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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.

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
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.

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

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

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

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

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

oo! maremmas! not helpful for your OP but they are penguin guardians in australia smile

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?

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.

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 08:14:07

North Wiltshire.

taking a walk to the dog shop this morning.

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

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.

NCISaddict Thu 28-Nov-13 07:49:00

I would be delighted to meet people to walk naughty puppies. Everyone I know has older well behaved dogs which are nice to walk with for calm socialisation but like when you have toddlers it's nice to meet people who are going through the same trauma as you.
I'm hampshire/surrey borders if anyone is interested?

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 27-Nov-13 23:19:32

""I did buy the Total Recall book but he ate it before I read it" Best thing i have read on the dog house, ever"

^^This grin

Sorry OP.

HelgatheHairy Wed 27-Nov-13 23:07:13

I was on here not long ago looking for advice on how to get my Golden to stop jumping up - so far nothing is working. It would be awesome if we could arrange a Bouncy Dog Meetup! My Golden spent the afternoon trying to make friends with the gardeners working next door - unfortunately discovered him eating the baseball hat of one of them so I don't think it worked!

littlewhitebag Wed 27-Nov-13 22:16:23

I have an 18 mth old very bouncy lab (i know; they are all bouncy) and she would probably adore your dog. She just lives for dogs who will run with her. Her recall is seriously flawed but she is so lovely that i forgive her.

sweetkitty Wed 27-Nov-13 21:45:40

Can I join the club hmm 4 month old Ridgeback who jumps constantly. Recalls dodgy at best, great if there's no one else around, another dog or person rubbish.

AtYourCervix Wed 27-Nov-13 20:40:11

Thanks Gee (thought it might be you - nobody else knows what a maremma is).
NCIS - other side of the country sadly. I'll rope in my dog owning mates.

He is lovely. just big and bouncy.

NCISaddict Wed 27-Nov-13 20:10:40

If you're anywhere near me I'd be happy to walk with you, my 4 month old Border Collie loves big dogs, he fell in love with a pyrenean Mountain dog when he was 8 weeks old and has since met a great dane who he was besotted with.
Recall is not brilliant so it's a long line for us too atm.

GeeinItLaldy Wed 27-Nov-13 19:58:53

AYC, I'm a serial namechanger but we chatted when you posted about thinking about getting BigPuppy. Pleased to see that it's working out for you all and if this is the biggest problem you're having at 8 months, then I'd say you're doing a grand job smile

LEMisafucker Wed 27-Nov-13 19:57:54

"I did buy the Total Recall book but he ate it before I read it" Best thing i have read on the dog house, ever grin

AtYourCervix Wed 27-Nov-13 19:53:47

will organise some walks with sensible dogs too. good idea.

JethroTull Wed 27-Nov-13 19:08:01

Watching this with interest as our Boxer is exactly the same. He hates being on a long lead though...

mrslaughan Wed 27-Nov-13 19:00:33

I also find my giant breed was much better in company, (he's 16 months) - could you find people with sensible dogs to walk with to provide an example of how to greet?

I walk often now with a great dane pup, whose owner loves that Kai is so calm in meeting other dogs and it provides a good example for here' calms her down.

I still keep an eagle eye out for off lead dogs and quickly put mine on lead.

enormouse Wed 27-Nov-13 18:56:55

Aaw I had to google. How lovely. I assumed polar bear = samoyed because that's what mine looks like.
Considering renting him out as the Snowdog over the festive season.

AtYourCervix Wed 27-Nov-13 18:37:39

he's a maremma. 8 months old. he is delicious and soft and silly but very bouncy.
shopping tomorrow for harness and line.

GeeinItLaldy Wed 27-Nov-13 18:36:24

IIRC, OP's pup is a Maremma sheepdog.

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