• No he never growled it's the nipping and yes but only at newbies and our daughter but i'm convinced he just does this for play. He's doing good in the training, learning the basic's. My mom is still afraid to come over though since he is obsessed with initiating her into his B world of nipping. But I do believe that with another buddy he won't be into nipping us anymore since he will have one of his own to play rough with. Thanks for asking.


  • Oh wait I do remember the growling..lol. Yes this aggresive thing he has…he dosen't do it much just rarely and now I'm not scared anymore and just pull him off the couch or wherever he's being possessive. But I think he's learning this is not acceptable. Funny how I was so upset about this at one point and now it's like yeah but I can handler him. I am ready for number 2!


  • @luzmery928:

    Oh wait I do remember the growling..lol. Yes this aggresive thing he has…he dosen't do it much just rarely and now I'm not scared anymore and just pull him off the couch or wherever he's being possessive. But I think he's learning this is not acceptable. Funny how I was so upset about this at one point and now it's like yeah but I can handler him. I am ready for number 2!

    I would be a little concerned if he is still nipping, I really don't think that getting another B will stop that… and it must might increase it. Nipping should not be acceptable... my oldest male (one of 5) was a nipper.. and he never lacked for other B's in the house, in fact, they never accepted him nipping them. However it was made plain to him that nipping was not acceptable behavior.. your boy reminds me alot of my OJ as a younger dog...


  • The trainer just told us to try put his attention on something else when he nipps like a special toy or something but nothing is working. He no longer nipps everyone but of course I wish he would stop nipping all together. Any suggestions as you might remember from my past threads I've tried it all and now I'm using bitter lime since the apple didn't do the trick and so instead of nipping, when my daughter sprays it on herself he starts scratching her as if to wipe it off.


  • How did u correct your OJ Tanza? I'm always looking for new ideas. Though I must say he has stopped doing it so often. Now we are starting the pennies in the can so we'll see how that works.


  • Good luck in your search. I would recommend getting a girl since you have a boy.


  • Oh, for sure a girl…. if you have a boy..... opp sexes typically work the best...

    Time and time and more time with OJ, anytime he nip, it was a time out.. not that we crated him, we just ignored him... you have to be consistant and so does every member of the family. When he plays nice without nipping the lots of praise... No rough housing, no tug of war, no play the minute he would nip... if he nipped to get attention, he got the opposite.. none, nada attention. When re-engaging him, he had to do something, like sit, lay down, stay... to re-connect with our attention

    Again, what brings on the nipping?


  • We got another mate for Duke - keeps him busy, way busy, annoying kind of busy for us who are trying HEAR or concentrate. You might expect a lot, more than you can imagine with the brawling. They get into many disagreements and arguments over toys and chewys. So much that they have to be removed from the scene, so I can get them to stop. They are both young though, and I hope they iron everything out soon. Both try to be the alpha dog. Daisy (5+ months) is giving Duke (17 months) a good run. But I think they enjoy the brawling and all for the most part. 😞

    Sometimes it's double-trouble because Daisy taught Duke to surf tables and shred toilet paper, tissue and paper toweling - things he didn't do until . . . When I decided on another, Duke was trained well enough and had no more puppy problems. The thought was the new pup would learn from Duke. I am thankful that I don't have to train two B's obedience commands at the same time. I hope you are able to get an adult that has most of the training done for you and one that is potty trained - best scenario, I would guess. Good luck with your search. 🙂


  • As soon as he sees my daughter come out of her room in the am he nips. She dosen't pay much attention to him so that's why I say he does it for play. My nieces come over and they are non stop hugs, kisses and playing with him so he dosen't nip them. When someone new comes to the house he wants to nip but after the 3rd visit he settles down.


  • Does he know sit or down? If not, should teach him… and then when your daughter comes out of her room, she should immediately have him sit.. (would help at first if she has treats for him)... then she can reward him for doing a behavior that is acceptable... same when strangers come in.. if you put him in a sit/stay.. and then the person rewards him, he will come to understand that this is a great behavior that gets him rewards... you will find most times after a while he will learn to just sit when people come in.. expecting a reward.. and it doesn't have to be a treat.. pets and a "good boy" works to...


  • oh that makes lots of sense..thanks


  • @luzmery928:

    oh that makes lots of sense..thanks

    Welcome…. let us know if it helps.... with these guys, they want attention, but they also are looking for a job to do... doing an acceptable behavior still gets them the attention in a good positive way....


  • Oh and when your nieces come over they should do this also, mixed in with the "loving"…. 🙂


  • @Duke:

    We got another mate for Duke - keeps him busy, way busy, annoying kind of busy for us who are trying HEAR or concentrate. You might expect a lot, more than you can imagine with the brawling. They get into many disagreements and arguments over toys and chewys. 🙂

    Yeah, that. Good golly, they can argue about EVERYTHING!!!! can't they?
    They are as bad as my kids! LOL
    And if they are not arguing, they are rough-housing with so much snarling and growling, we can't hear anything else. Then Gypsy gets involved with her super-loud barking, barking, barking. It can be maddening!

    But, it's fun.

    sigh. I don't think we're normal. :p


  • neither are we..my daughter says I've Od'ed on my B


  • My kids insist that I love my B's more than I love them.

    There are days . . . LOL

    DH just thinks I'm nuts and a little overboard about my dogs.

    Non-B owners cannot understand. I've owned dogs my whole life, but this really IS a different breed. And once they have your heart, man! There's no getting it back.


  • I agree with that my B ownes my heart. My husband and I sit on the couch and cuddle with Champ like he was a real human baby. But you know whoever comes in contact with him, also love him, nips and all. By the way I just received an email from BRAT…femal 3yrs old, dominant, good with dogs, kids, trained, likes to nip but also bite. The bite part and dominant part to scare me. Any feedback?


  • @luzmery928:

    I agree with that my B ownes my heart. My husband and I sit on the couch and cuddle with Champ like he was a real human baby. But you know whoever comes in contact with him, also love him, nips and all. By the way I just received an email from BRAT…femal 3yrs old, dominant, good with dogs, kids, trained, likes to nip but also bite. The bite part and dominant part to scare me. Any feedback?

    Likes to nip and/or bite may or may not be a problem. Dominant? In what way? When people judge canine behaviours sometimes they only see the behaviours that are presented and not the total picture. Canines generally do what they are allowed to do or do what they can get away with. Most behaviourists agree that behaviours are usually based on what the canine has adapted to most. This would have to be investigated further.


  • @luzmery928:

    I agree with that my B ownes my heart. My husband and I sit on the couch and cuddle with Champ like he was a real human baby. But you know whoever comes in contact with him, also love him, nips and all. By the way I just received an email from BRAT…femal 3yrs old, dominant, good with dogs, kids, trained, likes to nip but also bite. The bite part and dominant part to scare me. Any feedback?

    How can a dog that nips and bites and dominate be good with kids?… I am a little more then shocked at this???? Since you already have a dominate male that nips and has had issues with dominance... I don't think this would be a good match for you.....


  • Thanks for the feedback. I want to make sure I make the best choice in a new family member. I will continue my search though most of the pups do nip and we are lookin for a young B who can keep up with Champ so now what?

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