We have a 11 month old dog (mix breed). Her name is Zoe. We are going to get her training lessons but right now it's not in our budget. So untill were able to (which I hope is soon) we are having a few issues with her that I wonder if someone could give us advice on? There are 2 issues that we are having:
She is crate trained but when we let her out of it she goes crazy, especially jumping on us. We have tried the turning our backs on her but she will still jump on us....which does hurt by the way. Another issue we are having her play bitting. I believe that's what she is doing. She don't appear agressive......she's not wanting to hurt you. We have tried a few things with that but nothing has worked so far.
If anyone has any tips on what we could try that would be greatly appriciated.
Please see the topic below entitled: Puppy Mouthing/biting for the biting issue. The excitement when released from the crate is very common. You will need to instill social manners in your dog to control this and there are several ways to deal with it. You need to make the dog uncomfortable when it demonstrates any undesireable behavior and immediately reward it when it stops. The dogs wants your attention and it is trying to get it by jumping on you. Ignoring it at this point will not stop the behavior. The best technique for getting the dog under control is to deal with the jumping first. Now take a time when the dog has been out of the crate and is calm, or somewhat calm, to begin. Have the dog come over to you and encourage it to jump up or simply grab its feet and raise it up onto you. With one hand on the collar for control and the other grabbing the dogs paw you will squeeze the dogs paw until it show signs of being uncomfortable at the same time taking the paw and dog to the ground, you go down on one knee, when it is down praise it immediately. Firm praise patting sides and chest not the top of the head. Repeat the process until the dog resists the desire to jump up. Now you will need do the same thing when the dog is excited. Notice that I did not use any commands! Do not use a command at all when you are conditioning a dog to not jump. This is an undesireable behavior that needs to be extinguished not taught as a response to a command. I can't tell you the amazement on peoples faces when I visit and they have a jumping dog and in 5 minutes I teach the dog not to jump even after all the classes and treat training involving a command has, at best, created the "One Jump" dog. To teach your dog to further control its unacceptable (you decide what is acceptable) excitement in relationship to your presence you will need to further this. Your dog now is doing a good job of not jumping but still being way to excited in its behavior for your liking. Remember that the dog is excited because of you and it want to meet you, that means your face not your knee or hand, this is instinctual and that is why it jumps or raises up. Remember when we taught it not to jump we went down on one knee? So you have a dog that isn't jumping on you anymore but maybe just jumping and running around kind of crazy. Go down on your knee and grab the dog by the skin or hair on both sides of its neck and make eye contact and praise with good firm encouraging praise. Do this a few times so the dog realizes you will greet it. By the way the grasping of the skin or hair is some what of a negative reinforcement because you are stopping the dogs ability to move which makes it uncomfortable. The praise insures the desire to be "settled". Now after consistant repetition usually not more than 5 times the dog responds. Now to reinforce the "settle" behavior. You let the dog out of the crate by bending down on one knee and greeting it when it exits the crate. Praise and reinforce it being "settled". If it doen't settle put it back into the crate for a minute and repeat until it is under control. Next will be learning to settle without you greeting it out of the crate. Open crate let dog out ignore it until it "settles" a bit then go down on your knee and greet it. Repeat until accomplished. Next step greeting your hand instead of your face so you don't have to bend down on one knee. Release the dog, ignore as before, when dog "settles" greet with your hand and provide extended praise all over the dogs body. If the dog rolls onto its belly then use your foot to rub its belly! Hope this helps and happy times with your dog!