New Aussie Pup Jumping, Grabbing, Mouthing
I have a 9/10 week blue merle Aussie we just adopted. Sometimes when my 7 year old daughter walks by our pup jumps on her, grabs her leg with his paws and snaps/mouths her leg. Or he grabs her skirt with his mouth. I keep him on a drag leash so that when it happens I pull him off her. We have tried having her yelp loudly like a pup when our Aussie does this and stand like a statue (as advised on some web sites) but this seems to excite him more. When our pup jumps/grabs/mouths her they are usually not in a middle of a game. He appears to view her as a litter mate and one of a lower pecking order at that. We've only had him 4 days but want to nip this in the bud. We are working on sit, starting clicker training and have him enrolled in obedience school though it hasn't started yet. Any ideas on how to stop this and also to shape him into viewing her as a "higher ranking" dog?
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