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Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
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Experience:  Dog breeder/Trainer and Behaviorist 18+ years
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I am having issues with my puppy , he keeps nipping and has

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I am having issues with my puppy , he keeps nipping and has bitten my partner while he was watching telly.He is too much for me to handle and I have tried rehoming him but places are full.I spoke to the RSPAC earlier and they suggested speaking to a vet.? Can you help please?
Hi JaCustomer, My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today. In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient. What breed is the pup?How old is the pup?Is he neutered?Have you done any obedience training with him?What have you done to try and stop the behavior?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He is a cross breed part staffy not sure other part
6 months
not neutered but booked in
have done some he is booked in starts in a few weeks
I have been given various advice from telling him no to laying him down on his side until he is calm , this works sometimes but I'm getting quite nervous now as he is growling and barking at me occasionally.
Thanks for the additional information. It is helpful. He really should have had a lot of obedience training starting when he was a pup. Now he is pretty much sexually mature and testing his boundaries which it doesn't sound like he has had many boundaries. He thinks he either is or can be the boss of the household. It isn't too late to fix this though. You can not wait for a class to train him. You need to start today and it has to be formal training meaning every day at a set time. The following site is helpful in helping owners train their dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions. Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below. Both you and your partner need to participate in the training process so he sees both of you as the bosses. When a dog obeys commands even if it is for treats, it makes him a little more submissive to the people giving the commands. Dogs do not reprimands the bosses, so he will stop the nips, biting and growling. If he is holding a hand with his mouth, move the hand in so he gags but don't do it meanly or too fast. He won't like it and will stop putting his mouth on hands. Getting him neutered will help as well. I do recommend that you get a basket muzzle for him to wear when strangers or children are around to prevent any bites at least until you are positive you have him under control. If you start as soon as possible, you have a very good chance of correcting the situation pretty quickly. I recommend hot dog slivers as treats since dogs love them or pieces of raw liver. I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer so I am compensated for my time. If you have questions in the future that you wish me to answer, you may click here and bookmark the page or make it a favorite. It is best to put my name "JANE" in the question as well. Since there have been recalls on certain foods, please check the following site to be sure the food your animals eat is not affected. If it is affected, contact your vet as soon as possible. Have your dog seen if they have any symptoms.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your advice, unfortunately I have only had him for 4 weeks I was informed by his previous owners that he was trained ect but as I have found out this is not the case. We will stick with it as we know he can be well behaved we can see the potential in him. I will look through the sites you have recommended.
Even if a dog is previously trained, he needs to be trained by the current owner so the dog sees the new humans as the boss. Staffies are a strong willed breed and will definitely try to be the boss. Definitely try pushing the hand further in if he is mouthing your hand which is putting your hand in his mouth but not biting hard. If he is biting hard, then definitely try muzzling him until you have some training time with him. Be sure it is a basket style as they allow a dog to eat, drink and breath pretty normal.
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