Hi Wendy. Thanks for writing. My notification of a new post is not working as expected, so I'm glad you phoned.
Jumping Nipping- sounds a lot like Deuce – follow the same blueprint we used with Deuce. Condition a reward marker, teach two-finger target here, sit for folded arms, have a toy handy to distract her.
Anchor her to the fence during practice sessions. If she jumps or nips, or does not sit or target as asked, just walk away. That will tell her “no” in her language. 🙂
In addition, consider fitting Grace with a Gentle Leader head collar.
The solution lies in:
1) kindly prevent her from practicing naughty behaviors
2) teach her behaviors that are acceptable at that moment in time
3) reward her for performing the alternate behaviors
Gaining trust with a dog with an unknown background can be time consuming. For all we know, her past experiences with people touching or reaching for her were not soft and kind.
You'll need to teach her to relax when you extend your hand towards her, then relax for a momentary touch before you can pet her.
Reach for her – no touch yet, then deliver the marker, give food treat. Repeat several times, each time your body language / motion will be nearer to an actual touch. The idea is to expose her to your touch – in such small and brief amounts, (on body places that are the least threatening to her), and pair your actions with the marker, followed by a food treat. Each cycle you touch a wee bit longer or closer to places she is less comfortable with. Over time she will anticipate a food treat when you reach for her (instead of reacting to your touch with nipping and jumping).
Wendy Meyers said:
I am working with Grace, a GS about one years old. She came from MAS and has been at HS for a few months now. I have been taking her on outings to try and give her some outside experiences. (We own a GS) She is in not ready because she has displayed aggression.
I feel she has made some progress but am hoping you can help me with a few of her behaviors.
1st, she jumps and nips at your jacket, gloves, arms, as well as chews/pulls on the leash, etc. I have tried clipping her to the fence and walking away, putting my foot on her leash, holding the leash up and out so she cannot reach me. Of course I tell her no and reward her when she begins to behave.
Another thing I am working on is gaining her trust. She used to lay down and it would seem she would want me to pet her. She would suddenly change her mind and nip (not bite) and begin her spaz attack. She has begun to allow me to pet her more but not all over her body. She is not that trusting yet.
The outings thus far have entailed running after a ball in a baseball field as well as practice come, and sit. I also take her to tennis courts to play with the ball as it bounces everywhere. We then go for a walk and have encountered other people, dogs on a walk, and joggers. The joggers catch her eye the most.
I really think there is hope for her. Any suggestions for her are welcome. The jumping and nipping are the biggest concern, and it can make it difficult to walk her sometimes.