We adore our corgi, Pippin, who is now 4 months old. True to breed, he loves to follow me around, growl, and nip my heels to "herd" me. He's also done it to other family members. What is the correct way to discourage him?
Other times, when he hears a NO, he decides to "debate" it and falls into a barking fit and runs away. We play a lot with him in the mornings, in the afternoons in the yard and take him on daily walks on a nearby trail. But sometimes, it's simply NO - when we want to eat or such. How can we teach him to respect that more?

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Whether he's biting your ankles or your hands (or any other body part) you want to yelp like a puppy "Ouch! No bite!" immediately when he nips. Give him a toy he is allowed to chew on. Then cease all play and turn your back on him. Avoid him for a minute or two. Puppies hate to be ignored and this will let him know he's done something wrong and is being isolated. He's probably just now starting to lose his puppy teeth, so his desire to bite and chew on anything (including you) will be somewhat intense for the next couple months before he becomes an adolesent with all his "grown up" teeth. Make sure he has lots of different textures of good chew toys he can bite into all he wants.
Well...it's hardwired in a corgi to herd. So, you won't cease all of the herding behavior. But, you can minimize it. First, is it truly herding behavior or just wanting attention? If Pippin is grabbing at your pants leg or growling, that is not true herding behavior. The suggestions for the "off" command and using "ouch" are good ones. "Off" is very important and it's universal--you can use it for a lot of things. You might also add "leave it." Teaching "leave it" is not too difficult. If you write me off-forum, I'll be glad to help you out.

Have you signed up for a puppy obedience class? That would be an excellent opportunity for Pippin to learn, from other dogs, what is appropriate doggie etiquette, as well as be more behaved for you. The simple act of training and discipline can overcome much of the behavior you're dealing with.

Cindi
Put him on lead in this situations. This gives you the ability to make the correction immediately and doesnt allow him to run away. You can use the command "leave it" which will also come in handy for many situations down the road. This isnt necessarily herding behavior but normal puppy behavior. Some are just far more interested than others.
mine sort of just grew out of it. although once in a while we play the "chasing game" where I will chase him, then turn around and he chases me, then turn around and I chase him, etc etc. Once in a while he gets a nip in there, but thats really the only time he does it, when we're playing that game. otherwise he just doesnt do it

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