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    Dear all, I am sure that some others have been through this and I am hoping that you will share your experiences with me and help us through this. I realize that dog training is as much, if not more, about training the human as it is the dog.

    We have received into our house a new dog as mentioned in title of this thread. He came from a house where no one was able to look after him and so he has missed out on a lot of attention and I am sure has had no or minimal training. He is a big boofy Labrador X male nearly a year old and he is very, very sweet and good natured but my kids are terrified of him as is our other smaller dog due to his totally over top exhuberance and strength. My husband wants him taken to the vet or pound immediately but has given us a week to get him sorted. Ha!

    So, can he be fast tracked trained while I still have a house and family left and before it is all demolished?

    One thing I have found him able to do is sit, eventually, and I give him a small treat. I have my children doing this now too. He has NO idea what a lead is and needs an incredible amount of strength to control. Way beyond my children's capacity and only just with in my own to contain and I am one big strong woman. His collar is the one with the buckle and holes not a chain one. Would he be better with that kind? Or the one that goes on the head rather than the neck? He is choking himself resisting but it doesn't seem to bother him in the least.

    He also jumps up on everyone and because he is so big and powerful this is a real big problem. There is nothing he seems to be responding to on this. I've tries putting my knee up and growling 'NO'. I've tried turning away from him and growling 'NO'. He just doesn't 'get it'.

    It may be a dominance thing, I am not sure but he also just seems clueless about many things. We are certainly clueless about what to do with him.

    Anyway, I would be most grateful for any help and advice any one here can offer so that all us creatures can live amicably together.

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    You need 6 months to get this dog even close to being ok. If your husband is going ot kick up such a huge fuss you need to ask yourself - is this a commitment I am willing to make? Marriages have broken down over less than this.

    Too bad youre not up here, I have been considering taking on a "project" and he sounds ideal.

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    I do have the time as I don't work and I will devote every waking moment over the next little while to help this dog and us. But I do need to know more. We don't really have the money for a personalised or professional dog trainer but with a bit of guidance hope to be able to do it ourselves.
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    You need to sign up at your local obedience club - that would be a very good start. You can't train a dog over the internet

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    Great post from Southern Harmony

    Just some basic things for you to do about the home...when you open a door to go through, make him sit and wait untill all the ppl have gone through first, then the dog goes through last.
    When you feed him, make him sit and stay, then let him eat when you say "ok" ....never feed him what you or the kids are eating as this will just teach him to scab food.
    When he jumps, turn your back on him and make him sit for a pat.
    A halti sounds like something you may need to start off lead training with....lead him on your left hand side, close to you. When you stop, teach him to sit next to your left leg.

    Lots of fetching games etc for all his energy...and an offleash park is also great for his socialising/play time

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    Some great advice has been given

    I just want to echo the Halti suggestion for now. If he is that strong and unmanagable then you are going to need some from of control other than having him hang against your strength which is what he's doing in a flat collar.

    A Sporn harness might also be a better alternative , but with very strong dogs who have no concept of walking quietly then I would use the Halti first and progress from there.

    Just remember that as has been said,we cannot train your dog over the internet,we can only offer suggestions and it is ultimately upto you to do.
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    Thanks everyone for all your sound advice. It is great to have these on line communities for life's big and little challenges. I'll give the halti a go as the flat collar sure isn't working. Many good tips to get going with there. Tomorrow I will take him to the park to get run ragged chasing a stick and ball. He should have a nice time too.

    Today when I tried to have him inside his pissed on the furniture and floor each time. This is not the way for him to win friends or get inside time with us. Why does he do this and how can we stop it? Apart from keeping him out that is. I made sure that he had gone to the loo before I brought him inside so I imagine that it is some sort of territorial thing but it is really not okay for him to do this inside.

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    This is how I have always t/trained my dogs (please note though...some ppl don't agree with this method).

    When my dog piddled on the floor (always on a mat or carpet...never the tiles...lol), I would growl..noooo, ummahhhh, bad dog, naughty...grrrrrrr. If I caught him/her mid pee, I'd take them str8 outside and try to get them to finnish, if they did..it would be a massive praise.
    If I didn't catch him/her in the act...then I'd go and get a towel and soak up the mess...still growling (as above) as the dog is watching me clean up.

    This has always worked for me.

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    Pretty much the same as Ozey here.Just be careful not to make it too threatening when you do it or you'll end up with a dog that is worried and will do it where you cant see .


    Is he desexed?
    It sounds like he's come in and marked his territory in which case desexing him will help you in a few area's
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    Gonzo, I think peeing inside is a male territorial thing. I had a Pomeranian male that did this for the first few years of his life -and he lived inside. Male dogs have what seems to be a huge reserve of pee in their bladders. My Pom did it everywhere... the curtains, the side of the couch, always a piece of furniture though.. where he could lift his paw! He never did it against the wall for instance or on the frame of a door. He eventually stopped but it took the best part of 2 years before he did. I spent my life cleaning after him but we loved him for the devil he was! You should get the DVD Marley and Me or read the book.

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