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Old 11-22-2009, 07:54 PM
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I know it has only been just over a week since I got Daisy so could be too early to judge how it is all going to go but I am a little concerned over her behaviours.

She is very boisterous and seems to have some bullying tendancies. She runs full pelt into Mil or Daisy and seems heavy handed. Remy/Mil only puts up with it for a few before having a really good go back at her. I am a little worried that this could turn nasty.

Whenever Daisy gets too over the top I pick her up and put her away from them saying no but she then goes back and I feel like I am juggling chi's. I give her a toy but she only plays with it for a few. She tries to bite quite hard if you pick her up and its rather hard to calm her down...

It sounds rather nasty when they play but will this calm down... any advice?
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:05 AM
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Jazz is pretty boisterous. And when she and Tango play, it sounds like they're killing each other lol! But they're just playing. I don't have much advice to give you because I purposely let Tango call the shots as to how much is too much. He keeps her in line. When she bites too hard or gets too crazy, he'll let her know, by either sitting on her (I'm not kidding) or changing his play growl into a real one. Jazz backs right off when she gets those signals from Tango. (Tango, just btw, is NOT aggressive at all, this is a behavior he reserves purely for Jazz.)

Also, I don't know that that's the "correct" thing to do/to allow to happen, from a purely training/discipline perspective, but it works.

Jazz also started out using her teeth really hard on me when I first got her. I tried telling her no gently, then sharply, then making a yelping sound (which I understand her mother would have done had she been with her) and none of that made the SLIGHTEST difference. So I resorted to making it a bit uncomfortable for her to bite me. When she started to nip, I'd slip my thumb into her mouth and press it on her upper palate at the same time I was pressing down on her snout with a finger, sort of like a pincer grip. It didn't hurt her, but it WAS uncomfortable. She couldn't close her mouth, and she had this pressure. Every time she bit me, I'd do that. I wouldn't say anything. It took about a week (and I'd LOOK for opportunities to do this so she'd get the message faster) but she stopped trying to nip me, having come to associate it with something unpleasant. Very occasionally she'll forget, and start to nip, but one episode of me re-visiting that technique, and it doesn't happen again.
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Thanks for that Remy does let her know when too much is too much so will keep an eye on them. Remy is so much mellower and only really gets as bad as Daisy when Daisy pushes her too much...
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