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As an expert canine coach, I’ve witnessed canines pawing folks, which depart lengthy scratches on legs and arms behind. Many years in the past, throughout a personal canine coaching lesson, a Great Dane welcomed me on the entrance door with an enormous swat throughout my again. Wow, that scratch burned, bled and bruised over the subsequent couple of days. The pet proprietor and I instantly put a plan into place to stop it from occurring once more. If your canine paws at you or your visitors, take a look at these tricks to keep away from painful canine scratches.

Why Dogs Paw

Dogs paw at folks for quite a few causes. They paw principally as a result of it’s been rewarded. When a canine paws an individual, the individual will more than likely flip round and take a look at the canine, which is taken into account a reward for some canines. Additionally, pet homeowners could reply to canine paws by:

  • Petting their canine.
  • Continuing to pet their canine.
  • Picking up their canine’s paw and transferring it.
  • Giving bits of meals underneath a desk when the canine paws a leg.

Teaching a canine to “shake” can improve pawing habits. When canines be taught that “shake” makes treats seem, they may supply a “shake” habits extra usually. Plus, canines will check out their new habits with visitors in hope of treats. 🙂 Instead of instructing a canine to “shake,” train him a stationary habits, similar to “sit.” This prevents a canine from pawing visitors, and it’s an ideal habits to reward.

How to Stop Dog Pawing Behavior

When behaviors are now not rewarded, they may disappear. When a canine paws at you, take a step again and wait till all 4 ft contact the bottom. The second all 4 ft contact the bottom, say “yes” and reward your canine. Of course, most canines will paw proper afterwards as a result of they’re undecided which habits supplied the deal with. Reward solely when all 4 on the ground once more.

Continue to observe every day, and wait in your canine to select—watching your canine decide is an excellent factor to observe. Some canines will gently place their paw on an individual, suppose for just a few seconds, then drop their paw to the bottom. Reward good selections each time!

To stop your canine from leaping up and pawing visitors, train him to “touch” visitor’s fingers together with his nostril. This retains all 4 ft on the bottom, offers your canine an opportunity to determine if he desires to greet a visitor and affords a type of bodily contact (like petting) in your visitor.

If you don’t reward it, the habits will disappear. 🙂

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