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Husky/Lab bad sometimes

June 24th, 2005, 03:03 PM
My 6 month old Husky/Lab is usually very well behaved, EXCEPT, virtually 100% of the time when we're done throwing the ball she begins to growel, jump up and snap and run circles around me (she's ripped a few shirts doing this). She seems to stop immediately after we leave the grass and move onto the sidewalk?

Any suggestions as to why shes doing this and possible remedies??

Thanks very much

Carmen Branje

June 24th, 2005, 03:19 PM
Duke did this when he was a pup but without the growl, he barked. Firm no, sit her, put your foot on the leash so she can't jump up. Can also try taking her to where you play ball and keeping her on leash just walking around no playing a couple of times and do some practice sits and downs. Will help her understand whereever and whatever you are doing you are in charge.

June 24th, 2005, 03:35 PM
Sounds like your dog has some 'herding' type behaviour, could have a herding breed in the mix.

You must teach the word OFF
Carry a squirt bottle and when she goes to jump BEFORE she gets to you say NO OFF and give a little squirt from the bottle

When she doesn't jump praise her GOOD GIRL and give her lots of love.
Be consistent, if this means taking the squirt bottle outside with you every time you go to play then do it, it will work.

(say her name then ) NO JUMP OFF and SQUIRT

Once she gets used to the idea, the words will be enough, but keep the squirt bottle of water handy ;)

June 24th, 2005, 07:44 PM
She's hyper and excited and wants to keep playing. The growling etc is just her assertive way of insisting that you keep playing. She needs to learn the term 'enough' which means we are stopping now.
Have her on the leash, get her to drop the ball to you, say "enough" and walk out of there together and with manners. If she argues she gets a firm 'no' and a leash correction (appropriate for her sensitivity). You might even stomp towards her when you say this. When she settles, CALMLY tell her good girl and CALMLY pet her if you want to. Any energy coming at you that is too intense for the moment gets corrected. Calmness gets soft praise.

June 24th, 2005, 08:16 PM
I have a bit of rebuttle.

If I stomped towards my dog that way she would see it as an invitation to rough house and rough play.

The rest of what you indicate I agree with tenderfoot :D

June 24th, 2005, 08:59 PM
I agree - if your dog doesn't respect you then it might be an invitation to play OR some dogs would see it as 'upping the ante' and come on stronger. Typically a puppy who hasn't had his bluff called will back down quickly and understand that you mean business. Otherwise make your point with a leash correction and then disengage - and let him think about what just happened. He might decide to challenge again (thinking you were temporarily insane) and if you meet him with the same correction and then he will start to see the pattern and make a connection.

June 24th, 2005, 09:10 PM
He might decide to challenge again (thinking you were temporarily insane)

That's one of the funniest things I've heard in awhile :D
Not to mention very true.