Chopping at my face
I didn't really know what the heck else to call this. I adopted Ceasar about a month ago. He is settling in nicely, adapting to the environment, slow diet changes, and my other two dogs who he was originally terrified of. I noticed that his previous owners allowed him to jump on them, so I began working on that behavior.
Shortly after he arrived, I noticed that the jumping up to my face was accompanied by a little chop in the vecinity of my face. I ignored the chop and addressed the jumping. He had a crate at his other house. I don't know how often they crated him. He urinated and defocated in the house when I left even though they said he never did that, so upon speaking to a trainer, like I have for my other two, I got him a crate. He acclimated to it very very quickly.
I had scheduled a trip in advance of knowing I was adopting him. To abbreviate, he was with me for two weeks, and then I left for vacation for 4 days. He did very well with my mother and didn't jump on her at all.
However, upon my arrival home, the jumping was OUT OF CONTROL... jumping on me from front, behind, the side when I bent over to pick up something, continuing at me with this chopping in my face.
I don't know if what I am doing is right or wrong because this is my first experience with this breed. I have had labs. I was commanding him to sit which he was ignoring. I put a pronged collar on him (used it to train the labs to heel AND stop jumping). The pronged collar HAS ABSOLUTELY lessened his jumping but NOT the face-chopping. WHAT THE HECK IS THIS BEHAVIOR ABOUT?????
On the average day, every time I let him out of the crate, arrive home, come in from outside, etc... whenever he is away from me for any period of time, he cries, now knows he can't jump so restrains himself from doing that, but is still constantly trying to chop in my face, until he has calmed down. Today I bent down to pick up something and he came out of nowhere and came darn close to my face. I pushed him down, grabbed his nose and firmly commanded, "NO." Held him there for about 5 seconds and let him up. He cried during this discipline.
WHAT IS THIS BEHAVIOR ABOUT???? Does anyone have a clue? Is this submissive, anxious behavior or is he trying to assert himself over me? ANY CLARITY you can provide would be helpful. I'm at a LOSS!