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Enormous bouncy puppy who wants to play but looks intimidating and scary?

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AtYourCervix Wed 27-Nov-13 17:40:16

BigPuppy is huge. And bounces. And barks when he gets excited.

I know he just wants to say hello and play but it is a bit scary for other people. If an unknown polar bear bounced up to me barking I'd crap myself.

So what do I do?

I'm working on recall but he is an excitable puppy and other dogs and people are much more interesting than I am. Obviously this needs more work.

Do I restrict him to a long lead until he stops?

any suggestions please?

and apologies if he has bounced near you this week.

enormouse Thu 28-Nov-13 08:09:10

I'm in northern Ireland. smile. I would come over to walk him NCI but it'd be a bit of a faff.

GeeinItLaldy Thu 28-Nov-13 08:12:31

I'm in NI too. enormouse. Shame I've only got one old dog left at this stage. And he's always been an antisocial bastard hmm

AtYourCervix Thu 28-Nov-13 08:14:07

North Wiltshire.

taking a walk to the dog shop this morning.

shadesofgreen Thu 28-Nov-13 08:30:04

We used a product from Pets at Home called something like 'Stop Bark' - it is a small spray canister which you use for any 'deviant' behaviour - when pressed it produces an loud hissing sound which dogs hate. Worked so well that now we just have to show it to our 8 month old BT and she knows!

AtYourCervix Thu 28-Nov-13 11:28:28

harness and line bought and tried out. I don't think he was bad for a first go. it's amazing what a bag of cat crunchies can achieve.

everlong Thu 28-Nov-13 15:01:15

OP I have a large breed puppy ( Spinone ) who also loves people.

He's not too bad off lead, he will run up wagging his tail and then sit on their feet waiting for kisses.

But on the lead he can jump up when we walk past someone, so I've been training him to sit as I see someone approaching then giving him a treat when they've walked past along with heaps of praise.

He's getting better.

Have you took him training?

benid Thu 28-Nov-13 16:51:00

oo! maremmas! not helpful for your OP but they are penguin guardians in australia smile
www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/index.php?q=node/943

AtYourCervix Thu 28-Nov-13 17:17:51

That is so cute. He'd love a little penguin to guard.

HelgatheHairy Thu 28-Nov-13 17:45:55

I'm south west Ireland so no use to anyone.

NCISaddict Thu 28-Nov-13 17:50:37

Looks like I'll have to move to Ireland, always looks the perfect country for a Border Collie.smile
Had a good walk with him today on the long line which I think gave me confidence and I therefore relaxed and enjoyed it. We met a lab and they played a bit, then met the army doing a quick march so I made him sit and wait, all good practice.
Off to puppy training tonight, I'll see how my naughty little squiglet behaves himself.

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