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Question: My working dog has started to typewrite on the arm, and has since develop dirty biting techniques because of previous poorly trained agitators. Any suggestions on how to re-train her to bite the sleeve correctly and hold?

My working dog has started to typewrite on the arm, and has since develop dirty biting techniques because of previous poorly trained agitators. As a result of this, I cannot trust my dog off lead. Any suggestions on how to re-train her to bite the sleeve correctly and hold. Thank-you.

Cindy's Response:

I’d go back to basics and play with this dog yourself. Start with a tug and then move up to bite pillow, then sleeve. Here are the videos that I’d suggest:

The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog
Teaching Protection Skills Without a Decoy

You don’t mention her age, but you may also be interested in Foundation of Puppy Bite Work. I’ve used this for older dogs (18 months) as well as little pups.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Protection Training.


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On Leerburg's Dog Parks: Why they are a bad idea article

I wanted to thank you for such an informative site. I was googling ways to solve dog/dog aggression and fortunately was led to you. I'm sorry to say I have been living with dog reactive dog simply because I was too proud to admit I was out of ideas. Now that I have reached out and found the information I needed, my life will be a much more peaceful place for everyone involved.

Our initial problem was adding a dog to our existing pack. This little Corgi turned out to be very dog reactive. I understood that it likely had been attacked before and was simply reacting first in anticipation of an attack. She also suffered from little dog syndrome, no one had trained her because she "was too small to do real damage." I knew enough about dogs, packs, training and behavioral problems to know all of these things. I was still woefully unprepared for this particular new dog.

My elder and much bigger dogs, all well trained and accustomed to me being in charge, simply wondered why this little crazy dog was being unreasonable and waited quietly for me to remove the "problem." Standard kennel living followed by extensive monitoring or isolating as needed eventually let the Corgi into the pack. This was not the issue...

My elder dogs enjoy playing with other dogs, so we frequent a play time for dogs located at a local training facility. Knowing her issues were not resolved, we had a barrier in place for her first playtime. Boy did she flip! I was honestly worried about grabbing her because she was so reactive even through the fence that I knew I was likely to be bit. I had (like a dummy) not kept her leashed and had no control at all. We remained at playtime for the full session, having been told "she needs to get used to it" and "once she sees them having fun she will calm down." We can file that under worst advice ever. After an hour of aggressive reactions, we were invited NOT to bring the Corgi back, ever. Oh, and she can't attend the obedience class I scheduled her for either.... Since then, she has reacted to every dog anywhere with the exception of our own pack.

So when I first started reading your site, I kept seeing links to Why Dog Parks are Bad. I avoided clicking on that particular link for quite some time because I personally enjoy dog parks. Also, I didn't see what it had to do with my problem. I love the idea of dog parks, of good humans conversing with other good humans while their well mannered dogs play nicely together and maybe a beautiful swan or two swims in the peaceful pond as hummingbirds feed nearby... The fantasy is considerably better than the reality.

Now I have to admit that not being in control at playtime was the worst thing I could have done for her. I need to get control of her issues first, and possibly someday in the future she will visit with strange dogs, but I can not just "let her get used to it." I need to prove to her that I can keep her safe and that I am in charge. I had almost succumb to the fact that my little dog would never be able to accompany us in public for fear of her attacking another dog. Now I have a new training plan and a bright outlook for the future for my entire pack!

Thank you

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