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So Gypsy is doing great and learning signs well. The only problem I have is with the all to famous kidney bean dance and hyperness when people come through the door.

We have a gate up blocking the door and I've taught her to sit on the carpet before I even open the door and have taught my company to point to the carpet and to not give her any attention until she is sitting and waiting nicely.

Problem is that even though she is being a good girl and waiting the second anyone touches her to say hi, they then get the crazy boxer.

Not sure how to get her to stop doing that when she is so excited that she won't look at me to sign to her.

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I just had to laugh " then they get the crazy Boxer" shall we say over exuberant. I really don't think it will ever truly stop completely. might slow down with age. especially she's deaf it will be a little harder to get your point across. But not impossible .
 

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I'm with Joe on this one, probably never stops you just try to manage it the best you can. Probably a little tougher with the whole deaf thing.

Maybe you can leash her and try it that way when she is greeting in the house. Kind of use the leash to get her attention back to you.

Are you still using the e-collar or am I confusing you with someone else?
 

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No matt it's me, I still use it and I put it on her when I know someone is coming but quite often my mom or grandmother just show up. My mom gets it and doenst mind but my grandmother is 80 and shes pretty big for her.
When Gma shows up un expected it's kind of a mad rush for the collar. I start yelling at the kids to get the collar as if the world is ending lol ok that's a little much but you get the drift.

It's so funny though, it like as she is sitting there waiting her little sausage is just wagging with excitement and she can't contain it then boom shes nuts lol
 

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No matt it's me, I still use it and I put it on her when I know someone is coming but quite often my mom or grandmother just show up. My mom gets it and doenst mind but my grandmother is 80 and shes pretty big for her.
When Gma shows up un expected it's kind of a mad rush for the collar. I start yelling at the kids to get the collar as if the world is ending lol ok that's a little much but you get the drift.

It's so funny though, it like as she is sitting there waiting her little sausage is just wagging with excitement and she can't contain it then boom shes nuts lol
Yup. I know exactly what you are talking about.lol Zuke will do the same thing. He is a saint until someone actually touches him. At least I got the jumping eliminated, that took a good 2 years. Now he just contorts his body in the kidney bean style and dances around the person. Ive also noticed with Zuke (which you wouldn't have that problem with Gypsy) is if someone stares at him and talks to him while they are trying to pet him it makes him more nutty.
 

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Lol honestly the only thing that stops her in her tracks is reaching under her to rub her belly but good luck catching her lol.
I love the boxer wiggle and sometimes I feel like saying to people (minus G ma) is you on your own with the nut job
 

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Much of this thread makes me giggle! :)

We should train our boys a little better so they wouldn't try to jump on people. We don't get that many visitors, and when we do, Bandit is usually a bit stand-offish for the first little while, so it's only the other two who want to 'welcome' you.

I love it when I get home and I have three happy excited boxers waiting on me.

I understand that visitors to my house may not care for it- or with older people, not be able to handle it. Jax and Tundra will sometimes listen to the down or no jump commands, I guess it depends on how excited they are. Tundra for the most part won't jump on other people- but he will us when we get home.

Jax loves people and he will jump up for them to hold his front legs if they would let him. I will usually stay near him and the person to ensure he stays down as I can read when he thinks it's time for him to jump up. If we had more visitors I'd work on it more, but they usually calm down in about 5 minutes or so.

If a visitor sits on the couch....well...they think they should be able to come sit on your lap and give you kisses. They listen better to staying off people, but you can tell it is pure torture for them when they can't give them love. Jax will sometimes lay down close and slowly inch a little closer....little closer....

Would Gypsy watch you if you had a treat in your hand, or is the excitement of someone too much? That's the only other thing I could think of.....
 

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Cyn your post is funny, I too love the wiggles. We don't have very many visitors either and some days I wonder if I should even worry about it other than my G'ma
When she is excited she doesn't even notice treats. It doesn't matter whether were on a walk, at the vet or just out. If she is excited, stressed or if anything is different she doesn't want treats
 

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Cyn your post is funny, I too love the wiggles. We don't have very many visitors either and some days I wonder if I should even worry about it other than my G'ma
When she is excited she doesn't even notice treats. It doesn't matter whether were on a walk, at the vet or just out. If she is excited, stressed or if anything is different she doesn't want treats
Same here; treats often lose their value when things get exciting or stressful. 😁

I have had luck continuing to toss high value treats, allowing them to land on the floor and go uneaten, with my previous dog who had very serious behavior issues. Even though the treats were hitting the floor, he still registered them as a positive thing. We were able to overcome his behavior issues with guidance from a very talented behaviorist. That's a whole other story though. With my current dog, I don't even bother with offering treats when I know he will not accept them.

