A plea for help from all you veterans...
Our little Seda, who we brought home at 11wks old and is now 17wks old has continued her puppy habit of nipping/biting during play and when excited. The behavior occurs at times during play but mostly when she is over excited. Her nipping does not draw blood, nor has it ever been accompanied by a growl or aggression. I absolutely plan on puppy training classes. I haven't done so before now because of the immunization schedule advised by my breeder: 3 weeks between each immunization and delay as long as possible the rabies vaccine. the classes I've researched all seem very strict about completion of immunizations before enrollment, especially Rabies. The laws in our county (suburb of Chicago) require Rabies at 4months of age
. In the meantime I am seeking to learn what you might advice as measures we can practice at home to deal with this. She LOVES meeting new people but seems unable to resist getting in a nip at a chin or hand when they bend to pet her or try to pick her up. She'll offer excited "kisses" mixed with nips/bites.
My DH allows/loves when she happily wiggles in his arms and excitedly wags her tail while fervently offering kisses which then progress to bites. this occurs when she first greets him in the A.M or when he comes home from work. I advise him to ignore her and turn away until she calms down which he will do. However, as soon as it seems safe to pay attention to her she starts up the same antics. Eventually she does tire and seems content to just sit next to him and chew on a toy. Unfortunately, by then DH has become frustrated :/.
I know how important it is to continue having her meet new people but I feel worried about her "excited" nipping and biting!
I'm not sure if jumping into private training is necessary at this point (she's barely 5 months old) or if I/we need to calm down and work on this ourselves.
Again, from what I've learned, I don't believe her biting is fearful, aggressive or guarding. PLEASE help!! I really want to do the right thing.....