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CarlyNine 01-11-2014 06:56 PM

He likes to use his paws...
 
I'm not sure if this is a breed thing, or if its a behavior I can alter...
My pup is a year old, and he uses his paws a bit too much. Those suckers are big and can hurt if you're not careful. When we tug, he cheats and uses his paws to try to win. If I lay down on the floor, he will lay next to me but tries to put his paws on me and they're heavy! A couple times they've landed on my face.
I'm pregnant and I'm worried about him trying to put those suckers on the baby.

Can I get him to knock this off? Teach him that it hurts?
It's like he doesn't realize he is big and can hurt me....

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doggiedad 01-11-2014 07:07 PM

1 >>> usuing his paws is a sign of intelligence.

2 >>> learn dog behaviour. he's not cheating.

3 >>> your pregnant. protect yourself. don't
do things that encourages your dog to put
his paws on you.

4 >>> protect your baby. if your dog puts
his paws on your baby it's your fault.
watch the dog and the baby closely.
never leave them alone.



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Originally Posted by CarlyNine (Post 4816162)
I'm not sure if this is a breed thing, or if its a behavior I can alter...

1 >>>> My pup is a year old, and he uses his paws a bit too much. Those suckers are big and can hurt if you're not careful.

2 >>>> When we tug, he cheats and uses his paws to try to win.

3 >>>> If I lay down on the floor, he will lay next to me but tries to put his paws on me and they're heavy! A couple times they've landed on my face.

4 >>>>I'm pregnant and I'm worried about him trying to put those suckers on the baby.

Can I get him to knock this off? Teach him that it hurts?
It's like he doesn't realize he is big and can hurt me....

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CarlyNine 01-11-2014 08:12 PM

You're right, he's not cheating because he is a dog. I worded it that way so that people could picture what the heck I am talking about.

You didn't give me any training advice to counteract this behavior. You just made me feel like a **** moron....

But I would kind of like to hang out with my dog....not throw him away because I'm bringing a child into my home, like so many people do. I would like to correct this BEFORE the baby is here, hence why I am asking while pregnant.

So some actual advice would be really nice!!!

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Originally Posted by doggiedad (Post 4816266)
1 >>> usuing his paws is a sign of intelligence.

2 >>> learn dog behaviour. he's not cheating.

3 >>> your pregnant. protect yourself. don't
do things that encourages your dog to put
his paws on you.

4 >>> protect your baby. if your dog puts
his paws on your baby it's your fault.
watch the dog and the baby closely.
never leave them alone.



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SummerGSDLover 01-11-2014 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by CarlyNine (Post 4816858)
You're right, he's not cheating because he is a dog. I worded it that way so that people could picture what the heck I am talking about.

You didn't give me any training advice to counteract this behavior. You just made me feel like a **** moron....

But I would kind of like to hang out with my dog....not throw him away because I'm bringing a child into my home, like so many people do. I would like to correct this BEFORE the baby is here, hence why I am asking while pregnant.

So some actual advice would be really nice!!!





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Doggiedad is very blunt. If you don't like what he has to say, ignore and wait for someone to tell you the same thing but worded longer and differently. Lol :p
Advice: Trim his nails over time andso they are very short. Teach him the shake command so he can associate pawing with an action instead of an attention grabber. Teach him a good way to ask for attention such as nosing your hand. A wet nose doesn't hurt as much as those huge, heavy boxing gloves with nails that they have. Anytime he paws, ignore him and do the aforementioned ideas. And good luck! Congratulations on the baby by the way! I have three kids. It's fun! :rolleyes:

*-*Summer*-*

Edit: And no one advised you to "throw your dog away" as you so eloquently put it.

CarlyNine 01-11-2014 10:13 PM

Thank you very much, I will try that =]

He clearly missed the part where I'm pregnant...makes me a tid bit snippy!
So my apologies for being a B, just wanted some advice!

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Originally Posted by SummerGSDLover (Post 4817410)
Doggiedad is very blunt. If you don't like what he has to say, ignore and wait for someone to tell you the same thing but worded longer and differently. Lol :p
Advice: Trim his nails over time andso they are very short. Teach him the shake command so he can associate pawing with an action instead of an attention grabber. Teach him a good way to ask for attention such as nosing your hand. A wet nose doesn't hurt as much as those huge, heavy boxing gloves with nails that they have. Anytime he paws, ignore him and do the aforementioned ideas. And good luck! Congratulations on the baby by the way! I have three kids. It's fun! :rolleyes:

*-*Summer*-*

Edit: And no one advised you to "throw your dog away" as you so eloquently put it.



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OriginalWacky 01-11-2014 10:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CarlyNine (Post 4816162)
Can I get him to knock this off? Teach him that it hurts?
It's like he doesn't realize he is big and can hurt me....

Yes, you can teach him not to do this! I'd start with not allowing his feet on you at all, if he puts them on you, all fun and games stop immediately. Then add some kind of rewards for when he doesn't put his feet on you at times when he normally might.

