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Foot biting behaviour- desperate for help

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bleedingnora Sat 06-Aug-16 08:12:57

We have a rescue staffy, lovely dog and been a wonderful addition to the family.

The only issue is that when she gets excited and wants to play or scared or unsure of someone new, she bows and then leaps in to play bite at feet. Can growl too.

Absolutely on and on with it andyou can't catch her as she leaps away and does it more. Can actually nip as she does it which is scary altho not actually bitten anyone. Will go for hands if we try and grab her.

Have seen a dog trainer who advised giving treats or a toy and this does usually distract her but it is hard to have them on us all the time as it isn't always obvious when she will do it.

If we don't have anything on us she will do it over and over and you can't turn away as she follows you and can't catch her as she is quick and excited.

It can be in or out the house.

She isnt great with other dogs- wasn't socialised I don't think and does a similar sort of play negotiation with them which involves he leaping in and out and nipping or mouthing.

She gets loads of exercise and training exercise, not left in the day for more than the odd hour and has a high quality dry food diet.

No health issues or pain etc

I'm at the point where we really need this to stop as I can't risk her doing it to the DC friends.

I feel like a short sharp shock when she does it would be more likely to stop her but gather this isn't advised.

Any help wise ones?

bleedingnora Sat 06-Aug-16 12:00:16


miserablemoo Sat 06-Aug-16 13:17:29

I'm no expert but have a dog that would randomly start jumping up and nipping. It was ok as a puppy but as an adult his paws hurt. Plus I'd finish a walk covered in mud.

The only thing that works is folding arms (making sure hands are tucked in as well) and turning our back and no other reaction. No shouting or arms flapping or trying to get his lead on as any reaction just got him more excited and it would ramp up his bad behaviour. Once he stops I say let's go. He walks off and I do and give him a treat.

It's got to the point now where he hardly does it anymore. I have trained the kids to do the same as me and now when he sees them folding arms and turning away from him he walks away. This has taken ages though and have to be consistent with him.

I tried telling him no. Getting him on his lead but it all made him worse and if I watch him I can see when he is going to do it. Sometimes it's random but generally it's when something just really excites him or he's over stimulated.

If we see people he's straight on a lead as I can't quite trust him to not jump up at them even though he has been a lot better recently.

Good luck.

miserablemoo Sat 06-Aug-16 13:18:29

Oh he growls as well but it's his happy playing growl. It's a big game to him!

bleedingnora Sun 07-Aug-16 08:02:15

Thanks moo- ive tried to ignoring and she still bites at our feet just the same.

Wish there was a magic solution!

bleedingnora Sun 07-Aug-16 18:46:50


Thattimeofyearagain Sun 07-Aug-16 20:23:54

Have you tried doing a high pitched yip when she nips you ?

bleedingnora Sun 07-Aug-16 20:24:26

No! I'm willing to try tho!

bleedingnora Sun 07-Aug-16 20:26:47

She barks and play jumps back and forth nipping each time as if trying to get our shoes

she had been trained to being slippers I think when owner arrives home as she obsessively has to bring a slipper or shoe to us if we so much as renter a room.

So I think the feet/ shoes represents play to her

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