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Canine Behaviour Solutions

JUMPING UP ON PEOPLE

As a puppy this behaviour is common and natural. The pup initially jumps up to initiate greeting, establish sub-ordinance and stimulate food regurgitation from mother. However, we often allow this behaviour to continue well past puppy-hood. It is often perceived as acceptable to allow your dog to jump when we have ‘house clothes’ on and when it weighs as little as 5 or 6 kilos. As your dog grows and starts putting muddy prints on your best clothes or your guests clothing, this behaviour then becomes socially unacceptable.

At first glance JUMPING UP is seemingly innocent HOWEVER, if your dog jumps on people that he encounters during a walk, jumps on a child, frail person or scares another passer-by, Council may be called particularly if the ‘victim’ has been scratched, mouthed or bitten.

This can also be a symptom of Dominance, the dog jumps on the owner and the owner is unable to deliver any punishment i.e.; sin-bin. It relates directly to the dog demanding attention ‘right now’.

TREATMENT METHODS

  • Seek expert advice through Obedience or Control Training
  • Give an in-compatible command i.e.; ‘sit’ or ‘lie-down’
  • Have dog on lead as guests arrive
  • Ask Guests not to acknowledge dog until he is calm and compliant
  • Teach dog ‘control sit’ and release command
  • Ensure dog cannot reach any passer-by on a walk until the habit is resolved
  • If you push your dog off you – use a very quick action that cannot be mistaken for a pat

RECOMMENDATIONS

Obedience or Control Training is VITAL

Will teach you how best to avoid, minimise and eliminate unacceptable behaviours. It will also teach you as the owner appropriate praising techniques for your dog.

Socialisation

This is an absolute necessity to increase your dog’s confidence and teach it ‘polite greeting techniques’.

Determination AND Consistency

We assume that you are determined to fix this problem; your dog is equally determined to maintain and perhaps increase the intensity of his current behaviour to get the results that he wants. ‘Extinction Behaviour’ is a term that means just before things get better they get a whole lot worse – watch for this and recognise it so you can remain firm in your resolve to correct the problem.

Good Dog Bad Dog Training Club offers training in two convenient locations; Jimboomba and Slacks Creek.  Training with Professional and educated Instructors that care, ensure you get the best attention. Our Group classes are held on Wednesday’s, Saturday’s & Sunday’s. Private Tuition is available on request.

Puppy Pre-School is conducted in conjunction with Petvax Veterinary Clinic by Good Dog Bad Dog on Monday evenings at 6.30pm starting the 1st Monday of each month.

Pre- Registration is recommended and Bookings are Essential.

Information supplied courtesy of Good Dog Bad Dog Training Club. This material is designed to be used as a guide only and should not in any way take place of or interfere with Vet’s advice or treatment.

DOMINANT BEHAVIOUR

Dominance is always a Leadership Issue. Your dog does not see you as leader in the area where inappropriate behaviour is exhibited. Dominance can be exhibited in many ways. Often a dog can be dominant in one area and submissive in another. Dominance should not be confused with Aggression which will be covered in another Information Sheet.

WHAT IS DOMINANCE?

Any behaviour that is used to try and control the owner or avoid compliance of a command or rule (known to dog). Dog may gravitate in/out of Dominant state (usually dependant on your action / reaction).

COMMON MANIFESTATIONS.  Listed are just a few of the more common Behavioural Issues that can be associated with dominant behaviour.

  • Jumping up
  • Mouthing and Biting
  • Mounting
  • Barging through doorways / gates before owner
  • Destruction of property – not applicable when dog is in an anxious state.
  • Avoidance / non-compliance to grooming or handling
  • Inappropriate elimination (wee-ing on owners / strangers legs / personal items).
  • Non-Compliance of a known command – (disobedience)

TREATMENT METHODS

  • Vital to enrol in either Obedience Classes or Control Training Classes (seek expert advice)
  • Withdraw all privileges
  • Increase YOUR Leadership Skills
  • Seek expert advice –direct confrontation may escalate the dominance issue.
  • Make the dog ‘earn’ pats and / or attention
  • Never issue a command unless you are in a position to reinforce the behaviour

RECOMMENDATIONS

Obedience or Control Training is VITAL

Will teach you how best to avoid, minimise and eliminate Dominance Behaviours. It will also teach you as the owner appropriate praising techniques for your dog, vitally important in the Dominant Dog.

Write a List

Often we forget the ‘dominant’ issues when we leave the house. So a list on the fridge is a great idea for all the family to have an input. The list should contain ‘Rules of the House’ which you have, would like to have (and currently don’t) and the areas in which your dog displays dominant behaviour. Your Instructor should be given a copy so that they can help you.

Good Dog Bad Dog Training Club offers training in two convenient locations; Jimboomba and Slacks Creek.  Training with Professional and educated Instructors that care, ensure you get the best attention. Our Group classes are held on Wednesday’s, Saturday’s & Sunday’s. Private Tuition is also available.

