With our lab we run into an issue with him that when both of us are around him he doesnt want to mind as well. If just one of us is with him he does very well and improves everyday but when the both of us are with him he doesnt seem to want to mind as well. One of us has to be a little bit more strict in getting him to mind. We dont do anything that will hurt him and we dont yell but have to been a bit more stern and tell him something more than once to get him to react. He wants to jump on us and when he tries that we tell him no and move out of his reach. Is there a way we can get him to not be so hyper and listen better when both of us are with him? We are planning on having him fixed next month but would like some advice on how to handle him a bit better between now and then.
How old is he ?
Have you considered training classes ?
Not exactly sure what you mean by "He won't mind"
Don't move away from him when he jumps. Fold your arms across your chest, turn your back away from him and stand very still. Jumping up is all about getting attention. If it doesn't get him any attention, he will come to the conclusion that there's no point in doing it.
If he continues to jump after you've turned your back, you can take it a step further and leave the room, shutting the door behind you. Wait a few seconds, maybe half a minute, and come back. He'll jump again. Leave again. Repeat as necessary, and be very consistent: Jumping up always results in attention going away.
ETA: No talking or chattering or scolding with either of these methods. Talking also classifies as attention.
Thanks for the advice. But what if my husband and I are together. He thinks he can act up and not do what we ask him but when we work with him one on one he does well. He is like a little kid when there is more than one of us with him, he thinks he can get away with acting up and not minding. Any suggestions on how to deal with that?
Well what I mean is he has a hard time listening to commands we give him. When working with him one on one he will listen to commands such as sit, stay, lay. But if there is more than one person there he acts like a kid and thinks he can get away with acting up and not wanting to mind. He is a 17 month old male and we are going to have him neutered next month in the hopes that will help settle him down.
My guess is that he is very happy when everyone is home with him... very excited to have both you and your husband with him. When Labs are excited, especially young dogs, they just don't focus on commands.
Never give a command you can't enforce.
So if you're recalling the dog, make sure it's on a leash the first 39,596 times, so that if Sport doesn't come immediately, you have the means to make it so.
Also -- Use specific words for specific commands. When he jumps on you, it's OFF, not NO. NO is WAAAY too general for a young dog to understand: No... what... Jumping? Wagging? Sniffing? Smiling? Breathing? Shedding? What exactly is it you want me to stop?
The more specific, the better you can train that particular behavior. OFF! And use the collar if needed. Or a knee to block the chest. And then the praise: GOOD OFF! NICE OFF! Again and again and again and again.
The goal is to give a command ONCE. When you become a broken record -- sit, Sport. Sit. Sit. Sport! SIT! Sport!!!! SIIIIIT! -- all you're teaching the dog is to ignore you. Also, watch your vocal tone. A lot of this will depend on your dog's temperment, but you want to use a clear, authoritative tone. Not BARKING at the dog, but not asking either... SIIIIIIIIIT??? DOWWWWNNN????
Asking your dog runs the risk of eliciting this:
Same with SIT, DOWN, LEAVE IT, HEEL, etc. etc. etc. Use the word. Train the behavior. Praise with the same word. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Last edited by dweck; 09-10-2010 at 09:25 AM.
Kelrobin Cleveland Street Denizen, CGC, RN [Parker]
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Agree - he's just more excited when you both are around. The Rx for overexcitement is calm. If you and your hubby become excited too, you will just be feeding the fire. You can both become quiet and turn your back when he starts jumping.
Dan made great points about training above. Don't chatter. Pick one word for one command, and make sure everyone is using the same word.
17 months is still very puppy. Neutering may help some. Time will help more than anything. Just hang in there and keep being consistent. It will pay.