|Barked: Mon Jul 18, '05 3:30pm PST |
|As long as you allow the dog to jump on you, the dog will always jump on people and other dogs. When you come home ignore the dog while you come in and put your stuff up. Do not pet or talk to the dog until it is in a submissive behavior (a sit) and calms down.
You dog could be suffering from a number of things with the aggression, even immunizations can effect a dogs behavior. You need to never praise the dog when in an excited state, as this tells the dogs its okay to be like this. Do not try and 'calm' the dog by petting him/her and saying it's 'okay' as this also states that the current behavior is acceptable.
Your pup might be going through a stage and is trying to assert dominance, on you and other dogs. Dogs should greet each other with a butt sniff first, not a face sniff, as this is 'rude' behavior, although puppies have to learn alot of these behaviors. If the pup was taken before 8-9 weeks old, the pup could have missed some informative learning stages. You will need to correct the pup as soon as it starts to do a 'stare down' with another dog it is approaching. If another dog approaches, allow the other dog to smell her/him first. If this means you pick her up and turn her around to let the other dog sniff.
This also means that you need to be calm and assertive and she needs to be calm submissive. No yelling, no harsh corrections, just to the point and at the very START of the behavior, do not let it escalate to a growl or a bark or a jump. The dogs feed off your current emotional state. If you are nervous when approaching another dog, your dog will be nervous. Be calm, make the pup watch you and do not let her smell, pee, etc. without your permission, ie: if you are out walking, she needs to stay at heel positions and only when you allow her to go pee or smell something can she smell and pee on anything. This gives you the dominant position. Dominance is not being mean, but being the leader.
A pack leader always walks in the lead.....
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