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Jul 09

My Dog Greets By Biting

Most little dogs greet you at the door when you come home. Some small dogs jump all over the place and bark madly until you acknowledge they are there. All this is fine and dandy until your small dog starts biting you to get your attention. Now that the problem has gotten to the point of someone can get hurt, what do you do?

When greeting the dog, keep calm and relaxed. Most people get too excited when they see their dog, and the dog gets too excited, too. The difference is that the dog does not understand how to moderate its behavior, and this often results in hyper and excited behavior; barking relentlessly, nipping or biting, jumping on you, etc. People way too often find the dog’s excitement cute, so their dogs get so wound up they have a difficult time calming down.

To put a stop to this behavior, do not talk, touch, or acknowledge the animal when you walk in the door. Try to ignore the dog entirely as you come in and put your things away. Practice this until you are doing it without realizing. Remember the dog is hooked on acquiring your attention and praise. Never reward this type of behavior.

Until your dog is completely calm and relaxed, continue to ignore him. Do not praise or reinforce any excitement in any way. It is vital that you allow the dog to become calm and sedate before you acknowledge its presence.

As soon as the dog relaxes, you can bend down and gently stroke and greet your dog in a low, gentle tone of voice. Do not use the high squeak that gets him exited. When your dog realizes calm behavior is rewarded by the attention he so desperately seeks, he will know better than to get all worked up. If you being to praise or pet the dog while he is behaving hyper, you will set your progress back weeks, so do not do it.

If your dog nips in excitement, be careful. Nipping is a sign of aggression and it should never be taken lightly. If you greet the dog believing he has calmed down, but then he nips in excitement, say “No.” very firmly, then say “Time Out.” Help your dog to a quiet room and let him stay there by himself for about 5 minutes. This shows the dog that his behavior is unacceptable, and that if he does it, he will be separated from you. Let her out and start over. Ignore your dog until he is calm, then you can calmly say hello.

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