Training a Pair of Excited Dogs to Calm Down and Stop Being Jealous for Attention

By: David Codr

Published Date: November 20, 2017

For this Omaha dog training session we worked with a pair of excited dogs; 1 year-old Rat Terrier Peanut (left) and 1 year-old Labrador Retriever Dexter both of whom like to jump up, get excited when guests arrive and get jealous for attention when they see the other dog is being petted.

As I had worked with their guardian and another dog a few years ago, we spent the first part of the session brushing up. Petting with a purpose and enforcing rules consistently will help the dogs learns to start recognizing and respecting boundaries. Making an effort towards rewarding desired behaviors will help motivate the dogs to do desired actions and behaviors for attention instead of jumping up, nudging and invading personal space.

I also wanted to give the guardian some tools to redirect her dog’s attention and develop more self control. We started out by going over a focus exercise. It only took the dog a few repetitions before he was looking up at my face on his own. Once that was the case, I coached the guardian through the exercise with Peanut until she was getting the same result.

To help the dogs develop more self control and practice being alone, I went over how to train a dog to stay until released.

Throughout the session, I noticed the dogs were very pushy when asking for attention as well as being jealous if they saw the other dog getting attention. To stop them from being a needy dog, I spent a few minutes going over some positive dog training tips to stop the dogs from invading people’s personal space to ask for attention.

Many people think an excited dog is a happy one. But just like us, dogs are going to be more prone to making mistakes when over excited or in other unbalanced states of mind. By claiming her personal space and not petting the dogs when engaging in unwanted behavior like crowding the human or invading their space will help the dogs learn they don’t have to be in constant tactical contact with the human to be ok.

We finished the in home dog training session by shooting a roadmap to success video with a summary of the things we covered and steps to take to put these unwanted dog problems in the past for good.

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