Over Excited Staffy

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danniella410 Tue 04-Dec-18 04:50:16

Help please!! Hi everyone.. i am looking for some advice on our new dog.. she's a one year old staffy we rescued from RSPCA. Our issue is she is very full on in your face. When we sit on the couch she just wants to jump in your face lick/nip (not biting just playful) She will get down when asked and we praise her for this but she just jumps straight back up as if it is a game. This will literally go on all night, any help will be much appreciated TIA

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages Tue 04-Dec-18 06:04:03

How much exercise is she getting? This is exactly the sort of thing DDog does when he's not been walked enough during the day.

Regardless, however, she'd benefit from being taught a "settle" youtu.be/zUmTbRvt8BE

danniella410 Tue 04-Dec-18 06:24:27

She gets 2 walks morning and evening both about 30mins but may increase the evening one. Thank you will watch the video

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BiteyShark Tue 04-Dec-18 06:28:48

Is that on or off lead? Off lead is much more exciting and tiring than on lead and 30 mins isn't actually a lot if on lead.

danniella410 Tue 04-Dec-18 06:43:05

On the lead, we have only had her a few days so still in the settling in stage. Just wanted to stop the bad habits of being in our faces sooner than later

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SureIusedtobetaller Tue 04-Dec-18 06:49:07

Ours was like this.
Lots of walks. Lots of training to occupy her.
Watch me,sit, lie down, basic stuff. And we turned away whenever he got silly/jumping up and nipping. Only gave attention when he was sat nicely even if only for a second.
We chopped up sausages tiny and treated loads and made sure we all used the same commands.
He did stop but it was hard work for a few days - not that ling in the scheme of things though!
Staffies just love their people but they do need telling sometimesgrin

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Tue 04-Dec-18 06:49:49

I'd suggest getting a long line - like a non-retractable extending lead (much safer than the retractable version) attached to a harness (again, for safety) as it will allow her more freedom during walkies while keeping her safe. It is also easier to practice getting her to come back to you when you call on a long line.

Try giving her some more exercise - the old adage that a tired dog is a good dog certainly holds true in the Avocado household.

I'd recommend taking him along to some training classes. I took DDog to Dogs Trust Dog School and they were great with him. If they don't have a branch near you, look for a trainer that uses positive reinforcement only and avoid anyone who talks about pack leadership or alpha dogs like the plague.


danniella410 Tue 04-Dec-18 07:06:41

Thank you! We are are making a fuss when she does get down and is calm but she's also off her food so treats are not an option at the moment but hopefully that will change in the next few days. Will definitely try more exercise and longer walks in the evening on a longer lead. I have booked dog training through RSPCA but doesn't start for another two weeks unfortunately. Really appreciate the advice

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mrsjoyfulprizeforraffiawork Tue 04-Dec-18 12:47:44

I have a rescue staffy. 4 and a half yrs old when I got her. She didn't settle down much for weeks/months as she had had a stress filled time on streets and in rescue for 6months at least. However she gradually got more confidence, relaxed and stopped following me everywhere (room to room).You have only had yours a few days and it is still v young. Hang on in there and you will have a lovely dog. Staffys just want to please you and love you.

DogInATent Tue 04-Dec-18 13:15:53

She's just trying to please you, it's a Staffy thing. She's young and maybe a little insecure after changes in circumstance so being even more Staffy-like than normal.

We've had our older rescue Staffy since late Spring and it took a good few weeks for her need-to-be-loved to settle. Most days she gets 45-60 minutes on-lead walk in the morning and 30-60 minutes on-lead walk in the afternoon/evening depending on that weeks work arrangements.

Has she got a toy she can play/chew whilst on the floor? - a tug toy or an antler.

danniella410 Tue 04-Dec-18 13:36:33

Thanks for the advice everyone. We've literally seen a different dog tonight.. took her for a longer walk and just stayed consistent with our commands. She has been so calm and relaxed. Still had a few moments of madness when we got home from work but nothing like previously. She's also eaten her food for the first time since being home. Very happy mum and dad right now!

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BiteyShark Tue 04-Dec-18 13:53:44

That's good news grin

SureIusedtobetaller Tue 04-Dec-18 18:46:42

Ahhh. Staffies are the absolute best. You have to put in the effort to ensure they are calm and trained but they pay it back in utter adoration. They are people dogs. I may or may not be biased.

MimsyBorogroves Tue 04-Dec-18 18:49:35

Congratulations, you have a staffie!

Mine is 13 and will still pin each of us to the sofa for KISSES when the mood takes her - usually around twice an hour. Then she sleeps.

Lots of training. You can teach them anything (look up Ziggy Trix) - they just want to please and love and be loved.

shesaysgoes Tue 04-Dec-18 18:54:51

Stay consistent with your commands. I know she is new and settling in but don't use this time to back off. Start as you mean to go on.

Also I would recommend having a long lead or extendable. If she is off the lead she needs to be in control, leaving your side and not coming back or down instantly when commanded to (however playful and innocent it is) is not in control, and sadly a staffie will always be the one deemed as in the wrong.

Good luck with your bundle of joy smile

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Thu 06-Dec-18 07:52:01

Great news!

LEMtheoriginal Thu 06-Dec-18 07:55:37

"Over excited staffie" isnt that the official name of the breed?grin

StaySafe Thu 06-Dec-18 16:32:53

I have had two elderly rescue Staffies. The first was really past any long walks when we got him but for 5 minutes in the morning and 5 in the evening he would play with his lead as if killing a snake, charge about, chase his tail, leap on and off the furniture and then just stop as suddenly as he started. They really are frisk monsters.

freddiethegreat Sat 08-Dec-18 10:58:55

What @LEMtheoriginal said!

Chesneyhawkes1 Sat 08-Dec-18 11:20:04

Congratulations on your new dog. Staffies are the best. My rescue one was like a Velcro dog for ages. He still does like to be near me most of the time. And they are generally very full on and in your face with their loving of humans 😂

GertrudeCB Sat 08-Dec-18 11:31:12

I bluddy love Staffies, got a lab but thinking maybe time to add a second dog in the spring, and I met a lovely staffie youngster yesterday...........

Lols your right Chesneyhawks/1 my staffy the same

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