I have a 3 year old miniature Pinscher named Rocket. He has a serious nipping problem. Whenever you try to pet him he'll try to bite your hand. Whenever he's about to be picked up he gets very defensive and he'll run away or bite. I've tried classes, spraying water, verbal cues, I've tried everything. It never stops. I've tried to use a muzzle thing, but he won't let me get it on him. I'm considering taking him to a dog hypnotist. I'll try anything.
Alyson D. from FairfaxVA
If you haven't already done so, check with your vet to make sure there isn't something physically wrong. If not, then see if you can get through to the radio program "Calling All Pets" (look up their website for more info). Dr. Patricia McConnell is an animal behaviorist and deals with this type of thing all the time. Free advice that might work. Good luck. (09/03/2005)
I think a clue is your comment that "he won't let me get it on him" with regard to the muzzle idea. He needs to know that you are firmly in command, the alpha dog, so to speak. If you are afraid of him and can't put it on, or if you give in to him and won't put it on, then you aren't playing the correct "leader of the pack" role.
I also wouldn't chose the muzzle as an answer, I just use it as an example of where you are coming from in your relationship with him. I agree that calling into the radio program may give you some pointers. There are also many good books available at the library or book store that can give you excellent ideas on how to gain control of your dog and handle behavior such as you describe.
Once the dog realizes you are his master, then any action you take to correct the behavior will be more successful. Just remember that this dog's mother wouldn't put up with this behavior from any of her pups, and you are now in charge of corrections of bad behavior in her place. Best of luck to both of you. (09/03/2005)
My Mom has 2 Dachshunds, one of whom will nip at you when we pick her up. I just hold her close and say "no" or "ehh ehh" and kiss her and then she is fine. But she doesn't particularly like to be held, but just a minute. Dogs have likes and dislikes too and we need to respect that. (09/07/2005)
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