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      Hi everyone! I have 2 black labs, Molly who is 6 and our new addition Ozzy who is 9 months. I joined because I need training advice with Ozzy. The people we adopted him from let him take control and be the boss. He has no manners and doesn't respond very well. He also seems to think our hands are toys, and even when your petting him he tries to bite, I understand it's playful not out of aggression but it can't happen since there is a 9 year old in the house. He also jumps up all the time, and doesn't understand he can't pull when on a leash. He's really sweet and playful and knows all of his basic commands (sit, lay, stay, come) but the biting and disrespect is coming in between the bond I would like to have with him. I really hope someone can help me on here!!
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      Dog training class. I bet there are some around.
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      Welcome, you came to the right place. As JenC said above, get him in an obedience class asap.

      Also, we NEED pictures of your Ozzy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      Welcome! It sounds like Ozzy never got the right training as a young puppy. Make sure he gets plenty of exercise (they are like Energizer Bunnies at that age) and obedience practice. A class is a great start, but I found a lot of people forget to do the homework and reinforce what is introduced in the class. Remember that Ozzy is misbehaving out of ignorance, not malfeasance, and that every minute you devote to him will pay off ten-fold in the future!
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      I second training classes AND actually doing the homework. We're in the process of that now.


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      Hello and Welcome!

      A basic obedience class would benefit both of you and create a great bone between the two of you. Go into it with patience, love, patience, plenty of treats, patience, love, consistency by the entire family, patience and love. Did I say patience and love. It will happen, he needs your help to succeed.
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      I'd like to give some tips in the meantime. Some things I've done in the past to curb jumping and biting is this. The first thing I do with my dogs is teach to sit. I use it as a way to establish that I'm in control and refocus the dog. Since your guy already knows sit you've got a head start. I would recommend to have at least a dozen different toys for him. There must be at least one toy wherever he is. When he starts being mouthy stick a toy in his mouth. When he jumps grab a toy , tell him to sit and give it to him. When you pet him make sure that he has a toy in his mouth. I've also done the whole closing the dogs mouth with my hand saying "no biting". It depends on the dog. But I've found that as a basic technique using toys with sit as reward to redirect works most of the time. You have to be consistent though.


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      WElcome to the board. My, you are a brave person, taking on a 9 month old Lab. I swear that's the age we get the most problems reported. I'ts like they suddenly become teenagers. This will be good training for you when your own 9 year old child hits 16 and wants to borrow your car. JUst thank your lucky stars dogs can't drive. Well, really, based on observations around my neighbourhood, neither can 16 year old children. Training classes for all of you.

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      welcome!

      It doesn't sound like he is taking control at all. He is just a dog that was never trained. he was never shown what was expected or shown what commands are. He is probably also a bundle of energy! Dogs do what works for them, what gets them what they want.

      I agree with the above, sign up for training classes or get a trainer into your home (when picking a trainer/school find out what training and education the trainers have - it is a totally unregulated industry so anyone can call themselves a trainer and everyone will have a few people willing to vouch for them). I'd avoid any trainer that uses words like dominance or alpha (both of which have been de-bunked in the recent years).

      Also ensure to get him exercise. Lots of off leash free play, as well as lots of structure.

      He needs patience. Train him like a puppy (meaning, show him commands from scratch). Set rules and set him up to succeed (set up the environment so he makes the right decisions and reward).
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      Welcome I look forward to seeing some pics of your fur kids. I agree classes would be a great start. Also NILF . I would start training gentle or leave it . On the jumping you really need to train that out same with loose leash walking. If he pulls either stop in your tracks or turn around and walk the other way. Good luck and hope you find a class near by to join.

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