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Hi all,

I'm having a problem with my 7 month old American Eskimo rescue pup and would like your expert advice. :) I grew up with Eskimo dogs only but haven't had one for about ten years so I'm rusty.

Dexter is for the most part a sweet, affectionate and laid back boy. He doesn't chew, has very few accidents, he comes when called with a humorous exuberance, and is trustworthy enough that he sleeps in the bedroom free (no crate) at night with us.

The problem is that he gets really frustrated whenever I am doing anything but looking at him. I have a full time job, run a business in my spare time and exercise/train him for 2-2.5 hours a day (20 min walk in the morning, 40 minute walk at night, then an hour or more of play and training).

Here's a good example of the pattern: This morning I was on a video call in the kitchen. I was sitting down at the table and talking to my coworkers. Dexter wanted attention so he nipped my leg (hard - he leaves bruises). I muted and said NO! He immediately began barking (a high pitched YAP YAP) and jumping around. I ignored him to get him to stop and he began whining and pulling on my pant leg and nipping some more (again very hard). I put him in his crate for the rest of the 15 minute call.

He's done this for the last three weeks whenever I am busy paying attention to something else. Cleaning the kitchen, typing up an email, eating dinner, etc. He feels that he needs to bite me to get my attention. I work hard to only pay attention and praise him when he politely asks for attention and not when he demands it but the demands are escalating to 8-10 times a day. I work 8 hours a day so I don't want him to spend the rest of the night in the crate because he is acting up. Its also next to impossible to ignore the biting and yapping because it really hurts. I have scratches and bruises all over my legs and hands from him.

Have any of you experienced this "talking back" behavior with an adolescent pup? Has anything in particular helped? I feel like I can't even eat because he demands 100% of my attention...

Thanks and sorry for the long post! :)
 

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Update on Dexter

Hi all and thank you for the responses! Dexter does seem to respond well to the "calm" technique that kikopup uses. He's so full of energy that it takes him a while to calm down enough to lay or sit, but when he does he gets a reward and then continues in the lay/sit staring at me trying to get another!

He is a very manipulative guy and will often ask to go out every 5 minutes because he thinks it will get our attention, so we've begun only responding to his request every hour or so. We're hoping to build up to 2 hours. We have an expen that we use parts of to keep him in the kitchen, so when he begins to bite now I just don't say a word get up and leave for 30 seconds to a minute. we're going to try a week with no "Nos" and see how he responds. I'm guessing it will be positive.

In the meantime here are some pics:


 
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