All of this is done in excitement when she first sees the kids or they run around to play with her. At this point I have them stand still when she does it and not look at her. I want her to equate the nipping with NO PLAYING. She is seeming to get it. She hasn't growled much since I started having the kids do the commands with her and insuring that she be the one following them out of the house when they take her out and not the other way around. I think she is getting it. She isn't a terrifically agressive dog to begin with and seems to know that the youngest two in the house are babies. She is entirely tolerant with them. I am enjoying the time with her with the kids still in school. I had planned to get a pup in summer but this is way better. I feel like we will enjoy the summer much more with some time under our belts. Anyone with suggestions on dealing with any problems with the nipping at heels is welcome to set me straight! I want to set her up for success. She is so wonderful and we love her so much! We even got her a cute little dog charm which optomistically reads, "I'm a lover, not a biter". Here's to another successful week! -Anne
hey anne corgis are a herding breed if i remember correctly. i would think that the nipping at the feet and such is part of their herding instinct. i think that is the way herding dogs get the sheep all rounded up. i am not positive since my breeds are the ones who guard the sheep and not herd them. i do know that two shelties i pet sit for will try and herd my son. they run around him and try to corral him. i find it amazing to watch.they don't nip at him, just do a lot of barking and runing around him. how to stop the nipping i am sorry i don't know what to tell you. just keep up with the NO'S and hopefully she'll eventually get it. i'm glad you are having fun with her.
Boy, that herding instinct is strong too! My HALF corgi does the nipping at the heels thing. She also gets very excited when we return home and jumps around and bites at clothing as well. With the heel nipping, I stop walking and give her a stern "No!" She usually does ok, but sometimes she forgets and needs to be reminded not to do it. With the clothes biting, I know it is just excitement, but if she hears "Enough!", she settles down immediately. Good luck!