HI-My name is Janet and I have a 10 month old chocolate lab named Ocho. Our family brought him home when he was 8 weeks old. He went from a sweet, cuddly pup to 80 lbs of "doggie terror" in the blink of an eye! We love him-but we need to get a handle on his behavior. If anyone has suggestions on how to handle a very hyper, dominant dog- I would really appreciate hearing from you! I will try to post some pics( if I can figure out how to do it!!!).
Hi Janet, I am also new here and from Georgia. In the case of a dominate dog you really have to get a grip on this. You are the one that has to be dominate. Since you didn't describe what he is doing there is not really any way to tell you what you can do.
In the case of him yanking on you while walking him on the leash try this. Take him out and keep changing direction. He will learn to watch you and not everything else. Have a few treats on hand let him know you have them.
If he jumps on you when you arrive home. Ignore him till he calms down. Turn your back on him. After he has calmed then give him love he is craving. Tell other family members to do the same. My dog gets excited and most of the time he will just grab one of his stuffed animals and walk around in circles. At first I didn't understand what he was doing. But now i think he is using his animals as a stress reliever, to help him calm.
So anyway welcome to the forum. Which part of JAw Jaw do you live in?
Gryphon and Dak
I live in metro-Atlanta(Gwinnett county!). The pulling on walks we've pretty much solved by using a Gentle Leader collar. It has worked like a charm. We have done the attentiveness training (walking and changing direction) like you suggested. That helped before we switched collars. Some of the more frustrating behaviors are jumping on us(especially my children), jumping/pulling when someone is at the door and a lovely habit we like to call "counter surfing" (nothing is safe on any surface-including kitchen counters, sinks, desks, etc)! The jumping isn't limited to greeting-he gets very physical with us, especially at night when the whole family is home. It really is non-stop, which means most of our interactions with him end up being corrections. We have worked with a trainer and Ocho is great while the trainer is here-but back to his old tricks as soon as the trainer leaves.(smart dog!!)
Thanks for the info!!
Janet & Ocho
Welcome From NC!
Hope you enjoy your time on the board! Whatever you way you choose to teach him, be patient and be consistent. IT will all pay off, I can guarantee you that
A crate is invaluable, for them to have their time, also when you are busy.
Here is a poem I read when Kassa was a pup. I tried to keep to some of it.
Food and play and socialise
quiet time and excersise
give your dog a job to do
and lots of rest when the dy is through.
Train with love, respect and care
and see your vet throughout the year.
It isn't easy training a dog.
I adopted Ernie at 3 and he jumped etc. I have to keep him low key or he will get into a frenzy and hard to control. If he looks like he is playing up, he has quiet time.
Things like making sure you go in and out the door first, not getting one bed etc keep him where he belongs in the pack. Dogs worry and will play up if they don't know their rightful position in the house.
The best place for your questions is Training. Post one question at a time and I am sure you will get lots of advise.
Stick with it.