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Terrible manners

February 23rd, 2009, 06:50 PM
My dog Adam, is a very large lab mix who LOVES when new people come over, but hes very rude. Jumps all over them, licking and biting. Hes 110 pounds, and really strong it scares alot of people. My boyfiend or I will make him sit and hold his collar when hes trying to jump, and give him a smack on the bum and tell him bad or no, but as soon as you let go hes right back at it. He still try's to jump while your holding his collar and he barks. How do I get him to be the true gentleman he is?

February 26th, 2009, 10:51 AM
I know Labs can be very exuberant especially up to 2 years old, as my son has 2 of them. I'm surprised that some of the dog experts on this forum haven't replied. Have you considered putting Adam in obedience classes? I would think that would be first priority. It's never too late.

February 26th, 2009, 11:00 AM
These sites should give you some insight into helping your dog behave. Please stop hitting him. No matter how lightly! That does not help one bit. Just one question. Well, two actually. Is THIS ONE fixed? I sure hope so. And, how many dogs do you have? Really? 'Cause it seems like you have a busy household with the cats, male dog, the female that just had the puppies......

February 26th, 2009, 04:03 PM
lol yes hes fixed. We've got adam and kira and the pups, then 3 cats. 2 of them aren't mine.

February 27th, 2009, 11:57 AM
I find holding the collar just makes them more hyper.

It will take time and always being consistant, but you can do it.

Have a friend or neighbor help you (by knocking and coming in) and do it repeatedly until he gets it (may take a few sessions, and many times during the session) as well as practice after.

He must be sitting and calm before you open the door, he also must be away from the door (he should never be in front of you when you answer the door) never use his collar use your body, to get between him and the door, and to back him off.
Have the helper totally ignore him (he does not get any attention unless he is calm and sitting) giving attention to a hyper or excited dog, just makes him more excited. Keep doing this until he gets it.

Never get angry or frustrated or yell, this will just make his excitement worse. Always be calm and firm.

Hope it helps