Alright, this question is NOT for dog owners who own perfectly trained dogs. I must admit, my min. schnauzer Helmut's manners are not 100%. Overall, he's friendly. But, he likes to jump on people, and me especially!
Ok, just for fun, not advice, what IS or USED TO BE your dog's "bad" habit(s)?
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You can easily break him of jumping. Whenever he jumps and puts his front paws on you, step on his back toes. Not hard, just enough to get his attention. He will quickly realize that every time he jumps there is a very good chance his toes will get stepped on and he will stop quickly. You have to be consistent though.
Bad habits, what are those? LOL, too many to list here. That reminded me of a funny story though. One time I was doing the late night stumble home from the bar, with my wingman Keeper of course, when I decided to stop off and get a snack. I got this huge old sub sandwich, and since I wasn't walking too good, decided to sit down right there and eat it. Now old Keep is the sweetest, most well-behaved and submissive dog around, but that night he must have gotten into something himself. When I tried to wrap my mouth around that sub, he bit the other end and tugged, ever so gently, and with a look that said, "Sorry momma, you shouldn't have had that last pint". He wasn't growling or anything, he just knew I was drunk enough to get away with it. I was laughing so hard at that point it didn't matter, I couldn't eat. Needless to say the next morning we both felt terrible.
bad habbits.......wow i must be lucky, for my dogs are perfect, and have no bad habbits whatsoever. YEAH RIGHT, in my dreams eh?! well, i would say tiny's is begging for food. no matter what you're eating she wants it, and she will either sit and beg for it forever, or she will just take it right out of your hand and eat it. and sandys bad habbit would be.....whinning i guess, she's pretty well trained and i do'nt have very many problems with her. oh wait.......her worst one....running away as soon as her leash is off. i have to call her a couple of times to come back, but as soon as she's loose, she takes off!
I've actually controlled many jumpers by teaching them to do it on command. So they knew a command for jump and a command for not jump an their urge to jump was satasfied by my allowing it when I commanded them to.
Toby is an ankle biter. Both Toby and Max jumped on me while I was sitting on the couch last nite. I had just put a bite of chicken in my mouth. I had none in my hands. They both got right in my face and I swear were trying to take it right out of my mouth. Did I mention they LOVE chicken?
Mine are barkers. I guess schnauzers are pretty well known for that. They just about run our household, which I know that is our fault. The little toy, when I correct her she waits till I turn around and she bites my ankles. She fuses and growls like she is going to eat you alive if you pick her up. They expect treats everytime we come thru the door. See, we have perfect little angels. Just ask our friends. No, better not do that. They don't love'em like we do.
Chewing. Georgie is just 6 months old so when you aren't watching she wants to chew what she is not supposed to. Right now she like to chew the rug at home especially where the rug meets a tile or wood floor. She was trying to pull up the corner the other day.
Hmm lets see. Digger first: chewing, barking, digging(hence the name) morning wake up calls, slobbering, begging, attacking the door before he goes out, peeing on my flowers, and harrasing the chickens. Now Elie: digging under the fence (whether into the chicken run or the neighbors yard) jumping the fence (she never learns) barking, morning wake up calls, begging, chewing, hording food, eating socks.
I could go on and on about the both of them. They arent all that bad though. They are both 8 months so i have to give them a little slack.
unfortunately all the bad habits my dogs have are ones i have encouraged and now i almost wish i hadn't. scout loves to jump up on me and i love it too. but she still doesn't get it she can't do it to other people. MY BAD. begging for food. i always give my dogs food while i am eating. they have learned not to be so pushy with me for the food but they all, including the cat, hover around my son while he eats. guess they see him as the one easiest to steal from. AGAIN MY BAD.
i tried that jumping thing where i would give scout the command and let her know it was okay. she still didn't click it in her head that it is only okay when i say so. she is still a work in progress.
Scout, I'm like you. I have encouraged the "unwanted" behaviors. You know how it is, their jumping and barking when they're really young is so cute. But after time, it's a diff. story. I could stop Helmut from jumping if I really wanted to, but his jumping is not really excessive, no one including me cares I guess b/c he's small. I guess if he were a 150 lb great dane, it would be an entirely different case.
For now, I guess it's one of those mind over matter things,
With Inu I'd have to say his wake-up habbits. He does it in progressive steps, persistant jerk. First, he'll stare at you until you open your eyes just a little. Then he'll slowly muster-up a bark (as that is not something he does normally or very naturally), but only one bark. If that doesn't work, then he'll jump up on the bed and give you a few licks, concentrating attention on the ear or the eyes. If that doesn't work, he'll begin to paw at your face while standing over you. That generally works well as the pain tends to get me motivated to finally get up. This happens over the span of about 5-10 minutes. He'll try and with no results, start-over from stage one. Other than that, his unexplained fear of floating balloons is quite commical. He'll never back down from a fight, or show fear to anyone/thing, but damn if he'll get near a balloon.
IcyHound - your method of teaching your dog not to jump up by teaching him a command to actually do so....actually works quite well when it comes to barking and yapping as well.
when sandy was a puppy we noticed that she was yippy yappy and constantly barked. so what we did was taught her to "speak" so now, unless there is someone weird in the yard or at the door she only barks when she is told to "speak"~!
Maranda, I tried your trick about stepping on the dog's hind feet during jumping ---I think my dog's on to me. He's really quick about jumping up and then down really fast - too fast for me to step on his toes! :) I'll keep working on it though!
Icyhound - teaching the dog to bark, jump, etc. on command is a great idea. I'm going to try this idea on my horses too. (except different tricks - they can't bark :)