Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
You're right, I apologize. What are your training suggestions then? I would like to hear them. I would just like to clarify that the drool is not the problem- as I said it is the way in which the drool comes in contact with a person. If she were 'drooling' on me as is normal for dogs to do that would be fine, however it is not okay to have her mouth on me. In what way can you deter mouth / biting behaviour gently? You didn't give me a suggestion, if you do have one I would like to hear it.
I do not agree with you on the terms that I should never give her a pop on the nose or a jab to the tongue. Dogs do understand tone and commands, however to learn tone and commands you cannot treat them like little humans and explain rationally why their behaviour is 'bad'. If you can agree to disagree with me, then I can agree to disagree with you and hopefully benefit from a training suggestion?
And I agree "top" trainer is purely subjective, however, as I said- the man we used is 'the' man called in when there are legal cases involving dogs. He is the one involved in retraining and rehabing dangerous animals, and making the calls on whether they are safe to be rehomed. I believe he was also involved in competitive training prior to this gig, so yes I do believe he is a "top" trainer, thank you.
Rudie is good with giving us our space, we do not play rough (I don't think she quite knows how to play rough, we have a poodle and a cockapoo who have 'put her in her place', they're old and cranky) so she is very submissive, excitable but still submissive.
Now that I'm reading into this it seems wrong to describe it as 'mouthy', more often than not she is approaching with her mouth hanging open, bumping into a hand or an arm or a knee with mouth rather than nose. It isn't mouthy in the sense you would expect 'biting but not' if that makes sense.