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    Just wondering if anyone has any tips/advice on how I can get Bella to stop biting Harley's back legs. She normally does it when someone is playing with him with the ball/hose/tug o war toy and she isn't getting any attention. Its like her way of getting to join in but you can see that his leg is sore from her doing it. She has always done it but it hasn't caused issues until recently.

    I try and shoo her away but that doesn't really help. I could remove her every time we want to play but then that's not really practical either.

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    Stop playing with Harley till it heals, and break the pattern. Play in a different way. Like any behaviour that is not possible to do, AND bite harley. eg.

    give Bella something wonderful to carry in that gob. And make a big fuss when its presented to grab your attention. Cant bite whilst your holding something in your mouth.

    E collar would work for this behaviour nicely.

    Walk off if Bella starts chasing heels. so she associates that behaviour with loss of you.

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    Thanks Bernie

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    I'd look into time outs. Easiest and calmest option for everyone. If you are outside, have a lead/rope tied somewhere and as soon as she starts the nipping, walk over grab her collar and take her to the lead. Leave her there attached with no attention for 2mins then let her off (as long as she is calm). As soon as she starts nipping again, repeat. If you are inside either put her in another room behind a closed door or have a lead tied somewhere for you to put them for a time out.

    She'll soon learn that nipping = time out.

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    I think I would try to interrupt the nipping when it happens. I'm not sure I'd wait 2 whole minutes for the dog to get that it's not ok. Just hold until the dog is calm and paying attention to you and then release to see what their choice is. More nipping, grab and hold again. Can use a lead instead of your hand to hold - depends on how your dog reacts.

    The main thing is to stop the behaviour as soon (or before) it happens.

    I'd also try a bit of vicks vapour rub or even aloe vera on Harley's legs.

    Aloe vera (and probably vicks) is probably bad for a dog in largish quantities but a light glaze on a leg - usually isn't enough to do any serious damage apart from taste really bad (even to a dog).

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    Cool! I shall try out all the things His leg is looking much better today so a little break has been good for him.

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    Along with all the above good tips you could try distracting Bella with a flirt pole and a piece of sheepskin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post
    Along with all the above good tips you could try distracting Bella with a flirt pole and a piece of sheepskin.
    She isn't very easily distracted, Harley is much more fun too :/ I was playing with the tug o war rope with Harley yesterday and she ran over to go for the legs so I let the toy go straight away and she ran around and bit that instead. Maybe she is jealous that she isn't getting attention?

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    I do love an update...

    I'm not sure dogs get jealous in the way that people do but they certainly will compete for what they want. So yes, Yes, YES - I'll have what he's having... is a big factor.

    Some dogs you have to play with them one at a time, and if you're training and one dog isn't as enthusiastic as you'd like - you park that dog (on a mat, in a crate, in the house) and then play / train with the other dog. First dog is often much keener after that. If you do park a dog on the mat while you train the other, you need to reward the dog on the mat as much or more than the one you're training. At least in the beginning.

    Other dogs - you can play with both at once but if there is any trouble - what I do is pack up all the fun stuff until later. Whether that be balls, food treats - whatever. All fun stops if dogs start being naughty.

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