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Q: Puppy Training help

February 5, 2009 | By Rem | 6 answers | Expired: 2079 days ago

Puppy Training help

I have a five month old cocker spaniel that my parents have entrusted me to train. Im trying to keep him from not jumping all over me and my family when we get home.
and also ear biting. Is that something he'll grow out of?

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Lindsay A.
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Feb 06, 2009

When puppies nip at me, my favorite thing to do is act like a litter mate who would not approve. Make a yelping puppy noise! Works like a charm, and you get to act like a puppy.

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Pia S.
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Feb 06, 2009

No, he will not grow out of it so long as the behavior is reinforced. As cold as it may sound, simply say hello in a matter-of-fact tone of voice and walk through him. Once he has settled down, attempt to pet. Do not tell him to sit. You are asking a dog to do two incompatible behaviors according to his emotional state. He is not ready for that YET. One day, perhaps, but not now. Keep your greetings low-key and reward calm, passive behaviors.

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bobbie c.
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Feb 05, 2009

I have 3 cocker spaniels one i just adopted she is 4 yrs old but the other 2 i got as puppies and trained them myself. The ear biting is a puppy thing but it wont hurt to assert yourself and teach him/her that that is not okay. again be calm say no and put her down and be consistant eventually it will stop and the same with the jumping it also is a puppy thing bend down and tell them no jumping over and over it will seem like your getting know where but eventually it will kick and the jumping will stop. but remember just like ppl dogs are not perfert and there will be some jumping. good luck they are a joy i would not have any other breed they are great with kids and very loyal and territorial as well.

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Brandy S.
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Feb 05, 2009

Let the dog know you are the boss, and there are times when this kind of play is apropriate, say in the yard. But do correct when the puppy does this at inapropriate times. Firm but fair! No and down commands will probably do the trick. Most learn quickly, but you do need to be consistant with any training, and your parents will need to follow through as well for the behavior to stop.

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Sandra  F.
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Feb 05, 2009

Ear biting, he will probably out grow.
Try bending over to train him not to jump.
I have learned that the reason that dogs jump is to get your attention and to get on your level..
When you bend at the waist, use same word to tell him to
get down. I use "no jump" and be very consistant.. Never let them jump and never allow others to do it.
When he goes to jump, push him down and tell him no jump, then praise him when he does not jump..

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Krissy M.
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Feb 05, 2009

No, he will not grow out of it. You have to take control of this situation now, before it gets out of control. Your job is to be the leader in this situation. Do not yell, do not raise you energy level, just be calm and in control. Don't get frustrated with the dog either. Just say NO, make eye contact with the dog and have the demeanor about you of projecting the behavior you want. Its hard to describle with typing. But you can't fight with the dog, you are in control, period. Act that way so your dog will respect you. It isn't about the specific behavior you are trying to control, its about your dog accepting you as the leader, the rest will follow.

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