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Old 12-20-2012, 05:47 PM
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Default Excited Mouthing - Advice?

My dog Abby is a hound mix... we believe a beagle/treeing walker coonhound or beagle/other coonhound or even beagle/foxhound. Anyway she's just over a year old and still has LOTS of energy, which I've heard is typical of coonhounds/foxhounds at least (the purebred beagle I had before this was a bit energetic as a puppy, but not quite this much at 1 year old). The thing is, when she gets excited and in a playful mood, she mouths us. And it tends to hurt. It's like she sees your hands and decides to mouth. Sometimes she'll just start licking your hands to show affection and then nibbles them (which I've read is also a sign of affection), but it's the mouthing that bothers me.

I've tried pulling my hand away and yelping to show her it hurts, but it doesn't seem to affect her much. Sometimes I'll take one of her bones and tell her to chew that instead. It usually helps, but sometimes after a while she'll tire of the bone and want to play... and start mouthing again. She also jumps on us and nearly knocks us over lol, but I've stood still like a tree, looked away from her and she'll stop (although she starts barking at me then ). She does get as much exercise as we can give her... usually a couple of walks, interactive play like throwing and retrieving toys, balls, etc.

It's the mouthing that I really want to correct. Would clicker training be helpful at all? Like I said the yelping and pulling my hand away doesn't seem to have an effect. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.
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