|Barked: Sat Mar 30, '13 7:40am PST |
|I am about at the end of my rope with my dog's attention-seeking antics, and I hope somebody can give me insight into what I might be doing wrong and what I can do to correct this.
My dog is a 1-year-old Schnoodle. He has been through basic obedience class (with me), and is generally very obedient. I know that at his age there is still some puppy in him, so I try not to expect too much.
For whatever reason, he is very possessive of me. If I am talking to someone else, like a guest or now even my husband, he will jump up incessantly and nip at me until I acknowledge him. I always end up giving in and reprimanding him rather than ignoring him, because I'm afraid of what he might do if I just let him keep jumping/nipping. He definitely understands the "off" command, but completely ignores it in this situation.
As far as how I treat him normally...well, I'm not one to "baby" my dog, carry him everywhere, let him do whatever he wants, etc. Where I think I have gone wrong is in the past I have picked him up and held him when guests are around because he got too excited. Not the best idea, I know, but it was easier at the time. I generally keep him in the kitchen with the door closed until he settles down, but sometimes no matter what I say they insist on going to see him "because he just wants to say hello". Argh! So, I guess maybe he got the idea that when guests come over he gets treated like a baby. I'm not sure why he has started this behavior when it's just my husband I'm talking to, though.
How do I make it stop?? I have tried ignoring, I have tried treating him when all four paws are on the floor, I have tried pushing his nose with my hand when he jumps up. I have not tried a spray bottle or a shake can because I've read that it may lead to aggression or fear, but if that's the only way I will get through to him, then I will try something like that. We do not have a crate, but he has a bed in the kitchen and my husband has had some success telling him to stay on his bed when he is misbehaving. I'd be willing to get a crate if that would make a difference (though I'm a little worried he would freak out and injure himself in one).
This dog really knows how to push my buttons, and it's making me frustrated (which I know only makes things worse).
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