dogs constant biting/nipping
i have a 7 month old rough collie. she is the best pup anyone could ask for extremely smart BUT she constantly follows me all around the house biting and nipping me.
i know in her mind she is playing but it hurts very badly. nothing works that i have tried. time outs in her kennel, putting her outside to run off the energy, scolding, firmly grabbing her snout and saying no, loud noises such as coins in a jar, spraying of a water bottle.
it is constant unless she is asleep. HELP!!!!!
I'm sorry to hear that you're having such a difficult time with your pups' behavior.
Unfortunately, this nipping and biting can be very stubborn in some dogs, particularly in all Collies and other breeds that are 'herders'. Basically she is answering her very deep-seated NEED to 'herd' things, and if there are not sheep available she will herd whatever is around - you!
Of course, this doesn't make it acceptable behavior, just understandable from her perspective.
It sounds as though you've tried all the obvious corrections. If the water bottle doesn't work, you can mix a 1:10 solution of vinegar:water which is often more of a deterrent, or try the tiny breath mint sprays. With both of these though it's important to make sure that you spray her mouth/tongue only, avoiding her eyes or nose. And of course, that is always easier said than done! If you are consistent in this sort of firm correction, her nipping should be reduced. Also, she's reaching the end of the 'teething' and 'puppy' stages which generally also result in a reduction of this sort of 'mouth' behavior.
This type of breed NEEDS a job to do, otherwise disruptive behavior such as destroying things, or this compulsive nipping can be much more severe. I'd recommend enrolling her in a dog obedience school and once you've mastered the basics, she would likely excel (and thoroughly enjoy) dog agility, flyball or some other similar sport. This would allow her to use her brain and her body (which just running around in the back yard doesn't), and should result in a marked improvement in her behavior.
Also, make sure she has plenty of really strong, sturdy chew toys to keep her busy. Rotate the selection to avoid boredom, as this sort of highly intelligent breed bores easily. Check out my Indestructable Chew Toys for a good selection of appropriate toys.
I hope these suggestions help, and although it's difficult and frustrating, do persevere and be patient with her. You will overcome this behavior in time, and the suggestions above will help. Best of luck.