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    Default Biting Exciting

    Just need some advice.
    My 12 week border collie gets VERY excited and when I try to settle her bites .. not with intent, just well, over the top.
    At Puppy Preschool she is overwhelmed by other puppies AND people (favourite thing- a social event of any kind lol) and is the only on who seems to have trouble slowing down.
    If I pick her up and try to settle her by stroking her ( sending calm vibes and calm voice) it well... just doesn't work.

    What are the steps I can use to teach her ( I know it is a long term thing) to meet and greet calmly and also settle when overstimulated?
    We have 5 weeks until she is clear to go out in public, the vet said 17 weeks old until we can join obedience so she is parvo safe.
    I can't WAIT to be able to walk out the door and walk to the nearby bush and beach.

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    Look for Leslie McDevitt: Control Unleashed. This will teach you how to destress your pup in easy steps.

    Just a quick tip and that is to teach her the settle command. When she gets excited, turn around and walk away a few steps. Call her name and when she settles down , say "settle" and reward her. Do not pick her up and do not touch her until she has settled down.
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    My dog is now 18 months and she still gets overexcited when there's visitors or when she decides she really, really, really likes some stranger we meet. I have found the only thing that works is time-out. We now do it at home when we get visitors. If she jumps or mouths, I put her in the laundry for 20-30 seconds. (Only today I totally forgot and she was in there for 30 minutes - I felt sooooo guilty!!!)

    You can do this outside too by just walking her away from the distraction every time she gets overexcited. It will take a while before she links her behaviour to your reaction, but being a working dog, she is clever enough to figure it out. But only if you are consistent.

    I agree on the not stroking her when she is like that because she will see it as a reward for her behaviour. Ignoring would work better than giving extra attention.

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    From control unleashed...

    is recommended you train her to go to a mat - do this somewhere there's not many distractions... A crate would do as well as a mat, whatever you feel more comfortable with, though with a decent sized mat you can sit on it with your dog and give her massages and food for paying attention to you. Food does tend to calm a dog down and slow it down - eg how you feel after a big lunch.

    So you could divide up excita pup's meals into training sessions - and feed her lots for paying attention to you and being calm on the mat.

    biting - I would hold still or gently push. Don't make eye contact, or scold... maybe a yelp like your tail just got stepped on. And just slowly gently push. puppy will try to spit you out. Have some other toy that is ok to chomp handy for when she lets go and you can reward her with that or feed her for letting go of you. Only let go of the reward treat if she takes it gently. Which is going to hurt but they figure it out pretty fast.

    Be consistent. Only reward (with attention, praise, food, pats, toys) behaviour you want.

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    I use the 'On ya bed!' when people visit. This works so well long term. At 4, Bernie still gets excited as the nieces arrive, and whilst he doesnt mean to, he knocks the little ones over sometimes. So on your bed, till ive got the excited 2 legged variety settled, then i do the re-introductions, and prevent bernie from giving any visitor the usual wash up he thinks they need.

    Biting: 1st step, distract pup away from your hand, onto a chew toy.
    2nd step if pup persists: yelp as high pitched as you can, make the noise have a sharp start and end, ie. dont fade the noise, make it a short yip sound. Loud as you like.
    3rd step: If the pup doesnt spit you out immediately, push into the bite. I dont do this gently, i go for tickling the tonsils myself. I want them to gag as they spit. But each to their own i guess.
    Finale: And each time pup bites, i stop playing and walk off. Consistent message: bite and i stop play. Just like other dogs will.

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    Awesome thanks every one I can work this way. I will give her a mat in our main area for her to go to when people come.
    I love her exhuberance but not everyone does and it won't be cute when she is full grown.

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    The only people who find Banjo's exuberance funny now are big burly guys. Anyone else fears they're going to get knocked over.

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    I deal with this by completely ignoring, not looking or talking to the dogs....When they settle i reward. I also teach place

    But with new Rescue's i do not make eye contact say nothing, quite happily push them away (you cannot allow a newfie to jump on you, you go splat). But the important thing is not to say anything or make eye-contact. When they settle i call them to me and reward
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    I told this before, but I had a 6 month old newfie once jump up on me and I was petrified!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I told this before, but I had a 6 month old newfie once jump up on me and I was petrified!
    And i wonder why?.....It is just the worst thing, I hate it too...All rescue newfies seem to jump up, i think that is why they land in rescue. We treat them all by ignore, push away and never make eye-contact
    Last edited by newfsie; 06-03-2012 at 06:48 PM. Reason: spelling
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