I have two dogs, fairly large (Colie Mix (2 years old) and German Shepard Mix (3 years old). I have 2 problems that I can not get under control. First of all what ever bad habits the older dog has the younger one has picked up on it. I can not have people to my home because the dogs go crazy, jumping at them. I've have tried locking them in another room and they distroy that room, I have one crate for the younger one but she still goes crazy in the crate. I am losing all patience with them.... Also, I can not walk the two of them together because they also go nuts if someone approaches me and if they see another dog. I actually walk them one at a time. I would save so much time if I could walk the two of them together. In my neighbourhood they are known as the crazy dogs....lol But, they are great dogs and they would never hurt anyone but their actions say different. If anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate it..... Thanks
The jumping I can definitely offer suggestions on. What the problem is is that the dogs have learned that they get attention and rewards when people come over. Yes they may get yelled at, but even that's attention in and of itself. When a dog jumps up, do you push it down? If you touch it with your hands, that's a reward to the dog. Having two dogs is even worse, because they vie for attention. I'm curious as to why you only put 1 in a crate instead of both? If both of them don't have crates you should invest in another because that's a case of the dog in the crate thinking, "*He* gets to stay out! Why can't i!?" when one is crated and the other isn't. Ok first off, when you know guests are coming over, leash both dogs and warn them that they are not to touch the dogs under any circumstances unless you give the ok. (Unfortunately I've never heard of anyone trying to teach this to 2 dogs at once, you really might have to crate one dog at a time when doing this). If you can, get a family member to control one dog while you do the other, if you want to do both dogs at the same time. When you get to the door to open it for your guests, stand on the leash so that the dog can't jump. I mean, make it taunt between the floor and the dog's collar so that if the dog starts to jump, it jerks itself and can't get off the floor. Other than that, ignore the dog. Only after the 'greetings' are done between humans should you allow the guest to pet the dogs. Say 'sit' and reward the dogs with a treat if they don't try and jump up and sit relatively calmly. Ideally they'll learn that jumping no longer gets them attention it once did, and only if they sit. On the walking, which is a little toughter, you have two options. If your dogs are 'food' oriented, you can take treats and reward them when they pay attention to you and not dogs or strangers. I'm assuming that the dogs do this when you walk them seperaately as well as together, it's just worse when they do it together. If they're not food oriented, all I can think to do is start carrying a small squirt bottle filled with 1/4 vinegar, 3/4 water. If they start going off, give them a squirt and say "No" very firmly and keep going. Dogs *HATE* this smell. I know a bunch of Akita breeders who use it to break up fights, it's a definite attention getter. Good luck
Hi, To answer the question why I have the crate for one and not the other. The older dog(Chloe)we had first and we did have her crate trained but took the the crate away because she was house broken and had no problems. Sasha the younger dog, we have had her only for a year. We had her in her crate but tried to train her with out and it didn't work very well.( she tore up my new furniture). I keep her in the cage when I am at work. She goes through phases because on weekends I leave her out even at night and she's fine but I believe she suffer's some kind of anxiety when I leave. Thanks for the advise....
how do you disipline your dogs? we have a spatula that they were spanked with as they were getting housebroken, if they jump, they get spatted with it. they even know what drawer in the kitchen it comes from. also we have horses, so they have seen a lunging whip. we have had to pop them for serious misbehaving, now they can see it, and will get on the couch. if you don't like that , find an obediance trainer.
One technique I have learned that worked with my lab was to take hold of the dogs front paws, one in each hand, when they jump up. Many dogs don't like that. Don't give them back their paws. They will pull to try to get them back, but don't let go. Then after a bit of dancing around let go. Teach them the "sit" command and have them sit as soon as you let go. Then they get attention. The guest would have to learn to do this. If the dog tries to mouth you while you have her paws, you'll have to teach "don't touch" or something similar to make them stop the mouthing. My lab is smart, she then started jumping up from behind me! I just wheeled around and still got her paws. Another way is to teach them heel and when guests come over, have a leash on and only if they heel and behave and sit when they get to the guest can they be petted. If they get too excited, heel them away from the person, then back, over and over again. Guests will have to be patient. If it takes too long, they go in the crate (the dog, not the guest)or the back yard without getting attention. It takes practice and some time but is worth it!
When training my dobermans, the trainer said to do the following for jumping up. When the dog jumps up bring your knee up and knock him off balance (don't hit him hard enough to flip him though). This teaches him that it is uncomfortable to jump and you don't lay hands on the dog so he doesn't associate it with you. Always praise him when he sits down afterwards.