Check on google for methods of teaching body (especially foot) awareness for dogs (often used for agility). The more aware of his feet he is, the less likely he is to be putting them where they shouldn't be. Most places seem to focus on rear foot awareness (like Full-Body Awareness in Agility), but this can also apply to front feet and help you work with him so he isn't slapping his big paws all over you.

Also important is working with your dog now on control and calmness so that when you do introduce the baby (ALWAYS ALWAYS SUPERVISED) your dog won't get hyped up over the strange squeaky thing that has suddenly invaded his home. If you have a chance to meet up with other parents that have young babies so he is exposed to them, that might be helpful as well.

Here are a couple links that may give you more information:
Baby Safety Around Dogs | Prepare the family dog for life with a baby

Dogs and Babies | Learning to Live Happily Ever After (I love this one, it has a ton of info)

By the way, you may get advice on here that is very blunt, to the point of seeming rude, but there are a ton of really knowledgeable people who you can really learn some neat stuff from. Let answers you don't care for roll off your back, and take away the things you can use, and you'll probably find this forum is one of the most awesome places around.

CarlyNine 01-12-2014 09:13 AM

Wow that full body awareness article is awesome! I will definitely be trying some of those out.
As for the other links, thank you very much...I still haven't done my research on introducing him to the baby. Thank you for pointing me in the correct direction!

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doggiedad 01-12-2014 09:36 AM

nobody can make you feel anything you don't want to feel.
i had no intention of making you feel anything. your new here.
after 15 posts then the "you made feel" starts. lol.


when your dog puts his paw on you take his paw off of you
and say "no" or "no paw" or whatever phrase you want to use.
you don't have to rehome your dog because the baby is coming.
find a trainer.

Quote:

Originally Posted by CarlyNine (Post 4816858)
You're right, he's not cheating because he is a dog.
I worded it that way so that people could picture what the heck I am talking about.

You didn't give me any training advice to counteract this behavior.

>>>>> You just made me feel like a **** moron....<<<<<

>>>>>But I would kind of like to hang out with my dog....not throw him away because I'm bringing a child into my home, like so many people do.<<<<

I would like to correct this BEFORE the baby is here, hence why I am asking while pregnant.

So some actual advice would be really nice!!!





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mcdanfam 01-12-2014 10:17 AM

Our two/one year old pups are very energetic, they do good with toddlers and other ages....our friend had a baby...they had never been around newborns. We started teaching " gentle" command....when they were really excited we would say no, gentle, and slowly do what we asked....we started with treats, if they kept going for them at the normal pace and speed....we would say no, step back, say "gentle" and do it again. They figured it out after a few times...after they mastered being extremely gentle with the treat we moved to things they would get crazy excited about to the point of obnoxious....chuck it balls, soccer balls, frisbee, tug rope......a few times with each thing....they nailed the "gentle" command....the newborn coming in for the first time, we had them on leashes....put the seat on the coffee table and said "gentle"....Millie just watches the baby from a short distance. Miles never leaves her side when she is here....as far as the jumping.....that seems to be a common thing for excited dogs, even small ones....we taught the "off" command, "hug" trick, and "kiss" trick....our girls like them to jump up and hug and kiss them! I DONT like it!!! So to reach a happy medium and the dogs understand who allows it and who doesn't....we started training....when they would jump on me. I would say off, and sitz. I would not pet or show attention until they were sitting and calm. They mastered it...and only jump on me when I ask for a hug! I hate being licked, so they no longer lunge lick me or everyone they are around. They will now only lick when someone says "kiss"....we taught that like you would teach shake, or any other command....when she was licking we would say good kiss and eventually say "kiss" and put out face to hers...after a few times she nailed it. With "hug" we had them sitz, then tap our chest and say hug....a few times, they mastered it. Now when we come home. The people that don't want to be mauled with dog kisses and hugs are left alone...the ones that love it are mauled until the girls tell them to stop.....shepherds are so smart! They know much more than we give them credit for. From our time with them and newborn visits....they seem to just know the baby is much more delicate....miles who normally can bust through a wall with his in door clumsy shepherd strength....never misses a step when the baby is around and he does things to make a point to me more careful. For instance....we never taught him to crawl, but when the baby is on the bed....he jumps on at the other end...and crawls, inches toward her...it is amazing to watch. We never leave them alone together, but as a very cautious person that is just me....I don't think he would hurt her on purpose, but I would never want to test that theory. I even practice that with our foster cat...he is never alone with kids. I just feel all animals have a wild instinct and just feel better always watching any situation including animals.
Congrats on the baby! We are new to the forum....lots of great advice and ideas..But I tend to do better with straight forward and to the point advice and opinions...I have noticed if I don't get the advice or the answer I am looking for, asking it with a little different wording...gets me many different ideas. I ask like I do with my girls. If they don't give the answer or solution I am looking for, reword it to see if they understand what I am asking...and make sure we are on the same page. Sometimes it's more about people not understanding exactly what I was asking. :-)


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Chip18 01-12-2014 03:09 PM

Good advise here I like the "gentle" command. At one year old he should know the basics Sit,Down and Stay?

I used "Down" to control most unwanted behavior, interrupts playtime, they figure out pretty quick what the "issue" is! :)


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