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Old 10-30-2005, 07:32 AM
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Unhappy sitting on lap and biting!

hi all

i have a 5 month old ladbrador pup who is gorgous but a little monster! we currently have him going to puppy classes which seem to be doing him some good however i have a massive problem that whenever i sit down with him he straight away jumps on my lap (and his a big boy!) and starts biting at my arms. no matter how many times i put him back on the floor he just jumps straight back up its getting to the point where i will go in another room just to save my arms and have some piece but then i feel guilty that he spending longer and longer on his own! i have tried shouting ouch when he bites and giving him toys to play with instead but he dosnt seem to get the hint!

for the sake of my poor arms i need some advise!


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Old 10-30-2005, 10:03 AM
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As soon as he bites, get up and leave the room. Come back two minutes later and try again. Eventually he should understand that biting you just makes you leave.
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Old 10-31-2005, 09:06 PM
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I agree with Fran. Shouting and giving him toys may be telling him you're playing with him which he likes. Take yourself away (social isolation) and end all playtime. Decide now if you want him on your furniture when he's larger and then stick to it. (if you want him to stay "off.") Remember though, if he sits quietly and behaves the way you like, even for 2 seconds, don't forget to let him know. Reward him with quiet pats and a treat. Show him which behavior gets him the treat and your attention and which does not.
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Old 10-31-2005, 09:37 PM
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What she said.
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Old 10-31-2005, 09:58 PM
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Oh those devilish lab pups........

First of all, don't let your pup jump on you at all. Use the sit command, and then pet him. Don't give any attention to the jumping. Always make him sit, before any attention is given.

Does he jump on your legs when you are standing too??
Make him sit, before you give any attention or petting.
Never pet him while he is standing up on you, always make him sit first. In time the jumping will be less and he will start sitting for the attention he wants.

It is also a good idea to make him sit before giving him his food, and then releasing him from sit to go eat.

I also make mine sit before they go thru the outside door, and then give the release command.

Does he know "sit"?? He must know what you want of him before he can do it.

I hope you will find the strength and knowledge to deal with this active breed. Cause by about 2 years old with good training and consistancey, you will have a great dog. You are going thru the rough puppy days of the lab and I have had them too. LOL

Best Of Luck..
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