|Barked: Sun Jun 9, '13 4:13pm PST |
|Yesterday Shadow was harassing the next door neighbor, who she is familiar with. He told her to quit, she got worse, so I intervened and went over to get her. She swung around and lunged at me, grabbing my hand hard enough to hurt. It didn't break the skin, so we are gaining on the bite inhibition, but it did leave a nice bruise. She wasn't playing and she knew I was there. She redirected onto me with intent, and just pulled her punch so to speak. I immediately grabbed her, put her in a sit, finished my conversation and then put her in her crate for a few minutes. She was fine afterwards. I ran through some exercises with her, kept it light, worked on her stand for examination stuff (ears, teeth, eyes, tail, feet and belly). All was good.
Took her out this afternoon to play Frisbee and was working on her impulse control and she grabbed at me again.
Am I moving to fast for her, is this just maturity kicking in or am I being too careful with her and causing a defiant reaction because she knows she's safe?
She could have caused damage yesterday, and didn't. That makes me happy. She has always been nippy and I have worked really hard with her on that, so we have it down to mouthing when she's nervous and an occasional nip which stops the play instantly but yesterday I was several feet from her and she turned snarled and lunged. Today was the same thing just not as bad and I saw it coming so she missed.
What next? And please don't suggest a clicker
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