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Attached to ankles

Postby Roz » Wed May 27, 2009 7:36 pm

Dakota is keen to attach herself to your ankles as you walk around the house.  She especially loves flappy skirts and pants but has been known to stalk and attach the odd archilles OUCH

She is not responding to no and thinks it's all a big game. She does the I'm so sorry look and then straight back into it.

She has heaps of chew toys, gets regular walking (which she loves) and gets some excitement from playing with our boy.

We do have to keep a good eye on them both, the child is a bit too boisterous and is desperate to have her just sit nicely and cuddle him LOL yeah right!!!

Dakota is on the go when he is around  ;D

SO how do you deal with this where NO and raised voice and claiming the space doesn't seem to provoke a response?

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Re: Attached to ankles

Postby Hannah » Thu May 28, 2009 5:47 pm

Bailey used to do this when she was a pup. What worked for us was, as soon as she starts to bite her pants/ankles.. stop walking asap. turn around and say no or aa aa in a strong, loudish, definit voice (not yelling though). These steps need to be quite abrupt, quick, and definit. So she knows that it is not a game. If you have watched Cesar Millan (the dog whisperer) he usually does a kind of hand gesture.... so after you've turned around and while your saying aa aa.... do a sort of stop sign with your hand etc..... hold the gesture until she settles, relises it is not a game, and sits down. Once she has settled turn around and continue walking calmly... if she does it again.. just repeat the process but stay calm and definite. Whatever you do.. don't continue walking or jump or anything when she bites... this just makes her think it is more of a game.

Anyways.... this is what worked with Bailey for us...goodluck with Dakota!!

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Re: Attached to ankles

Postby Roz » Fri May 29, 2009 1:39 pm

Bailey used to do this when she was a pup. What worked for us was, as soon as she starts to bite her pants/ankles.. stop walking asap. turn around and say no or aa aa in a strong, loudish, definit voice (not yelling though). These steps need to be quite abrupt, quick, and definit. So she knows that it is not a game. If you have watched Cesar Millan (the dog whisperer) he usually does a kind of hand gesture.... so after you've turned around and while your saying aa aa.... do a sort of stop sign with your hand etc..... hold the gesture until she settles, relises it is not a game, and sits down. Once she has settled turn around and continue walking calmly... if she does it again.. just repeat the process but stay calm and definite. Whatever you do.. don't continue walking or jump or anything when she bites... this just makes her think it is more of a game.


Thanks for your response Hannah - this is working a treat and buying us some much needed relief. That stopping as soon as she does it really has been the key too!

Now we just need to get our boy into the same habit  :o
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Re: Attached to ankles

Postby Teddy » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:54 pm

yeah any movement away from the dog as its doing this will only enforce it more, so the stopping shows that you are confronting the dog, also reinforced with the "aaa" or "sssst" sound and hand gesture towards the dog will act as a bark... something taht stops it straightway... even once its stopped walking a couple of feet towards the dog to make it backaway enforces that you are more dominant...

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UPDATE: Attached to ankles

Postby Roz » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:18 pm

Thanks everyone for you input.

We have definitely been helped by it and Dakota is MUCH MUCH MUCH better!

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