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How to stop Pawing and Barking to play

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by lizzy275, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. lizzy275

    lizzy275 Little Dog

    Those of you who had dogs paw or bark or do both at you, was it a phase they went through? What did you do to make it stop, how long did it take to extinguish the behavior!?

    My dog will start out with the paw (which hurts btw, he's not gentle in his actions lol), then if I ignore him he will start barking and pawing. FWIW, he is not a vocal dog at all, this is the only time I hear him bark.

    I tried giving him something alternate to do like go to his mat. But then after a short while he'll come back for more (I could tell he is too restless to stay on his mat at these moments). If I bring him outside and play fetch/flirt pole or do some mental games like hide/find treats, this does seem to work. Although I feel this is giving into his wanting to do something and now he will do it ever time he wants to play. I can also remove myself from him and go into another room or vise versa, this usually works too, as he will just resume to lay down eventually and sleep.

    I give him enough exercise, he gets both physical and mental exercise each day so adding more I would feel like I'm just creating a soon to be adrenaline junkie and I know he can endlessly keep going if I did that, so rather not go there if you know what I mean. I also practice NLIF all the time, he sits, waits before he eats, goes outside, plays, comes out of his crate, etc so he does have structure/routine each day.

    I wonder if maybe just doing only relaxed exercises while in the house - mat work, relaxation protocol, long sit/down stays - and then leave more of the interactive training/games for only outside. Maybe he will eventually get used to inside means being calm, outside means play? Don't know just thinking out loud here.

    He definitively still has somewhat of a pacing behavior in the house at times, like he just doesn't know what to do with himself. It also seems like if I'm up and about cleaning, preparing food, or just back and forth doing things, he just kinda watches and follows me around. But if I'm just sitting down on the sofa, or just doing things where I'm more stationary is when he starts the pawing/barking.

    Another change is that he seems less interested in his chews that used to last him longer...like frozen kongs, he's go at it but never finish it, it's like he becomes this diva and it's too much work! I try to mix up the fillings in the kongs but he never goes crazy about that like he did before. Bully sticks same thing, sometimes he'll lay down and chew at a whole stick, other times he tends to turn his nose to it. Things he used to like, trachea's, cow ears, he no longer has interest in. Same goes with his dry food, he doesn't eat it enthusiastically like he used to...so this makes it harder now to because things that used to keep him occupied for longer periods no longer do (sigh) He's almost 1.5yrs old now btw if that makes any difference...

    So here's the thing, I know how to stop the behavior for at least a while, but it happens on a day-day basis recently, so at least once or twice a day I am putting him behind the gate or just leaving the room...if I come back after say just a couple minutes the same thing would happen, so normally I have to leave for longer periods so he kinda forgets about it if that makes sense. I'm hoping to find maybe a better solution for it to go away as he does it now with everyone in my family, and sometimes when company is over...
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  2. shelbadooba

    shelbadooba Puppy

    I'm pretty familiar with the paw/bark routine. Personally, I would attempt to exercise him more and see if that helps. I watch 2 very energetic Aussies (yes very different breed but also require lots of exercise) who will relentlessly bark if they haven't gotten in their daily exercise. If I won't play with them they play with each other and it gets loud. One of them would go all day long playing ball if I let her. I know I've met her exercise requirement for the day when she and her brother are calm and relaxed in the house. But if I were to bring out a ball during that time they'd both suddenly have the energy to play. But if no ball is around they are content to just chill.

    The Aussies also get frozen treats and bully sticks to keep them occupied;)
  3. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    How old is the dog? How much exercise are you providing?
  4. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Lizzy, your posts are great. I think it's time we know this guy's name! Just so you know, your posts are highly relatable. Most of the pawing behavior can be dealt with, some have gotten rid of it completely, I find it amusing in some cases. However, it must be gentle! If one bops me a good one, a hey you know better, go lay down, works just fine. It's a matter of being consistent.

    Personally, I love dogs with big personalities. The way they follow you around, watching everything. They're so smart, that's what you should work with. Talk to him while you're doing things, such as sit on your mat while I do dishes, then you can have, fill in the blank. And don't feel bad if sometimes he makes you completely lose your mind. He's still young. He's smart, energetic, and still in training. He's going to keep pushing, it's what they do! Making them the lovable assholes they are. :)
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  5. lizzy275

    lizzy275 Little Dog

    He's a year and a half, he gets enough excersise each day - ob sessions, classes 2x a week, 2-3 times a week we go to trails/hiking, we do flirt pole, mental games, etc.

    His name is Tank :) I 'll try to be consistent and talk to him while doing things. I think sometimes I just like to hear people who can relate as I don't know many people with bully breeds...so a lot of people hear can feel my pain lol. I think I'm going to go back to having him drag a lead, just so I can more control if I have to redirect him quicker. I tried tethering him last night when he did the pawing thing and after a minute he started whining a bit, let out a few groans, then sighed and laid his head down, once he did that I went over and rewarded him. Sometimes I think I give him too much freedom and even though he's almost a year and a half he still very much acts like a big goofy puppy at times so being able to tether him or just have more control with the leash I think will help too.
  6. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member

    I understand about the whole plenty of exercise. Broly can be passed out on the floor tired and hear someone come too the door or someone walk in the house and it's GO time, no matter how much i worked him lol..
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  7. lizzy275

    lizzy275 Little Dog

    yea, i refuse to give him more excersise, he gets enough and there will be times or things that happen when it just isn't possible so rather train him to accept when it's time to GO and when it's time to SETTLE. Every month he seems to mature just a hair so I give it another year and I think he'll get there lol
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  8. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member

    Yeah, time is deff on your side..
  9. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Our Boxer really started to behave much better at the age of two. Before that he was so wild. We walked him everyday. I took him to the dog park almost everyday and he ran for at least 1 hr. Non-stop. His best friend there was a Viszla. They were the two fastest dogs at the park. This was in the 90s, before I was made aware of the dangers of the dog park. It was also a time and place when there were not so many dogs there.

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