Here am I again, with my questions...I have a 9.5 week old Dobergirl, and she's unlike any dog we ever owned...She's super smart, very affectionate, and also very stubborn at times. It's been a long while since my husband raised a puppy ( I never raised one ), so we just want to make sure to raise her right. Here are my two questions...
Yesterday, Domina got to meet my in-laws for the first time. When they walked into the house, she started barking at them, but then sniffed them and calmed down. After a while, my hubby was petting her and she was calmly laying next to him and enjoying herself. Then, my mother-in-law happened to approach them and she had an itch so she raised one of her hands high ( to scratch herself ), and Domina quickly jumped in front of my husband, and started barking at my mother-in-law. One of our dogs used to do this when she was older - anytime someone would raise their hand ( that was close by ), she would immediately start barking at that person, because she thought someone would hurt us. Also, that same dog would back away when told no. Domina, she didn't do that. When we told her no, she just kept barking. So, we removed her from the room. After she came back to the room where everyone was hanging out,she sniffed my in-laws and was fine again.
What is the proper way to handle this type of behavior? She didn't respond to "no" yet, maybe due to the fact that she's 9.5 weeks, I don't really know. but one thing is for sure, we won't be able to carry her to the other room when she is grown up, so we would like to find a way to correct her without being harsh so to speak.
Other question is - when do they grow out of their biting/nipping stage? She's gentle most of the time, but sometimes, it really hurts when she bites. We're redirecting with toys, and also, we remove ourselves from the room ( if she happens to do that to our toddler, we firmly say no, and also pick the baby up and go to another room ). Hopefully she'll catch on. Should we continue doing this, or is there a better method? I swear, this nipping stage seems like it will last forever...lol.
Thank you all for your help, we just want to raise this beautiful girl right.