Uncertain about puppy's behavior around strangers.

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Training and Behavior > Puppy Help

Uncertain about puppy's behavior around strangers.

This is a discussion on Uncertain about puppy's behavior around strangers. within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; Hiya, I got an three month old German Spitz (Mittel) from a kennel about four days ago. We've been getting along together well, he's getting ...

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-13-2011, 10:56 AM
  #1
Junior Member
 
Abomination's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Uncertain about puppy's behavior around strangers.

Hiya, I got an three month old German Spitz (Mittel) from a kennel about four days ago. We've been getting along together well, he's getting the hang of housebreaking and I've taught him to sit and play fetch already. I take him outdoors several times per day, usually every few hours, as I'm housebreaking him. I'm trying to train him to walk on a loose leash, and let him sniff around a bit to get to know the neighbourhood.

The problem is that he is an adorable puppy, which means everyone wants to pet him. He gets very excited when someone comes around, immediately jumping against them and trying to lick/bite them. It's not an aggressive bite, he just nips at...everything, as puppies tend to do. He works himself up to such frenzy that I can't calm him down at all. If I hold him, he wriggles around and tries to get to the other person. There's a couple of kids who've asked me if they can pet him, but I don't trust the pup enough to allow that. Then again I want him to experience being around children, so he won't grow afraid or aggressive towards them in the future.

Is there any way to calm the dog down, so others can at least pet him? This is my first dog and I'm unsure how to handle the situation.
Abomination is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 01:02 PM
  #2
Member
 
alaeske's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 32
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Abomination View Post
The problem is that he is an adorable puppy, which means everyone wants to pet him. He gets very excited when someone comes around, immediately jumping against them and trying to lick/bite them. It's not an aggressive bite, he just nips at...everything, as puppies tend to do.

I would suggest not letting anyone pet him, especially if he "wants" them to. If someone wants to, ask them not to right away, chat to them for a few minutes, let him sniff around them, etc. If then, they try pet him and he gets excited, as them to stop, don't let him get over excited, if he starts jumping, stop with the attention until he realizes "If i stop, they pet me, i could get used to this!" Hopefully, eventually, he will begin to wait, maybe impatiently, but it should help a little.


added- and if he jumps at someone, have everyone ignore him. He'll soon work out that he's not getting anywhere, and he'll give up. If he calmly walks away after however long, give him what he craves, ATTENTION!!!

Last edited by alaeske; 09-13-2011 at 01:04 PM. Reason: added information
alaeske is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 02:20 PM
  #3
Senior Member
 
Dawnben's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,929
Mentioned: 82 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Abomination View Post
Hiya, I got an three month old German Spitz (Mittel) from a kennel about four days ago. We've been getting along together well, he's getting the hang of housebreaking and I've taught him to sit and play fetch already. I take him outdoors several times per day, usually every few hours, as I'm housebreaking him. I'm trying to train him to walk on a loose leash, and let him sniff around a bit to get to know the neighbourhood.

The problem is that he is an adorable puppy, which means everyone wants to pet him. He gets very excited when someone comes around, immediately jumping against them and trying to lick/bite them. It's not an aggressive bite, he just nips at...everything, as puppies tend to do. He works himself up to such frenzy that I can't calm him down at all. If I hold him, he wriggles around and tries to get to the other person. There's a couple of kids who've asked me if they can pet him, but I don't trust the pup enough to allow that. Then again I want him to experience being around children, so he won't grow afraid or aggressive towards them in the future.

Is there any way to calm the dog down, so others can at least pet him? This is my first dog and I'm unsure how to handle the situation.
I would suggest a puppy class where he can learn to be around people and other pups in a positive way also you could try these to start. I love clicker training.
How to stop Jumping up!- clicker dog training - YouTube
Stop puppies biting- clicker dog training - YouTube
Dawnben is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help with aggression towards strangers? mbyron Dog Training and Behavior 19 05-20-2011 09:36 PM
Some advice on my rescue puppy's behavior mydogdozer Dog Training and Behavior 2 08-27-2010 06:55 PM
so upset over my puppy's behavior Shauna Dog Training and Behavior 13 05-05-2010 09:03 AM
has problems with strangers rowdypiper Dog Training and Behavior 3 08-07-2009 09:58 AM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.