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Help, puppy is having behavioral issues in the yard.

Discussion in 'Behavioral Issues' started by Sophieone, Aug 16, 2017.

  1. Sophieone

    Sophieone Boxer Pal

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    How do we teach her to stop? She is 4 months old. When we go into the yard (not always, but seems to be more and more as time goes on), she jumps on us and growls at us. She is trying to nip when she jumps. She runs all around us doing this. We can't even walk across the backyard. We can't catch her to make her stop. We firmly tell her NO, but it doesn't seem to stop the behavior. She doesn't do this while in the house. Any thoughts or ideas?

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  2. Gatorblu

    Gatorblu Boxer Insane

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    It sounds like pent up energy to me. You need to redirect it. Teach her to chase a ball or Frisbee.
     
  3. Jan

    Jan Reasonable Moderator Staff Member

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    It does sound like she had too much energy and could do with a little more exercise. Has she been out in the yard by herself when you go out? Does she spend a lot of time outside by herself? What is she like in the house? A 4 month old can be a handful. She may be just so excited to see you. You need to stand still, fold you arms and look at the sky. Just ignore her until she settles down. Once she does, praise and give her attention. She needs to learn that jumping and biting is not the way to get attention. It will take a little time, but she will eventually get it.
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  4. Sophieone

    Sophieone Boxer Pal

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    No, she doesn't go in the yard by herself. It's when we first go out and sometimes after we've been out for a little bit. I am thinking pent up energy is it! We usually play outside for 30-60 minutes, twice a day. At least one of those times we play fetch for a little while. We will start playing fetch both times and ignore her when she is doing the bad behavior. Thanks for both your responses.
     

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