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    I have a jack Russell cross shitzu (something fluffy). I found him in the street and adopted him after time at RSPCA. He's only a young dog and very sweet and smart. Gets on well with my other two dogs. Tries to be dominant but doesn't get away with it. I am strict with his behaviour, same as other dogs. His problem(s) - walking goes for any person or dog but the most worrying is when adult son was visiting on weekend he nipped him on back of leg (no skin broken- just a warning I think). Is he being protective? As I didn't raise him I don't know why he does this. I rarely get visitors and I've had him for about 1 year so have never seen him do this as when he's out he's on a lead and just barks. Could an obedience school help train this out of him? Mixing with other dogs and people at the school? Help appreciated.

    Would be good if someone answered the question instead of chatting to each other about nothing to do with the question in the first place.
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    I have a Kelpie pup, and he does similar, especially if we're playing, or I'm walking away, ignoring him. We've gotten him to the stage that he'll just put his mouth on the back of our legs, not bite, but letting us know he's there, but we're also a bit lost of what to do. I understand it's how he'd instinctively do his 'job', but I don't want a dog that potentially bites, so I'm also interested in hearing any suggestions.

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    Jodi used to heel people. Oi and NO stopped her and she is always on a lead, just in case if anyone new is here till I can read how she is reacting, then she gets let off with me watching her like a hawk a while.
    The other 3 have never done this.

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    Another way is to mimic how the dog's mother would do.
    When mine were young I would put my hand around their muzzle with a firm NO and keep it there a few seconds.
    My pups were only 6 weeks old when I became ill and had to learn to be gentle really fast.
    Their mother did this with a growl and my way worked too for general excited or playful biting. I could not risk infection from tooth marks or scratches.

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    Who cares why dog is biting, it shouldn't be. Its not herding, its not protecting. it is biting a human's ankle, lets not mince words here. That is what your dog will get PTS for, not for 'herding' people.
    So stop it with a "no" then give it something to do instead.

    There is a tendency for herders to 'nip' the ankles. As they would livestock to hurry them along. But your dog is never gonna heard sheep, so best to stomp this behaviour out, after all, its You that is the leader, not the JRT. (or should be lol)
    (I am assuming this is the herders heel nip, done with scissor teeth that hurts like hell on your ankle, as opposed to dog bite)

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    Jodi's nips just touched socks or shoes. Never a bite but my guess is a herding thing which I will not allow.

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