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    Puppy (New Member)

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    Default My rowdy 6 month old pyr is hurting me and I don't know what to do.

    Hi all.

    I have been the owner of my six month old boy (Pasha) for three great months. I love him to the moon and back. But I am also at my wits end, because he does not respect me. At night, he will get increasingly rough and sassy and just tonight, as I was making him a toy to keep him occupied, he jumped on my back in his excitement and scratched me very badly. If I try to reprimand him, he'll give me these back talk barks and get even more riled up. same reaction from a spray bottle. I'm grateful that he doesnt treat my children or husband this way, but I just don't know what to do. He gets exercised and plenty of attention, his hips are bad, though, so I avoid letting him run too much because he is always in rough shape after. I researched this breed extensively and do the best that I can with positive reinforcement but I just don't know how to keep him from trying to play this way, or behave so insubordinately. I simply cannot allow him to jump on me but I don't know how to make him stop. He really hurt me tonight and my reaction was anger, because I was shocked and in pain. Seeing my reaction just made him more excited. I put him outside and threw the toy out after him.
    I don't want to return him to the farm I adopted him from, I love him and want him to be a part of my family.

    Any and all advice is appreciated.

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    Old Dawg (Senior Member) Jewel's Avatar

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    Hi there, I would say this excitement behavior is a phase. He will grow out of it. Mine went through a period with similar behavior as well so I know it's rather not fun to be the target of the behavior. The behavior where the pup gets more excited when reprimanded is pretty common with pyr pups.

    My suggestion is when he jumps, turn to face him and walk into him without raising your voice or pushing with your arms. Both voice and pushing with arms will escalate the excitement.

    Also, it might be informative for you to read through the thread below. Sebastian is a very good adult dog now:
    http://www.greatpyr.com/forum/showth...hlight=teenage

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    Young Dawg (Member)

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    I have a 2 year old Pyr named Rex who gets over excited sometimes and wants to jump up or lay on me when I am sitting in the chair. I have found that if you use a deeper, gruffer voice with his that seems to tell him that he needs to back off. That might be worth trying

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    Road Dawg

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    If your Pyr is great trained, when he gets riled up that is the perfect time to give him some nice peace and quiet time - calmly bringing him to the crate so that crate time is not a punishment, and give him 10-15 min to calm down. To him he is NOT being aggressive towards you - but he should not be rewarded for this behavior by either going outside with a toy (more playtime), nor further riled up. Agree with using your body more than hands - this is better understood by dogs.

    Good news - this is predictable! You say it occurs every night. I also guarantee he’s displaying some signs first - maybe the ears perk up a bit, tongue out just so slightly, maybe a slight play bow? Redirect toward a different activity, maybe THAT moment is the time to let him outside BEFORE it’s time to play-attack mama. Pay very close attention to his cues and they’ll become obvious, and the second he starts to escalate in that way give him a gentle time out or let him run it out outside.

    You say he’s getting plenty of physical exercise - how about mental? If obedience training is not a part of his repertoire now is the time to get going, and if it is, now’s the time to reinforce. Especially if he has hip issues, work on ways to work his brain. This is just as important for exhausting a pup or adolescent than physical exercise. Consider training, puzzle toys, and scent work (Pyrs will laugh at you if you try to train agility but may respond wonderfully well to scent training or cart pulling). For our Pyr, when we got a small new puppy she became her “job” and the behavior you’re describing our dog was actually displaying to my husband every night - disappeared overnight with the new dog whom she is always watching, playing with, and generally keeping an eye on (one time she got away from me on the sidewalk, Arti took off and grabbed her leash like “MOM, WATCH THE BABY!”) Not suggesting a new puppy is the solution - but some mental stimulation may well be.

    Good luck! Don’t give up!

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    Puppy (New Member)

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    Thanks all for your suggestions. my boy is doing wonderfully now, and it turns out this was an isolated incident and a bit of puppy blues on my part. He is seriously the best dog I've ever known and I cant believe I ever thought of giving him up, however briefly.

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