serialmom12: How can I get my Norwegian Elkhound to stop biting me when I come home?
She's the most loveable, affectionate dog (next to my Keeshond...he's a sweetheart,) but whenever I come home, she's so excited to see me she always ends up biting me. (she doesn't break the skin, but she bites hard enough to hurt.) I tell her NO very loudly, and I've grabbed her snout, but it doesn't seem to help, Any suggestions?
The puppy is six months old now
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Answer by Dog Expert 101
completely ignore her like she is not there until she calms down. eventually she will and when she does give her a treat and get on the floor to her level and praise her for being calm. good luck!
Answer by Craig W
I have a pure bred norwegian elkhound. This is the best, most loyal and affectionate dog on the planet. Do NOT listen to the dog expert 101. This is common advice that may work for many breeds but the commnts from the owner of the part elkhound are much better advice. The elkhound is emotionally needy and very smart.
It is fine and a good idea to yelp like a puppy when hurt or whimper and tirn your back to show the biting hurts – even if it doesnt hurt that much. Now my dog when bored would lunge and bark at me and bite my arm – never hard enuff to hurt nut a bystander would swear i was being attacked. I had a lot of difficulty controlling this. Then one day i turned it in to a game where i actually encouraged the jumping and biting and tugging and then stopped the game demanding a sit stay. Then restarted the game again repeatedly. This allowed me to establish control over this behaviour and let my dog know when it was okay to play like this and when not to. If you are leaving your dog alone it is prob boiling over with excitement to see you. I would suggest you really get good command of the sit stay command and then when you enter the house demand a sit stay. When our dog succeds – be sure to greet all the other humans first and then give your dog lots and lots of praise and hugs. Also perhaps be ready for a great bit of playtime. I used to tie the leash onto a stuffed toy and let my pup chase and pounce and maul it – you have an excellent dog but it does need stimulation every day. For the record my dog even as a pup never chewed or causec unwanted damage once – but the first two years were a LOT of work.
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