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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-27-2007, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Question Duncan is getting out of control!!!!

He absoluteyl is going nuts.He barks at me and my girls,and always is nipping at our pant leg and occasionally gets the skin,OUCH!
He respects my hubby and is fully aware that hubby is the alpha male.
He will not play with toys when I am in the room.He just barks to play with him or pet him.
He does get plenty of attention and exercise,but the last few weeks have been busy and maybe he just isn't getting the amt of attention that he is used to?????Can that be causing his odd behavior??
His new thing is the follow me around the house and bark and bark.I try to quiet him down,but he then growls and wants to play.
How can I get him to respect and listen to me???
Thanks,this is getting very frustrating.


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Oh gosh Dot, are you living in my house? Logan is doing the same thing lately!! The pant leg thing and jumping is driving me crazy!!! I spoke with my trainer today, I told her that I was trying my best to ignore him if jumping, and telling him "down" and then petting him ONLY when he is down. She said I am doing what needs to be done, the problem is it is hard when he is jumping on you from behind. I can say after about 3 days of this, he seems to be "getting it" Lucky for me, there is always another pup around to play, so when he sticks the butt in the air & barks at me to play, one of his sisters comes and takes care of him! I also found that when he jumps on the front of me, I knee him gently so he falls back, and I say DOWN. He seems to be getting it. How old is Duncan?? Logan turns 1 on tuesday. I wonder if it is an age thing., Good Luck.
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oh Laurie it's comforting to know that it's not just Duncan.Sorry you are going thru this.I have noticed that when Duncan gets his long walks he is better,but sometimes when we're all busy he doesn't get that extra exercise and he can be a handful!!!
I am being consistent with telling him down,cross your fingers and let's hope it is indeed an age thing.
Duncan is 8 months old.


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Logan also seems to be better when it is nice out and he gets to be outside and run a good part of the day. So I think a lot of it is just puppy energy and if they can go for walks and run and play,. they are better. As I am sure you are also experiencing, this weather has been bad for a few days, so he has a LOT of pent up energy. Good Luck, when it gets nice again,you should bring Duncan down since he missed our playdate, and let the two of them run like crazy!!!

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Thanks Laure,but like I said it's been pretty busy the last couple of weeks.I am actually at work right now getting ready to go home and I've been here since 9am.Duncan is home with the girls and both grandmas.I really don't know who's more spoiled the girls or Duncan???
Hopefully he'll be a good boy today.I know when he does his growling,he is just playing but it gets me worried.My older daughter is great with him,but my little terror loves to roughouse with him and I keep telling her to be NICE to him.But in one ear and out the other.........


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Oh, Dot, Duncan sounds a lot like Brutus. I get up at 5 am on work days to walk him 2 miles so he is reasonable the rest of the day. I have been told the pant leg thing is part of their "herding" instinct. It is annoying though whatever the cause. Brutus is almost 10 months old.
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It is really hard to do somedays, but Brady and I take many walks every day that equate to at least 2-3 miles. If he does not get enough exercise, he is just a bear to deal with. It has been raining the last few days and that is hard on all of us here! I actually went out to take Brady out last night and he started doing RLH in the mud and pouring rain. I let him go. I figured I would rather him be wet and muddy than a brat:suspicious.

Maybe you can get the kids to chase him around the yard or something to wear him out a little when you don't have time to walk him. I sometimes will take Brady to the neighbors to play with their dogs when he is a bear so he gets worn out quickly. Brady is a very good boy, but he does require a lot of attention, toy throwing, walks, etc. He is a year and a half.


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OH the kids love to run around with him.But with the rain the last few days Dunan has really learned to hold his bladder.
He DOES NOT like to go in the rain and even a walk in the rain with his rain coat on didn't help him go.
This am went he went out before it started raining really hard he was gone a long time....
I just hope this boy likes the snow,LOL!!!


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if capote is doing something that's irritating me that he's not supposed to do I growl at him..deep in the throat. That's what their moms do and thats the only language they know. He halts whatever it is immediately when I growl at him..
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I agree exercise is a big component . I try and walk the dogs twice a day for at least half an hour . I agree rain can be a factor but I got them raincoats and we just go rain or not .. WE do not look very fashionable but off we go and they are getting used to it .
I also think it is important to do the sit and stay and downs at least once a day even if it is only for a short period of time .
I was away for a week and the dogsitter is great - she exercises them well and it shows - she takes them on hikes and she is good at training them .. Better than I am at times .
Of course she is not remodeling her kitchen..
Also chewing is a good thing .. I do not remember how old your dogs are but letting them have a flossie now and again may help as well .. Just a little positive diversion .
They do go through phases so you need to be consisitent .
You say he respects your husband but ignores you - so what do you think your husband does to get his attention that you do not do ..
Body blocking is a good thing just gently moving the dog or blocking him . It makes themn aware we are in charge no matter what they may think ..
I know about the coming up behind bump - it seems to be a havanese thing I never had another dog do it ..
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