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Hi Folks.

Sonny is approaching his 12weeks next week and he is doing well.

One thing though right now that I want to approach and really don't know how to is how extremely hyper he gets with other people and other dogs.

In the household he is okay; he does liven up when somebody has been out and comes back home but nevertheless is controllable.

When we go outside; just me and him, he of course is very interested in the new environment but I'm able to get his attention with food and hold it.

However, going walks further afield or going to the park, if we see people or other dogs; he just pulls 110% to get where he wants and he becomes deaf. I stand my ground and do not move when he pulls; despite him literally choking on the lead (which I feel terrible doing). I kneel down and try to get his attention and get him into a sit, holding the lead shorter to hold him in that position. Clicking and Treating. He is still extremely agitated and whines a little to go.

People or Dogs outside he just wants to jump and mouth all over them.

If out walking and somebody is walking towards us; I'll get him into a sit and hope that he'll stay in it. But most of the time he'll just jump up on them or again be very agitated to move. Also; the times I do though get him to sit and be calm-ish. If people go to pat / clap him; he normally 90-95% of the time lift his head up with an open mouth.

With other Dogs; I dont' know how to get him to greet other dogs if all he wants to do is jump, mouth and play with them. Which is unacceptable behaviour right? (Maybe appropriate for a young puppy but not what we want). I can get him into a sit but trying to get or hold his attention is pointless; as he wants to pull and play. In the household; it's far easier to get him into a sit and calm down; but outside no chance.

Maybe he's still too young; but whatever; How can I address it?

Thanks!
 

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My Cooper was also a hyperactive and curious crocodile, but don't worry it passes.

If he runs off, then keep him on lead. If he is on lead and you are standing your ground - then I think you're doing the right thing. You decide who and when he gets to greet - not him. I know the horrid sound they make when they are pulling at the end of the collar and you think people will think you mistreating your pet, but hey, he can stop pulling anytime...

Do you have friends with dogs? I would arrange meetings at the park and get the dogs to meet and greet. The older dogs WILL tell him that his behaviour is inappropriate (if it is). Cooper got told off many times with growling, barking, etc (broken my heart to see my baby being told off!) - he got the message quite quickly (always check though that the other dog is normally ok with puppies and stay close just in case you need to intervene). If not, then have a chat with other dog owners at the park, ask if their dog is good with puppies and let them get on with it. They will learn more from that than if you try to make him sit as this is not a natural behaviour to greet another dog and they need to be circling and sniffing each other!

With regards to people, this can be hard because people reward the jumping up 'oh he's so cute, I don't mind!!!' and there goes your training! I have to say that I was a bit rude with people and if it wasn't the time or the right set up, I wouldn't let them greet my puppy. If they came to me asking if they could pet him, I'd say yes, but give me a moment. Then I would get Cooper to sit, take a handful of treats, stick it in his face, while people would approach slowly and give him a little pat. You basically want it to be controlled, short, and positive. More importantly, it has to be on your own terms.

At 12 weeks you are still full on socialisation mode, so keep these greetings nice and short, but repeat often so that seeing people and dogs will become 'normal' and not something he must investigate! I personally prefer a dog that is a little bit more outgoing, social, confident and curious than one who is shy.
 

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The thing which cured Tatze of this was getting a good telling off by adult dogs for being over-friendly.

After this had happened once or twice she was much more cautious as to how she approached dogs she didn't know.

When meeting people who want to fuss her I stand on her lead - then she can't jump up.

I also think that getting a perfect recall helps enormously - so that you can call them back for 'proper' greetings or ignorings with people. But with dogs I would rather they did it off lead - so I leave her off unless the other dog is on lead. If it is I recall her and we trot on past, ignoring the other dog.

Going to puppy class really helped the 'sometimes we ignore other dogs' message as she has to ignore the others for the whole class :)
 
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