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    I need help! I don't understand why my pup is excited (mostly in the mornings and late afternoons) she jumps up and she licks/tries to nibble on your toes. Ive tried telling her "No!", I tried yelping (she backs off then starts again) and I've tried doing that dog bark thing..and squirting her face with a water mister thing..none of it works properly though and it's frustrating. Can someone please give me tips on how I can stop her from mouthing and jumping up?

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    What breed of dog is she? How old is she? Did you just bring her home?

    Puppies are just that, puppies. Just about every puppy can be mouthy and excitable at times. It's important to set your expectations now and reinforce them.

    I don't see being excited as a problem as long as she's being polite (i.e. not constantly in your face, doesn't jump on you, and doesn't invite herself up on the couch/bed). My pups are very excited to see me, but they show it will all four paws on the grown, a grin, and a wagging tail. One is 5 months old and the other is 6 months old, when I call them in from the backyard the run up to the door, promptly sit, and wait for me to invite them in. Now they didn't come home knowing how to do that, but after some practice and patience they're learning manners (i.e. what I expect from them and what behavior I will not tolerate). It's a good thing too that I started with them early because I just found out that I'm pregnant. I can't imagine going through a pregnancy with unruly puppies.

    Back to your question, if she's not being respectful you can say "No" but only say it once. People who say "no, no, no, no, ..." are teaching their dogs that it's ok to ignore them. When my pups start getting amped up I'll often say "Settle" or if they're barking (as the red heeler loves to do) I'll say "Quiet."

    If she is jumping/licking/nibbling/any other unwanted behavior tell her off for it (be sure not to give her a pat or a "good girl" afterwards or you'll just be confusing her and undoing the telling off). Then all play and interaction stops. This reinforces that what she has done is not acceptable.

    It might also be a good idea to check how your interacting with her. If you're constantly talking in a high-pitched, excited tone that's only going to amp her up more.

    Positive reinforcement is crucial as well. If she's laying down or sitting calmly next to you giver her a pat, tell her "good girl," and give her a bite sized treat. It's important to catch them doing things well and reward them for it. When I put my pups in a down and I feel like they're confused or need a bit of reinforcement I tell them "down is good" and I can almost see the the question mark on their face disappear.

    It will take some patience and practice (on both of your parts), but setting boundaries now will make for a much happier life for the both of you later on. Of course, if you feel that the bahaviour is more than you can handle, you can always call in a trainer or go to puppy kindergarten at a local dog club. Sometimes you may be inadvertently doing something to encourage the unwanted behavior, so it's always nice if you can have a veteran dog person looking over your shoulder.

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    She is a Jack Russell X, about 9 weeks old, I've had her for nearly 2 weeks.
    I don't act happy when she does it, shes constantly jumping up even when I say "No!!" I try to turn away but she keeps licking/nipping my feet (not in an aggressive way) i walk away but she still does the same, she's pretty polite (when she's calm) maybe it's just cause she's a puppy shes all crazy, but boy it's frustrating! She will be going to puppy pre school soon in the next couple of weeks.

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    Excelent advice from glitter. You must set your expectations now and ensure you follow through and dont inadvertantly encourage the behaviour you want to stop by reqarding without meaning to.

    We encourage excitedness in our dogs at times. When we get home from work we get everyone all wound up with high pitched voices and lots of jumping round. Of course, the dogs act in kind and also jump up and get excited. However, when we say enough, they quickly cut it out because that is what they have been taught...and at other times excitement isnt allowed and they have learnt the difference. This isnt for everyone though and if you dont want a jumpy excited dog, then dont encourage it at all.


    Do remember though, your pup is just a baby and they can soemtimes take a wee while to learn what is expected.

    Good luck, and most importantly, have fun with your baby.

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    Thanks guys, i do try to ignore her when I walk outside then go back inside then come back out and feed her, I rarely act excited, she's always calm after she wakes up from naps.

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    She's a Jack Russell x ... yup, a very excitable breed. I swear those little pups have springs in their paws

    Do you walk her for a decent amount of time every day? A large part of it is probably her breed and puppyhood, but if she's not getting enough exercise to drain her energy it will only exacerbate the issue.

    Good luck!

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    I walk her once a day for about 10-15 minutes - she hates her harness. I'm not sure how walking is ment to be done but she usually walks behind me or next to me, am I ment to let her smell what she likes? I read you aren't ment to because that makes them think they're top dog? *sigh* So many 'rules' !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katty33 View Post
    I walk her once a day for about 10-15 minutes - she hates her harness. I'm not sure how walking is ment to be done but she usually walks behind me or next to me, am I ment to let her smell what she likes? I read you aren't ment to because that makes them think they're top dog? *sigh* So many 'rules' !!

    I personall think it's personal preference.

    When I take my dogs out walking (we usually bike ride), I let them smell stuff because that's half the enjoyment of the walk for them is seeing what's around.

    I personally allow my dogs to walk out front if that's where they wanna be as long as its on a loose leash I don't care (if they pull, they are then relegated to the side of me). I think its great that your pup walks either behind or beside you though and I would encourage that behaviour.

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    Nothing is a "rule" there is no such thing.
    What there is are choices on how you train your dog to best fit in together with you and your family/environment.

    I have recently reared two litter mate pups. Young puppies are always boistrous and excitable. Read as much as you can then decide what method suits you best.
    Mine learn't down, gentle and No as I was training them when I was ill.
    When mouthing too hard, my way was the same as the mother does. She grips their muzzle and growls. I gripped their muzzle and said NO. I kept doing that till the behaviour stopped. You have to be consistent and do the method you choose ALL the time. With mine I also turned my back on them if they persisted and ignored them then when they did something good ie not a hard mouth they were IMMEDIATELY given a treat I had in my pocket or lavish praise or both.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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