2 questions: 1. How to stop dog jumping up, and 2. How to train him to poop in one particular part of our garden

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PacificDogwod Sun 24-Jul-16 12:15:58

Any advice or signposting to good advice greatly appreciated smile

DHound is almost 3, has been with us for almost 1 1/12 years, v well behaved in most respects.

1. He is very bonded to me, goes ape when I come down in the morning (he sleeps downstairs) or when I return home from work, shopping or really anywhere. He is large and while I am not in the least frightened by him, it's a pain and his claws can hurt. He does not tend to jump up on anybody else, just politely wags his tail when he is reunited with anybody else in the family. I cannot get ready to leave to take him out for a walk with him present: the leaping about in our very cramped utility room is dangerous for him and me! So I tend to chuck him out to allow me to put shoes on etc.

2. We have a small suburban garden. He poops several times a day. We would like to encourage him to poo in the back garden only if possible, so there than fencing it (not really practical due to layout) or always being with him (again, not always practical) is there any way I could train him to use a certain part of the garden as his toilet?

He gets walked 2-3x/day, usually one long walk with off lead mad running grin

WhimsicalWinnifred Sun 24-Jul-16 12:33:28

I don't take DDog out unless he is calmly waiting. I get him to sit each time he gets overly excited and only put lead on or open door etc if he is calm. Takes a while but will get there in the end.

My mums dog only poos in one tiny spot but my dog just goes wherever he likes and I agree it's annoying. We have just started putting a fence up and will be redirecting his poo area. I will go out with him the first few times and only let him poo in that one area and make loud noises and stop him when in the wrong area.

PacificDogwod Sun 24-Jul-16 19:09:18

Thanks, Whimsical.

He is quite good getting his lead on, stands still for that or at least gets the message when I wait until he stand still to put it on him.
It's more the insane leaping about as soon as he realises that I am putting shoes on/picking up the keys etc etc. He's a danger to himself and others grin.

I tend to chuck him outside, close the back door, get ready and then meet him in the garden.

He also goes well over top whenever I return, even if it just from the bins grin

The poo issue would require more consistency and going with him than we can realistically offer on a work morning. hmm

Floggingmolly Sun 24-Jul-16 19:13:32

Is he an ex racer, by any chance? Ours is, and once his lead is on he stands as still as a statue grin. Apparently they're trained that way in the kennels.
Try putting the lead on FIRST.

PacificDogwod Sun 24-Jul-16 19:17:44

He never actually raced, although was bred for racing.
He does walk very nicely on lead, does not pull, but the initial excitement is just as bad on lead in the house. In fact, hobbling himself with his lead, falling over, scrabbling to get up, all at high speed and like something out of a slapstick movie, is actually worse than putting the lead on outside when he's got it out of his system.

Btw, his trainer relinquished him to the rescue we got him from when he was only 18/12 old as he was 'too playful' aka 'absolutely bonkers' grin
I think that is part of the issue - he's just insane….

Floggingmolly Sun 24-Jul-16 19:35:12

Ah... Beyond redemption then grin. I thought Ollie was bad; he's taken to sneaking upstairs and snuggling into whatever bed he can access (whoever's left their door open).
We thought we were safe because he was terrified of stairs for the first two years we had him. We've had to get another babygate!

PacificDogwod Sun 24-Jul-16 19:45:23

Oh, he slept on the sofa last night. Mortal sin, as far as DH goes.
He practiced the proper closing of the door with DSs1 and 2 who had been last to leave the living room last night and had not ensured that the very awkward door knob (old house, old door) had released the catch properly.

Everybody keeps saying the poor dog is stupid, but clearly he has plenty of base cunning grin

Baby gate is still up here too - oh, who'd have a hound?! I may or may not thinking about getting another one

AdelindSchade Sun 24-Jul-16 19:49:17

Turning away and not making eye contact when he does it is the thing my dog trainer said. Not turning your back because he will just jump up there, but sort of half turning. Then yes waiting until calm before he gets any sort of attention. Easier said than done with a massive hound though.

PacificDogwod Sun 24-Jul-16 19:51:37

Ah! A half-turn! Maybe that is the solution because, yes, if I turn my back on him he will just jump on that.

Next dog will be a Chihuahua grin never

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