Try the way we trained our Cardigan Welsh Corgi Duncan to not nip/bite. Every time your dog nips your ankles, make a high pitched yip (like an injured puppy) and turn away. Your dog should be surprised and try to get around you to see your face. You may have to turn away again. Just do not make eye contact for at least a minute. Try and stand in the same spot, just rotating away from direct eye contact. Do not say NO. Don't give any verbal commands as the high pitched yip says everything about how you've been hurt. You are communicating on a canine level. In puppy play, when a pup gets hurt and yips, the play also stops. If done consistently, you should see real improvement in a week or less. I also suggest doing "hand games" using a towel or the blankets on the bed. Cover you hand, then make it move around like a mouse. Your youngster should find that irresistible and try to catch it. A soft mouthing is OK. Anything more than that gets a yip, eyes averted, and play stop for a minutes. Don't be surprised if your dog tries to kiss you as it will want the play to continue. After the minute, start the play again and repeat. Duncan developed an incredibly soft mouth doing this. With his ankle nipping, he learned not to nip using the technique I described above. When he got excited, he did "bump" our ankles. We felt that this was acceptable behavior. With our new dog Rosie, I'm not considering the bumping to be acceptable, not because it bothers us but because a stranger might misconstrue the bump to be a bite. We called the game with a hand under the covers to be "Mousie Mousie". If the blanket was over the dog's head, the game was called "Moalie Moalie" and we would tap the dog's nose while it tried to catch our hand (but he had to be gentle!!). These are really fun games to do with your pup and it will learn real bite control for life.
@debradownsouth I do plan on doing a DNA test after a bit. Short term plans are to continue working with commands and getting a private lesson this month. The next group lessons I can attend don't start until September and I want to work with Rosie over the summer. The trainer I plan on taking her to is also an examiner for Canine Good Citizen Certificate and I'm thinking that would be a good goal for us to work towards. Thanks for your compliment! She's proving to be an incredibly good fit with my husband and myself (seniors) and is rapidly filling Duncan's paw prints with her own brand of canine wonderfulness.
Adopted Rosie four weeks ago. She is a delight, quite the unusual dog in many ways. She bonded to me quickly and had several episodes of being with my husband in the house but howling because I was gone. Now that she is more integrated in the family, she seems to be getting the hang of us coming and going. She rarely barks, only wants to go potty in the long weeds. The latter I started working on yesterday as we want to travel with her and we go places where private/weedy plots won't be available. Today we had a really positive step as she went potty on the grass in only 15 minutes of waiting. She was presented as a 10 months old so we are figuring she is about 1year old. For a terrier type, she is low energy, calm, fairly tractable, and just a joy to be with. As an adopted dog, with no know background, it's obviously to me that she was gently treated in her first year. While it doesn't appear that she was taught verbal commands, she has a mouth like silk, gentle to the extreme. She is quickly picking up hand and verbal commands. She is just an incredibly happy and loving dog. Our previous dog was a wonderful Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Duncan. He lived for 15.5 years, the last two+ with diabetes insipidus, arthritis, thyroid, cataracts, and progressive hearing loss. We've waited 4 years to get a replacement dog as Duncan was a voting member of the family and we needed space to do some things that you couldn't do with a sick dog. When we took Rosie to our old vet for her first checkup, our vet said that Rosie was worth waiting for. High praise from our vet
I am dealing with the same issue with our adopted rescue dog Rosie. She was billed as a terrier mix but since having her, we really believe that she as a good deal of Basenji in her. After only two weeks of owning her, she's really bonded with me and howls when I'm away (while my husband is sitting with her). Her coloration is very Basenji like. Will do a DNA test one day. Meanwhile, she is very driven to do her business in the weeds. I've gotten her to pee in the yard but she just refuses to go if she can't get into something resembling knee high weeds. Ticks are a big issue right now (she does have her Lyme vaccination and we have flea/tick drops on her). Plus we will travel with her, where choices of weed plots may be non-existent. I'm hoping over time to get her transitions into using a lawn or berm of the road. Rosie is fastidious about stepping in areas previous used. She's even refusing to walk on my left side when we go past the fence line where she previously did several pees and poops. When she does go in an area of weeds where she has gone before, she twists herself into a knot and leaps out when she's done. Anything to avoid walking through that area. Ewww! Anyone have an idea as to how to transition her into using less secluded spots? I've seen her really hold it in to avoid using the lawn.