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Old 07-24-2009, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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so whenever i have guests over deagle goes BALISTIC. i have to hold him on a leash and wait till hes calm before i can let him go off his leash and even when i try my best to calm him down hes still very hyper. he seems to get very anxiouis around strangers. are there any sort of techniques that should be used?
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nismo does this also.
does he have a bed or a blanket in the living room? i give nismo something to chew on and make him lay down on his bed. he's not allowed off the bed until i say so. which is when he is calmed down.
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Everyone in my household, and everyone that visits knows to ignore Chino until he calms down. If your friends pay any attention to how Deagle acts when they show up, they are encouraging whatever behavior is going on.

What Nismo said can help to redirect his focus, but it only works if there is consistency. For example if you try to keep your dog on a bed and have him chew his toy/treat until he calms down, and your buddy is saying "HEY DEAGLE BUDDY HOW YOU DOIN?! WHOS A GOOD BOY?!" then it does nothing.

Everyone who is around your dog must know what you expect of them. It's just a part of puppyhood man... Consistency
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I have been working on this lately and it's going great. Going slow but its going.


When Zoe and Thor get all excited and crazy I put them in the kitchen behind a babygate. Once I see that their calm I let them out. If they get to excited again they go back into the kitchen to wait again. As soon as their calm again we start over...After being in their twice they are good for the rest of the time. But I have been doing it for about a week and it is getting better..
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Everyone in my household, and everyone that visits knows to ignore Chino until he calms down. If your friends pay any attention to how Deagle acts when they show up, they are encouraging whatever behavior is going on.

What Nismo said can help to redirect his focus, but it only works if there is consistency. For example if you try to keep your dog on a bed and have him chew his toy/treat until he calms down, and your buddy is saying "HEY DEAGLE BUDDY HOW YOU DOIN?! WHOS A GOOD BOY?!" then it does nothing.

Everyone who is around your dog must know what you expect of them. It's just a part of puppyhood man... Consistency
That's what I do, I ignore mine. Although deep down inside I want to hug him hahaha I get excited to see him too.. but I wait till he calms down.
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what everyone says above is pretty right on...teaching him an "off" or "down" command when he sees your friends and jumps on them is good too. If he does this have your friends give him their back and walk away. you want no positive reinforcement to this jumping or crazy behavior...after he's calm have your friends give him a treat or pet him. A good belly rub, well tell him that he did something really good.
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ok thanks for the advice everyone. i think the real problem here is that i dont have enough guests over. and without the guests, there isnt any real training going on. i guess im going to have to invite ppl over more often.thanks again
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If you know you are having guests over try taking him for a vigorous walk before they arrive.. like a 20 minute walk or in line, play fetch, do something to drain off his energy before your guests get there. This makes a big difference because he'll have nothing left in him to fight the leash when they come in. Do 'sit and greet', this helps too! This is a technique used to show affection to dog only after they become submissive by sitting. Ignore till he sits then GOOD BOY, GOOD BOY, GOOD BOY. If he is REAL hyper make his treat worth the while. I use sliced London broil roast beef with Charley for hard ones and then as he gets it just a meager treat and ALWAYS a Good BOY!!

P.S. Training people is harder MAKE YOUR FRIENDS LISTEN TO YOU. Don't let them excite him with high pitched voices or getting him all riled up. If they can't stand being jumped on then tell them they are helping to create the environment for disobedience. Tell them that you care whether he listens or not because you want to raise an obedient dog and a good citizen, we are the voice for our breed but let him do the speaking with his actions.
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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what everyone says above is pretty right on...teaching him an "off" or "down" command when he sees your friends and jumps on them is good too. If he does this have your friends give him their back and walk away. you want no positive reinforcement to this jumping or crazy behavior...after he's calm have your friends give him a treat or pet him. A good belly rub, well tell him that he did something really good.
I do agree with PART of this... teaching "off", "down", or "floor"...but I'm going to point out the major flaw. Making eye contact and then turning away with a dog is a sign of submission. Your dog is showing dominance towards visitors whether he's playing or not, jumping up, continuous licking, nudging are ways for your dog to get the attention that he feels like he deserves. In the wild the Alpha wolf gets touched all of the time for being just who he is... the top dog, he also demands his area... sooo... Going backwards/away is a sign of submission because he can push you around. Have you noticed when your visitors move out of his reach that your dog follows them and jumps again??? He doesn't do this to you because YOU are his alpha.

I had a house of 3 dogs with this exact same problem and I "cured" them all within a week and a half... all at the same time! Albiet they were jumping on EVERYONE including me and my old man...

At first, I worked on perfecting this with myself and the dogs one on one, moved onto getting doug involved, once that was mastered I moved onto potential guests by getting my roommate involved.... then to test the waters I had another couple come over... it took some time with teaching everyone how to present themselves... that's all it is really... presentation of confidence within yourself within your strut.

You need a not so timid friend to come over for a couple of evenings. Have them call when they're at the door before they ring the door bell or knock. Leash him up before it all goes down. have the leash in hand and then they either ring the door bell or knock... Make sure to keep your dog at your side... go to the door and demand a sit... don't open the door until he sits. give praise before you open the door. Once the door is open he's still going to act nutzo on you at first, but you have the leash to correct the behavior as well as your chosen command of "off". Your friend needs to just walk into your house like he owns the place and the dog isn't even there. When the dog jumps on him, have your friend keep walking forward, never making eye contact or saying anything, knocking right back into your dog. Once the dog has make his first step backwards you give him the "off" command with a good firm jerk to the leash... once you've made it into the living room, have give your dog the "sit" command have 3 sentence convo with your buddy, let your friend pet your sitting dog, then leave.... then repeat the whole process.. it takes a lot less time to do this than to type this lol. I promise within a week your problem will be solved.

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If you know you are having guests over try taking him for a vigorous walk before they arrive.. like a 20 minute walk or in line, play fetch, do something to drain off his energy before your guests get there. This makes a big difference because he'll have nothing left in him to fight the leash when they come in. Do 'sit and greet', this helps too! This is a technique used to show affection to dog only after they become submissive by sitting.

P.S. Training people is harder MAKE YOUR FRIENDS LISTEN TO YOU. Don't let them excite him with high pitched voices or getting him all riled up. If they can't stand being jumped on then tell them they are helping to create the environment for disobedience. Tell them that you care whether he listens or not because you want to raise an obedient dog and a good citizen, we are the voice for our breed but let him do the speaking with his actions.

I agree, a tired dog catches on alot quicker than one that's wriled up.... but you're not always going to know when someones going to pop in so i would exercise him for at least the initial training. High pitched noises are signs of submission/ sound like prey which naturally gets the dog pumped up even more.
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i think your friends just need to let deagle in the rotation bro..
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