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    Question Puppy gets ver excited with new people!

    Hi!
    I just wanted to get an idea of whether or not this behaviour is just a puppy problem or what if it's a sign of something for the future. This is our first pup since my husband and I have been adults.

    We have a border collie x terrier pup now 17 weeks old. He has learnt pretty good manners with my 2 little girls and hubby but when he gets around others he goes a bit crazy! We take him to puppy preschool, and even there I walk him in and he goes crazy barking, growling, jumping. He gets his own off leash time because the other dogs find him a bit much! Also when my daughters friends come over or someone comes to the door all he wants to do is jump on them and cuddle. If he can't get to them he goes crazy barking. Most adults are understandable but I worry when other children come over because if they are little they can a bit terrified. I put him away from them but I would like my kids friends to be able to come over without having to worry too much (of course I will always supervise).

    Thanks for your feedback

    -Kelly

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    Congratulations on your new puppy, he sounds pretty normal to me.
    Most puppies are excitable and jumpy and need to be taught the correct way to behave. You are off to a good start if he is well mannered at home, I would expect the puppy pre school would be used to this and could offer you some guidance. He may even be ready for formal obedience classes, look for a dog club in your area.
    I had a very similar problem to you when my boy was about that age and engaged the service of a behaviorist. One of the first things he did was give me a sign for the front door which read

    Dog in Training
    Please do not talk to the dog
    Do not pat the dog
    Do not make eye contact with the dog.

    In other words ask your visitors to completely ignore the dog, my six year old grandson has this down pat. It's my adult son's mates who have trouble following instructions. Lol

    Another good idea is to get puppy to wear a short leash and when he is silly grab it, ask for a 'sit' and give him a treat and praise.
    The behaviorist also taught me to clicker train which has been a wonderful asset.

    Do you have a crate? I often put my boy in his when we have visitors or when my grandson is playing with his toys.

    One more thing.
    Can you please post a pic, I bet he is a cutie

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    Hi Kel182

    I agree with what emm318 said...

    You have a normal puppy - up to you to train acceptable behaviour - reward what you do like. Prevent, ignore, limit or stop what you don't like.

    Some things are self rewarding like biting and mouthing, barking and fence running and pulling on lead, and stealing food or sox. So you have to prevent or stop these, you can't just ignore.

    If my dog is acting all crazy - I just hold her collar until she stops and looks at me - and then I praise and pat. I don't like to use food in this situation because my dog is very good at "back chaining" and training me.

    It didn't take her very long to figure out a few things I'd gotten wrong, ie if she barked and acted crazy then stopped and looked at me - she got a treat - so she'd do this - to get the treat. Oops. And she also worked out if she pretended she wanted to play with some dog at the park - lunging play bows barking and etc, and then did a nice sit - I'd let her off the lead to play - but she'd go sniff. Oops again.

    Currently we're working on counter surfing. I can hear when her paws lift off and hit the kitchen counter, even if I can't see it. So I go get her and put her in the crate. She likes the crate - lots of good things happen there for her, but not so much when I shut the door. So when she's been counter surfing - she goes in the crate and I shut the door and no treats. Which is a bit different to me giving her a bit of roo jerky (big fave with her) as I'm going out for a while. She gets that in the crate too.

    The foundation game for this is "collar grab" ie your dog needs be super comfortable and not freaked out by you grabbing and holding and even pulling it round by the collar. So the start of the game is - inside somewhere nice and calm - touch the dog's collar (or put a finger in the collar), and give the dog a treat... repeat five times. (end session) gradually over multiple sessions - increase the speed you grab the collar, or how much you move the dog around by the collar. Then eventually - if you have barking nutjob dog, you can safely grab their collar and they will calm down and think of treats. Or roll over for a belly rub (ok that move cracks me up so now that's what she does).

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    'Kel182' - agree totally with what everyone else had said.

    Your pup is perfectly normal and his behaviour will improve with training !

    Some links for you:

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-calendar.html

    Free downloads | Dog Star Daily

    Knowledge Base | Steve Courtney Dog Training

    kikopup puppy tips - YouTube

    Leslie McDevitt: Control Unleashed�: Home Page

    Patricia McConnell PH.D. | McConnell Publishing Inc.

    Happy reading and training !

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    Thankyou everyone! I appreciate all the feedback. I think I'm over anxious because I have little kids around and I want a well behaved dog.

    He is beautiful, I've got some pics from when he first got home. He's gotten a bigger, not 100% sure how big he will be, we think 10kgs ish. He was a rescue dog and we don't no what sort of terrier is crossed with, the only info that got passed on was "shaggy terrier"

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    VERY cute. Don't be fooled by his cute and tiny exterior. He needs just as much training and discipline as any big dog.

    I guess the only thing I can think of adding (apologies of it has already been said) is think of it this way...

    What does the dog want?
    If he is doing something you don't like, then don't let him have what he wants.
    If he is doing something you do like then give him what he wants.

    Once you work out what he wants (what he finds rewarding) and what the rules are, the rest becomes pretty easy.

    Has anyone mentioned NILIF?

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    Oh my goodness! Could he possibly get any cuter ?

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    NILIF (nothing in life is free) is in the Steve Courtney Knowledge base
    as is Triangle of Temptation

    and good things like the puppy development calendar.

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    Sounds like a typical puppy. The working dog breed in him may make it seem a little bit more energetic.
    I have owned a cattle dog cross kelpie and now have a kelpie and they were both the same. Get all excited when there is someone different visiting... especially children! Its like they know!

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