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Old March 14th, 2011, 10:02 PM
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Question Mouthy GSD ......

As good looking and awesome as he is, Chief does have a couple of bad habits... mouthing is one of them. GSD by nature are mouthy but we would like to "tame" this behavior in a non confrontational way...redirecting is not always the right choice (timing and activity) and he does stop briefly when we use the "no bite" command (he licks then goes back to mouthing). Lot of other suggestions were made in the gsd forum but none seems to be working well.
note: He is a year old, german workline mix and has high drive...

What other tricks would you suggest ?
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Old March 14th, 2011, 10:27 PM
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Try this: if he's mouthing during play stop immediately. Don't even say anything, (or just say "no" in a firm voice ) and just stop and cross your arms and look away from him. Even turn your back for a few moments.
Losing your attention and play time will let him know that the behaviour is unnaceptable and means no more play and no more fun and no more "you".

Then redirect and start over with some other activity.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 10:34 PM
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Thanks Mirela...tried that and it doesn't seem to affect him...
He's usually worse when he gets ramped up (doesn't take much for that) or when he's frustated.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 10:51 PM
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Thanks Mirela...tried that and it doesn't seem to affect him...
He's usually worse when he gets ramped up (doesn't take much for that) or when he's frustated.
I believe you but you have to be patient and consistent. He does look for your approval and wants to spend time with you. In the end he will "get it".
There are a few members here who have good experience with headstrong dogs; I hope they will log in soon and add their advice.

Oh, and check out this link: http://www.pets.ca/forum/faq.php?s=&...l&titlesonly=0
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Old March 15th, 2011, 12:36 AM
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This video is geared for puppies but all the principles still apply
http://www.youtube.com/user/tab289#p/u/18/ZKjk84OkzcI

The keys here will be re-directing your dog before it starts mouthing, a good off command, and lots of good play and training to tire them out.

Oh, and incidentally, Chihuahuas are statistically second (below Dachshunds) for dog bites and aggression.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 11:01 PM
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This video is geared for puppies but all the principles still apply
http://www.youtube.com/user/tab289#p/u/18/ZKjk84OkzcI
Good reminder...I had subscribed to that page a while back...thanks
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Old March 15th, 2011, 07:13 AM
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We had the same problem with Jermy.... what worked for us (and not right away, through a lot of repetition and patience) was saying 'no' and literally taking my hands away (sitting on them for example) so as to remove it from his sight. sometimes he would get frustrated and bark but i would ignore and not play with him or pay attentin to him. Getting up and leaving to another room worked well too, basically anything to remove the hands from his access after saying 'no'. i am glad to report that this worked well and at about 12-14 months he SIGNIFICANTLY improved.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 07:52 AM
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Sorry Ex....dont have anything to give you about GSD....I know my nephew had a King GSD and he did get a bit rambunctious at times with the other puppers in the family...but eventually, with age and patience, he did calm down.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 07:55 AM
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i did answer on topic,,it is going to take him time and patience to deal with chiefs juvenile behavior,,,he's still a young dog is he not?
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Old March 15th, 2011, 09:22 AM
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OK, let's get back on track here....
Maybe I need to address a different behavior first since it seems to be the trigger for his mouthing : excitement...he get to that stage easily and it's not for lack of exercise.. he usually gets 3 to 4 good daily sessions of running/chasing balls and flirt pole. His energy level is always high and like I may have mentioned, he has 2 gears: park and overdrive. We have been spending more time to find a way to relax him when he gets hyper but then again...he's still a "pup" (big one).
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