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      What to do with a puppy when-------

      A friend of mine who hadn't seen Amber for a few weeks stopped by yesterday to visit and see her. Amber would not stop trying to put her feet on her legs as we set at the kitchen table and tried to have a conversation. I corrected her with off and gave her a variety of favorite toys but that lasted about 3 minutes and back she'd come. I almost put her in her crate but I know how she can howl about that so again it would have been hard for conversation. I finally made up my mind to call a lady in our area that does training and comes to your house which I like at least to begin with. She comes next week for our first meeting so fingers crossed she can be of some help if we give here several training sessions. Labs are so much like little kids when you get a phone call--they get into everything! Any advice would be appreciated!

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      I don’t have any suggestions - but hope you’ll share what you learn from the trainer. Bella does something similar (not all the time), and corrections don’t feel like they are working.

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      Have you taught her the "place" command? I use an elevated platform and will send Brooks to it and have him sit there until he's released. Comes in handy when someone comes to the door. I also use "bed" to send him to his bed where he's to lay down and stay there until released. Basically the same thing, but differentiates where I want him to go.

      Train your Dog to Stay; Place Command part 1 - YouTube

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      Quote Originally Posted by barry581 View Post
      Have you taught her the "place" command? I use an elevated platform and will send Brooks to it and have him sit there until he's released. Comes in handy when someone comes to the door. I also use "bed" to send him to his bed where he's to lay down and stay there until released. Basically the same thing, but differentiates where I want him to go.

      Train your Dog to Stay; Place Command part 1 - YouTube

      Train your Dog to Stay; Place Command part 2 - YouTube
      This is helpful, but another similar option which is a bit more generic is train a behavior incompatible with the one you don't like. So if you don't mind the dog hanging out with you but don't want it in someone's lap, train it to hold a down stay. If it's doing the down stay, it can't have feet on someone. Useful if you are somewhere without a mat or platform or specific place they know to go.
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      I have the same problem with Dan...but when we're on walks. He wants to get his face close to the person who's petting him and also, most importantly, he wants to stick his snipey little face into their pockets. It doesn't matter whether or not they're people who carry treats...some people do and, well, ya gotta check.

      The problem for me has always been the people who say they don't mind or deliberately want him on his hind legs so that they don't have to bend over too much.

      Dan is smaller than a Lab so it isn't quite as much of a problem but I still don't like it. I just say "off" and put a hand on him and he drops back down.

      We tend to walk where there's always goose poop on the sidewalks and I don't want him sitting or lying down instead.
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      How old is she now? I think sometimes the crate is the best option if they are too young to have mastered the training required. Mine didn't howl though, I admit. IN fact, I didn't shut them in the crate, only in the gated kitchen. I still do.

      Some people are the problem. Oban doesn't jump but he goes crazy with whining and pressing up against some for pets. I have to tell them, stand up straight, don't pet him, don't talk to him and don't look at him. These do tend to be the people who really like him but would just like a little less enthusiasm on his part. It's hard for both parties.
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      Amber is approaching 6 months later in May. I agree some people are the problem, but I read somewhere that we as pet owners should not ask our friends or neighbors to "train" our dogs and we should have control over them. I made the mistake of walking her with only her collar a few minutes ago and she was so excited to see one of our neighbors and kept jumping up. I adk her into sit and she listened for a minute but started chewing on her leash so I just told my neighbor I would take her home. She does so great with the gentle leader, so I will have to make a point of always putting it on for a walk. She tries to get into the grass to pull it off but it does subdue her a lot.

      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      How old is she now? I think sometimes the crate is the best option if they are too young to have mastered the training required. Mine didn't howl though, I admit. IN fact, I didn't shut them in the crate, only in the gated kitchen. I still do.

      Some people are the problem. Oban doesn't jump but he goes crazy with whining and pressing up against some for pets. I have to tell them, stand up straight, don't pet him, don't talk to him and don't look at him. These do tend to be the people who really like him but would just like a little less enthusiasm on his part. It's hard for both parties.

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      The videos do look like a great idea. I wonder how young the dog was when they expected him to stay in place for a period of time. Most of the dogs doing some of the youtube videos look like they may be over a year at least. Amber's attention span is a little short at this age but I'm sure she'll get there!

      Quote Originally Posted by barry581 View Post
      Have you taught her the "place" command? I use an elevated platform and will send Brooks to it and have him sit there until he's released. Comes in handy when someone comes to the door. I also use "bed" to send him to his bed where he's to lay down and stay there until released. Basically the same thing, but differentiates where I want him to go.

      Train your Dog to Stay; Place Command part 1 - YouTube

      Train your Dog to Stay; Place Command part 2 - YouTube

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      Start with 5-10 seconds, and work your way up from there.

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      I agree on teaching PLACE. Maybe crating with a peanut butter kong? My young griff can be a brat in the crate when she knows I am home. Sometimes you have to power through those times. You and your friend could have moved to a different place to talk where the barking might not have been so loud??

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