Puppy Pre-School is conducted in conjunction with Petvax Veterinary Clinic by Good Dog Bad Dog on Monday evenings at 6.30pm starting the 1st Monday of each month.

Pre- Registration is recommended and Bookings are Essential.

Information supplied courtesy of Good Dog Bad Dog Training Club. This material is designed to be used as a guide only and should not in any way take place of or interfere with Vet’s advice or treatment.

SEPARATION RELATED BEHAVIOURS (SRB)

(AKA – Separation   Anxiety)

We, as loving pet owners, often create this problem by lavishing too much attention on our dogs. Often seen in dogs lacking self-confidence; signs of stress are exhibited and ‘dog’ finds ‘life’ difficult to cope with by itself.

MANIFESTATIONS

Behaviour can be varied; including but not limited to:

  • Barking / Whining
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Pacing fence lines; running from door to door; following owner closely
  • Scratching / whining at door

TREATMENT METHODS

  • Seek advice from your Vet to ensure dog is not physically ill
  • Increase dogs social skills
  • Independence Training – leaving your dog alone for short periods of time
  • Start obedience / control training with your dog (seek expert advice)
  • Start putting your dog outside for a short time –don’t allow your dog back inside until he is calm and quiet.
  • Owner and family to initiate all contact with dog.  Do not allow dog to initiate contact
  • Make dog earn ‘attention’ i.e.; make him sit before a pat
  • Do not be fooled by attention seeking behaviour i.e.; pawing or nudging at you for a pat. Very cute behaviour that is thwart with danger.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Obedience or Control Training

Will teach you how best to avoid, minimise and eliminate Separation Related Behaviours. It will also teach you as the owner appropriate praising techniques for your dog.

Socialisation

This is an absolute necessity to increase your dog’s confidence. Socialise your dog with ‘safe’ dogs, introduce your dog to many different stimuli i.e.; noise, places, people etc.

Determination AND Consistency

We assume that you are determined to fix this problem and make your dog happier when you are away from home; your dog is equally determined to maintain and perhaps increase the intensity of his current behaviour to get the results that he wants. ‘Extinction Behaviour’ is a term that means just before things get better they get a whole lot worse – watch for this and recognise it so you can remain firm in your resolve to correct the problem.

Good Dog Bad Dog Training Club offers training in two convenient locations; Jimboomba and Slacks Creek.  Training with Professional and educated Instructors that care, ensure you get the best attention. Our Group classes are held on Wednesday’s, Saturday’s & Sunday’s. Private Tuition is also available.

Puppy Pre-School is conducted in conjunction with Petvax Veterinary Clinic by Good Dog Bad Dog on Monday evenings at 6.30pm starting the 1st Monday of each month.

Pre- Registration is recommended and Bookings are Essential.

Information supplied courtesy of Good Dog Bad Dog Training Club. This material is designed to be used as a guide only and should not in any way take place of or interfere with Vet’s advice or treatment.

APPROPRIATE GAMES TO PLAY

WITH YOUR ADULT DOG AND PUPPY

HEALTHY GAMES

  • Chase toys; balls, soft toys, dumbbells
  • Hide n Seek
  • Chase games – dog chasing you – can be fun – however if excitement becomes extreme resulting in jumping, biting, mouthing this game should stop immediately and permanently
  • Retrieve any article (not sticks)
  • Remember to choose appropriate size toys for your dog

UNHEALTHY

  • Throwing or Chasing Sticks –can become wedged in your dogs jaw causing horrific injury
  • Tug of war –this may increase the dominance tendencies
  • Rough physical games with family members or friends
  • Chase games with you, family members or friends chasing the dog – this may adversely effect your dog coming to you – he will turn a ‘come’ command into ‘catch me if you can’ or ‘dodge ‘em’ game

Hide n Seek

  • Use 3 items (bucket, cups, walnut shells etc) place food treat under one and get your dog to find it
  • Teach your dog to find you by hiding behind a tree and gently call him
  • Get a family member to send your dog to find you
  • Teach your dog the different names of family members, then teach your dog to find each person by name. Remember to make it easy for your dog great if your dog can identify different family members

Find, Retrieve and Carry

  • Teach your dog to find articles by attaching a name to it and rewarding the ‘find’ i.e.
  • Create a home helper by teaching your dog to hold the peg basket, carry the paper or mail
  • Carry a bucket to help with gardening, peg basket etc.

Good Dog Bad Dog Training Club offers training in two convenient locations; Jimboomba and Slacks Creek.  Training with Professional and educated Instructors that care, ensure you get the best attention. Our Group classes are held on Wednesday’s, Saturday’s & Sunday’s. Private Tuition is also available.

Puppy Pre-School is conducted in conjunction with Petvax Veterinary Clinic by Good Dog Bad Dog on Monday evenings at 6.30pm starting the 1st Monday of each month.

Pre- Registration is recommended and Bookings are Essential.

Information supplied courtesy of Good Dog Bad Dog Training Club. This material is designed to be used as a guide only and should not in any way take place of or interfere with Vet’s advice or treatment.