Hi everyone -
We adopted a stray lab/greyhound (we think) cross five months
ago. We suspect that Shayna may have been abused in her
former life, but with lots of love and training we seem to
be overcoming almost all of her bad habits. One particularly
annoying one remains: when she wants attention, she will "paw"
one of our arms or legs. This is sometimes done with
considerable force, resulting in pain and bruises for the
unlucky recipient. Although she's been quick to pick up just
about every other thing we've taught us, she is just not
grasping "no paw" or "off".
Our instructor in obediance training suggested that this was
a *** thing, since Shayna is a "***ager" somewhere
between a year and a half and two years old. But I have
trouble believing that Shayna is "pulling rank" on us, since
she is *** in every other way. (With humans, that is.
With dogs she is pretty "alpha".)
I've been successful in stopping her from jumping on me when
I come home from work, by making her sit as soon as I come
in the door, and refusing to pet her if she gets up. Even
though she's fairly bursting with enthusiasm, she manages
to hold her sit until she's released.
I thought the paw thing would be equally easy to decondition,
but no such luck. Anyone have any ideas?
- Sari Lynn
PS - if anyone remembers my post several months ago about
Shayna hating the dogsitter... it's been resolved! We
found a new dogsitter who dealt with the dog on the dog's
terms - he sat on the floor and waited for Shayna to
approach him. He also fussed over the cat, which made
Shayna good and jealous, so much so that she forgot that
she didn't trust this new person :)