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Belinda, there are probably a lot of things you could do including no touch, no talk, no eye contact when he does the jumping, firm but not angry. He really needs to stop the nipping. When you walk him he needs to be on a very short lead so that he can't reach your backside. If you're not using a head collar (Gentle Leader) you might try that. I really gives you more control while he's on the lead and your shortened lead has a lot more effect. It might be a good idea to find a puppy class to help address some of this behavior. He's only going to get bigger!!
I would suggest working with Gordie about walking next to you. We had a trainer come out once and work with us and Harrison. We only use a cloth/nylon collar and regular leash. She told us that we needed yank on the leash every time Harrison got to far in front of us or was not listening. We started that training with him at 5 months old and have maintained that same routine every walk. The trainer said that we would never be able to yank hard enough to hurt him. The other tip she gave us is to give slack in the leash. If you hold the leash to tight that can cause the dog to fight and pull. She said that he heeds to learn to be responsible for his own actions. We started with short walks with a lot of yanking, stopping and starting again at the suggestion of the trainer. Eventually we were able to increase the distance. Now at 9 months old we can take our long walk and Harrison is right next to me. When I stop he sits and waits for me to give the command "Let's go". That one private class gave me a to of information. It takes a lot of consistency and repetition but Gordie will get it. Keep at it, don't lose faith..
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Second on the Gentle Leader chewing. Eli has stopped doing that for the most part but I keep an eye on him, a couple of chomps and its done! We've gone through several.
I have used a lead in the home in the past, and the Gentle Leader would certainly be helpful. I think it's important to use it as a training tool rather than a disciplinary tool. A four month old like Gordie, especially considering his size, might benefit from short lead control at home. Honestly, I'm so green at this. Chesney was only our fourth dog ever in over 40 years and he was a handful, Eli wasn't far behind. All of our previous dogs benefitted from being second to children! They just assumed their role and we had very few problems.
right there with you!! Raven is 4 months as well. Yesterday as we were trying to go for a walk (she likes to put the leash in her mouth to take ME for a walk) I would stop and tell her to sit and not move until she stopped the jumping or mouthing the leash. We didn't get very far.....
my TURBO is 4 months old and 40lbs he also like to run and jump on me also you have to watch those little needle canine fangs. yes they are still puppies but the nipping and biting has to be controlled now. TURBO just got the top of my hand this evening. and put a half in cut enough to need a Band-Aid. When he does this I grab his muzzle gently and tell him no. It works for awhile until he gets excited again. I don't leash him cause I don't have to walk him I have plenty of land and no neighbors for him to bother. If I have to leash him I always use a harness. I found that my dogs didn't pull and walked better. You might try playing with him until he's tired before you walk him and it might settle him for walks .TURBO could be between 70 and 80 lbs when full grown. maybe a dog park where he can run will also help.