- Aug 3, 2008
- Reaction score
- mountains of WV
I broke Ben of this when a pup. Was told by someone on the forums that was akin to not letting my husband give me a hug when he wanted, as that was how LGDs show affection. Could explain why I don't have a husband, huh?OK, Dog Whisperers, I need some advice. Sentry paws at me, wanting attention, even when he is getting attention. His sharp claws will eventually scratch and be annoying, if not painful as he grows. I don't want him to do this to our grand daughters, it is a bad habit. He's not a Labrador, I'm not teaching him to "shake" or
high five" like I have taught dogs before.
right now I push his paw away, saying No--about a thousand times. It seems ingrained into him, a part of his chemical makeup. I've tried holding his paw until it becomes uncomfortable and he struggles to get it back, while talking to him and interjecting No. When I let go, he just paws again.
Hmmm...… maybe I need to stop, utterly ignoring him, having him sit until he is still, then pet him and praise...….. Thinking out loud here, anybody got any ideas?
I just gave him the Cesar Milan equivalent of a "bite" each time(a quick jab in the side of the neck with stiffened fingers" with the AAAATTTTTtttttttt!!! correction. Got his attention and that stopped and never returned.
I've found Ben responds to more dog like corrections than what humans think will work....at one point he would lean into my leg as we walked, so much so that I couldn't walk unhindered, but the Attttttt and leash correction wasn't getting through. Finally, I just gave a sudden roar/bark/growl(the same sound I hear older dogs give pups that have gone too far) response and a jab to the neck when he did it and he never did that again.
Contrary to what was said, Ben has found more acceptable ways to show his doggy affection and they don't include pawing the skin off me or the children.