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Please Don't Leave Me!!!!!!

Milo has developed a new behavior that we are very concerned about. He loves having visitors in the house; he's very friendly and laid back until they want to leave. He will bark and jump and sometimes try to nip their ankles. He even tries this with us occasionally. Lately I've been keeping him on a leash when friends leave. Help.......I need some advice.

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I'm noticing that nobody is answering this. Is this behavior that unusual?

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We have nipping at the ankles, just when Jackson wants to play . . . especially in the yard. We call it "herding."

Not sure what Milo is trying to do . . . maybe a treat will distract him?

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no its not unusual. He is just looking for attention and if you acknowledge it in any way you are reinforcing the behavior. Treat it like you would for jumping up. Ignore it and walk away.

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Dexter does this also while I am walking sometimes. I just stop walking and Dexter stops, then I keep on going.



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I can't ignore the behavior when he's nipping on a guest's leg.

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Cody does this also. Most frequently when we meet up with someone on a walk. He will bark, jump, and sometimes try nipping. Now Tess barks at people or dogs too when they walk away. I haven't found a solution yet either.

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Watch the Dog Whisperer Season one, there is an episode that deals with exactly this. I got the entire episode from my local library, not like I think he knows everything, but you might find his strategies work. Worth a try.
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It sounds as though Milo may be trying to convince your guests to stay. I think that putting him on leash prior to them leaving is a good idea, but give him enough room to do his behavior and then give an immediate correction. Another option would be to put him in a sit and stay and reward him for staying in that position while your guests leave. To practice, you might need a second person--one to show the guest to the door and another to work with Milo. Start a sit/stay, instruct Milo to focus on you and then give frequent small treats.
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Joyce, Marble will occasionally nip at my pants when I'm getting ready to leave. I stop in place and say "no". I may have to repeat this a few times, but he stops. As far as guests, Cheryl had good ideas, and I'm sure others will as well. Good luck.
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