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post #1 of 5 Old 02-13-2009, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question How to stop the bitting

I have a 10 month old and she has been very good till lately. And what she does is if you are in the field with her she sniffs you then turns and walks away then comes back and tries to bite you (she does not do this to my daughter) Also when the kids play football in the field (5 kids playing) she will just chase the ball, but if 1 or 2 kids are playing she comes up behind them raises like she wants a piggy-back ride. I have someone who wants to train and break her but as of today has not shown up or been able to contact. I suppose I need to find someone else. Any advise would be helpful, I would train her myself but I have come down with a tear in my stomach lining so am unable to do it.

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-14-2009, 12:07 AM
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You just need to get after her a bit. Be clear on her boundries. If she comes at you with the intention of biting or rearing you have to do something big enough to surprise her to stop her antics. Grab a lead rope and walk out there with her and if she acts frisky, just twirl the rope at her. If she moves away with just twirling, that's good. If she doesn't, don't hesitate to give her a pop with the end of the lead rope. Just get her out of your space. :)
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As both of those behaviors are big no-nos, I would be finding a trainer real quick. While she may still be small enough to not a do a lot of damage if she doesn't learn that rearing up behind people and biting people are unaccaptable behaviors the issues will only escalate with her size. It sounds as though she hasn't been disciplined for these behaviors? If you can get after her right away if not I'd leave her to other hands. Remove her from the situations where she can misbehave so she doesn't continue to learn these behaviors and then put her in the hands of a capable trainer.
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I agree with Koomy. The only time she can come to you is if you invite her. And if she does bite you, a couple things need to happen. 1) you need to watch for the signs better next time so you can see it coming and nip it in the bud so it doesn't escelate to a bite, and 2) chase her away as soon as she bites. Drive her away and don't let her come in to you for awhile.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-14-2009, 11:04 AM
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Keep trying with the trainer you have in mind, within reason. If your unable to to reach them, start looking for someone else. The sooner you nip this type of behavior in the bud, the better. Good luck with her and so sorry to hear about your health problem

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