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    FPJen...this excitement he is portraying when you get to him in the morning...IGNORE IT!!! Just take him outside...no eye contact...no..."oh little sweetie you are such a good boy" *kisses and cuddles*

    When he pees or poops outside...THAT is when you do this. The excitement is an attention seeker from him...do not give it to him

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    I'll try to ignore him tonight when I get home as he does get very excited then too. Oh, and will try the cotton ball thing and see if it works.

    Thanks so much for the advice guys, feeling much more confident about all this.

    I've also got more reason not to pick him up, I've had a bad back since last week and got in trouble by the physio this morning for bending too much.

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    It's not so much a case of ignoring him, Jen. It's more a case of "not reacting" to his behaviour if it is over-excitable. The moment he starts to calm down however, then yes, give him your attention, but do so calmly.

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    OMG!!! Already I have a different puppy!!! Got home today, opened the back door, said hello to Max but didnt pick him up, just walked around the yard then came back in grabbed a cloth then went back out to clean the outdoor table (visitors tonight). Every time he jumped on me I just ignored it and as soon as he sat down I praised him. When I finished on table I sat on the outdoor chair and again, ignored him when he jumped on me and praised him when he sat at my feet. Repeated this again when I came inside at sat at the kitchen table to read the paper. He laid down at my feet and just waited for me to finish. I called him over to me and picked him up for a cuddle and he sat in my arms nice and quiet and gave me a cuddle. He then went to give my hand a nibble and I put him straight back on the ground. He's still trying to bite at my trousers/legs when I'm walking around (but not as much) and I'm just ignoring him until he lets go then praising him.

    I cant believe the change in him. Last night at this time he was bugging me from the minute I got in the door. Right now he's happily playing with his toys in the laundry - oh hang on, he's just bought his bed in from the laundry into the lounge!!! I think he's trying to take it back to my bedroom lol Should I put it straight back in the laundry or let him play if he's being quiet?

    Thanks again everyone for your words of wisdom, we're both happier already!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FancypantsJen View Post
    OMG!!! Already I have a different puppy!!! Got home today, opened the back door, said hello to Max but didnt pick him up, just walked around the yard then came back in grabbed a cloth then went back out to clean the outdoor table (visitors tonight). Every time he jumped on me I just ignored it and as soon as he sat down I praised him. When I finished on table I sat on the outdoor chair and again, ignored him when he jumped on me and praised him when he sat at my feet. Repeated this again when I came inside at sat at the kitchen table to read the paper. He laid down at my feet and just waited for me to finish. I called him over to me and picked him up for a cuddle and he sat in my arms nice and quiet and gave me a cuddle. He then went to give my hand a nibble and I put him straight back on the ground. He's still trying to bite at my trousers/legs when I'm walking around (but not as much) and I'm just ignoring him until he lets go then praising him.

    I cant believe the change in him. Last night at this time he was bugging me from the minute I got in the door. Right now he's happily playing with his toys in the laundry - oh hang on, he's just bought his bed in from the laundry into the lounge!!! I think he's trying to take it back to my bedroom lol Should I put it straight back in the laundry or let him play if he's being quiet?

    Thanks again everyone for your words of wisdom, we're both happier already!!
    I'd let him drag it around Batty drags his around and sleeps on it or chews his toys on it. I think it's more comfortable for him. The way I see it, it's his bed he's allowed to carry it around and I'd rather him sleeping on it. He also carries around a big stuffed dog

    Congratulations and well done!

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    I have a new puppy!!! I didnt hear him at all last night. This morning, I opened the laundry door, ignored his excitement and opened the back door and let him straight outside as there'd been no wee's or poo's in the laundry at all. He'd been hanging on all night!! (I would too with the smell lol) He didnt even get around tot he side of the house though he was busting so much and ended up doing his pooing right at the back door!

    The difference in him is amazing. Its just like he was waiting for me to take control. Jumping less, biting less and much more controllable

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    Quote Originally Posted by FancypantsJen View Post
    Its just like he was waiting for me to take control. Jumping less, biting less and much more controllable
    Well done. Keep going now with the same level of leadership that you've shown in the last couple of days.

    You put it perfectly FPJen. Max has been looking to you to be Alpha. Without you being leader, he's had to make up "the rules" himself, something he probably doesn't want to do.

    A 2 day turn around for both of you. Excellent.

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    FPJen...in the real world...being the alpha dog is quite stressful. They are the protectors, providers etc etc.

    Having taken that load of his mind will do wonders for him...now he can enjoy being a dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    FPJen...in the real world...being the alpha dog is quite stressful. They are the protectors, providers etc etc.

    Having taken that load of his mind will do wonders for him...now he can enjoy being a dog
    I think not enough people realise this about canine psychology. It really clicked for me when I read that. Before that I didn't quite get the whole 'but why is being alpha so important and why are dogs OK with being at the bottom of the hierarchy'. So thanks for bringing up that point.

    And OP, good luck. It gets better even if there are moments when he seems to be a little terror, but I remind myself, This Too Shall Pass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    FPJen...in the real world...being the alpha dog is quite stressful. They are the protectors, providers etc etc.

    Having taken that load of his mind will do wonders for him...now he can enjoy being a dog
    In my next life, I want to be a dog for this very reason Clea.

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