Thursday, April 11, 2013

Advice Needed!

Stanley is in trouble and going to lose his allowance.  He ate mom's ear muffs (the ones she used running) and he jumped all over her (for the millionth time), scratched her legs and snagged her new fluorescent yellow running shirt.  The trouble is that Stanley loves to jump all over mom, not dad, just mom.  If he sees her getting ready to pet me he will fly (through the air) across a room to land on her to try and stop her from petting me.  He grabs her hands in his mouth to try and stop her.  She tried to give Stanley more attention but he keeps messing it up by biting her hands and wrists.  But the REAL trouble is when mom and dad come home and take us out of jail or the Doodle Clubhouse!  
We hear mom and dad and wait calmly, UNTIL Stanley sees them then he goes bezerk!
Dad tries giving Stanley kibble to calm him down.  Dad lets me out because I am already calm, I am a calm Dood.  That is another problem for Stanley.  In comparison he is crazed.
Now we're out of the Clubhouse, eating kibble treats.

The pictures end here because Stanley turned around and started attacking mom and scratching her up.  No matter what she did he would not stop!  He was too "wild wif joy".  When she tries to walk away from him he grabs her hands "on the fly" as he runs past.  Last time his teeth scraped her hands up.  She is so frustrated with him she started using HBO words!  Mom says Stanley is obviously jealous.  He only acts this way with mom. He is pretty calm around dad and usually only has this (really bad) behavior problem when he has been separated from our pawrents.   Any advice or suggestions?


Murphy
The Mellow Brother

Pee Ess - Mom said to tell you that these attacks are not mean attacks but more like bull-in-a-china-shop-leg-shredding friendly ones.  Even when we think we have him calmed down (which is hard since he is wound up tighter than a clock), the second he turns away from dad and sees mom he winds back up and goes into his hyper-jump attack mode.  Mom thinks he might have some separation anxiety too.  But 2 minutes after he is done jumping all over mom and shredding her bare legs he is fine again.  I don't like him jumping all over mom like this so I have started biting his back leg to distract him.  Sometimes it helps.

Pee Pee Ess - We just did an experiment   I sat on dad's lap and he petted me.  Stanley wasn't bothered.  I got on mom's lap and she petted me and Stanley came flying across the room and grabbed her wrist to make her stop.

33 comments:

Madi and Mom said...

OH MY DOGS Murphy....bless your sweet Mom's heart.
We can only imagine how frustrating this must be. Is this a new behavior for Stanley? We know nothing about K9 behavior but we're wondering if routinely your Mom always walks you and your Dad walks Stanley? I guess you have tried switching walking partners?
That being said Mom says she has learned pets have distinct personalities. Mom tells people our first cat was the most laid back, loving quite guy, rarely meowed. About the only word in that sentence to describe Moi is cat...MOL. Nothing about me is laid back I am very demanding and vocal.
Good luck and tell Stanley I said he should NEVER NO NEVER bite that hand that feeds him.
Hugs madi your BFFF

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

When I (Frankie Furter) was in "School" there were two students there and one was doing the same thingys... the teacher said to try a Squirt Gun when the "HAPPY HOOLIGAN" as she called him. AND to NOT give eye contact.

Molly The Wally said...

Oh my, Stanley tutt tutt. I use to bite my peeps ankles in excitement and I still do sometimes and then I bite her hands too. I am only playing but sometimes she uses HBO words. Worse was when I discovered a new game in the park which was biting her gloves off and running away with them. It was cold and peeps was not pleased. I thought it was a great game. Have a terrific Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Totally jealously. I'm the same with my dad (only). When he pet other dogs or even talking to other dog owners(with their dog beside them) I Golden Wild Woof a lot. Just have to be extra patient with Stanley. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Mollie said...

Oh Stanley,I have a behaviorist coming in , cos I get over excited and lots of uffer stuff, I'm not allowed on the couch now or LAPS.. The bully man, said I have to be treated like a dog not a baby.( the cheek of it ) I have to learn manners and respect now.. Oh, my life is over.. You have a wonderful Thursday and spare a fawght for me..BOL xx0xx

Mollie and Alfie

Two French Bulldogs said...

We saw Mr Cesar the Whisperer nudge the excited pup away with his knee. He was not allowed out of his cell until totally calm. Also when the mom came home, Mr Cesar says to totally ignore the pup until calm. Most of these things work for us. But I have to admit, I am so excited to see mom, my solid 30lbs body head butts her than herds her around the house
Benny (& Lily)

GOOSE said...

I think you have gotten some good advise. Are you sure you two ae from the same litter? hehehhe. You know I am sort of, kind of, well you know I would much rather have my MOM pet only me. And when she pets other pups I push my way right int here between them. Sometimes I grab her hand and pul her so I can have her all to my self.
Blessings,
Goose

Inger said...

I agree with the French Bulldogs above. Training your dog become totally calm before he gets to go where he wants to go and no talk, no eye contact, no touch, as taught by the Dog Whisperer has worked for me. Maybe your dad could put a leash on him in the house for training purposes and have your mom pet you while your dad holds Stanley. Your dad should not let Stanley go to your mom until he is a calm doodle.

finnhoward said...

