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Today, we were out at our favourite spot. It's a lovely burn which is deep enough for swimming, surrounded by gorgeous walks. It's part of the West Highland way, on our doorstep.

Lola was bounding around after other dogs and not coming back to recall. I took her aside and gave her a firm 'no' command and put her in a 'wait' and she spun her head round and nipped my arm. 8O

It was gentle enough not to hurt, but was a definite nip, a wee defiant gesture. She was in big trouble afterwards and she knew it. A big row, then no more swimming - she had to sit onlead in a 'wait' and watch Honey have fun for the remainder of the walk.

Neither of my dogs have ever displayed aggression, and this was a calm, conserted wee act of assertiveness, but it concerned me. Her lack of respect and the fact that it could have been one of the kids, not me. Its a wee step back - she has been doing really well recently and has been improving tremendously as we have been working really hard on her basic steadiness.
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Hoping it was just a one off reaction to me spoiling her party in the park! :?
 

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Ohhhhh the little BEGGAR!!!!!!!!!!

Auntie Mo is wagging her finger saying 'Young Lady, I am not impressed!'

Wonder if Lola's now hitting the defiant phase that Bracken just seems to be coming through now. Bracken (Lola's sister for those that don't know) growled at me once when she was little but never did it again after I read her the Riot Act, but lately when she was being a 'mare, she did have a go at my cat and drew blood.

Mo - I got really good advice from Sherry (after that fateful training day and then the cat incident). I stopped her going on the sofa for a bit, gave her limited attention/freedom and generally did a massive tightening of boundaries. Worked wonders.
 

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Cadbury has done this. I wouldn't call it a nip, but he swings back his head so his mouth is near your arm. It is pure defiance, especially when collar grabbing. He has done this once or twice to my trainer when she held his collar and he wanted to be running loose, though not in a long while. He got a firm 'Oi!' and no more trouble.

I don't think its aggression as such, but they will try anything when they are in a 'naughty mood' and want to escape being put back on lead. My trainer will tell you (and she tells other people) that Cadbury is the soppiest, friendliest dog at the club. He is allowed in with the small pups to socialise them and she really has a soft spot for him. So you see, I don't think she would say that if she thought he was going to bite.

Of course, I don't know how hard Lola nipped, or the context and I think you were right to tell her off. Part of it is that naughty puppy that is still inside them. Cadbury has become a lot better lately.

And I think sometimes when Cadbury does it he is not intending to mouth, but wants to see what you are up to, but as my trainer has been nipped before by other dogs, I think she is more wary than I would be of him doing this :wink:

I have seen a few dogs react this way to having their collars grabbed, but none I have see have done it in a way that looks aggressive, only sort of 'Hey, stop holding my collar!' way.
 

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You are bang on, Moj. I think it's a wee bit of a delayed reaction to being in the kennels while we were away.

It's not that she disliked the kennels - she was perfectly happy and seemed to be fine, but I think the freedom has made her defiant. Given her guts!

She will be placed firmly on the naughty step for a while :wink:
 

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Chocice said:
Cadbury has done this. I wouldn't call it a nip, but he swings back his head so his mouth is near your arm. It is pure defiance, especially when collar grabbing. He has done this once or twice to my trainer when she held his collar and he wanted to be running loose, though not in a long while. He got a firm 'Oi!' and no more trouble.
I have seen a few dogs react this way to having their collars grabbed, but none I have see have done it in a way that looks aggressive, only sort of 'Hey, stop holding my collar!' way.
Sophie, this is exactly what happened. There was no pain, just a wee gesture with the mouth to say 'Let me go!' As soon as she was scolded she was submissive!

Mind you, I don't blame her - tearing around with the collie she was hoolying with looked like much more fun than behaving well!
 

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tearing around with the collie she was hoolying with looked like much more fun than behaving well!
Ah, but so many things seem so much more fun than being well behaved! :lol:
 

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The wee sod!!! OOOh I'd have been having serious words with her too!!! You dealt with it just like I would!!!

Wee mare. Hope its just a blip!!
 

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The wee sod!!! OOOh I'd have been having serious words with her too!!! You dealt with it just like I would!!!

Wee mare. Hope its just a blip!!
Me too - couldn't be doing with too much of that nonsense!

She's been a proper wee sook all night :lol: - I think she knows she was in BIG trouble!
 
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