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    Hi guys I have a gorgeous female Border Collie puppy called Bonnie who is thirteen and a half weeks old. She has the best temperament and is super smart. I have been researching collies for 2 years and already have an older one, but this one problem stumps me. She is gentle normally, but sometimes in play she starts snarling and biting. I'm thinking this is maybe connected to some dominance thing, but she doesn't do anything else like this. She has been doing this for about 2 weeks (we got her when she was 9 weeks old), but I don't know how to stop it. Whenever she's naughty, I have tapped her on the nose, because it said this in a training book. This doesn't seem to work, as whenever she does do something naughty, and I use this technique, she snarls and yaps at me. It might be a game to her, I'm not sure, but I'm starting to get worried about it, because I don't want her to become an aggressive-dominant dog. Is there anything you can help me stop this behavior with? Am I doing something wrong?

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    I don't know how useful this is but it's most likely a 'pack mentality' thing, establishing the pecking order perhaps?

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    If she snarls and yaps at you when you tap her on the nose (give that idea away IMO) I'm just wondering WHY you feel she has 'the best temperament'?

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    It's sort of hard to explain without knowing her, she only does it if I tap her on the nose for doing something naughty, she doesn't just do it after coming up to me or anything. It's not a 'out of the blues' thing. Her parents are excellent dogs, as are her litter mates. I'm thinking it's probably some dominance thing, as I have seen dominance mentioned in books and from other collie owners. Overall though, I could not ask for a better puppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Striker View Post
    It's sort of hard to explain without knowing her, she only does it if I tap her on the nose for doing something naughty, she doesn't just do it after coming up to me or anything. It's not a 'out of the blues' thing. Her parents are excellent dogs, as are her litter mates. I'm thinking it's probably some dominance thing, as I have seen dominance mentioned in books and from other collie owners. Overall though, I could not ask for a better puppy.
    Thanks for explaining further Striker.

    I personally find BC's beauitful dogs, incredibly smart, if not THE smartest dog breed in the world. Active as, mentally, not just physically.
    But with your problem I would not even consider what breed of dog she is.
    Snarling, yapping anything like that at any human, little own her owner must be nipped in the bud asap IMHO.

    I don't agree with the tapping on the nose thing, but that's me. I feel there are kinder and BETTER ways to teach without a tap, slap, etc...

    There are so many different things you could try with this issue.

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    I think it is my fault too, but after the snarling/yapping, she stops doing the naughty thing. I don't know how to teach her not to do those things properly,because plain verbal commands won't stop her. I have read that grabbing them by the scruff and giving them three shakes works, but she is still little, I am worried about damaging her neck if I do that, so I don't. What method would you recommend instead? I am just not sure...

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    A gentle grab around the neck is the way mum would tell her no...
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    If you choose to grab her scruff (around the neck) make sure you are serious about it. Look her directly in the eye (yes, directly!) and make it VERY CLEAR you are the boss. Does that make sense to you?

    Other things you can try when her behaviour is unacceptable is a spray bottle of water squirted into her face at the right moment of misbehaviour, clapping, stomping feet, loud noise such as two papers smashed together, with a loud and serious 'no' or whatever command you hoose to use. make sure whatever you choose to do, you do so consistently. Only repetition will teach her, so it must be consistent.

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    I'm interested in what you mean, exactly, when you say she is being naughty, but I would probably try a different approach at the moment as the physical reprimand doesn't seem to be working. I would not use that as a first choice anyway.

    As DA says a squirt bottle or, I have found with Jenna, a sudden sharp noise has worked best. We have small plastic bottles with little stones in them and when she is going to do something we don't want, generally barking at dogs going past the fence, we give the bottle a good firm shake. It just instantly distracts her from what she was about to do. Even a loud clap works well if the bottle isn't to hand.

    Good luck and keep us posted
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    Pretty, mother to 4 nine week old pups here grabs them around the snout to say no to bad behaviour. I am going to continue doing that myself, with a no, with Jodi (a pup I am keeping) I am learning so much about behaviour from her and them.

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