I have always heard when you are being jumped on, to turn so that the dog kind of falls off you. Repeat x 87 million. Good luck!

Susie and Sidebite said...

Whew Stanley, don't have a clue how to help, we always been excited to see the peeps, but not like that!

The Mad Scots

Grady and Leonardo said...
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Grady and Leonardo said...

Dude my humans say I am crazy! They put their knee towards me so I can't jump on them! -Leo

NanaNor's said...

Hi Murphy, Wow Stanley sounds just like a puppy,doesn't he! You my friend sound very mature and calm. Hunter gets crazy sometimes and grabs my hands-play biting,not hard but just wanting to play. Does Stanley know the "drop"command? Could your mom put him in a "drop" then "down-stay" when he is excited, or does he just forget all about obedience? Hunter is pretty good but he is a beggar for his treats and sits in front of the cabinet and will whine & whine for them. He is very spoiled, I'm sorry to say.
Let us know if mom & dad figure something out.
Hugs and Happy Dance, Noreen & Hunter

Kat said...

Murphy, you're such a good pup, trying to help your mom and Stanley out.

My advice would be for your mom to ignore Stanley until he calms down. If she pays attention to Stanley when he's jumping at her, then she's in a way, rewarding him for that kind of behaviour. By ignoring Stanley until he calms down, your mom is then rewarding him for calm behaviour.

Tell your mom to not look at Stanley or even talk to him until he's calmed down. When he's calm, slowly give him attention. Don't praise him, just pet him and acknowledge him. Keep it up and Stanley should learn that jumping and nipping is not desirable behaviour.

scotsmad said...

Other people will have better advice than we have. Roxy is our only pup who gets excited and tries to hog HER. But SHE ignores Roxy until she's calmer and then says hi.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella &Roxy

Murphy said...

Stanley has always been like this but the issue has come to light since the weather is warmer and mom is wearing shorts. That means Stanley shreds her bare legs with his claws. The hand biting is much less of an issue than the jumping and clawing. Thanks for your thoughts!

Murphy said...

We might try a spray bottle. First we are going to try popping a leash on him to keep better control until he settles down. Thanks!

Murphy said...

Hmmm, Molly this is what Stanley does too!

Murphy said...

He is a good brother, just has this little issue to work out, thanks!

Murphy said...

This sounds like a naughty person. You must get rid of him right away!

Duncan Breazeale said...

I have a little bit of Stanley antics in me too -- we have heard the "ignore it" advise lots of times. Good Luck!!

Murphy said...

Stanley is 31 pounds. Maybe we need to smooth file his nails.

Murphy said...

In the house isn't a problem but we think we will pop a leash on for when he comes out of the jail/clubhouse, thanks!

Murphy said...

We can give him a command and he will do it but his whole body quivers with anticipation of being released. If only he was more like me . . . I am VERY mellow.

Murphy said...

Good advice, thanks!

harrispen said...

Hi Boys, sometimes I get a little crazy when my peeps come home from being away and jump all over them. They will usually tell me to sit and only after that give me some pets. If I get up and get crazy again we start all over again. Good luck.

Millie

Mason Kern said...

Sounds like your brother has claimed her! I would consult a pro trainer!

Mason

Idaho PugRanch said...

Hi Doods, I am having a problem reading your blog today. Don't know if any one else is having this issue but your cute puppy pictures is the background behind the text and it is very difficult to read. We did get the drift of the post, hope you got some good ideas to try.
hugs
Bailey, Hazel & Greta

The Cat From Hell said...

Wow! Yous sounds like my my hairy slobbery sister Cinnamon! Mommy gots some good ideas from the answers to your post.
Kisses
Nellie

Jazzi said...

Addi goes Biserk too and gets all jumpy etc. We send her downstairs until she chills and then she is fine. An old neighbor that we used to know, her dog would jump and bite her and she used a squirt gun/bottle too and it worked perfect. yah Stanley, dont bite the hand that feeds you!!!

wags
Jazzi and Addi

sophie...^5 said...

This sounds very much like jealousy. I used to have 2 dogs and they bonded together and NEVER listened to us. Long story, short, it just didn't work out so had to return them from where they came.

With Sophie, her first 2 to 3 years, yes that long, she was very toothy with me and I wondered what I was doing wrong. We learned that we had to be consistent with demands and expectations, that teeth to skin is unacceptable and that aggressive behaviour is unacceptable.Your dogs are still young and being kept in the same pen might be a problem. Maybe they need separation. Just a thought. I would though immediately STOP the actions of Stanley....let him know who's boss. He is trying to control all of you with these actions. He has to know that the humans are in charge. It's difficult at first but after consistency, things will begin to change for the better.

Good Luck!

Ron

The Girl Next Door Drinks and Swears said...

Have you heard of Bitter Apple? We used it for one of our dogs (that has passed over the rainbow bridge) when she acted out. Maybe if your mom kept it with her so she could spray it at him (or on her hands) he would get the picture.

Dougall-the-Scottie said...

Oh man, that sounds exactly like FLOYD!!! He's goes crazy when the peeps get home and jumps all over Her, he's given her terrible bruises!

If you work out a solution, She would LOVE to know it!