- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
@Birdee106: We have two (yes, we’re crazy) boxer/lab mixes, and we got them together as puppies. Needless to say, they developed this same habit, but there are two of them so it was twice as bad. The best thing my SO ever taught them was this:
When the doorbell rings, they go to a specific spot in the dining room and they don’t move until he releases them with an “ok” and a treat. It seriously took about three days of constant doorbell ringing, and having friends come over to test it, but SO. WORTH. IT.
Now, whenever the doorbell rings (it really doesn’t matter who is ringing it) they are so excited to go to their spot and get a treat they don’t care what’s going on at the door.
Hope this helps.
@Birdee106: First, don’t let your hesitation about him freaking out in class deter you from going. THAT is what classes are for…. when I first took my dog to class, she was reactive to everything. But, with time and consistency, she learned to focus on me and to ignore the other things that were getting her attention. That’s exactly what you need to do! (Go to class!) 🙂
If Max can’t control himself around a new guest, I’d remove him from the room – take him to a different room, have him do something he knows (sit/down/stay). Keep him in a stay for a few minutes, and then you could try to reintroduce him to the room. Your guest should 100% ignore the dog. The dog keeps trying because it’s getting a reaction. This means, folding arms into your body and turning away from the jumping. As he is jumping, you should also correct the jumping with a NO. You could also try to doing a down/stay after you get him to stop jumping.
Having him on a lead/harness is also a great way to control him in the beginning if he doesn’t listen to your initial no/down/stay. The key is to make Max focus on you – and, when he does do the right behavior, make sure you are praising him like mad! Dogs get “GOOD BOY!” 🙂
The other thing the classes are great for is socializing them to other dogs/people. It’s not that he’s going to be interacting with them – but he’ll get used to being around them and learn to focus on you for appropriate behavior and what you expect. The trainers will also give you really great tips on specific things to do with your dog and/or things you want to accomplish with your dog.
I have a pit that also did that. No tricks worked to get him to stop jumping. We tried everything! Kneeing him in the chest (he started jumping sideways) kneeing his side(he started to do this funny ninja looking jump) stepping on his back paws (started jumping all 4legs up at once like a pogo stick) ignoring him(made him freak out more) treats as distraction(once the treat was his it was right back to jumping) One of those no-jump harnesses (he and the other dog got tangled and it turned into a massive dogfight) Meeting people outside the house(they just got muddy pawprints now) I was at my wits end.
until I tried a trick I saw on “it’s me or the dog”. Have someone come over that doesn’t mind helping you train him (your friend amanda) have her knock on the door. give dog sit and wait command, make sure dog is calm before opening it. If he gets overly excited or jumps friend back outside and door shut. Keep repeating until he can calmly let friend inside. If he is smart (and we know all pits are) he will eventually learn if he is excited company goes away. It may take a while but if you repeat this every time people come then it will get better.
Another thing that may or may not help is a pheromone collar. It works with some dogs to calm them down. Put it on before company comes or leave it on all the time. They last about 4-6 weeks.
Victoria’s website forum has some really great resources under “training articles” & “Dog Training Advice”. If you can’t find an answer by searching you can post your issue, it’s monitored by certified trainers who will respond to your post.
Also he could probably benefit from learning some impulse control. “Leave it” helps with this, this YouTube channel has great how to videos on training impulse control:
There are some good suggestions on this post but you really should go to a dedicated dog training site or hire a trainer. Especially with a strong & strong willed breed. This site is great for minor training tips or to share pictures/stories but when you need help with a more serious issue you should be careful with the advice you get on here. You wouldn’t go to a dog training site to ask for wedding planning advise, would you? (sorry to get on a soap box)
If your friend is giving him attention when he jumps up on her.. then she is reinforcing the behaviour of him jumping up to greet. The best way to discourage jumping up is to turn your back on the dog and fold your arms – essentially ignoring the behaviour. Have a treat in hand and give the “sit” command. Once the dog sits – treat/praise. As soon as the dog gets up from “sit”, remove all attention by ignoring the dog. It has to be continuous with everyone he meets/greets. I would start with your friend who is not too afraid of Max, since he doesn’t get to “practice” greeting you when you get home from work.
My best friend has the same kind of dog with the same kind of problem. They had a trainer come to the house and teach them what to do to have better “door manners” It takes effort from yuor guests too. Basically holding him so he can’t jump on them and only letting the guests greet him when he is sitting down. If he starts getting over excited or jumping the guest immediately had to turn away and ignore him. It has helped a bit which is good.
I do have a similar problem with my small dog. Not as hard to deal with because he is only 20 ponds but my dog just feeds off other peoples energy so he will be hyper and excited all night when people are over so we try and give him a yummy bone to distract him from wanting to be center of attention all night.
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