How Can I Stop My Dog From Biting My Fingers When I Hand Her A Treat?
Method one that may not work for small dogs, such as yours, is to actually press the reward, or treat into the dogs mouth. Rather than pulling away, you are a little more aggressive in giving the reward. This actually forces the dog to pull back. This method is actually more for larger breeds. The second method, which is perfect for smaller breeds, is to hold the reward between two fingers close to the palm of your hand. This is to say you do not hold the treat by your fingertips. With the treat next to your palm, you can cover it with your thumb until you are ready to give the reward. When you are ready to give the reward, move the thumb, and present the reward with the flat of your hand. This will prevent anything from getting bit. On a side note, you may want to work with your pup to not be as aggressive when taking a reward or treat. Slow things down, until both of you are ready to give, and get the reward. I hope this helps.
1) Have both dogs sit. 2) Produce a treat. 3) Make both dogs wait while sitting. 4) Hand one dog a treat while keeping the other dog sitting. 5) Hand the other dog a treat while keeping the first sitting. I number them because each step likely will have to be trained. Dogs are as dumb as an 18 month old toddler, maybe 24 months. They can learn. Here’s the catch: dogs are social animals, and really (really) want to be with the owner/master/alpha male. That’s you. The more you do these training sessions, the more success you’ll see because the dogs will figure out that this is how they get time with the alpha male (you.) And include plenty of ear scratching and belly rubbing in your praise.