for my slippers and when i sternly correct her, she barks and promptly tries to nip them again. Then, i'll keep correcting her, she'll go a few feet away from me and just bark and bark and bark. Sometimes she'll bark and zoom around the room... it's like she's playing but its not exactly friends, or agressive.
ugh, any suggestions on what to do? she's aggrevating me enough to ship her off somewhere :-/
Thats what seven months is all about. Its limit testing time. There are probably some specific tactics you could use for your issues but I'm not sure what. In general, however, its just important to be extremely consistent and not give in to her
Get a squirting water bottle and put some water and vinegar in it. Whenever she nips your ankles, tell her NO and squirt her with the stuff. It works, Toby hates it. (They will smell like vinegar after, but it helps with the ankle biting) My problem with this method is always knowing where the bottle is. LOL
***Edited By: wendy3249 on 12/28/2004 10:26:51 AM*** Reason: added something
Time to pull out that six foot leash and some alpha agression. You don't have to actually touch her, but every ounce of your body should read inraged god. She'll see it.
The leash is so that she can not escape correction. if she can continually escape correction, she will have no respect for it. The leash connects you to the psyche of the dog. When they can not escpae from you, ever, even after you take the leash off, that is firmly embeded in their little crazed heads.
i love the water/vinegar bottle. it was my best frined while the tree was up. they were so awful with the tree it came down sunday morning. i am the grinch :(
also, if NO! and the bottle doesnt work, and you cant walk away and ignore her b/c she follows, give her a time out in her crate for a minute or two till she calms down. if she starts up, right back into the crate. thats what we have to do sometimes and it seems to work.