My dad has a little boston terrier named Marvin Pibbs.(-:
hes very cute, trained, overall a very good dog, but when we're taking him for a walk, he feels the need to bite strangers. also, when me and my little brother are wrestling, or my dads tickling one of us or something, the dog jumps in and starts nipping at everyone…hes broken the skin on us a few times. theres going to be a baby in the house in the next year, and we're afraid of what will happen with the dog. My dad says he will get rid of him if he bites again. What can i do to stop the dog from biting?
ps. he just got rescued from an animal shelter less than a month ago.
We had this same problem. I had heard somewhere that this problem develops a lot when the young puppies are separated from their siblings at a young age, therefore they never learn what is acceptable nibbling and what is biting. In the litter when it is biting then the other siblings will make a noise and this tells the puppy that this was unacceptable. Well, we always wrestle and play rough with our boston and when she would bite or nip a little too hard we would go "ow" in a high pitched way and back away, then she would stop and we would put our hand back in front and she would instantly back away or nudge with a closed mouth. She has learned and no longer nibbles too hard.
Of course, another way we have curbed other behavior like jumping on people was to spray her with a squirt bottle (not looking at her in the eye so she doesn't realize its us and just knows that this bad behavior bring this, etc.). This only took three to four times and she has completely stopped this behavior.
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