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I'm at a loss here. I used to own and rehabilitate wolf hybrids. I've worked with hundreds of dogs but Kyra is throwing me for a loop. She's about 90% pee pad trained, crate trained, and no seperation anxiety.

However she loves to bite toes. I've tried everything: ignoring, high pitched yelp, putting her in her crate, redirection... Nothing works, I tell her no and she goes on this barking spree as if to "talk back." I know she's not but easiest way to describe it.

She doesn't bark in her crate or when I'm gone, but between that and biting toes it's getting frustrating. I've broken this barking habit with big dogs using the same techniques. Never had a toe biter before....

She has tons of toys, gets a huge bathroom to play in when I work, and tons of chew treats....



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To me it sounds like she has pent up energy. Toby gets like that if I don't walk him a certain amount each day. How old is she? Bite inhibition is harder for some pups than other, more often than not they grow out of it. The barking again sounds like frustration or pent up energy. However, some chis, like my Toby, are vocal and like to talk back. It becomes endearing after a while!

I think some extra walks or games will help use up her energy. Might be a simple solution. Good luck.

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She is around 15-16 weeks. She doesn't get walked due to not having all her shots yet. However she has a 2000 sq.ft house she gets to run around in to her hearts desire...till she acts up.

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She is around 15-16 weeks. She doesn't get walked due to not having all her shots yet. However she has a 2000 sq.ft house she gets to run around in to her hearts desire...till she acts up.

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Understandable to not take her Out until her shots are done. Have you done obedience work with her? What about interactive games? Plain old fetch? Just trying to think of ways to mentally or physically wear her out. When Toby was a pup, we played fetch a ton and played interactive games (google ideas, there are tons). Hopefully some more people will have other suggestions or possibilities.

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She knows sit, lay down, and shake. Were working on other tricks and we play fetch a lot to...

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Hmmm, hopefully people with more experience will be able to help more. I started walking Toby almost immediately when he came home as an older pup, so I don't know how much help I can be. Sorry


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My George loves to chew hands and play bite and he's gotten my face a little a couple of times. I know- not the same as toes!

I'd read somewhere that growling at them the same as their pack mother and members would do is a good reprimand. I tried it. He bit my hands, I growled, he took note but did it again, I growled at him again, then he did it AGAIN! That time, I took my other hand and "bit" the back of his neck and snap-growled at him just the same as a pack member would, and he got it. He let go immediately, and didn't do it again.

He's had to be reminded a few times, but it really works.

As for the back-talk, maybe you could turn your back right away when she does that? Walk away if you have to?

Maybe you could spray your feet with that bitter stuff that keeps them from chewing furniture? Or rub them with fingernail polish remover. It evaporates, so I don't think it would cause a toxicity issue and it tastes horrible! One lick, and that might be the last.
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