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Latch on biting and pulling

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AbbyDibbs
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Tell us about yourself: I’m an active person who enjoys my time with my Border collie and Dutch Shepherd mix! We most often enjoy hikes but also enjoy playing fetch at the park.

Latch on biting and pulling

Post by AbbyDibbs » Sat May 12, 2018 7:03 am

Hey guys,

I rescued a puppy recently and was told he was a cattle dog (heeler)/ DS mix. He’s just about 4 months old and has this habit of biting clothes, fingers, arms, and tails and not letting go unless you make him. It’s always done in play, but he’s not getting the hint from me or my border collie that the behavior is unacceptable... Any suggestions?
Abby Dibble
California
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centrop67
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Tell us about yourself: Accidental DS rescuer. Human companion to Radar and Leela. Owner of the site, looking to make this the top site for information and discussion on Dutch Shepherds.
Location: Cutler Bay, FL, USA

Re: Latch on biting and pulling

Post by centrop67 » Sat May 12, 2018 10:39 am

The basic thing here is to always redirect with things it's okay to bite. You have to be constantly be prepared for it and consistently replace your fingers with a toy. It sounds simple, and we know it isn't. But, it has to be consistent.
Michael
The pack -> Radar (DS), Leela (Mal?), and Karen (Human) - Cutler Bay, FL USA
RIP: Tequila and Snickers
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers

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