I live alone with Rhodri and have few visitors. In my company he is calm, responsive to commands and generally well behaved in the house or on walks. When visitors come to the house he almost undergoes a personality change and becomes hyper bouncy, jumping up, mouthing, humping visitors and generally forcing himself into the centre of attention. His behaviour is particularly bad with women. I exclude him and try to ignore him and acknowledge only good behaviour but it is very difficult as he is a big 25 kilo standard poodle cross. As soon as visitors leave he collapses in a heap and sleeps but he will not calm down often until several hours have elapsed when visitor is here. If they leave the room and reappear the behaviour starts all over again, particularly jumping up and humping. He gets ample vigorous daily exercise. What can I do please?? Martin
Hello Martin, It sounds like pup is becoming overly aroused when guests are there and needs to build impulse control, as well as learn some new boundaries surrounding guests visits. I would in general work on several commands that increase impulse control - this will take repetition and working him up to distractions gradually. Pup essentially needs an off-leash level of obedience to help with self-control, even though he is inside. . Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Place command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leash method for jumping: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump I would work up to pup doing a 1 hour place command, gradually adding distractions like toys and food being dropped, family entering and exiting the front door, and you dancing around silly, start with the basics of Place and gradually make it harder as he improves, consistently returning him to place when he breaks command due to distraction, and keeping sessions frequent but short. You want to work up to pup handling all kinds of silly things when guests aren't there, including the front door opening, then recruit dog friendly friends who are willing to practicing entering and leaving your home over and over again to work up to pup being able to handle that distraction also. Once pup has stayed on Place for long enough to become calm and bored, then let pup get up to greet guests with a leash on to practice the leash method from the article linked above. I would instruct guests who want to greet pup to command pup to sit, then feed pup a treat under their chin (not holding it above their head or that encourages jumping), so that pup starts to expect to automatically sit to greet guests and has a go-to behavior that they can't do at the same time as jumping. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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How do I get her to stop jumping and nipping at me?
Very cute! Poodles are very active and need lots of physical and mental stimulation. It looks as though in the picture that you have a wonderful space to train and play with Luka. Keep her mentally stimulated at home with lots of interactive feeder toys that dispense treats with a little mental work. As for the nipping, try the Redirect Method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-nip. And the Channel Aggression Method: https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-nipping. Giving Luka other options rather than nipping may help to distract her from the habit. She is a smart breed and from a lineage of workers so will need plenty of walks and direction. Start her right away with sit, down, etc. This is an excellent guide on Heeling, which is a real workout for walks: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel The Turns Method. Good luck!
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