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Old 01-20-2005, 04:35 AM
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I have a bit of a problem with my dog right now. He's been jumping on me whenever I get sit down to use the computer. I've tried to put him on a leash and sit down noramlly, to correct him if he would jump, but he behaves whenever I get the leash on him. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:26 AM
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tell him "No" or "don't" or "down" (whateber is better for you)wheneber he does that...When you see him,that he stopped,gibe him a treat and say good boy.he'll get it soon.I did that same with mine and got it really quick,now wheneber i see her doing something i don't want her to do,i just say "NO" or "DON'T" and she stops.

Try teaching your dog some things like sit,use treats to reward him or anything else that he likes(maybe a toy or something,since some dogs don't like treats)

hope this helps a little!

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Old 01-20-2005, 10:15 AM
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Brady jumps on people when they walk into my house, and he is fairly big at 80 pounds, so luckily most people that come over are dog people and realize he is still very puppy like, but I have been telling him to sit every time he jumps up on someone and then when he does sit, I praise him. I keep hoping eventually he will get it. he is very smart, but EXTREMELY excitable. A very energetic boy.
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Old 01-21-2005, 10:40 AM
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He probably associates the leash with attention, which is what he wants when he's jumping on you at the computer. You might just try putting the leash on him before you sit down at the computer, since he behaves properly when it's on. Then, after you've been on the computer for awhile, take him for a short walk. After a week or so, try it without the leash. It may just be a matter of conditioning. Keep rewarding him with the walk - good for both of you!

Another thing you might try is keeping a special treat that will keep him occupied for awhile, like a Kong stuffed with something like peanut butter, that he only gets when you're at the computer.
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Old 01-22-2005, 01:30 AM
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All of my dogs think that if I am sitting at the computer I must need something to do...like hey, pay attention to them. They don't do it if I am painting, or reading or anything else. I have a great cartoon that i drew of it once, each one with a head on each knee and on my shoulder. I know small children do it if you are on the phone...Bumping my elbow is an absolute no though, especially when I am working in pixels. I stayed as firm about that as when I am with a brush in my hand. They eventually got the point.
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Old 02-02-2005, 11:31 PM
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Well, now he's gone from jumping to nipping on my clothes. Whenever I tell him no though, he just barks at me. I'll look directly at him as well, and his eyes don't stray. Does that mean he thinks I'm like a littermate, and not a master?

I do play with him until he's tired, I walk him everyday, but this only seems to happen whenever I'm on the computer and he isn't sleeping.
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Old 02-03-2005, 12:00 AM
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I think you ought to fall back on the ol' obedience with this one. I always tell my clients that a dog who is sitting is a dog who is not jumping. If you haven't had professional obedience training, go for that! PetSmart offers a good positive reinforcement beginner's obedience program for around $90 total, which is a good deal. After that, it's easy: when he jumps, tell him "sit", and reward him after about 10 seconds of him sitting. (If you reward him right as he sits, he'll only learn to jump up on you so he can sit and get a treat!)

I just want to touch real quick on the "equal vs. master" issue. I realize that we've all grown up with the idea that we have to dominate our dogs so they "know their place". The more I learn about dogs--and I'm definitely always learning more!--the more I realize that the whole issue of human/dog dominance is completely misunderstood. We shouldn't be trying to dominate them. We should be trying to lead them. Leaders are respected and admired; dominating figures are resented and rebelled against.

Our dogs aren't stupid. They know we aren't dogs. They don't automatically look up to us, but they also don't expect to interact with us in the same way they interact with other dogs. I've seen other trainers do really ghastly things to dogs, all in the name of demonstrating dominance--being the "alpha". They'll slam a dog to the floor by the neck, flip them over, shake them by the scruff...and they justify this cruelty by saying that dogs do these things to each other to establish hierarchy. But if these trainers had the sense they were born with--or any real education at all--they would know that between dogs, these aren't violent wrestling moves, but rather ritualistic, cooperative behaviors to reinforce social structure and bonds. "Dominating" your dog is no different than "attacking" him in his eyes. And it's an unprovoked attack, as far as he's concerned. Acts of dominance will only frighten him and hurt your relationship.

Leadership is what your dog needs. He shouldn't have free reign, because he's not paying the bills; "my roof, my rules". You can still insist he behave in the manner which you deem desirable. Use that big primate brain to lead your dog without damaging him!

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But anyway, get his butt hitting the floor when you say so. You can also teach him "go to your room", which I use to get my dogs out of the kitchen when I'm cooking.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:11 AM
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Thank you, THANK YOU, Emma, for the soapbox. I've come to hate the term "dominant" because it's not being used in the true meaning, and being your dog's human is a far more complex relationship than can be described by one word.

We've had the "discussion" of the alpha roll here a few times, to no avail. The only time I've ever found something remotely resembling that to be of any help at all is on a couple of occassions dealing with Shiva when she was frantic and couldn't focus on me. I got her to lay down, then sat down next to her and gently rolled her over on her back and put one hand on her chest. She calmed right down, focused on me and listened and the panic was over. Afterward she got a calming massage on her chest and under her chin. I can only think it took her back to puppyhood and her mama. To this day when she wants reassurance she will climb up on the sofa next to me and put her head in my lap and squirm until she's laying on her back, looking up at me. She's a strange and wonderful creature.
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Old 02-03-2005, 08:25 PM
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Awww, that is so sweet. I think you absolutely did the right thing for your particular dog in the panic situation. I do similar things with mine to calm them down, just communications that mean, "Calm down, I have things completely under control."
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Old 02-03-2005, 08:34 PM
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Hmm. that makes so much sense about how the word dominate has been overused and abused. I'm going to use the word 'leader' from now one. That is my thought of the day.
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