Our corgi, Abbey, is only 11.5 weeks old, and we love her dearly, but seems we have a wee problem.  Abbey loves to play, but she plays TOO ROUGH!  She nips but has drawn blood. 

How can I get her to calm down?  We do not have young children, it is just my husband and I.  Abbey acts like maybe she is high strung. I am hoping it is just puppy antics, and that she will eventually outgrow this roughness. 

Do you have any suggestions that we can try to help Abbey calm down?  I appreciate your suggestions and help.

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Luffy was the exact same as a puppy.. My arms had all these tiny cuts on them which even caused me to worry what people would think if they saw it, lol.  Some techniques used are to yelp really loud like a puppy would when they bite so they know that it hurts you or to put them on time out in a separate room. I couldn't really produce that puppy yelp sound with my voice and it actually made Luffy want to do it more when i tried, haha. The time outs is what kind of worked for Luffy but you have to be consistent. As Luffy grew a bit older he instinctually kind of knew it really dissapointed me through body language and tone of voice and never lays his teeth on me unless we are wrestling (he never puts pressure on me with his teeth while wrestling, btw).. Wrestling is probably considered a bad practice with a dog and i wouldn't suggest it to anyone but i am guilty of it  =(  If it does get out of hand i'll take full responsibility of it of course.

Try the yelp when she bites and immediately stop whatever you are doing and ignore her. If she persists, put her in a time out for 5-10 minutes in a pen or a puppy safe room.


With my pem the yelping actually made him more excited so we just gave a strong NO and the silent treatment or a time out if needed.

Hey Anne, check out this disucussion & I have a reply in there as well(last one)..hopefully it helps. http://mycorgi.com/forum/topics/aggressive-corgi-puppy-how-to-stop-...

Yelping just made Jack more excited, so I would keep him in the kitchen and have baby gates. If he'd bite I'd say "ah-ah" and if he did not stop I'd step over the gate and leave him. Two or three minutes is plenty for a young pup; they have short attention spans.

I actually did bite inhibition first so he learned to control his mouth. Basically you encourage mouthing on your hands ONLY (any other body part causes you to leave). You tolerate (no matter how painful) whatever pup's "normal" bite strength is now, and if pup bites a little harder you "ah-ah" and remove your hand. Gradually, as pup gets the idea, you tolerate only softer and softer biting (gradually over several weeks) and then when the bites are soft you move to "no teeth on me."

It taught him to have a softer bite and it really worked. I read the method from a trainer online.

I  appreciate all of you for giving us some suggestions on how to work with Abbey.  Today, she seemed calmer, and when she did become aggressive, we put her in a separate room.  I can tell that she does not like that, so maybe the time outs will work.  She does love her treats, too, so I will withhold them when she wants to bite.  Again thanks for the replies. 

I love this web site, and all the people I am meeting.  You are a great bunch of folks!!!!




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