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annjohnplustwo
16:32:07 Sat
Apr 26 2008

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Please don't tell me this is boxer type! I would be grateful for any suggestions which would help prevent the situation I have just had this w/e
We don't get a lot of visitors really, maybe that's the problem. Our friends came to stay for the night and from the time they arrived the were not given a minutes piece by our two. They knew of them and I had said to them to try and ignore them, but Molly and Sasha continued to fuss around them and at one point Molly totally launched herself at my friend who is quite small in stature, thankfully she was sitting at the time. Then to make matters worse, totally out of character for Sasha, she weed on the floor. They were promptly put to bed where they spent all evening., sulking.
I must have been delusional when I thought they would calm down, I just wanted someone else to see how great they can be, when they are calm and just interacting with each other. I am maybe asking to much of them, they are only 20months and they are generally great in other ways, but does anyone else have this problem. We love them to bits and would like our circle of friends to do so as well.


  
Jakes_mum
17:24:29 Sat
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Heskey absolutely flattens people. We have atleast twenty minutes where he wont leave them be but then fortunately its all too much for him and he goes to sleep. He didnt use to settle that quickly but he must be 4 1/2 now!! (there is hope!)

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weazy779
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Yes Poppy is the same. I'm like you, I wish other people could see her the way we do. Everyone things she's totally mad all the time, she isn't but that's all they see. As for peeing on the floor its probably just been excitement. Poppy does this anytime someone talks to her outside or comes into the house. She'll even do it if I've been out and make a fuss of her when I come in....a bit of excitement and she loses all control of her bladder :headbangers: She's only 16 months though so still a baby really.



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Gixer's 3 and he is the same - he does calm down now but he never used to. Our friends have now seen the mad side and the nice side of him. Keep trying it'll soon sort itself out.



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Katiesnowflake
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Give them time out in their bed/s / crate [do you have crates]? Then bring them in one at a time on their leads. You sit down with the dog beside you and get them to sit. No matter how long it takes for them to calm down. Keep them there. I do this with our two youngest. If not used to it could be a job holding two of them at once for you so try just the one unless your partner can do same with the other one. They get bored sooner than you think. Once they relax, leave the lead down. Dont say anything or look at them and tell your guests the same. Just before your guests leave, take the dogs out back to their beds/crates. This way they are under control but not leaping all over the guests. They do calm down [a bit] but yours are still very young and one will egg the other on.

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SashasMum
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Sasha is still really bad although it does depend on who comes in the house to be honest. If it is my Dad, she pesters him for ages!

The other day some workmen came in who totally ignored them. The girls sat in their beds and watched them while they worked 2ft away from them :eek:

They are still quite young but obviously quite heavy!!

How about a rattle bottle as a distraction method if everything else isn't working. When they go to jump up, you shake the bottle and say "NO", then praise them when they walk away.

It's a hard one, boxers are exuberant, it's in their nature :doh:



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annjohnplustwo
17:24:09 Sun
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Helen thanks I quite like this idea, when u let the leads loose have you then been able to get up for drink etc and the dogs stay put, only ask because the last time when my friend came on her own, although they fussed for ages the did calm down, but everytime my friend moved on the seat or got up the started again, she was scared to move at all in the end !!. I am going to try this but was not sure re when I needed to move anywhere ie to the kitchen , knowing my two they will lull me in to a false sense of security then launch themselves at someones legs:

  

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