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hubblebubble
09:59:25 Wed
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I wondered if anyone has had any trouble with their dog running into them.I took Bobby in the field today and he just kept running into me,i stood still in the hope that he would just carry on playing but he then just kept on jumping up and either body slamming or biting my hands,jacket,sleeves. He seemed so possessed,i got him back on the lead and he carried on with the behaviour.
He has ran into me before and i have ignored the behaviour but this was bad today,i really dont no how to tackle this.
sue x

  
Tuija
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Oh dear, will be interested to hear replies in case I get this problem with Gary - he has run into me a couple of times just lately but generally swerves at the last minute. He is very good at the "Sit" command and generally if he is getting too boisterous this brings him back under control.

  
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What age is he?

You do need to go back to basics. Put a long line on him although to be honest if he is as bad as he sounds I would not let him run free until he is well under control.

Firstly you need to stop any jumping up altogether. You can practise your basics in the house, in the garden, in the street etc. Donít wait until he goes out for exercise. There is probably a big element of over excitement but he does need to learn his manners.

Basics. In the house or garden [where you have control and his attention] call him to you and make him "sit" either beside or in front of you. Use really tasty treats as rewards such as chicken or cheese or liver. You know what he likes best. When he sits, treat and reward, tell him to wait for few seconds, treat. Let him go again, call him back and do a "sit" treat and then a "down" treat. "wait" treat. You need to be consistent. So you need to do this every day without fail. In a young dog 5-10 mins is enough at a time. They do get to love it as it is giving them a "job of work" to do.

If he jumps up at you or mouths turn your back on him, fold your arms and face away. If he continues, donít look at him, donít say anything just walk away [this is where it is important that you do it in the security of your home or garden] and for the next 15 mins you totally ignore him. You must not give in. nothing annoys them more than being ignored. Donít be angry or otherwise, just blank him out. After 15 mins, behave as if nothing had happened.

When you are out leash walking, change your routes, walking down the road - about turn at the time you do so; say his name and "heel". At the moment he is used to you being predictable, you need to show him that you are in charge and his routine is not predictable when out and about training. Get him to sit at kerbs and not move off until you tell him to "walk on".

In the house and garden get one of his foodie treats and show it to him and tell him to wait. While he is watching you, hide it under a mat or if in the garden behind a plant or several feet away in the grass. Go back beside him, tell him to wait, then very lightly move the hand that held the foodie treat [in a cupped position] around [but not touching] his nose so that he can "smell" his treat. Wait a few seconds then tell him to "go find it". Once he has found it and eaten it, call him back, "sit" and treat. Do this for about a week of him seeing you "hiding" it then the next week, you go out of the room to hide it in the hall or in the garden, pretend to put it down in one place and go to another to put it down. Eventually you can hide things upstairs on on the stairs or anywhere in the garden and tell him to go find it.

This is fun for you both but it is also training him to wait and "find" and giving him something to think about.

If he were mine I would give him at least a month on leash training before I let him off again. Good brisk walks where the pair of you build up a good rapport.

You want him to be at the stage where when off leash, if he is galloping head on to you, you can hold your hand up with a foodie treat and in a loud voice say [using his name first] "sit" and he will do it.
If at any time you find yourself getting angry or frustrated, walk away, if out walking and he is leaping up and down at you. Stop, ignore him, leave a loose lead and look anywhere but at him until he stops. Make him sit and then give the command to walk on. He may start leaping again immediately, you do the same thing, stop, loose lead, ignore totally. They do get the message eventually. A walk that is constantly stopped and you have to sit can be very frustrating for a young dog.


It is a stage & you will get through it.

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SashasMum
17:32:28 Thu
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What Helen said!!

Good luck!!



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hubblebubble
18:14:43 Thu
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Thanks Helen,i just didnt know which direction to go in.Bobby is 16 months now.I will put what you have said into practice and see how we get on and let you no.I know i need to be stronger with him as he is a boy and very dominant,i have been rather soft with him because he is my baby . sue x

  
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