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    How would you teach a dog to not invade your private space? My dog will come sit so very close to me when I'm sitting in bed and then try lick me in the face. When I then tell her to lie down she will lie half on top of me and usually the laptop.

    I know I could teach her to lie on her bed or on her blanky at the end of my bed, but I actually like having her nearby, so I can easily give her pats when she's calm and not demanding attention. But I just don't like to have her that close and totally crowd me!

    My old dog knew "move" and would go lie anywhere I patted on the bed - more or less. But I cannot remember how I taught her that.

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    Maybe you are unconsciously rewarding her for being close?

    You could also to try and make a place (towel or such) close by and teach her to lie on that.

    If my dogs get too close initially, I ignore and look the other way.I do not touch at all or make any eye contact at all.

    Personally I would teach her "place". And just make the towel "place". So wherever the towel is it will be her place.

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    Yeah, I thought of doing that. That is probably the best way indeed. And if I combine it with patting the blanket, I may get her to the point eventually where she will lie down whereever I pat.

    I cannot just ignore her because she will give me lots of very sloppy kisses which I absolutely hate! And also sometimes while I'm trying to ignore her and I notice that she is trying very hard not to lick, and then it looks like her tongue has a life of its own, it suddenly cracks me up and I totally spoil all my efforts not to encourage her.

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    Yes she got you.........When you do the ignore you have to keep ignoring, until she stops, no matter what happens. And when you mess it up it gets worse the next time. And it will take even longer for her to stop, she will try harder. These in dog training are called extinction bursts It gets worse before it gets better.

    I think you are getting the hang of thinking it all out.....
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    My dog likes to drool on my knee when I'm trying to eat my dinner. I am not so keen on this idea.

    Easy fix for me. I tell her to go in the crate and reward her with little bits of bikkie, treat or sometimes bits of my dinner so its worth her while to stay in the crate calmly. Every now and again she gets impatient and roo-roos at me to hurry up with a treat. And I have to remember to release her from the crate when I'm done eating. Not that I bother shutting the door but she's not supposed to let herself out if I told her to go in.

    A mat would serve instead of a crate. I make dog stay on mat when I'm in the kitchen. Saves pouring boiling water on her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    My dog likes to drool on my knee when I'm trying to eat my dinner. I am not so keen on this idea.

    Easy fix for me. I tell her to go in the crate and reward her with little bits of bikkie, treat or sometimes bits of my dinner so its worth her while to stay in the crate calmly. Every now and again she gets impatient and roo-roos at me to hurry up with a treat. And I have to remember to release her from the crate when I'm done eating. Not that I bother shutting the door but she's not supposed to let herself out if I told her to go in.

    A mat would serve instead of a crate. I make dog stay on mat when I'm in the kitchen. Saves pouring boiling water on her.
    We don't have this problem at all.
    I think it is because we have never given Murphy anything from the talble so he has never associated it with food.
    This also goes for when we have nibbles while watching tv. He never comes over to get any.
    he just doesn't know what it is all about.
    So we can have tea and he will stay where he is, and we don't both with him.
    This is so good for us. And him not knowing about it isn't teasing him because he just doesn't know.

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    Frosty has learned where there is food there is opportunity. Not necessarily from me. But she can spot a treat handout from a mile away and be right there instantly acting irresistably cute for the owner of the treats. Even the owner's dog fails to get mad at her.

    So I don't give her food from my plate when I'm eating either. If she gets food, it's either in the crate or in her bowl or on the mat. But she's still worked out where the food is coming from and unless I tell her otherwise, she likes to be as close to it as possible.

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    With me and food the dogs lie down as they know they will get nothing.

    Hubby however is a different story. He randomly gives them bits then gets upset when they drool in front of him.


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    Love that photo.
    It is the look of come on hurry up I know you are going to share arn't you.

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    That evil hound on the end of the couch - that's what Frosty sometimes looks like. The pathetic feed me, I'm starving look. Tonight she'd decided to snooze at the pillow end where I usually sit, so I sat and ate my dinner with her behind me like an extra cushion - with me sitting up straight to aid digestion. She never budged. Like she slept right through it.

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