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PostSubject: Suggestions on calming training   Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:34 pm

Alright well im not enitrely sure that this is the right place to put this but im assumeing the solution is some sort of training im just guessing this would be the proper place to put this, if not my apologies.

Anyway, so last night i asked one of my roommates if they would mind watching blu for me while i went out to do some thing's. she has watched him before with no hick ups and enjoys hanging out with him so she was fine with it. anyway i was gone for all of maybe an hour and i came back to find out that blu had bit her. according to her what had happened was they where hangin out in the kitchen and she was petting him belly and got up and decided to vaccume (and mind you the vaccume get's him extremely hiper) and apperently he was jumping up on her and she was telling him "no blu get down" and apperently jumped up and bit her on the forearm. there wasn't any blood and he ahs bitten her before accidently in the midst of playing and drew blood, however this time given that she was in drunken state she over reacted and pulled back and freaked out.

Now this scares me a bit because blu is around kids quite alot, and if something like this happened to them... that would just not be cool, in a big bad way. i thought i had him trained to know not to bite people when he's playing, and he hasn't bitten me when we play with each other since he was maybe 3 months old. however apperently he is well behaved in front of me but when im out of the picture he is a wild child, jumping, nipping, barking, getting into the trash can... just all bad news.

So im unsure if the question really is how do i stop him from bitting others, or if it's how do i get him to be as well behaved with others as he is when im around.
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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions on calming training   Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:10 pm

It sounds like Blu was just trying to play, especially since the vacuum hypes him up already. The best thing you do, first and foremost, is exercise. If you want to work on preventing him from getting hyped up to the point that he play bites there are several methods you can use, but I prefer this:

AFTER exercise, allow time for chilling out with the dog but leave the leash on.
After maybe 15-30 minutes, introduce the stimuli. When you go to do this it is very important that you are calm and nonchalant about it, don't get excited. Just do your thing. When the dog starts to get excited don't start to yell and flap your arms around trying to restrain the dog(excited dog + loud noises and fast movement = more excitement and confusion between dog and handler). Calmly say "No" in your normal voice, pick up the lead and lead the dog into a time out. A minute or two after the dog calms down remove from time out. Repeat. Eventually the dog will learn that getting over excited doesn't mean fun anymore. You have to do this every time the dog goes over the point you want him to, other wise he'll be confused about when being that excited is appropriate. I hope this helped a little bit, and good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions on calming training   Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:25 pm

The husky simply had no respect for your friend. He wanted to play and your friend was not confident enough when she said down. The husky simply insisted.

Best tip I can give you is this. Teach your friend how you would have handled the situation and let her try again with you in another room ready to intervene. The dog needs to learn that he needs not only to respect you but your friend too.

I'm not saying this to be an ass. But If she can't have the same level of control over your dog as you do, maybe you should not leave it with her. Huskies are too quick to seize control of a situation if they feel they can overpower the authority's energy.
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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions on calming training   Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:37 am

It's not about respect, it's about the dog getting hyped up under certain stimuli. People are to quick to assume excitement as disrespect and it puts dogs and owners in bad handling situations.
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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions on calming training   Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:07 pm

We'll have to disagree on that.

To me it IS a matter of respect. Respectful dogs will respect your personal bubble. Disrespectful dogs won't. This is not about training. This is about behavior. You need to correct behavior before training. And to correct behaviors, energy is key. If you have a weaker energy than the dog you'll never correct his bad behaviors. At least this is what I learned from trying to train mine and my buddie's Cane Corso. Like I said let's just agree to disagree I don't want to start wars on here lol Smile

Have a good day. And Good luck OP!
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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions on calming training   Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:31 pm

@dahowlers wrote:
It sounds like Blu was just trying to play, especially since the vacuum hypes him up already. .... Eventually the dog will learn that getting over excited doesn't mean fun anymore. You have to do this every time the dog goes over the point you want him to, other wise he'll be confused about when being that excited is appropriate.

I believe this will help the most. I think my Bourbon is having some teenage rebillion casue he is starting to bite play when overly excited which he has not done in since he was just a few months. I think I am gonna try the timeout and resriction if overly excited and biting to try and calm or reverse this new behavior.

Additional as far as the vaccum we have a dog that thought jumping and biing when around the lawnmower was out. (Did not metter who was around). We had to convince or train her out of this. So I think you are right in the trying to train for the overexcitment and you might want to try for the vaccum specifically. Also did she still feeel like she was partly at fault when not tipsy. I wonder how much she might have made the situation worse that what she actually thinks since she was in that state.
Plus I believe you can train a dog to be calmer always around children. My aussie husky is rough and tough when handling her ball and I have never really changed that about her just alway told children that they can not play feltch with her as she will nip them when they tryto get the ball as she sees it as a game of keep away.(I am not saying it was correct of me never to change this but I did not change it so moot point.) However when she plays ftch with my mother she plays much more gentler. So i would suggest socializtion the pup more with the children when training or insisting on the gentler calmer behavior when socializing around them. Show the pup that when around children even if they are excited we do not get excited.

Sorry to be long winded but IMO I belive that this calming or gentling behavior may be the way to go. But it will probably all depend on what was the real reason she was bit. Okay I will be quiet now that I have been big on the IMO.

Good luck!

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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions on calming training   Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:38 am

A dog not knowing what is appropriate is different than a dog acting disrespectful. It's disrespect when the dog knows what's expected but doesn't comply. THAT is disrespect, this is not a situation like that.
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