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    Max seems to be getting worse instead of better. Especially this week following the easter break. He's not biting my hands like he was when he was little any more but he'll come running up to me and jump and latch his teeth into whatever it is I'm wearing and I'm sure he's doing it just to get attention and annoy me. I admonish him every single time he does it but it doesnt stop. I've tried time out, light smack on the nose and NO BITING, NAUGHTY, holding his mouth shut and saying NO BITING, NAUGHTY even pushing him flat onto the ground with the NO BITING, NAUGHTY. Sometime's he'll give me a "sorry" look but other times he just continues. Obviously I'm doing something wrong but just not sure what it is and what to do to remedy it.

    I think WE definitely need obedience training. Can anyone recommend a really good dog club/obedience school preferably in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne? I cant afford one on one training though - not with the way interest rates are going north these days.

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    I'm not in Melbourne so afraid I'm of no help anyway re obedience schools, but the mouthing/biting is a real problem.

    Have you tried saying a 'firm' ouch when he does it, instead of the usual reprimanding and no, naughty etc?

    I have always found saying a loudish firm "OUCH" works well. Another option to try is the ignoring factor. When he does it fold your arms across your chest, stand side on to him and totally ignore him, standing stock still. Only when he is calm and not doing this can you then give him your attention.

    For some dogs getting reprimanded is at least better than being ignored! Once he behaves the way you want, CALM praise. Look, it might take you 10 minutes to get from the bathroom to the kitchen, but if you have the time and patience I have really seen it pay off.
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    We had alot of problems with our pooch biting. Finally we are down to minimal teeth contact now.
    Troopa does it out of excitement and wanting to play, not aggression. I replace my limb with a toy and we have and game. It's worked for us.
    Physically removing him always worked him up more and he would think I was just playing rough and he'd do the same.

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    I also think you might have two probelms here, not just the only - possibly?

    The jumping up sounds like it could be an issue in itself. So I would be working on strongly curbing any jumping up at you etc at the same time.

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    Yes I agree with DA, regarding what you have said about the jumping.

    Anyway, I cannot be of help as I do not live in Melbourne and it's a bit hard considering I don't know of any trainers there at all.

    Perhaps ask your vets? Or drop into the pet stores, most of the time vets and pet stores have fliers up on notice boards in the clinic etc showing up coming events, and what do you know there may be one about Obedience training, I am sure there would be at least one at the vets.

    Also, at our local vets they have pamphlets about obedience training and where to go. I'm not sure about your vets but it's worth a look.

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    Sorry can't help with trainers in Melbourne area.

    Do you pick Max up a lot?

    Today I've put a total (and by total I mean not just when I'm not around which was what was happening grrrr) ban on the children picking the puppies up because they are running to us and jumping and grabbing hold of clothing, yep typical puppy behaviour but I'm curbing it now.

    I stand upright, they are ignored until all four feet are on the ground, then I will pat them. I'm wasting a lot of time but I'm hoping this will work before trying other things.

    And I've told everyone (including myself) to tone down the love meter and wait for good behaviour before giving attention.

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    Your local council will run obedience training schools. I can only recommend one at Bentleigh, but go and check out what your council has on offer
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    Sounds like I'm out your way. Get in touch & I'll let you know what's available in this area.

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    I've tried the ouch instead of repremanding and also tried the ignoring. When I ignore him he just does it more to get my attention. I always push him away when he jumps and tell him to sit and am trying to teach him that he can only jump when I say cuddles.

    Meegan, I'm 99% sure Max is only doing it out of excitement too. It doesnt seem to be an aggressive thing just an excitement + wanting attention thing, but its not like he lacks attention either.

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