Staffy nipping at feet when let out of crate

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Staffy nipping at feet when let out of crate

We rescued a staffy almost 2 years ago. She had been returned twice to the shelter for being too hyper, and had a cause of separation anxiety. We crate trained her as we were unable to leave her unattended in the house, and she loves her crate, is eager to go in, as she knows she will get a biscuit. She has a lot of energy, but is exercised a lot, gets a couple of walks a day, and lots of play time in the back yard. The problem arises when we let her out of the crate. She acts as if she hasn't seen us in ages, bounces around us, and nips at our feet. Nothing to break the skin or cause harm, more like excited behavior. We ignore her, giving her no attention till she calms down, but this can take a while. Other than this she is great, gets along really well with people, kids and other dogs, and she is desexed.
Posted: 01/03/2008   

Answer: Staffy nipping at feet when let out of crate
I think you are doing the right thing. As she seems still young, she should grow out of it. The poor girl has had a rough trot, and I fear that any harsh corrective actions may do more harm that good. I think to simply ignore it is the best thing to do for her. Sometimes you have to pick your battles with these rehomed babies, and I suppose a little foot nibble might be something that can be tolerated. Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job and I think she is a very lucky girl to have found such a loving home.
Posted: 07/03/2008


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