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Old 08-22-2014, 06:36 PM
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Playing with him makes him wound up, I started playing with him today (he started around 6:30) and it just made everything worse. I decided to grab a handful of his dog food and work on commands (sit, stay, lay down, give paw). He was fine until I ran out of food and told him we were done. I sat down and told him to lay down, he started barking. So I picked up his tug rope toy and threw it, he brings it back, drops it, I throw it. Then he picks it up and runs throughout the house, coming back with my shoe. After cornering him (I didn't run after him) and telling him to drop it, which lead to him just chewing on it, I took it out of his mouth and stood away from him so he could bark his little heart out at me. After a few seconds of this, he started to BITE AT MY LEGS (both the pant legs and the actual leg), so he still gets too wound up. I put him in his crate because he can't be biting me.
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If he's really getting up to 2 hours of running and other such exercise, then I think you'll have more success in the evening if you hand him dinner in a frozen stuffed kong or a food puzzle/toy (tug-a-jug, kong wobbler, buster cube, etc.) You could also give him something fun to chew like a bully stick or himilayan chew...
Basically Give him something he can do quietly, that works his brain rather than his body.
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:38 AM
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You might also work on impulse control in addition to regular cues while training.

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Update: Mum bought a clicker without my knowing, and we are working on clicker training. He is very bright and picked it up quickly (maybe not so much bright as food motivated).
Our small Kong* is lost somewhere in our house. Once we find it we will begin freezing it for the evening.

*= For my old dog, Jack, we had two Kongs because we were told we bought the wrong size. However Jack never showed interest in Kongs. Spector does, but he can't get all of the peanut butter/whatever out of the larger one, so we tend to not fill it up.
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