An Easy Way to Stop an Excitable Dog From Nipping

By: David Codr

Published Date: January 31, 2020

For this Omaha dog training session we shared tips to help a dog calm down so it doesn’t nip people to help 1 year-old Great Dane Lab mix Oliver behave better when guests arrive.

Many people confuse excited for happy when it comes to dogs. But when we are over stimulated, its the time most likely to make mistakes. Dogs are the same way. A great way to stop dog nipping is to create situations where the dog cannot access something that excites them and we wait for it to calm itself down before proceeding.

Since Oliver has nipped guests at the door, I decided to use this scenario to apply this secret to teaching a dog to calm down and stop nipping. You can watch the free positive dog behavior training video below to learn how to train a dog to calm down when people are at the door.

By waiting for Oliver to calm down before starting the process of entering, we were able to help the dog learn to calm itself down. This is a form of Operant Conditioning and its a very powerful and effective way to stop a dog from nipping when excited.

There were many things the guardian was doing that were impacting Oliver’s excitement and behavior so we recorded a roadmap to success video. You can get a great summary of this in home Omaha dog training session by watching the video below.

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