Good job teaching your deaf dog sign language!
I have always taught my dogs signs for every single command they know, and that became a critically important part of my previous boxer's daily life. He lived to a grand age of 14 and lost the last of his hearing around the age of 11. It was incredibly helpful that he had spent his whole life watching for signs that didn't require any voice commands. I had a sign for his "Watch me" command, and that became really important as his hearing was failing. "Watch me" was always followed by his next command.

With my current puppy, it's incredibly helpful because it teaches him to check in visually with me frequently, which seems to calm him if he has "the happy's" while we are in a new place or with people/dogs/things unfamiliar to him.

I can sympathize with your situation regarding your elderly relatives who visit. My dog frequently visits with my relatives who are in their 90's.

Not sure if this will work for you & your situation, but what has worked with both my current dog and my previous dog was to do what you are already doing - have a command for the dog to go to a specific rug or place & lay or sit until they are calm and given a command to break that position and greet visitors.

In addition to that, prior to the greeting and someone petting or touching my dog, the visitors have been told if the dog starts jumping or showing overexuberant behavior, the visitors should ignore my dog completely; no eye contact, no petting, and most importantly, if the dog is jumping or pawing or doing ANYthing outside of a respectful greeting, the visitors should instantly, silently turn around with their arms folded. I tell them to be boring and stay turned away from my dog until he offers a sit or lay. This is repeated as necessary.

This has definitely required patience on the part of my elderly relatives, but the time spent in this exercise has paid off, and I can trust my dog not to jump up around guests.

Again, not sure if this will work for your dog, but I have found it is extremely helpful for my dog to be directed to go pick up a toy or handed a toy to hold during these greetings. If he is having a hard time containing himself, for
some reason, holding the toy helps him to calm himself. I keep a few toys by the front door, and he is so used to me directing him to pick one up if he starts to get too hyper, that often he will automatically pick one up if his energy is ramping up.

I also agree with the suggestion in another post above to keep your dog leashed while greeting guests until they have learned to contain themselves a bit. With a deaf dog, the leash may help you to give commands.

Anyway, that is what has worked with my dogs. It's funny how us boxer people can read these descriptions and know EXACTLY what your boxer is doing because so many of them are alike in their behavior. 😁
 

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Wow great tips equestrian thank you, I guess in some way I have to train company as well lol. I am new to dog ownership in general and to get a deaf boxer for my first dog has definitely been a rewarding challenge to say the least.
 

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Wow great tips equestrian thank you, I guess in some way I have to train company as well lol. I am new to dog ownership in general and to get a deaf boxer for my first dog has definitely been a rewarding challenge to say the least.
You are so welcome. I hope some of that helps a bit. You are absolutely correct; training the humans is truly more than half of the equation.
 

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Also, with a deaf dog, because you don't have the tool of voice reinforcement/correction, or pitch change, it might be worth it to take the loss on some high value treats and allow your guests to toss them to your dog (ONLY, of course when he is calm and displaying behaviors you want to encourage.). Cut them into tiny pieces. I promise you, eventually he will accept one (or a pile), but regardless, the appearance of treats will help him realize these guests are friends, are welcome, and treats rain from the sky when they come in the door. I need to reread your post to see how old your dog is, but as they mature and start to guard their home and humans, the raining of treats upon guests entering becomes much more important.
 

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Love the idea is toys at the door. I have trained my known visitors to not knock. It ramps up Emmett barking and being overly excited. I also use hand and voice commands and the watch me signal.

He is very suspicious of guests. He decides when to greet company and approaches very slowly then allows a quick pet. Unfortunately- when they pass the test - he usually jumps up unexpectedly. Telling company to ignore Emmett unless he is showing good manners and until he wants to be petted has worked wonders. He is also a total nut job for the pretty ladies. He is a known ladies man.

We don’t get many visitors so it is tough. He is also a very good guard dog. So my issues are with barking and chuffing.

Both of my boxers have been instinctively gentle with senior citizens. My Mom who is 80 just visited with her husband and Emmett wAs very gentle. My MIL is another story. That is Emmett’s favorite visitor. Emmett is not allowed to say hello until she is seated on a chair. That reduced chances he will knock her down.


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That's a great idea to make sure people are seated before she can say hi. Thanks for the tip
 

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That's a great idea to make sure people are seated before she can say hi. Thanks for the tip
Well ... unless Boxers have, hmm matured as a "Breed" in the last 5 years??

Having company sit on the couch, just makes them easier to access. :)
 
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