Posted By Erric on 03/04/2009 10:26 AM
I remember seeing a thread on this a few months back but can't find it. Bella (7mo GSP) is training great on birds. Great recall, whoa, range is getting better, scenting birds, etc.
Where I am struggling is when we're out of the field. She jumps up on everyone except my wife and I, jumps on the couch if we don't keep an eye on her, and is overly energetic around other dogs.
My issue is young kids and smaller dogs. She can easily knock a young kid down if I don't hold her back, and she plays too rough with smaller dogs. She almost boxes them with her pays, it is funny to watch but I need to stop it.
How do I teach her to not jump, I wouldn't mind teaching her to lay down while I'm at it. Second, we make her get off the couch when she jumps up but 10 min later she's back on it. Any suggestions. Third, I can whoa her when another dog is around. I know it's tough on her b/c I see her almost shaking with excitement. She stays until I release her but then she pounces almost. I don't want to be the guy yelling at his dog all the time when other dogs are around, any help is appreciated.
Personally I try NOT to limit normal play like this. Kids need to learn that sometimes in life they will get knocked down so they can learn to get up. No blood, no broken bones, no foul.
As for the rest, just teach "No" and you can solve all of it.
Think about it, teach a dog "Here", "Fetch", "Whoa" and "NO", and you have just taken care of 90% of what a hunting or companion dog ever needs to be taught. The rest for the most part should come naturally, or with exposure in the field.