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    Default A few Behavior issues with 9 month Pyr/Anatolian Shep

    Hi there- I have a 9 month old Pyr/Anatolian Shepard mix that we have had since he was 8 weeks old. 90% of the time, his temperament is that of a big teddy bear but there are some behaviors that I'd like some input on. He loves people and gets extremely excited when he approaches someone and JUMPS all over them. This usually also results in a lot of pulling and jumping at strangers on the street when on walks. Since he is already 85 lbs, this is a behavior I'd like to correct ASAP.

    The other thing we have seen a couple of times is an almost short-temper with (some) other dogs. There have been a few instances of him quickly turning on and getting aggressive when he does not like how the other dog is approaching him. He has been going to the dog park since he was old enough to go, and again, 90% of the time, has fun and runs around, but, there are occasions when he lashes out. Usually it is with bigger dogs (Great Danes, Huskies, German Shepards, Pits), but today I brought him to a friends house with a french bulldog, they ran around the yard for a few minutes but then the other dog kept pestering him and Winston went nuts. We had to keep them separated after that or Winston would bark and go after him when the bull dog came running up to him. Note- he has never bitten at all, but because he is bigger and louder than most dogs, it always looks really bad when he is being the aggressor.

    Any advice on how to continue to train to improve these behaviors? I have read a lot about Pyrs sometimes being like that with other dogs, but hoping to get a better understanding of what scenarios to look out for.

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    Welcome to the forum!

    The overly-excited jumping and pulling is pretty normal for his age and mix. Your boy may already be one of the biggest dogs in the neighborhood, but he is still very much a puppy. From a developmental standpoint, one month in puppy age is the rough equivalent to one year in human age, so you are dealing with a puppy whose human equivalent would still be in elementary school.

    If you haven’t already, starting him on the Nothing In Life Is Free (NILIF) Protocol can be a good way to establish leadership, and help him develop some impulse control. Making sure that he gets plenty of exercise can help, too.

    In terms of his behavior around other dogs, unfortunately, it’s hard to tell what is going on without being able to see the dogs’ interactions. The one thing I would strongly recommend is learning as much as you can about dog body language. The Dog Decoder app for your phone is a wonderful resource, as is Patricia McConnell’s book, “For The Love of a Dog”. Once you see what the dogs are telling one another with their body language, you might be able to determine why your boy is reacting the way that he is. Another thought is to get in touch with a behavior specialist in your area who is well versed in positive reinforcement (these guys don’t respond well to being dominated or punished), and see what they have to say about your boy’s interactions with other dogs.
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    What's the earliest you should consider starting a puppy on the NILIF protocol?

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    Old Dawg (Senior Member) SebastiansMom's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyrick View Post
    What's the earliest you should consider starting a puppy on the NILIF protocol?
    I started both of mine on NILIF once they learned the sit cue. Sebastian was somewhere around three months old, and Chester was roughly a year old.
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