Stop Your Dog Nipping at Your Heals
- As you approach your dog in preparation of passing him, stop, face him, and (in a very low tone) say “No”.
- Begin to slowly pass him. As you are doing this, constantly face him. When you are facing another person (or animal), that portrays dominance or assertiveness. If your dog starts to move towards you, stop, continue to face him, and say (in a very low tone) “No”.
- Continue to move away from him and continue to face him. This means that you will probably be walking backwards. Do not practice this near a stoop or stairs.
- Once you are about ten feet away from him and he has not approached you, give him one more (in a low tone) “No”. Turn around and continue walking. Now you will be walking with your back to your dog.
- Just to be on the safe side, glance back to make sure that he isn’t making his move to nip. If he is, correct him again while facing him. Back away from him while you are facing him until you are another ten feet away. Repeat this process, if necessary.