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LA_BONITA's Photo LA_BONITA Posts: 54
6/22/09 9:29 P

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Thanks everyone. I didn't want to give Rocky so many treats but looks like that is what everyone is recommending. I'll have to start over with him. Today he just went ballistic and nipped me on the upper arm! Ouch!

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change. - Katherine Hepburn


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6/3/09 2:07 A

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My lab is just a year old and I had an awful time teaching him not to jump. The best way that I found was to turn my back on him and walk away as soon as (and every time) he jumped on me until he got bored and decided it wasn't fun anymore. Eventually I started rewarding him for staying down and he's been pretty good ever since. He only jumps straight in the air now!

If he jumped up because he was excited about something, I trained him to sit down instead. For instance, I trained him to sit at the door when I come home. I started by giving him treats for sitting only, then I moved up to giving him treats when he sat by the door, then finally I gave him treats for sitting when I opened the door. Now he knows to wait for me to come to his level before he can go nuts! When he gets excited about something else like food or going for a walk, I used the same idea. I taught him to just be patient and wait.

I used to use a pinch collar on him, too. But no matter what they tell you or what you do to the spikes, it's uncomfortable for them. A dogs neck is one of the most sensitive parts on their body and the collar is awful to them. Positive reinforcement and treat rewards are the best, most friendly way to train a dog. If you need more suggestions, please contact me. I have been training my dogs for a while now and I've found some pretty cool ways to teach them their manners!

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"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare, and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all." - M. Facklam

Proud Momma of my shelter pets...

Cooper, three year old basset mix, rescued August 2007.

Maddrox, one year old DSH, rescued August 2008.

Marley, one year old yellow lab, rescued October 2008.

Mittens, two year old DSH, rescued March 2009.


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BECKYANNE1's Photo BECKYANNE1 SparkPoints: (150,182)
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6/2/09 8:41 A

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Have you tried rewarding your dog for good behavior? You can get a lab to do just about anything for food. I have a neighbor who also recommended a pinch collar to me. I guess you can buy these tips to put on the ends so they don't dig in. We've just been using treats when working with Lola and that usually works. We just don't keep it up all the time.

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LA_BONITA's Photo LA_BONITA Posts: 54
6/1/09 10:09 P

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Rocky is 9 months old. I took him to a training class and the instructor recommended the pinch collar but a type that is not sharp at the ends. Rocky really behaves with it on and we only use it when walking him. The problem is when the collar is not on. He goes crazy! He is so handsome but naughty!

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change. - Katherine Hepburn


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6/1/09 5:24 P

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How old is Rocky? Puppies (especially under 6 mos.) shouldn't be wearing those types of training collars. And as JJurzay says below, is this ONLY when he's walking, or does he start jumping every time you put a leash on him?

When I had trouble with one of my Labs and walking, I would play with them in the yard first to tire them out a little. That helped for a while. It gets the nervous energy out (like making them play fetch) and then they're in a better mental state to concentrate when you're walking.

I also use the Gentle Leader for walking to prevent pulling. That worked for a while too (but, if you use it all the time, they'll pull regardless of where their head is if they want something bad enough). I believe Gentle Leader makes a no-jumping harness -- I've seen them in catalogs. Basically, it's a harness that has a strap that goes around the dog's hindquarters so they're unable to lift themselves off of the ground enough to jump. That may be what you need instead of the pinch collar. It's less harmful and may solve your problem. Of course, having the pinch collar as a backup isn't bad. Good luck.

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6/1/09 8:58 A

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is this when your walking? i had problems with jumping and pulling while walking... i starting using the lead that goes over their nose and found that it worked pretty well. The idea is that the dog will follow your lead because it dosen't want to have its head jerked around... its instinctual i guess. It worked really well for us but the first few times we used it she would try and push it off her face and dive into the grass trying to rub it off (which was pretty funny to be honest! lol) but once she got used to it all went smooth! I don't know if this helps....

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LA_BONITA's Photo LA_BONITA Posts: 54
5/31/09 6:23 P

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Well, took Rocky to 2 training courses: the first at Petsmart that was a disaster as the instructor did absolutely nothing but lecture us, the second with a independent trainer was so much better but Rocky only behaves with the pinch collar. It's like magic that as soon as the collar goes on he behaves. Otherwise, he jumps all over the place and is constantly trying to grab me with his mouth and mostly aims for my chest! Arghh! I got one of the other types of collars that tightens but doesn't pinch and he ignores it. Anyone, have a good method to get him to behave without putting on the pinch collar?

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change. - Katherine Hepburn


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