I’m not an skilled, and am solely sharing my expertise and recommendation from my very own views, so what I’m doing could or could not work along with your canine…however I”m hoping that it’ll assist. I’ve owned three canines earlier to the one we simply obtained, and I’ve been round numerous different canines, cats, and animals in my half-century.
On April 14, 2020, we acquired a 1 yr previous Pink Heeler, named Copper. He likes to nip at our heels after we stroll or run, and appears to intentionally make makes an attempt to journey us up. He additionally likes to nip at our fingers, always. He doesn’t chew to harm, however very playfully nips and nibbles. Total, I get that to him, that is playful and enjoyable. I’ve learn that’s within the breed.
One factor that I’ve learn to assist cease the nipping at fingers, and one thing that I’ve been working with Copper on, is at any time when he will get in that hand-nipping playfulness, gently stick in his mouth the suitable chew toys, rawhide, or no matter that you really want him to chew on, each time he begins to nip at my fingers. This fashion, he learns what he can / can’t chew on. Then, give them loads of constructive reward and reward when chewing on the suitable factor.
I do maintain him on a leash so he doesn’t pounce or nip at my grand children when they’re working from him. I’ll gradual him down sufficient so he’s simply working behind, or alongside aspect them, so he retains tempo with them. He’s very playful and excitable, so I give him numerous constructive reward and responses when he behaves the way in which I would like him to. And firmly inform him STOP or NO, after I see him do issues which can be undesirable.
One other buddy of mine had a Border Collie, and he stated that if he didn’t take his canine for a stroll day by day that his canine would begin to chew on every thing. However when he took her on walks, she did nice round the home. So what I’ve been doing with Copper is taking him out on walks, and frequent lengthy walks, round a number of blocks, alongside the river or up the native canyon trails, to permit him to burn off all that power earlier than it builds up. I’m seeing that when he’s cooped up and doesn’t burn that power off, he does get into stuff, even ripping small chunks out of his reminiscence foam mattress after we took the quilt off to clean. Like Sandy stated in her remark, “A drained canine is an efficient canine.” There may be a variety of reality in that. Get your canine wound up, worn out, and burn that power out.
The constructive reward, redirecting his consideration to applicable chew toys, firmly commanding him to cease, and particularly burning off that power, appears to be working with Copper. I additionally speak to him so much like he was human and clarify what I’m doing to him. He’s studying from the repetition to acknowledge phrases and instructions. He additionally is aware of to run away from me now after I inform him it’s time for a shower, haha.
Copper got here from a neglectful and probably abusive house. After we obtained him, he didn’t even react to a tennis ball or squeaky toy. His jaws have been weak and he may barely chew the rawhide. He had mange and smelled of the uncleaned canine kennel. Their different canine was a Pit Bull that was lacking half his hair round his neck/chest and again resulting from mange. Now with the mange gone, we’re within the strategy of getting beneath management the yeast an infection that causes his pores and skin to be purple and itchy. Three weeks later and Copper is enjoying fetch, home educated, and is mostly a nice canine. I attribute that to the intelligence of his breed and researching tons on-line or watching YouTube movies. I don’t recall ever seeing a canine that picks up on issues fairly so quickly earlier than although.
All the perfect to you and good luck to you and your heeler.