Post # 1
So we’ve gotten most of Quil’s behavioral issues under control. He’s still very excitable, but he’s mellowed out so much, and he’s a joy to be around.
The only thing he still does that I don’t understand is he keeps picking up both of his bones (he has a rawhide, and a nylabone) and dumping them in your lap, then laying down at your feet. He’s not waiting for us to throw them, he’s totally responsive when handing us a toy that we DO throw, he just gives them to you and waits.
When he gets started doing this, he does this on average 9 or 10 times an HOUR, and it’s all day long. You knock it off, he does it again. You leave it there, he picks them up, puts them back down in your lap, and lays down. it’s not every day, but a few times a week he engages in this behavior, for sure.
Does anyone else’s dog do this? I used to just think he was sharing, but it’s obsessive. I thought he was bored, but when you play fetch with him, he’ll FIRST grab the bones and give them to you, then bring you back the ball and wait in rapt suspense for you to throw it again.
Post # 3
Thats cute, but see how it could be annoying! Maybe next time he lays them in your lap, put them up somewhere or away in a place that he can’t get too.
Post # 4
Mason does this sometimes, usually when he wants you to throw the ball for him. However sometimes he drops it in your lap, you throw it, and he looks at you like your stupid. I don’t get it either. It does get rather annoying when you are trying to relax and watch tv or something.
Post # 5
does he have a basket where his bones and toys go? if you do, everytime he gets up and puts the bone in his mouth, direct him over to the basket and get him to drop it in by showing him a treat. when he drops it, hand the treat and give him great encouragment. keep doing this everytime he pick his bone up and starts to bring it to you. eventually, he should figure out that his bones go in the basket instead of in your lap.
Post # 6
This is a tactic that dogs use to interact with you when they want attention. Ours rings the bell to go outside like that because he knows we always jump for it and pay attention to him.
When he does this, but isn’t signalling to go outside (we figure this out after the first time), we ignore the behavior completely, wait a few minutes and then engage him in a different form of play on our terms.
So he rings the bell, we say no, go lay down, and ignore him until just before he would do it again. Then we call him over with a treat and play a different game for a few minutes. We then go back to what we were doing. He’ll still try it once or twice, but he gets the idea very quickly now, and is more likely to lay down and look at us expectantly for attention rather than ringing the bell.
Now if we could only get him to stop being terrified of flies!
Post # 7
I was just about to recommend the treat diversion that Jennhasfeet recommended… divert his attention to another rewarding behaviour. We had to do with with our chocolate lab, and now she puts her toys in the corner, or on her bed, and then comes to sit on my feet still!! goodluck!
Post # 8
@MrsDG, Thank you! But you’re supposed to be off working on having a baby, not giving puppy advice! A true addict 😛 Let us know how everything goes?
@Jennhasfeet, you know, he doesn’t have a basket, and I think I’m a total spaz, because he absolutely should have one! He’s normally so in our space that I never think about it, but giving him his own corner to put things away in might really work for him. The cat her HER own space, after all…
Post # 9
He wants your attention. When he puts it in your lap and you don’t want to play, put it AWAY. out of sight.
Post # 10
Yea he wants your attention, my dog does the same thing. Maybe he wants you to do tug of war with it. The first time my dog does it I usually play with her for a bit and then once she gets a little attention she’ll go away. If you don’t want to play then I would put the toys away somewhere.