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11 week old puppy running and jumping on sofa even when people sitting on them!

Discussion in 'Labrador Puppies' started by Jane Rogers, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. Jane Rogers

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    Hello I am new to this. I have an 11 week old black Labrador. She is gorgeous if somewhat crazy but she keeps running and jumping on the sofas even when people are sitting on them and she then snaps at me and barks if I get her down and say firmly 'no'. How do I stop her. I don't want her to hate me but she hurts when she jumps.
     
  2. Plum's mum

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    Hello, my pup was exactly the same, exactly. She didn't respond to anything it seemed, although I'm not sure I tried any technique for long enough. She was particularly bad with my 80 year old dad! She'd leap up on him in my home and at his (but not my mum) yet he never encouraged it. I hate to say this but she's only just stopped doing it to him and she's 8 months!
    She stopped doing it to my son and I much longer ago. I did start letting her get on the sofa for various reasons (I'd originally decided no sofa) so it probably stopped at this point.
    That's been pretty unhelpful, I'm sorry! Others will be able to offer more practical solutions.
     
  3. Jane Rogers

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    Thank you at least I know it is nothing I have done. Perhaps I will start letting her up on the sofa and see what happens!
     
  4. Brimley

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    My 3-month old does this. When he wants to play he jumps at me if I am on the couch and then he bites me. When I tell him no, he gets an attitude and barks at me. I was told that he was probably getting overexcited. This past week, I've been either taking my attention away by leaving the room, or popping him in his crate until he calms down. I've also started to give him kongs in the evenings to keep him occupied. None of these tricks have "taught" him to not jump or bite, but it has helped my sanity a little bit.

    Also, I've noticed that when I take Brimley for a really long walk/run/swim, or have him over at my parent's house where he can play with their dogs, he gets tired out and is much calmer at night. The more exercise the better!
     
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    Hi Bailey used to do that - although we have always allowed him on the sofa - however he did it (and still on occasion does) jump on us when he wants to play. Particularly with my OH as this will initiate some much loved rough housing play - probably why he doesn't do it to me. To make it slightly easier on myself when he was smaller (he is now 16 months old and 28kgs) I encouraged him to pick up a toy before getting up on the sofa with me - this stalled the biting and nipping - I could fuss and cuddle him and he happily chewed on his toy rather than me!

    A rod I have made for my own back is - if Bailey gets into my seat then I have to drop a treat on his bed to get him off the sofa, I then sit down, he eats the treat then gets back up and lays with his head in my lap. My OH on the other hand gives the down cue and down the dog gets....oh well.....
     
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  6. Naya

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    If you don't want the pup on the sofa, use a treat to lure her down, only giving it to her when she's off. Give a cue word at the same time, such as 'off'. You will need to do this consistently as it will take a while for them to learn it.
    @Brimley - It's not advisable to go on really long walks or let them play excessively at this age. All you will end up with is an even fitter dog that needs even more walking as they get older and a dog who always wants to play and won't settle. You can also cause damage to their joints as they are still growing. Doing lots of little training sessions throughout the day will make them more tired.
     
  7. Brimley

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    How long of a walk and how much play would you suggest at this age?
     
  8. Snowy

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    I'm no expert, but our 14 week old gets a walk around his boundary area (about 1/3 km), then some free time on the grass (sniffing mostly, some recalls and a couple of retrieves). Total takes maybe 30 minutes and after that he is ready for another snooze.
     
  9. Snowy

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    I'm back to this thread to ask for advice for myself.

    We decided early on that our boy wouldn't be allowed on the sofa. Now at 14 weeks he can jump there without difficulty.

    Initially it was quite difficult to bribe him down again with a treat (even high value treats), he just seemed to be too comfortable. :)

    After some work, I can get him down again with a treat, but then he will return to the sofa again quite soon, because he knows he gets another treat for jumping off :(

    Up until recently, he had his own soft bed, however this got heavily chewed (and, erm, repeatedly "loved" ;) ), until the zip went and the insides spilled out. I'm reluctant to invest in another soft bed until his chewing dies down a bit, so for now he has large vet fleeces to lie on.

    Advice welcome :)
     
  10. Boogie

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    We don't venture in to the front room until the puppy is five months old. Then we go in at 9pm and expect them to settle, on lead if necessary :)

    People who can't close off the room with the sofa in put upturned stools on the sofas until the pups get the 'no sofas' message.


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  11. Snowy

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    Thanks Boogie. I'll give the upturned stools a try.
     
  12. Plum's mum

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    I tried the upturned chairs/coffee tables/stools but no dice with Plum, she'd squeeze into the smallest gap. Drove me bonkers.

    Good luck!

    And vet fleeces are just grand when you've got a bed chewer.
     

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